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Well its the day after... and after a hot bath and a lovely bed :) i am now reflecting on the memories of the 270 mile trek

It has to be said, the weather did its best to spoil our first half of the walk... so its no suprise i enjoyed the second half better in the sunshine, even if the heat made uphill walking more difficult.

i would recommend the Pennine Way to anyone, i think anyone can do it, just some may be quicker or take longer.

The point isnt how long it takes, do it at a speed thats comfortable and you can take in the sights... Thats the main problem really, taking your time means probably 3 weeks and more!! its a long time and as i found out... it ends up costing more that you think too.

Along the way you see enough moors to make you bored to be honest... climbing a big hill for a few hours in hot sunshine with tired legs just because the view is supposed to be great.... then finally getting there to look at even more moors, when you have been already looking at moors for 2 weeks... definately loses its appeal!!

views of open hills is cool for day walkers... but to the long distance walker it becomes yet another hill to go over :(

ok moan over ahha now the good stuff :)

when you finally get off the hills and see parts of this great countries quaint little villages and sights is something to cherish...
Local history that people are proud of.
Seeing wildlife you dont see if you spend alot of time in cities
Great river walks taking in waterfalls fish and footbridges
walking through forests that you only thought was available in Canada!! only without nasty Bears here :)

So yes its alot of miles and you do get sore legs... but its worth it.

on top of that you find out a few things about yourself too... stamina and mental strength.

they say 500 people a week start the pennine way... and only 1% finish it!!
I have to say when i started in Edale i saw plenty of people and its true that most people give up after 2 days(1 of our party did) but after a few days we saw hardly anyone.. perhaps 1 person every 4 days or more!!

so pleased i did it... proud i finished it and have great memories :)

In fact im already thinking i want to do it again... just a case of when, ill definately do it earlier in the summer next time though.
18th Sep 2009, 12:24  

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Viv says:

we enjoyed it too
thanks

18th Sep 2009, 17:02

I certainly enjoyed it, thanks from me too my friend, you reawakened some lovely memories for me. I did my Pennine Way in September, starting on my 37th birthday (17th), 1996. Thanks for sharing, and as I said earlier, if you fancy doing some walking or cycling in Wales, please get in touch!

19th Sep 2009, 20:31

Sharon says:

The photos are brill!
I guess its back to work now then...Hmmm? ....So many great pictures! Have you thought about gettin them processed and putting them in an album?

21st Sep 2009, 21:30

RedDevil says:

I really regret not taking a proper camera now, all these photos was taken on my phone and the quality isnt the best :(

my proper camera is big SLR (Nikon D80) and when i set off i was trying to keep the weight down.

however when i do it again i will have to buy a nice compact camera to get better shots :)

22nd Sep 2009, 09:09

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