18th May 2018
Weather: Blue sky, sunny, warm. A cool breeze out of valley. Some afternoon cloud, a very warm afternoon & evening in Hawes.
The campsite was very busy early this morning with large and small groups preparing to walk the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. And what a fine day for it.
I left 08:00, and the PW Route was rather a lonely one apart from where it coincided with: the descent from Pen-y-Ghent (walkers); the PW bridleway (bicycles); The byway on Dodd fell (motorbikes, and loads of them). One runner who was headed into HIR in the morning, she passed me going back to Hawes about 2 hours later!
Route followed mostly hard moorland track, some good views across Ribblesdale and away to the west on Dodd Fell. Descending into Hawes: Wensleydale and Great Shunner Fell: tomorrow’s route.
Arrived Hawes YHA at 4pm (I had a foot bath in the stream at Ling Gill bridge, a longish lunch about 12:00). An easy pace for the day with an “early” finish. The hostel seems deserted this evening: a few cycling groups presumably gone into the village for dinner. I am happily cool-bathing the left foot, it seems to be working well. A 4-bed dorm with just one other person.
I debated with myself on taking a day off: but the foot is doing well, I feel well & the weather is certainly with me and forecast is good for days! I may stop at Keld tomorrow, in which case don’t expect a blog entry. It’s a further 2 hours to Tan Hill Inn where I should be able to connect.
Busy campsite just before 08:00 An even larger group left about an hour earlier.
I believe Beth named this “Water Aven” yesterday
An abundance of orchids at Ling Gill Nature Reserve
Cyclists at Junction of PW, Pennine Bridleway and Dales Way with Ingleborough & Ribblehead viaduct as background
Ingleborough (the knobbly one), peeking over the top of Whernside
Nice piece of Wensleydale Grommit!