20th May 2018
Weather: Overcast with high white cloud in morning, thickening later. Warm with cool breeze on high ground.
Woke at 04:50 to a sunny morning. After a huge pan of porridge and some fruit I set off walking 06:20. It was hot in the valley yesterday afternoon so I wanted to start in cool conditions.
Was on Great Shunner Fell by 09:30, having met Simon, organic cattle farmer from Lewes, Sussex. We walked along & chatted for a bit. Spoke with a group of walkers from Leicestershire going towards Thwaite. I won’t forget the open-mouthed look from one lady on learning of my “quest”.
Had a “cyclists breakfast” at a hotel cafe in Thwaite 11:50 which set me up for some time. This was Swaledale, a most beautiful dale. The walk from Thwaite to Keld, high above a steep-sided limestone valley, with a wide river bed. Primroses and bluebells on the hillside.
Stopped at Keld 14:00-14:30 dipping my feet in the river. Then a walk across moorland: several noisy curlews, arriving Tan Hill Inn 16:30
Lots of fun chat in the Inn with Simon, two runners – who met Kat at Tan Hill yesterday.
View from Hardraw bridge
Simon on the ascent: Abbotside Common behind.
Great Shunner Fell summit
Thwaite in distance on descent
Tree fern fossil (?) on track.
Above Swaledale looking NE