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Day 9: Gamblesby to Soulsby
22.75 miles - 1,627ft of ascent

After pausing to take a photograph of the church opposite the Red Lion AW set off late and with some catching up to do. His initial goal was Appleby and he set himself a target of 4 miles per hour for the 14 miles.

Throughout this section he had on his left the bulk of Cross Fell and the neighbouring hills for company as he encountered a string of villages as he walked – Melmerby, Ousby, Skirwith, Blencarn, Milburn, Long Marton and Brampton. Beyond Milburn he had the great solace of distant views of the Lakeland fells to the west as he marched along the road. He 'raced the rain into Appleby' and 'sought temporary refuge in a café'. There he had some doubts and 'finally gave up the ghost' – but not for long.

At three o’ clock he set off for Kirkby Stephen in the rain but it was not long before the weather deteriorated to conditions that he had experienced the previous day. He did not make Kirkby Stephen but did get as far as Soulby where, on encountering a flooded lane on the outskirts of the village he 'splashed along in great glee'; before finding accommodation at the Black Bull.

Melmerby
Melmerby

River Eden at Appleby
River Eden at Appleby

Soulby
Soulby

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