Coast to Coast Way – Chapter 74

We are walking across England on the Coast to Coast Way. Today, we walk from Danby Wiske to Ingleby Cross.

We visit the Danby Wiske Church, which dates back to Saxon Times.

Above the south door is a Norman stone sculpture, make between 1090 and 1120.

The figures include the Angel of Judgement (center) who holds a balance of the soul of the figure on the left. The weight of evil deeds, in his left hand, is large, suggesting that the person will be sent to hell, but an Angel of Mercy slips his finger under the scale and the person is acquitted.

I read Chapter 74 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.

“If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.”


The Church also holds a piece of a cross from the 8th century and an image of the wife of the Custodian of Scotland (1243-1306).

“If you aren’t afraid of dying,
there is nothing you can’t achieve.”

We set forth for Ingleby Cross.

“Trying to control the future
is like trying to take the master carpenter’s place.”

We walk through farmers’ fields.

A stile with decorations.

We are on a fast track.

“When you handle the master carpenter’s tools,
chances are that you’ll cut your hand.”

We reach Ingleby Cross and walk to the Mount Grace Priory, built in the 1300s for solitary contemplative monks — vegetarians who maintained silence within their cells during the day, gathering for collective prayer in the evening. The priory fell into ruins after Henry VIII shut down the Catholic monasteries.

We walk through the ruins.

Each monk had a living area that included bedroom, study, prayer room, workroom with loom and spinning wheel, and small garden.

The garden has plants for medicine, seasoning, food, and beauty.

The monks quarters were arranged around a large courtyard.

A rich guy bought the ruins and built a mansion.

I watch the ducks.

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