Walk #31: Crowden to Standedge
Map of the walk
Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.
Today was a strenuous day. A welcome break was received on the Wessenden Head Road, where there was a refreshment van called 'Snoopys' serving *massive* baps filed with bacon, egg and anything else you could imagine. Apparently the gentleman who runs it is in semi-retirement, and only opens at weekends which is a shame.
I made good progress today, spending 7 hours 30 minutes on the road. The initial climb up to Laddow Rocks was very hard due to the wind. I could really do with more stamina. I am staying at the Mankinholes Youth Hostel tomorrow, which should allow me a non-tent night and perhaps clothes washing facilities. The rocks themselves are quite spectacular, and I can see why many people climb up the craggy cliffs.
I have never been up Black Hill before, and I was aware that many people describe going up to their knees in attempts to reach the trig pillar at the summit. However I was pleased to find that, despite the heavy recent rain, the ground underfoot was firm and I could reach the pillar with absolutely no problems.
I am pleased to say that I have no new blisters after today's walking, and the one under my big toe appears to have cleared up considerably due to the Compeed plaster. The process of using both plasters and Vaseline to cure blisters has so far worked well.
I am not going to bother giving any directions for any of the stages of the Pennine Way; there are many route descriptions produced that will better anything that I could produce. The main guides I used were the OS National Trail Guides, which come complete with strip maps of the route. Click on one of the links below to go to the Amazon page for each guide.
This makes a total distance of 11.7 miles, with 2594 feet of ascent and 2152 feet of descent.
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