July 3, 2008
Journal0945 Setting off... see how it goes ;)
|Leaving the Keld Lodge, fed and watered.|
To get here from Keld there's a circuit of Kisdon Hill which from the map seems unnecessary but actually lets you see views of old Swaledale mines and you get to walk along some of Yorkshire's fabled green lanes. Thwaite is a sleepy little place. After here there's a big long gradual climb onto Great Shunner Fell.
|Dropping down into Thwaite, a pretty green lane.|
Fantastic view from up here - with a substantial seat / cairn to have a rest. Also, mobile signal for the first time in days, so (bizarrely) sent some texts and a picture message!
|Approaching Great Shunner Fell.|
|On Great Shunner Fell.|
In the Green Dragon. It was a long descent into Hardraw off Great Shunner Fell - I thought the track would never end! But I feel quite good today. I think I will finish this walk after all :) Perseverance, determination, endurance. I'm learning about myself. The beer I'm drinking here is really nice - Tippell Brewery "Balls Up!" - tasty!
|The descent to Hardraw is very long, but a good track.|
As soon as I left Hardraw it started raining, so a miserable end to the day. Made it into the YHA before it opened, but able to start getting my wet things dry. Alls well, geezer showed up and there's room for me to stay. Going to eat in Hawes because it has a lot of nice looking pubs.
|Some of the stiles on the PW are pretty tough to get over|
with a big rucksack on. This one was particularly difficult!
Had a nice dinner - spicy wings and lasagne. Only one pint of Riggwelter drunk, which since it's on draught here is quite an achievement in itself, but probably for the best. Not sure what to do now... another beer? I think not. Probably should phone the family :)
Day 10 StatisticsKLD - HAW13.22 miles (164 miles from KY; 59.9%)
716m max elev.
overall average: 2.5mph
|The Green Dragon, Hardraw.|