River Nidd Trail

 

Chris (@PilgrimChris on Twitter and at www.pilgrimchris.co.uk) and I have been trying to align walking calendars since our aborted walk along the Cape Wrath Trail in May. Various things have prevented us from getting out together, not least my lack of enthusiasm for anything other than low level, unchallenging walking. However, we’ve finally managed to …

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Yoredale Way 2019 – Day 5

 

9th October 2019: Ripon to Boroughbridge to Home – 8 miles Interim report, until I get some time and calm down a bit….. A great day’s walk, with another lovely day’s weather. Completely overshadowed by the shit show of a public transport system we have! Neither of the trains I’ve taken so far today has …

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Yoredale Way 2019 – Day 4

 

8th October 2019: Masham to Ripon – 13.5 miles After having been bitterly disappointed at the quality of the BBC weather for the last two days (albeit being quite happy with the weather itself!), I decided to carry out my own weather forecast this morning. I looked out of my bedroom window, which faces my …

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Yoredale Way 2019 – Day 3

 

7th October 2019: Middleham to Masham – 11 miles Breakfast at the Dante Arms was OK, I was on my own in the bar area, which was nice and as I was finishing I got chatting to Emma who runs the place. I think my criticism of the place may be premature, she’s only just …

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Yoredale Way 2019 – Day 2

 

6th October 2019: Askrigg to Middleham – 14 miles The rain never arrived! Despite what looked like an unequivocal forecast last night, 70-80% chance of heavy rain in every hour slot of the day and in the end I got nothing. Well, the last 10 minutes into Middleham were a bit drizzly, but not proper …

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Yoredale Way 2019 – Day 1

 

5th October 2019: Garsdale Head to Askrigg – 12 miles I’m in the small single at the top of the stairs, the same room I’ve always had when I’ve stayed at the Moorcock in the past. I don’t remember feeling as cramped in the bed on my previous stays though! I haven’t grown much (other …

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Yoredale Way 2019 – Day 0

 

4th October 2019: Home to Garsdale Head An almost perfect set of train connections meant that I arrived at the Moorcock Inn exactly on time, about 8pm. I’d walked away from home about 1.30pm covering the 1.5 miles to the local station in plenty of time for the train to Crewe. A long wait there, …

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Getting back on the horse!

 

I felt I needed to get back on the horse that bucked me! I’ve had a pretty rotten year when it comes to long distance walking. I’m shockingly unfit, overweight and seem to have little motivation to change either situation, but I still feel the pull of the long path! Although I cancelled my walk …

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Suilven

 

The weather was forecast to be perfect today – clear skies, warm, no wind, but just enough breeze to keep the midge at bay! And so it turned out as well – one of the best day’s walking in recent memory. Not without pain, not without sweat and not without the occasional heart palpitation, but …

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Sandwood Bay

 

I had an excellent weekend away with my brother and a friend. We spent three excellent nights in the wonderful Inchnadamph Hotel, with the main target being an ascent of Suilven. We only had two full days, so we picked the better of the two for the main event and spent the other one visiting …

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