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Pennine Way Diary
Wednesday 10th May 2006 Day 8
The most beautiful 14 miles of perfect scenery. Several points gave magnificent views of the three peaks plus Cam Fell.
It was a good breakfast Peter marking it 9/10 and we were on our way calling at the Pen-y-Ghent Café for some pack up and leaving Horton by 9.30.
A navigating error was made here as we started following “big stick” down the road until I spotted the mistake and we found the lane behind the pub. “Big stick” just likes walking on roads. It was another stony path but not so painful at the start of the day. As we climbed the scene unfolded around us with all three peaks in view as well as the Ribblehead Viaduct. After a steady climb we reached the Cam Road and joined the Dales Way which we had walked 14 years before. We lunched near the top and sat and rested in the sunshine. A few Dales Way walkers passing by.
There followed a level walk around the edge of Dodd Fell with good views. Hopes for an easy descent were answered with beautiful lush grass footpaths to within a short distance of Hawes. It was no surprise to find Pete and Pat resting behind a wall above Hawes phoning for further accommodation. We arrived in Hawes hot and dusty longing for cups of tea and we had to have scones as well.
The YHA lies at the end of the town and on arrival found P and P already installed in the best room (en-suite in a YHA) and drinking the local brew. Us lesser mortals had to make do with rooms a little like a cell but there were good views from the windows.. A very good evening at the White Hart with the whole gang in for the evening and rather taking over the place. The local trades people were doing a job swap for charity so our barman for the evening was the fish and chip shop owner. The local builder was down in his chippie doing the honours so perhaps it was a good job we passed on that one.
We strolled home with Pete and Pat to the YHA looking in the shop windows as we meandered home to our beds.
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