Walk #32: Standedge to Mankinholes
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.
This was a fairly easy day's walking, my legs not giving much trouble and I made very good time, actually arving above Mankinholes far to arly for the opening of the YHA at 5.00 so I went up to Stoodley Pike and generally waited around for a while. This gave me the opportunity to climb up to the top of this structure to admire some fairly spectacular views, whilst I listened to the results of the Liberal Democrat leadership election.
Today was a fairly flat walk, with many short and gentle climbs and descents. It was certainly nowhere near as strenuous as the last couple of days, and this allowed me to relax a little and enjoy the walk.
My back is giving my cause for concern, though I will try another day and see what happens. At times yesterdy it was agony. Tomorrow I am going all out for Ponden, although if I am making good time I may extend to Lothersdale.
Unfortunately I have had some big problems - my entire lower back is red raw. When I was unloading my pack in the drying room here at Mankinholes Youth Hostel I think I discovered the reason - when I reassembled my pack after washing it a few weeks ago, I put the framing in in such a way that the lower half was pressing straight into the small of my back. I have now corrected this and bought some Savlon to rub into my back. The next morning it is still tender but good enough to carry on. I have also tried the pack out and it feels generally better, with the lower half not pressing into the small of my back.
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 14.2 miles, with 1674 feet of ascent and 2074 feet of descent.
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