Walk #47: Byrness to 18-mile bothy
Map of the walk
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Oh wonderful bothy, the place of my dreams. Though the wind may be blowing outside, you keep me warm inside...
Okay, poetry has never been my strong point, but I can honestly say that I have rarely been as happy to see a building as I was when I saw this bothy emerge through the mist after cheating and guiding myself to it using my GPS. The weather outside is terrible, and if for some reason I had not found this bothy where I was expecting it, today may have been a very different story for me. It probably would not have been a mountain rescue one, but I would have been extremely unhappy. Whoever claims that GPS are unnecessary on the hills will not get a vote from me...
The weather today was truly awful. When I left the YYA it was spitting slightly and there were low clouds over the hills. Once onto the hills I was walking through clouds with a very strong wind coming from my right, meaning that the right hand side of my body was getting wet. Nothing too disastrous though.
After my 35 minute lunch break at the 9-mile bothy the weather really closed in, with periods of driving rain and very low visibility (about ten feet at times). Ended up with the entire lower half of my body getting soaked, including both my feet as my boots slowly filled up with water.
Now it is simply a case of keeping myself warm through the night and not getting chilled. Later on I will make myself some food to warm myself and the bothy up a smidgen.
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 18.1 miles, with 3629 feet of ascent and 2806 feet of descent.
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