We arrived into the Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass (not witless as in the other Thornton) behind schedule because of heavy flooding on the route. That had meant that we were an hour late and sodden through, but it hadn’t diminished our spirits (I was already grumpy).
The welcome was wonderful from the landlady, she let us slightly moist walkers in, and she offered to bump up the fire. However, the fire was roaring and I treated myself to some real ale and three packs of mini cheddars. Liam had a tea, which seemed a little lacking, but I didn’t say anything.
The helpful landlady found us some maps and another local started to suggest some routes that would get us into Leyburn. We wanted to walk by Jervaulx Abbey, but we had done that before and it would add maybe 90 minutes onto our journey. We’d met the owners of the abbey last time and wanted to return, but we were forced onto a road route to make time up.
I don’t think that either of us wanted to leave the pub, but we had 35 minutes in there and felt reinvigorated when leaving it. There’s accommodation at the pub and if we ever come this way again, I’m sure that it’s a great place to stay.