slightly overcast but warm. My detour to get a new pair of boots meant
that I had a 3 mile stretch to do before rejoining the Penine Way. The
three miles passed easily and I was back on the well marked paths
again trodden by so many walkers. While many parts of the route are
remote this is easily the busiest path I've been on so far with
walkers and cyclists in abundance; maybe that's because it's the bank
holiday weekend but this is clearly a very popular path.
Most of the walking today has been on the high moors and on paths in
the springy peat which made for reasonably comfortable walking. There
were a few descents and ascents in and out of valleys which challenged
the new boots but they remained reasonably comfortable even through
this and I'm pleased with them so far. Tomorrows forecasted rain will
show how good they really are!
I'd planned to walk on until about 8pm tonight and if necessary camp
out on the moor but at 6pm there was a sign for a farm shop just a
couple of hundred yards and also camping; as the camping turned out to
be free and the shop was stocked with everything a hungry walker could
want my days walking was done!
I've covered about 18 miles today from Marsden to just north of Hebden
Bridge. I crossed the M62 this morning and am now north of Manchester
and a few miles south of Leeds.