Walk #34: Ponden to East Marton
Map of the walk
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Today was quite a reasonable day. An early start from Ponden allowed me to get to Lothersdale by mid-day. Since I did not have much tea last night or this morning I stopped of at the pub, and the meal I had at Lothersdale came in very handy.
The highlight of the day was the spectacular view from the top of Pinhaw Beacon. I will definitely have to go up there again some day for another look. The views came as a complete surprise, and I was amazed to see a long way across North Yorkshire to the high hills.
By the time that I finished I was glad to have yet another day under my belt, with the knowledge that another day will come easily. I await with trepidation the Pen-y-ghent section, which promises to be strenuous, but I am also quite looking forward to it.
My confidence is still fairly high, and I believe that I could still finish if my back can heal. I hold a fair bit of hope of this, as my lower back which was causing me trouble earlier in the walk is now okay, and hopefully the same thing will happen to my upper back.
There has been a great deal of media hype over the total eclipse that took place in Cornwall this morning. I got a reasonable few glances at it when the clouds parted, but I was far too far north to get anything like totality. I took a photo of the eclipse right at the end, and when many clouds were out. It will probably be just a blur of cloud.
My back is *very* bad. It became bad coming down from Pinhaw Beacon. I am starting to believe that the initial damage was done by the incorrectly fitted pack, but the new irritation is being caused by sweat. The initial damage was on the lower part of my back, and that is now okay. The new pain is from my middle back between my shoulders and my waist.
I will have to do something about this. There is a chemists in Cargrave and I will call in there tomorrow on the short day and see if they can give me anything for it, e.g. some wide bandages / plasters / strapping. If it does not improve I do not fancy my chances much for the Penyghent section the day after next.
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 13.4 miles, with 2575 feet of ascent and 2926 feet of descent.
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