Date: Saturday 30 May 2015
Walked from: Tan Hill Inn, North Yorkshire
Walked to: Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham
Distance: 16.5 miles
Stayed: The Forresters Hotel
Weather: Dry – although wet underfoot at times
After a fantastic night at Tan Hill Inn, we set off on our walk today in the very good company of Jo and Andrew, who are section walking the Pennine Way during 2015. Anyone who walked with Jo found themselves striding along at pace, chatting away, only to eventually look back and realise the rest of the group had been left far behind. Lovely people to walk with, and it was nice to spend the day getting to know them after bumping into them en-route most days since reaching Malham Tarn! They left us, and the route, just a few miles before Middleton-in-Teesdale, and will be back in the summer for another week of walking. In the meantime, we carried on, Annette coaxing Eleanor and I up Harter Fell by the judicious resupply of sweets, and Chris continuing to carry his heavy pack as though he had nothing on his back at all.
Anyway, having started this post by talking about the end of the walk, I might as well work backwards! The route threw in a couple of reservoirs again this afternoon, and – red letter moment coming up) – we passed the midway point of our Pennine Way journey today (hurrah! Much rejoicing, etc), shortly after an ‘elevenses’ stop by a natural stone river crossing named God’s Bridge. By the time we got there everyone’s boots were soggy from the somewhat boggy traverse of Sleighholme and Wytham moors, but the Curlews and Lapwings that accompanied us in both song and impromptu ‘flybys’ provided diversions, and as usual the landscape we passed through was beautiful.
Another great day on the trail, done. A lovely evening eating and drinking at the Teesdale Hotel to mark Eleanor’s final evening. And so to bed…
Photos: Wet boots at Tan Hill Inn / grouse butts on Sleightholme Moor / Half way point / Jo trying on Chris’s bag for size