We left Robin Hood’s Bay on Monday morning, rented a car in Scarborough and began our super fast journey to Oxfordshire. By the end of the day we’d traveled quite a bit further than we had during all of the Coast to Coast walk days combined!
Our first stop was the Bingley Arms, the oldest pub in England. Sadly, it was closed, so our lunch plans were dashed. Our phones weren’t getting internet at this point, so we had to stick to the printed directions I’d made before the trip, which meant we were Very Hungry Indeed by the time we stopped at a motorway service area. I have never been so happy to eat at Burger King!
We next stopped at the Chatsworth Farm Shop and got some cheese and crackers to enjoy later. We didn’t have time to visit Chatsworth, but we did get a lovely view of it from the road. Alas, I wasn’t quick enough with camera, so all we have to show for it is this tiny shot of it receding in the distance. Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and was Pemberley in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice and the 2013 Death Comes to Pemberley.
It was after dark by the time we reached our hotel, and we’d had a pretty stressful day of getting turned around and trying to remember which side of the road to stay on, so we arrived tired and a bit of a mess. That made it extra lovely that my mother had told the hotel it was our honeymoon and sent chocolates and Champagne to the room!
We’re staying in The White Hart in Dorchester on Thames, which was a Midsomer Murders filming location, so we thought it rather fitting that we ended the day by watching a Midsomer Murders rerun on ITV. We decided to have our cheese and crackers with the Champagne and call that dinner. It was most satisfying!
The White Hart dates back to 1691, and it’s very charming, but perhaps the detail which charmed me most was the fabric on our bed cover and throw pillows: fountain pens!
We also have a lovely bathtub, which is the sort of thing you really start to appreciate when you have been walking long distances. The restorative power of a hot water soak should not be underestimated!