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Pennine Way Diary
Saturday 13th May 2006-06-04 Day 11
This morning was the first time we woke up to drizzle, but canít complain too much a about the weather. We all slept well in our respective bunks and had a lovely breakfast with porridge. The old codger had not ordered porridge but helped himself to ours. Eirlys was incensed.
Set off around the reservoir in light rain past the former home of Hannah Hauxwell at Birk Hat. It looks very different now with the a 4 x 4 parked in the front .A landmark moment here as this marked the halfway point in our journey and still no blisters. There followed an uphill stretch followed by a lovely walk down to Middleton in Teesdale for toasted teacakes and several cups of tea. The rain had stopped now and this was FA cup final day. I was looking in a pub window at a football match and was amazed to see that it was Lincoln City in their playoff semi final with Grimsby. We were losing 1-0.
The Pennine Way follows the Tees for several miles after Middleton and so made easy walking and very beautiful. We were all walking along minding our own business when Peter J let out a cry. Pete and Eirlysís friends John and Eileen had driven up from Surrey to surprise them on the walk. They certainly were surprised.
For lunch it was champagne and carrot cake sitting by the river. Really lovely. The river at low force was super but it was spectacular at High Force.
We arrived at Langdon Beck YHA which was warm and welcoming. Pete and Pat once again had bagged the best room.
It was Pats 65th birthday and John and Eileen
kindly gave us all a lift to the High Force Hotel for a celebration
meal. There was much laughing and drinking and we gave Pat her card
and present we had carried all the way from Hawes. Andy was staying
at the hotel so he joined the party as well. We rolled back at the
hostel at 11 pm a little worse for wear but not locked out thank
goodness. A great night and a birthday I think Pat will remember for
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