Portpatrick to Stranraer, 15Km
Portpatrick is also the start of the E2 European Long Distance Footpath which runs down to Weybridge and then on around Europe, ending in Nice. You’d imagine it would be thick with walkers but I didn’t see anyone except Mark from Workington who was coming down the steps at the start. We had a chat. He said, “I’ve never been to Orkney but my friend, Big Rodney, retired there. He was a butcher in Workington. You can’t miss him if you see him. Tell him ‘hello from Mark’”.
I worked in a butcher shop in school holidays when I was 15. In those days, chickens arrived in crates, mostly dead, and my job was to ‘clean them out’. Hopefully I’ll meet Big Rodney up on Orkney and we’ll have something to talk about.
The only other person I saw today was a young shepherdess. She had driven her sheep into a pen ready for dipping and was lying on the ground talking to them. Or perhaps she was on the ‘phone. It’s difficult to tell now that everyone has EarPods. I think she was talking to them because she stopped when she saw me and returned my wave. You probably think I’m making all this up but I promise, I’m not.