Having conquered the Lake District in my early teens, or so I thought, I was ready for another walking challenge, but this time decided I needed someone to accompany me!
Up stepped Martin, my old mate from school, who should have known better and Phil my new acquaintance from work, who didn’t know better and the challenge The Pennine Way!
In 1975 The Pennine Way was a real navigational endurance test, especially for three inadequately equipped , inexperience, naive teenagers who did not fully understood the enormity of the expedition ahead!
Torrential rain crossing Kinder Scout and Bleaklow on the first day did not dampen our enthusiasm and three weeks later we arrived at the Border Hotel in Kirk Yetholm having had an adventure that changed our lives forever!
We had to battle against physical exhaustion, mental torture, Pennine weather and peat bogs but the experience was wonderful! Every single day was superb and drove us more and more to succeed and succeed we did.
It was and still is the longest pub crawl I’ve ever been on and I still don’t know how I lost my socks at the Slaggyford Annual Sheep Dog Trails Barn Dance and how they got posted back to my mum, washed!!!
Thank you A Wainwright
Thank you for Kinder Downfall, Bleaklow, Lothersdale, Malham Cove, Pen-y-Ghent, Horton in Ribblesdale Cafe, Keld, Low Force, High Force, Couldrons Snout, High Cup Nick, Dufton, Cross Fell, Garrigill, Slaggyford, Once Brewed, The Cheviot and the Border Hotel, Kirk Yetholm, thank you very much!!!
The gentle persuasion continued in my early twenties sending more unsuspecting groups of inexperienced colleagues to tackle the Three Peaks of Yorkshire and the Lyke Wake Walk.
The Journey So Far! Part 1