Rest Day at Horton in Ribblesdale

Thursday 21st June 2018

It’s the longest day today, but for me it has been a rest day.

The sun has been shining all day and a stiff breeze has stopped it getting too hot. Once again I’m camped in a lovely spot with great views.

This the campsite between visitors – just me.

These tiny lambs are one field away. They are the smallest I’ve seen for weeks.

This the flock being moved back into the field on the other side of the wall from me. The sheepdogs were really enthusiastic and seemed to love their job.

I’ve reorganised all my kit,

discovered some items on need of repair/replacement, eaten a lot, updated my log book, cut a new orthosis for my right shoe, and had a peaceful day.

I had lunch at the Pen-y-Ghent cafe and signed their Pennine Way log-book that dates back to 1965.

As the day wore on people started to trickle into the campsite. A Duke of Edinburgh group with leaders and an assessor, people starting the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in the morning, Pennine Way walkers.

This is a great place for active people, but it does mean a fair number of very-tired folks sitting without shoes and socks at the end of the afternoon. Most satisfying.

Tomorrow is my last walking day of this phase, and I then have to wait three days in Hawes before my train home on Monday. This was not the original plan, but the position of campsites forced higher daily mileage, getting me to Hawes earlier.


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