Pennine Way 5. What I’ve learnt.

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August 22nd 2019
Published: August 22nd 2019
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Things I’ve learnt (recently).

We are not really in Hebden Bridge. The blog site likes it and it’s sort of close enough.

The weather is always better in the pub.

I should write Alla as Alla not Ella.

I should blog prior to 2 pints of cider.

That mud sticks. Take that how you like but really it‘s a hiking reference.

Read the map and guide book twice and walk the route once.

Despite how good I think I am I don’t walk on water or mud.

And the Pennine Way? Well the pictures tell the story really. Not a long day but 42526 steps which translates to close to 21 km and I’m trying to think if any were not in mud, soggy grass, water or boggy peat. Yes, some weren’t but not a lot. Even the lush green fields that look good have the danger of sodden wet grass that after an hour or so permeates boots and results in damp socks. I changed mine but the conditions meant the second pair suffered the same fate and needed an emergency shower clean when we arrived. My boots and gaiters had the emergency scrub and are now in the drying room readying themselves for an onslaught. We have each walked in excess of 200000 steps and we are about a quarter of the way.

Our accommodation is miles from the Pennine Way which is not really a drama as we are driven there from close to the track itself. Our host drove us to and back from the pub which was a necessity as we weren’t going anywhere ourselves. Surprisingly the pub (there’s only one) is miles away which is unusual around here. The food was OK but the Thatcher’s cloudy cider was good then very good.

Tomorrow we get to Malham and Gordale Scar which are meant to be quite spectacular. The following day we walk to and past Malham Cove which is regarded as one of the major highlights of the Pennine Way.

Anyway have a look at the happy snappies. Any questions, too bad. No not true. Any questions ask Julie.

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