Pennine Way 20. Is that all there is?

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September 7th 2019
Published: September 7th 2019
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Kirk Yetholm. The finish of the Pennine Way. We’re in Scotland and pretty close to the border but as to what county, shire, district or whatever I have no idea and the blog site has even less. So simply ignore any location details more explicit than Scotland.

And yes we have completed the Pennine Way. That’s 460 plus kilometres of hills, mud, moors, mud, forests, mud, tracks, mud, trails, mud, glens, mud, bothys, mud, tarns, mud, cairns, mud, fields, mud, farms, mud, trig points, mud as well as a few pints, steak and ale pies and stick date puddings.

The last 26 km today were delightful. Very little mud and good stretches through moors with good intimidating hills interspersed so as to not make them dominating. The views were as expansive as we have become accustomed to and really they are very impressive. Much of the distance is very close to the appropriately named border fence and it meant again we were in Scotland one moment and England the next.

The town Kirk Yetholm is very welcoming of walkers. Many of the houses have Pennine Way based names and the pub provides free half pints to walkers completing the walk and has a registration book and certificates. The pub was very friendly and it was good to catch up with a couple of familiar faces.

The last 3 days have been without access to the internet so we have a few chores to catch up with.

Over the next couple of days I should catch up with Lee and spend some time in Edinburgh.

Join us.

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9th September 2019

Well done, Sir!
Hey, Rob: Congratulations on you and sister Julie finishing the Pennine Way! Sounds like you did a lot of slogging, but manage you did! (Peggy Lee is singing your song, now?) Your report crossing Hadrian's Wall Path, including Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum, brought back great memories. John and I hiked Malta and Gozo Island in 40 degree Celsius heat! Great place, and cheap, but alas, we are back to teaching in full swing. Has whetted my appetite for hiking Corsica/Sardegna. Funny, knowing it would be sunny and hot, I bought a broad-brimmed hat for this recent Malta trip. It had snaps on either side, so I could choose to utilize both, or "Go Aussie-style" with one side up. I was wondering if there was any kind of code for which side is raised, so we googled it, and learned that most everyone snaps up the left side, but you in Victoria, and your mates in Tasmania choose the right side. As those were my two favorite places in Oz, and in honor of you (of course!), I had the right side up! I'm back to work, but looking forward to that Argentinian eclipse in December, 2020. Southern Hemisphere, so it's practically in your "global neighborhood"?! Best wishes to you, Lee, and Julie. Carry on, Sir! MG

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