Walk #48: 18-mile bothy to Kirk Yetholm
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.
Where can I start? I have done it, and I am now sitting in the Border Hotel supping my free half-pint and thinking of all the memories. A very easy day today left me in a very fit state by the time I got to the Hotel and I feel like I could walk another 20 miles today. Don't think that I will give it a try, though ;*)
When I started I never really believed that I would ever finish. It has taken reserves of inner strength, energy and perhaps obstinacy to get this far, and the feeling is marvellous. The Pennine Way is a very hard walk, in some ways harder than I expected but also strangely easier than I expected to the same measure. My capacity to recover after a hard day amazes me, yet my incapacity to get up steep slopes without stopping regularly surprised me. Perhaps it was the weight of my pack. Generally I was faster than the others on the level and descents and slower on the steep ascents.
And I have decided to do it all again sometime - with variations. I will miss out the Alston to Greenhead section and probably do what Tony did and go via Nenthead.
I feel ecstatic totally ecstatic. To have done it and suffered no serious injuries on the way just totally amazes me - if anyone had told me five years ago that I had done the Pennine Way I would not have believed them. I will definitely send Prof Watkins a bottle of Whisky as a thank you - he was one of the few people who ever told me that I could do it, so largely he is to blame. ;*)
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 7.2 miles, with 1033 feet of ascent and 2224 feet of descent.
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