Dales Way

A long packrun, rather soggy underfoot, with some steep climbing; then into a train first thing, walk across Bradford, and arrive at Ilkley to walk to Bowness on Windermere over 5 days.  We’ll be back at Windermere later this month for another family holiday in the big bouse, albeit on a smaller scale than last year.  And a day at Ambleside sports.

Highlights include walking beside some stunning rivers; the bootleg Beatles at Grassington; lots of birds; excellent accommodation, especially for our last night, at Burneside; the nice teenager on his rather damp Duke of Edinburgh expedition, stopping us just outside Hubberholme – can I ask you some questions?  we’re doing a survey.  Where have you come from today?  what is the purpose of your journey; lots of other people we met; sitting on the bench on the green at Buckden; the lovely church at Hubberholme; excellent food – at Burneside, for breakfast, I had a giant American pancake, 2 pancakes arranged as a double decker with summer fruits and lashings of maple syrup; and, I thought, the bracing crossing from upper Wharfedale over to upper Dentdale, though Joyce thought it unpleasant as she would have liked to linger to enjoy the lovely scenery.  Not something either of us was going to do in the weather conditions we met there.

Shropshire next, for another 5 days walking.

Kettlewell typical small dales town
typical small dales town
Bowness culture shock after 5 days' walking
culture shock after 5 days’ walking


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