A cape to cape WALK
A 1250 mile backpacking adventure through Britain ...
When it first opened in April 1965, after 30 years of protracted negotiations with landowners, the Pennine Way was Britain’s first long-distance footpath. From Edale the, it climbs up through the Dark Peak’s gritstone country to Kinder Scout and Kinder Downfall. These flat gritty ‘peaks’ then give way to high moor country, fringed by former industrial towns and their now silent, dark satanic mills.
Approaching the Aire Gap at Gargrave, I get a glimpse of the distant limestone fell country of the North Pennines. I am now on familiar home territory and, with less than 700 miles to go, feel I am making progress.
From Gargrave, the Pennine Way climbs up over Fountains Fell and Pen-y-ghent to Britain’s highest pub at Tan Hill. Leaving Yorkshire behind, the Way then cuts over the moors to Teesdale, before crossing over the Pennines to Dufton. Here I pass a trio of nature’s amazing landmarks - High Force, Cauldron Snout and High Cup Nick - all crafted by Nature from the resilient Whin Sill rock formation. Cross Fell, the highest peak in the Pennines, is followed by the stunning Hadrian’s Wall country, a highlight of the entire walk. Bidding farewell to Roman Britain, I climb over the Wall and head off into the barbarian lands. A long climb on to the Cheviots is followed by a few miles of straggly border fence where the sheep on both sides are milling around, disputing whether to remain in Scotland, but retaining special cross-Border grazing and tupping rights if they don't.
From my top-of-the world campsite on ancient Clennell Street, gale force winds speed me on my way to Kirk Yetholm for the thirsty Way finisher’s free pint at the Border Hotel.
The start of the Pennine Way and 250 miles of moors and high fell country
Jacobs Ladder takes me up onto Kinder Scout, Derbyshire
Looking back to Crowden and distant Kinder Scout
Yorkshire! High-rise terraces at Hebden Bridge
A delightful snicket climbs out of Hebden Bridge
Rhododendrons from Nepal at Black Clough hill
A ruined Farm above Cowling, a sad but not uncommon sight in Yorkshire
A double-decker canal bridge, East Marton, North Yorks
Malham Cove on the Craven Fault, the start of the Yorkshire Dales
Pen-y-ghent, my favourite Yorkshire mountain
Dry Lathe Barn, Old Ing, Ribblesdale
Above Hardraw, the hill opposite is riddled with underground mine workings for flagstone
Crackpot Hallslipping slowly out of sight, Swaledale
Cauldron Snout in Glorious Teesdale
The magnificent glaciated "U" valley of High Cup Nick, Cumbria
Crossfell Summit with the Highest Sheep in the Pennines
Gregs Hut, a bothy on Cross Fell
Hadrians Wall, on the edge of the Roman Empire
Milecastle 39, where I get a telling off from a sheep
Sycamore Gap on Hadrian's Wall
Crossing over the Wall into Barbarian Lands
Clennell Street, on top of the Cheviots on the Scottish Border
The end of the Pennine Way
A celebratory Black bottle of wiskey, or two
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Stage 1 - South West England
Stage 2 - Welsh Borders to Derbyshire Dales
Stage 3 - The Pennine Way
Stage 4 - Southern Uplands to Scottish Highlands
Stage 5 - Cape Wrath Trail
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