Thursday, 7 June 2007

These boots weren't made for walking!

Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes (14 miles). We left York on a bright morning on May 31st intending to reach the start of the walk at Horton by 9am. We actually started walking at 9.15 am and, after a few minutes of trying to persuade Carol to turn left out of the car park rather than right, we were on our way. The sun shone down on the 3 of us (Andy, Carol and Claire) which is a rare occasion in the Yorkshire Dales.

We started with a long, but not too tiring, ascent up onto Cam Fell. En route we stopped, still in the sunshine, at Ling Gill Bridge which was a picturesque spot. On Cam Fell we had spectacular views of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks - Pen-y-Gent, Whernside and Ingleborough, as well as the Ribblehead Viaduct. We now had a long walk along the tops before a long slow descent into Hawes. At this stage, just past the half-way mark 2 things happened. Firstly it started to rain, and secondly the sole started to come adrift form one of my (Andy) boots!

We trudged through the rain and cold for a couple of hours, trying to eat our sandwiches, before the sun came back out as we got nearer to Hawes. With 2 miles to go the sole of my right boot was being held on by bandages and a hair bobble (always knew they were useful for something!) and the left boot was falling apart as well! We reached Hawes at about 3pm where my trusty walking boots found their final resting place in a litter bin!

We met Rachel and Helen (back up team!) and had a well deserved cup of tea and a scone in Hawes before making our way back to York.

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