Monday, 9 July 2012

Pennine Way Day 16 - Crowden - Edale

July 9, 2008

0600 Crowden
A miserable night - cold mainly, not much sleep. Am making coffee and breakfast and will then pack up and leave. Tired and cold.

Departed midge-land.
Torside Reservoir.
On Clough Edge, Torside Clough.
Wain Stones, or "kissing stones" - a curious natural rock formation.
1450 Nag's Head, Edale
Arrived Nag's Head, Edale. I was almost in tears on the little path down into Edale. This is a fucking hard walk. Make no bones about it.

Today, 6 miles from home, was the first time I got lost on the whole walk, on Bleaklow. I mean it! Properly lost. Without GPS and map I might have either ended up somewhere completely wrong or been wandering around up there for hours :( Still, eventually I got myself back on track.
On Bleaklow. Very strange terrain.
Then got lost in this sort of thing...

... because it all looks the same up there.
Featherbed Moss was totally boring - 2.5 miles of slabs - already in agony.
2.5 miles of this - Featherbed Moss.
Kinder Scout - too long.
On Kinder Scout.
Jacob's Ladder - too steep.
Descending Jacob's Ladder.
Path to Edale from there too long and last little hill, you don't even normally notice, 50m ascent, brutally cruel, just like Wainwright's last hill before Kirk Yetholm.
Field path into Edale. Got a bit tearful here.
Still, I DID IT :)

Now I'm drinking 5.5% beer :) :)
In the Nag's Head, at the end.
I think I'm going to cry later.

Day 16 Statistics

18.5 miles (276 miles from KY; 100%)
995m ascent
647m max elev.
time moving: 6h44m
time stopped: 0h29m
overall average: 2.6mph
average while moving: 2.7mph


Wow! I didn't think of much else on this day except getting to the end. On the tramp across Featherbed Moss I started counting steps to get myself through it. Now, looking back from 4 years away, the pain is a distant memory and it seems amazing that I can have been struggling so much. But reading my journal makes me remember that I was! Today and yesterday would normally have been great walking days, but at the end of the PW they were very very hard.

You can see on the masthead picture for today how wrong I went on Bleaklow. It all looks the same up there! I had to take a bearing towards Higher Shelf Stones and go in a straight line over all the haggs and groughs to intersect the PW path. At the time I couldn't understand what had happened, but afterwards from looking at the GPS trace I realised I had come to the Wain Stones and Bleaklow Head in the wrong order, because I was following the path on the ground rather than the line of the PW. So that set me in completely the wrong direction because I knew it was straight on at Bleaklow Head! Very confusing.

I really did cry a bit coming down the path into Edale. I didn't cry later, just had a rest :)
What I looked like at the end.
What I felt like.

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