Walk #46: Bellingham to Byrness
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.
I arrived too early for the YHA again, so was forced (reluctantly of course) to spend some time in the pub chatting to the landlord. In the evening I went to the pub again with the Holmes family (who have been on the same day of the Pennine Way as me since my day off in Malham).
Generally a nice days walking, but was very fatigued until I had had a rest in the pub. There are a party of schoolchildren in the YHA and it is full, so I do not know how much sleep I am going to get. Tomorrow promises to be a *very* hard day, so I hope that I manage to get enough sleep.
The walk today involved more forests. Many people really give the impression that they hate the forest sections of the Pennine Way, but in my honest opinion the variety of scenery you see on the Way is one of its best points. If the Way kept to windswept hillsides all the time I would have found it most boring. As it stands, we had two days involving forestry plantations, and we only spent about half our time each day inside them. It was not as if we spent weeks walking through them, which would have been a bind. After all, variety is the spice of life, and that goes for walking as much as anything else.
Tomorrow is the start of the Cheviot traverse, an 18-mile climb over the remotest part of England. It also includes my first taste of Scotland. The end is so near that you can almost taste it...
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 14.7 miles, with 1772 feet of ascent and 1490 feet of descent.
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And finally, enjoy your walking!
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