Taking the B road 8


DAY 25: Coalhaven to Abington – 13.80 miles

Natalia set me up for the day with another big breakfast, so it was hard to look and pack up the doner pizza to take with me… but needs must I suppose! In fact today for the first time I actually had to carry all my food (cheese, apples and coleslaw, as well as 5 large slabs of pizza) in a separate bag. Setting off the sun was shining and for a second day my pack didn’t feel too uncomfortable, as the country lanes rolled on by. And then I reached and turned left onto the B-road, which would ultimately take me to the English border. Most of this route combines with route 74 for cyclists, which meant there was often a completely separate walking/cycling lane to enjoy, or a the very least, a decent edge to the road to allow for us.  Either way, this route was often deserted so I had the road to myself.

Stopping for a rest at a closed truck stop I made a dent in the food I was carrying and declined the offer from one of the parked up truckers to go have a hot drink in his cab. I then continued onto Abington, praying that the gathering rain clouds were not going to stick around long as tonight I was planning on getting the budget back on track by camping. Abington had two hotels – one was more expensive and according to their website full, and the other motel style place did have a single room but the lowest they would go down to on the phone was £50 (my daily budget is £30, which includes food). So as I arrived in Abington with the temperature dropping and rain imminent I sat in the post office / coffee shop trying to make my cappachino last as long as possible, putting off the moment I had to head round to the campsite.

Opposite me all this time, was the Abington Hotel looking warm, and beconcing… but of course full and totally out of my price range. I suppose it didn’t hurt to check though… so when I could put off leaving the cafe no longer, I headed over. A gentleman answered the door and took me through to the reception – no he didn’t have any singles, only a twin, which I could see on the wall behind reception was a whopping £90. I started to explain that I was walking JOGLE for charity and he immediately took me into the back office to show me a poster of his son who had done exactly the same thing for charity but from bottom to top. That was it… yes he could definitely sort me out with a room. And that is how on this Saturday night, instead of getting cold and wet out there in my bivi, I ended up in a warm and cosy room, hot bath, Men In Black on the tele (cold pizza obviously), full breakfast the following morning… All for the knock down price of £20. Thank you Tarun, your act of kindness was very very much appreciated.

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8 thoughts on “Taking the B road

    • Marianne Post author

      Says you the vegetarian? You can’t get a more meatier feast than that pizza. Once in a lifetime stuff I reckon… Though I found out yesterday you can get deep fried pizza in Scotland, so maybe the Eastern Surprise isn’t as bad as it gets!!!

  • Debra Bobier

    The B road sounds like another wonderful track for walking. Glad you have plenty of carbs. And so terrific about the room! Especially when it’s raining out. Forgot to ask, why do most people go from South to North? Why did you choose to do the opposite? xo

    • Marianne Post author

      Thanks for your support Deb! South to North… that comment was mainly relating to the West Highland Way. The main reason people give is everyone arrives/lands in Glasgow then heads to Milngavie to start (though why they don’t think getting on the train to Fort William and working backwards is any more difficult or less obvious). But now it would seem that everything on line quotes it south to north, making it easier to follow if you go that way. Personally I can see the benefit in going south to north, as the first two days are much flater and easier, whereas the last two you are walking round mountains so more difficult. I’d already been walking a few weeks before I started the West Highland Way, so that didn’t really apply to me. With regards to whether to JOGLE or LEJOG – I think more people do it south to north but nowhere near as high a percentage. They say that for the same reason, the last section in Scotland can be the most difficult so better to get fit whilst walking up. Also the sun will be in your eyes walking south… Which obviously I don’t mind at all 🙂 🙂 🙂