Dove Step – Day 7

Duration: 8.5 hours
Daily Distance: 24 miles / 38.5km
Total cumulative Distance: 171.5 miles / 274.5 km
Distance left to go: 131.5 miles / 211.5 km
Temperature: 11 Oc
Wind: 13 mph westerlies
Cumulative number of bird species encountered: 114 including Turnstone, Shag, Peregrine and Coal Tit

Sir Rob highlights – seeing Thornton Abbey and tipping the half way mark! Having a pair or Peregrine squabbling overhead just north of Grimsby. Relaxing Radox bath this evening!

Jonny highlights – smashing the half way mark and finishing the day in Northern Lincolnshire poised for a monumental day tomorrow. Having the first Shag of Dove Step along the beach at Cleethorpes! Sir Rob and my seemingly endless appetite for pain! Banging out 24 miles largely on roads on the seventh day. Whilst we take a little time to get moving in the morning and after our lunch break we are still capable of shifting serious mileage!

The last couple of days have seen us push really hard during the walking hours which has only been possible due to concerted recovery and care in the evenings. Two nights ago the superb White Heather Guest House, Mablethorpe took care of us amazingly, that was after a particularly dark, blistered, fatigued effort from me. The B&B and food turned us around and allowed for a serious days effort yesterday too.

Last night we were in the very best of care and hosted by a massive gent; Dr Keith Collett. Without the killer feed, bath, beds and breakfast there is no way we would have endured over 8 hours of road walking today. Above and beyond is the fact that Dr Collett even checked my feet! The ‘field surgery’ was given the green light and we even got an accolade; we have blisters everywhere it is possible to get blisters!

So a huge thankyou to both Debbie and Kevin at the White Heather Guest House and also Dr Collett. You are Dove Step’ing with us!

Finally a massive and emotional thankyou to everyone who has donated and pushed the JustGiving page to new heights! It makes enduring each day worth it.

The Turtle Doves will appreciate it too. Even if they don’t know it!

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