is a rather late report on our continuation of the 247 mile Pennine Journey....from our 4
day walk completed in the spring of 2012. (The previous section of our Pennine Journey from Settle to Bainbridge had been completed over three days in August 2011 and weren't blogged)
This time though, the first two days walking were wet, with rivers in spate. The
last two days were sunny and dry.
A friend of ours called Chas who is a
folk singer (not of Chas & Dave fame) has written a song about how wet we
were when we got to Tan Hill. If he will copyright the words to me I will post
We aren't walking exactly by the excellent Pennine Journey guidebook
edited by David Pitt in that whilst we are keeping to the route we are deciding
our own day length sections.
After driving from Pickering we
parked Geoff's car up (Yvonne and Jennie styed overnight in Askrigg) and we
walked from Bainbridge (after a late start) to Keld, where we stayed at the
excellent Butt House.
Yvonne - Jennie - Judy - Geoff at Gyhllfoot Tearoom in Gunnerside where wet & muddy walkers are welcome
We walked from Keld
to Bowes via Tan Hill from where we needed to use the wet weather route
suggested in the book. Prior to that on the way up to Tan Hill we had to leave
the Pennine Way at Lad Gill which was impassable as the picture below shows. We
stayed at The Ancient Unicorn Inn in Bowes. Good food, but very poor
accommodation, however there was nowhere else to stay.
at Kisdon Force north of Keld
between Keld and Tan Hill was blocked by a swollen beck Left to right: Geoff,
Phil, Jennie, Yvonne
left the Pennine Way and went down to the road to cross Lad Gill via this bridge to reach Tan Hill pub by road
spent two hours at Tan Hill drying out. They made us welcome. The Ciabatta
sandwiches are much nicer than the Lasagne was! Not recommended, the Lasagne
can see the amount of water in the River Greta near Bowes
get off the same bridge we had to climb the fence. The gate was awash.
Bowes to Middleton in Teesdale. I've never walked in that area
before. Lovely sunny weather. We stayed that night at the Teesdale Hotel which
ws excellent in all respects.
much more pleasant day. We made the detour over Goldsborough Hill to find a
pleasant lunch spot in a hollow.
in Teesdale now in sight
Day 7 (Half day walk)
We walked from Middleton
to High Force, the first time I've ever been there. There was plenty of water
coming over the fall from previous days, yet it wasn't raining that day.
traditionally styled but very nice Teesdale Hotel in Middleton
My first visit to High Force in Teesdale
We walked back to the High Force Hotel for lunch and
then used Hodgsons's Taxis from Barnard Castle to return us and our luggage back
We are continuing up to Hadrian's Wall in October
and have pledged to finish up back in Settle in September 2013 80 years to the day that Wainwright completed his Pennine Journey.