Pennine Journey continued - Bainbridge to High Force Day 4 Wednesday 25 April 2012 Bainbridge to Keld 12.8 miles 1875 ft ascent
After driving from Pickering we
parked Geoff's car up (Yvonne and Jennie stayed overnight in Askrigg) and we
walked from Bainbridge (after a late start) to Keld, where we stayed at the
excellent Butt House.
Yvonne - Jennie - Judy - Geoff at Gyhllfoot Tearoom in Gunnerside where wet & muddy walkers are welcome
Day 5 Thursday 26 April 2012 Keld to Bowes 13.8 miles 1330 ft ascent
We walked from Keld
to Bowes via Tan Hill from where we needed to use the wet weather route
suggested in the book. Prior to that on the way up to Tan Hill we had to leave
the Pennine Way at Lad Gill which was impassable as the picture below shows. We
stayed at The Ancient Unicorn Inn in Bowes. Good food, but very poor
accommodation, however there was nowhere else to stay.
between Keld and Tan Hill was blocked by a swollen beck Left to right: Geoff,
Phil, Jennie, Yvonne
spent two hours at Tan Hill drying out. They made us welcome. The Ciabatta
sandwiches are much nicer than the Lasagne was! Not recommended, the Lasagne
can see the amount of water in the River Greta near Bowes
get off the same bridge we had to climb the fence. The gate was awash.
Day 6 Friday 27 April 2012 Bowes to Middleton in Teesdale 12.8 miles 1570 ft ascent
I had never walked in this area
before. We enjoyed lovely sunny weather and stayed that night at the Teesdale Hotel which
was excellent in all respects.
much more pleasant day. We made the detour over Goldsborough Hill to find a
pleasant lunch spot in a hollow.
in Teesdale now in sight
Day 7 Saturday 28 April 2012 (Half day walk) Middleton in Teesdale to High Force 7.1 miles 750 ft ascent
We walked from Middleton
to High Force, the first time I've ever been there. There was plenty of water
coming over the fall from previous days, yet it wasn't raining that day.
My first visit to High Force in Teesdale
We walked back to the High Force Hotel for lunch and
then used Hodgsons's Taxis from Barnard Castle to return us and our luggage back
We are continuing up to Hadrian's Wall in October
and have pledged to finish up back in Settle in September 2013 80 years to the day that Wainwright completed his Pennine Journey.