The Viking Way: Part 4 (of 13) - Tealby to Doningon-on-Bain

An odd sense of anti-climax about this one - not that it wasn't enjoyable, it was, it was just fantastic to be striving and striding forward and forward and exerting and moving through the air, but a number of things made it perhaps unexceptional. Firstly, the comparison with the previous amazing section and associated heightened expectation, which was never going to be matched - and especially because this was still designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty - it was not 'outstanding'. Nice. Pleasant. But, outstanding, not. Secondly, I was probably pretty tired from a very demanding and exciting weekend in Barnsley, of education, socialism and booze. Finally, I think that maybe our bodies have acclimatised to the walking itself and not only did we do the 10 mile walk quite quickly, it felt pretty easy and I was surprised when we reached Donington-on-Bain - and slightly disappointed that we were done! Still, it was nice to be getting lots of happy birthday messages en route and we of course celebrated the same afterwards, getting into all sorts of mad conversations and japes with the good people of Louth.