Coast to Coast Way – Chapter 76

We are walking across England on the Coast to Coast Way. Today we walk from Clay Bank Top to Blakey Ridge.

The Wainstones are the area we crossed yesterday. We continue walking in the Cleveland Hills.

I read Chapter 76 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.

“Men are born soft and supple;

dead, they are stiff and hard.”

“Plants are born tender and pliant;

dead, they are brittle and dry.”

“Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible

is a disciple of death.”

“Whoever is soft and yielding

is a disciple of life.”

“The hard and stiff will be broken.

The soft and supple will prevail.”

Our guidebook provides information that does not fit what we see. There is no sign with “Welcome to Blakey” on it. We missed the turn to the Lion Inn. Many British people hike with topo maps on pages that they carry with a string around their necks. Navigation is a major problem when following the Coast to Coast Way.

We came to a road and some people directed us to the Lion Inn.

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