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Dales Way, Solo walker - June 2017

13th Jun 2017 by Jon Monks

You will be delighted to know that I have returned from a successful trek in one piece, without any aches or pains. I am preparing a power point presentation The following is a brief summary of the trek.

Thursday 1st June -

Pam and I travelled to our son and daughter in Law, Chris and Lianne at Shipley in preparation for the start of the trek in Yorkshire.

Shepherd Walks have booked accommodation and transport for myself and day to day movement of luggage. They also provided a satellite tag so that my movements could be monitored and to give me an emergency response facility as I was walking alone.

We had a meal and evening briefing and retired for bed.

Friday 2nd June –

Leaving their home at 9.00am I said good bye to Pam and set off by taxi to Grassington for the start of my trek. This village was the largest I would visit during the journey.

Leaving the lush low-lying meadows with a climb up onto the limestone pavement, passing over dryer valleys higher up the with extensive views into the upper Wharfe beyond. Dropping into Kettlewell for packed lunch and into more remote parts accentuated by a change in field patterns and barns. The footpath now following the upstream course of the river Wharfe to Buckden and onto Hubberholme for my night accommodation at The George Inn.

15.00 arrival and first beer. Today’s journey of 12.5 miles in a northerly direction started wet but was warm and sunny for the rest of the day.

Saturday 3rd June -

After a very comfortable night and prepared breakfast I was joined by Chris who would accompany me for the day. (Pam and Lianne having dropped him off).

A 9.00 am start leaving Hubberholme again by the river Wharfe in a westerly direction the landscape changed after 2 hours turning north and a short uphill road climb onto a track through open ground, travelling west again, the river still in sight below us in the valley. After a lunch break the terrain became rough with bracken and marsh grasses dominating.

After Yockerthwaite the trail passed a bronze age stone circle a henge or base of a burial mound. At Nethergill Farm, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have an information centre. We climbed 500m to the highest point crossing Ribble moor from where we could see views of the Yorkshire 3 peaks – Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent. A downhill path joining the Pennine Way and steady drop to Gearstones, onto Ribblehead and a view of the famous Viaduct.

My B & B for the night was Shepherds Cottage, Wingshaw. Very remote and a distance from the Station Inn where we met Lianne and Pam at 16.00 hrs.

Todays journey of 13 miles was sunny and warm.

Sunday 4th June –

Shepherds Cottage was very comfortable and the hospitality was above average.

I left at 9.15 am and took the Dales Way path which continued uphill directly beside the cottage.

It had rained heavily during the night and the moorland was very boggy. A steep climb followed by an undulating poor path across the high level above the dale. Joining a minor road and passing under a further railway viaduct shorter but as spectacular as the Ribblehead.

A long road walk through Dentdale alongside the river Dee with views of Pen Y Ghent and Ingleborough. A footpath arriving at Dent and The George and Dragon for another Inn B&B.
Today journey of 12 miles with mixed weather completed by 15.00 hrs.

Monday 5th June –

The view out of the window from the inn looked very wet when I awoke.

After a good breakfast, I started with full wet weather gear at 9.30am. The footpath leading from Dent alongside the river Amble with some on road and some on footpath through fields.

A final climb over Long Rigg on a green path with views of Sedbergh and the Howgill fells.

I arrived at my finishing point in Sedbergh where I was met by the taxi and after lunch in a local café was driven back to Shipley. Today a walk of 6 miles in pouring rain.

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