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Day 9: Barstobrick to home

It was a bit damp again when we woke up in our lodge in Barstobrick this morning. This definitely hasn't been a holiday for sunny weather, although somehow I have still managed to pick up a bit of sunburn :D 

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Even though it wasn't a sunny morning, the view from the lodge was lovely.

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We'd been provided with a leaflet about a local walking trail, so once we'd had breakfast and checked out we decided to give it a try. We were able to start walking right from where we'd been staying.

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The walk started off fairly sedately, but it soon began to climb higher.

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The good thing about climbing higher was that we had some good views out across the surrounding countryside.

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We were walking towards this monument, on the top of Barstobrick hill. It was erected in memory of the inventor James Neilson, who invented something called the hot-blast process which apparently increased the efficiency of smelting iron. The trail we were walking on was called the Hot Blast Trail :)

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We were rather out of breath by the time we got to the top, but the views were pretty.

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And we could see for a really long way :)

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The path uphill had been quite wide and easy to follow, but the path downhill turned out to be considerably narrower.

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I wasn't really thrilled about how steep it was :D

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Parts of the path were also quite overgrown, so we had to push our way through bracken at times. It felt like quite a remote part of the country and we didn't see anyone else doing the same walk.

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Once we got down the hill the path became more sedate again, leading us through a forest.

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We also passed through a pretty garden before ending up back at where we'd left the car.

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Before we set off on the journey home, we stopped for coffee and cake at the Barstobrick cafe :) 

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The drive home was 275 miles - so rather long(!) -  but we've had such a great holiday that it definitely felt worthwhile :) 

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