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109 thoughts on “Comments, contact

  1. Well done Adam. That last day what an epic one. As a fair weather walker, I can’t image myself ever doing any part of that walk. Loved your blog again. Sandy

    1. Thanks Sandy. Glad you enjoyed it! last day was a bit of an epic but the weather was kind to me. Just a very long way and I ended up with very very wet feet!

  2. Very well done Adam, a real epic, shades of Scott of the Antartic, I reckon they’ll be queueing up to make a film of it very soon !
    I just hope you haven’t got trenchfoot which could put paid to your walking for a while !
    Looking forward very much to your talk about it, it should be enthralling !

  3. Three cheers Adam!!! Sterling job!

    Your journey has been very informative and entertaining. Thanks to you, I’ve discovered a new pursuit – ARMCHAIR HIKING, such fun!
    I have three more weeks of sick leave to cover; I guess I just have to return to Podcasts and audio books
    The Pennine Way is now added to my ever-growing bucket list, I hope to tackle it someday, in sections and definitely not in the winter!

    Congratulations and Thank you

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Bola. And thanks for your messages of encouragement along the way – they really helped! Hope you make a speedy recovery

  4. And avoiding Rumblingsyke Bog was, I’m quite sure, very wise. A walk to be attempted only when the ground is frozen completely solid!

  5. Congratulations, Adam! Not only have you completed the iconic Pennine Way, but at a time of year when many would be PW walkers would contemplate no more than planning a late spring/summer attempt in their armchairs with the central heating on high!

    You are so right about wet feet! On my walk last year, I learnt the lesson quickly, but seemed to forget it overnight. So I would start a day with nice dry boots (sometimes) and fondly think that I would be able to keep my feet dry. I soon realised that wasn’t going to happen and gave up, realising that dodging puddles
    is tiring. But, the next morning, with dry boots, the cycle would start again!

    The hostel owner at Byrness told me that he had to take one PW walker to hospital with trench foot!

    Congratulations once again, and I have very much enjoyed the blog

    1. Thanks Richard. I think I have avoided trench foot – though some of my toenails are looking a bit poorly…

  6. ‘You have completed a mission and achieved an ambition. You have walked the Pennine Way, as you dreamed of doing. This will be a very satisfying moment in your life. You will be tired and hungry and travel stained. But you will feel great, just great. There is no brass band to great you; there is nobody waiting to pin a medal on your breast. Nobody cares that you have walked and just this minute completed the Pennine Way. No, the satisfaction you feel is intensely personal and cannot be shared. The sense of achievement is yours alone, simply because you have earned it alone. Others cannot understand. Indeed it may well happen that, returned to ‘civilisation’ (so called) you will for a time feel lonelier than ever you did in the wilderness of mountain and moorland. But you will go on feeling great. Well, anyway, you didn’t walk the Pennine Way to please other people. You did it because it was a challenge and you wanted to see whether you could do it. You wanted to test yourself. You didn’t do it to earn memories, but memories you will have and in abundance for the rest of your life, highlighting past days you will find you have enriched yourself. You will be more ready to tackle other big ventures and more able to bring them to a successful conclusion. You have learned not to give up. You will be a better man (or woman) because you have walked the Pennine Way.’
    Alfred Wainwright

  7. Well done Adam, great blog. I am currently section hiking the Pennine Way but next year, when I retire, I am planning to do LEJOG+ on the same lines as yourself; your blog was really useful in the planning stages for sure.
    Good look today – hopefully you will complete the PW today, if not tomorrow.
    Remember – no matter how wet the weather or the size of the blisters or how tired the legs – you are free, outside in the fresh air and not stuck indoors at a desk!!

  8. Hi Adam,

    I have enjoyed reading your blog, especially the earlier parts that I am more familiar with. A suggestion to enhance your remaining journey and that is to contemplate the underground world. Like you, I was a sceptic until I agreed to a sport swop with my caving neighbour. He took me caving and I took him climbing. We both really enjoyed the differences. I subsequently enjoyed caving if only because of a special characteristic that I appreciate and that is exploring unknown places. In a cave you can tell if you are the first person to explore it which can rarely be explored in the hills.

    George

    1. Hi George – I didn’t know you were a speleologist as well – clearly a man of very many talents! I’m afraid that I dislike cold and wet, and the prospect of getting stuck as the floodwaters rise, too much to want to give it a try. But never say never, you know. Maybe one day you will find me suspended above Gaping Ghyll…

  9. Hello, even on a ” dull” day , you make me laugh. There seems to be a lack of desserts and treats on this walk or am I missing something? Interesting what you say about the war zone. .we lived near Farnborough and the noise from the air show was terrifying. Good luck and I hope the next refreshment stop is more salubrious.

    1. Thanks Michelle! You would have been amazed today – I had cheese and biscuits for dinner even when chocolate brownie with butterscotch sauce was on the menu! I probably won’t do it again, though. Anything that doesn’t go well with custard is generally not worth eating. Hope you’re all well! Adam

  10. So great that you had such a lovely day marching along with those pesky Romans. I am going to add lardy cake to the 4 course salad meal that you’re getting next time you visit sunny Sussex…

    1. I know!! Can’t wait to get some of those Scottish rays later this year. Tinto Hill is still a gap I’d like to fill one day

  11. Hi Adam – good to meet you walking from Dufton to Alston on Saturday – what a day. We made it back to Dufton the next day, experiencing more snow but great views. We’re now at home resting our knees.

    Have a great rest of the journey, we shall follow you 🙂

    All the best,
    Alan, Anna and Giles

    1. Hi there. Thanks for being my trio of “sweepers” on Saturday – I was mighty glad that you were there. I’m glad you made it back OK – I lost sight of you on the way down from Greg’s hut and did wonder what time you eventually got into Alston. Just three days left now, and looking forward to it. A fantastic day with Hadrian today!

  12. So, Adam, you should have had an excellent day’s walk today. The stretch to Housesteads is, in my opinion, the best part of Hadrian’s Wall. From here you strike north to Bellingham and then Byrness. As I said in an earlier comment, these were the worst days of my entire walk last year.

    I have looked back on my blog and was amused to see your comment:

    “Oh dear Richard! Your blog has in no way tempted me to try the Pennine Way again. It was just like that when I did it in 1977 and given that you had the same 40 years ago and again today, I can only conclude its truly grim all the time.”

    You have proved this assumption, which I shared, to be incorrect, at least during the first few days.

    If you have time, have another look at Days 97 & 98 of my blog, if not just as a reminder to avoid Rumbligsyke Bog on the Byrness day. There is a track that skirts round it and as I said, that is the route that Andrew McCloy will include in his upcoming book on the PW. I thoroughly recommend it. I wish that I had followed it.

    Of course, the weather was against me last summer. If it is good for you, the experience maybe different. You will find some stone slabbed paths on the second day but, otherwise, without good weather, this will be a couple of bleak and desperate days! Things pick up greatly when you reach the Cheviots, though.

    1. Hi Richard – um yes now you mention it I guess I must have made those observations about the PW. I’ll try and check out your blog again j. The morning, to remind myself what I am letting myself in for! Cheers. Adam.

  13. The last few days looke serriously challenging with the distances and the weather – I have been looking at the white on the hills and was glad to be down in the vale of York sheltered from the worst of the wind. I remember FTP being useful a few years ago but I don’t recall how to use it.

    1. Yes it’s been a bit bleak I have to say. Today was a real welcome respite, despite the wet bogginess. And just getting the hang of FTP. Seems to be a much more robust way of uploading files to the website than the built in WordPress uploader. Much more tolerant of slow / noisy network connections. Looking forward to the Hadrians Wall section tomorrow. Cheers!

  14. Hi Adam I hope the walk over Cross fell was better than yesterday. We were walking in this area last summer and it still was bitterly cold. So must be a year round thing!

    Crossed the Pennines via the Woodhead pass today on the way to Liverpool. In the sun on the way back it was stunning in the snow. Hope you got some sun too.

    Re the broadband speed in Yorkshire it appears that the highest average speeds are in Hemel. So you must be used to fast speeds. Unlike we northerners!

    1. Hi Jill well today was a bit of an “epic part 2”. A 21 mile slog through deep snow and bitter cold. But probably the second-hardest day f the PW and in extreme conditions so in bar at moment having a Scotch to celebrate! And have just discovered FTP. Brilliant way to cope with thin broadband!

  15. My goodness Adam! You didn’t have a “snow day” like the rest of us then, schools closed, hibernating in the warm for the day? The picture of Cauldron Snout is great. Stay warm.

    1. Well much as I might have liked to, I couldn’t allow myself a “snow” day. Actually if I had, the “snow” day would have become a “slush” day 24 hours later, which is far worse!

  16. Yes, I’m with Corrine here. It wasn’t as if the salad was instead of a sandwich! Think of it as a bonus and be grateful for the extra vitamins that you would have got (although judging by the size of the salad, probably not so many!).

    Glad that you had a Gold day yesterday ……. and didn’t it feel all the better following on from a couple of Classics? Think how great the long day over the Cheviots will feel after a couple of PW distressed days!

    1. Well today had a completely different adjective and it wasn’t gold, lite or classic. You’ll just have to read the blog to find out. I managed ok tho was significantly slowed by the weight of all that vegetation I had forced myself to eat yesterday.

  17. Good to hear you’re still enjoying your winter walk. What lovely weather you’ve had- so much nicer than doing it in August. I am really looking forward to hearing all about it when you’re back. Will be inviting you round for a 5 course salad meal. X

  18. You complaining about salad huh
    If you were with bear grills you would be eating some maggot and drinking your own urine. Almost the weekend and recovered from some bug and almost ready for bishop 2.

    1. Ok well I’m not bear grylls. But I did see a rather tempting looking dead mole on the path side yesterday evening. Could have made a tasty supper, I thought..

  19. So two Pennine Way Classic days. A shame, but I think that you need the occasional Classic to fully appreciate the Gold! The two worst days of my entire walk last year were the only two days that I was on the Pennine Way (after leaving Hadrian’s Wall for Bellingham). You still have those to come! Is there a word to describe something rather worse than Classic? If so, that was the Bellingham Day!

    Great photos. I particularly like the panorama over Greta Vale.

    1. Well thanks for those cheering words, Richard – spoken like a true Northerner! Distressed ™ would probably describe something even worse than Classic, I think.. Glad you like the photos. I was tempted to follow your lead and invest in a small compact camera, but in the end I just made do with my trusty old iPhone. So far so good, though it could still have an episode of boot looping..

  20. Tan hill by bike last time I was there. Looking forward to hearing about Alston. Remember 1981 aob challenge? Cost me a toenail or two.

    1. Huh. I remember AOB challenge too. My stupid idea. Was this that sowed the seed for Adam’s subsequent meanderings?

      1. It is slowly coming back to me and I found myself wondering in the way down from High Cup Nick this afternoon if Imo had been on the challenge as well. Well now the puzzle is answered! For some reason I just remember there being a lot of trees and mud. Will be able to see what’s changed the day after tomorrow, when I re trace our steps!

  21. Knowing your luck, High Force will be closed.
    Sorry you did not make a detour to the Bowes Museum so that we could have your commentary on the Silver Swan.

    1. Thanks Tom! Well I’ll google it and then review it virtually, perhaps…

      I lovely sunny day at the moment so am hopeful that High Force will be both open and impressive!

    2. Is it still there and is it working? I think I saw it working once but it spent most of its being repaired when I went as kid.

      1. Well I think it worked briefly for a time in 2008 when it did a “performance” every afternoon at 2pm. But as far as I can tell, it is currently out of commission again, as a vital piece of the mechanism is repaired. But you can hear the music being replayed on a CD. Possibly not worth making a very long journey to Bowes to witness it.

  22. I hope the weather further north is better than I saw on the M62 between Leeds and Manchester this morning!
    The sleet and lying snow where the Pennine Way crosses the motorway quickly eroded the tinge of envy if had felt with your experience of the weather and walking over the first week.

    Have good day Adam.

    1. Hi Nick – it was a pretty decent day to day after all – the sun shone for much of it; only a relatively light snow shower late in the afternoon. When I crossed the M62 at the arched bridge last week, it was a brilliant sunny day – though I was almost knocked off my feet by a mountain-biker hurtling down to the bridge, almost totally out of control..

  23. Being a fair-weather walker I’m enjoying my vicarious tour from my armchair. Loving the photos and esp liked your description of Hebden Bridge as that northern Bohemia. It’s a lovely little town.

    1. Hi Gill – I agree re Hebden B. Tho it suffered badly at the hands of Desmond – sandbags everywhere, lots of flood damage, even the co-op was closed and being completely rebuilt. But the stoic inhabitants were busily rebuilding and it was coming back to life again. Hopefully these (once in a century” storms won’t happen every year!

  24. Some like it Classic, some like it Lite and some like it mixed; give me Gold anytime.

    Good weather, good food and bed all the way on The Pennine Way is quite a big ask but you had them for 8 day, and live to tell the tale of ‘Jack the barman’ not bad eh!

    Did you meet May of Aladdin’s Cave?

    1. Sadly didn’t meet May. I think she’s at Heptonstall, which is a bit off my route. Sylvia Plath is buried there, I think. Interesting place.

  25. Liked your thoughts about classic and lite. Of course i recently had a classic pizza on the agm nite none of the skinny stuff. Also recently a classic Dave Williams walk! Enough said.

  26. Very much enjoying your blog, Adam, after a few days away from it.

    So, now that you have joined the (to me at least, enviable) ranks of the newly retired, Adam you must tell me, do you smell of fresh soap? Also, I was somewhat surprised that you considered talking to Sarah about health issues. I would have thought parsnip soup a more appropriate topic for a man of your status!

    Your close encounter with Calf Hole reminded me of a walk many, many years ago when I came across Gaping Gill. I was surprised to find that a group of cavers were providing visitors with the opportunity to be winched down in what I remember as a kind of chair. It all seemed ramshackle, but I did it. It eas an amazing experience, but now I think that I would do as you did and prefer to keep as far away as possible!

    Keep up the good work of entertaining us and adding interest to our days, as you walk!

    1. Ah yes. I do smell a bit soapy it has to be said. But no amount of persuasion will ever see me joining the parsnip-soupers. I might as well just give up and get a bus pass!

      I’d love to do the chair thing in Gaping Ghyll. They still do it I believe and I already have it on my “to do” list before I get too old and can only talk about bad knees and medication.

      1. Don’t be too down on parsnip soup, Adam. Time was when, during the tough parts of a long walk, I would be spurred on by the thought of a pint in front of a roaring fire at the local hostelry. Now, it is as likely to be a bowl of steaming hot soup with some crusty bread, and a nice pot of tea and it has to be said that, of all the varieties available, parsnip soup is still towards the top of the list! Is that sad, bearing in mind that I still have some way to go to the bus pass! Of course, the roaring fire is still much appreciated!

  27. Very much enjoying your blog but it’s making my feet itch to be out there with you! Very glad you found the dental floss :). Good luck with the rest of the trip and will keep my fingers crossed for sunshine and warm winds. Love the pictures and about to google the waterfall at Malham Cove as that news had passed me by

    1. Glad you are enjoying the blog Therese. I bet your feet aren’t itching half as much as my teeth were, until I found the dental floss!
      Definitely check out the Malham waterfall. It’s pretty amazing – if I’d known I’d probably have taken a du of work [whats that?] to come up and see it. It’s such a rare event!

    1. Thanks Tom. Glad you are enjoying it! Sadly I think the PW bypasses the 9 standards- the closest I’ll get will probably be at Tan Hill, the day after tomorrow, on the way from Keld to Bowes. Ive been up 9 stds a few times tho, most recently when I did the coast to coast walk. A lofty spot with great views! Hope the season is going well for you.

  28. Another brilliant day! Your blog and the pics are doing justice to the hike. The thought of you out there makes me want to put my boots on. ( l say that as in my comfortable bed recuperating)
    Well done Adam! I am walking every step with you

      1. Yes Mysista Dawson. Sorry for delay having fun skiing in the Alps. I see you will revisit Alston in a few days. Remember the Alston once brewed challenge walk? 1981 it cost me a few toenails! Enjoying the blog. Tan hill by bike last time I was there! Hope you are planning another trip to Scotland later in the year. Graham

        1. Hi Graham – hope you had a good time skiing. Did we really do the Alston to Once Brewed challenge? I only have vague memories of it. In fact I can’t remember anything about that section when I walked it in 1977 either. Clearly a memorable section. I’m not doing badly on blisters but think I have lost 3 toenails. In the interests of decency I won’t post pictures of them… And yes – def on for Scotland anytime this year – was a bit of a disaster to miss it last year. can’t wait!

  29. Today’s walk may have brought back old memories for you, Adam, but reading your blog brought back much more recent memories for me! It was only a few months ago that I stayed in Hebden Bridge on my walk. I particularly like the picture of Stoodley Pike.

    By the way, do look out for a floppy hat last seen in Hebden Bridge!

  30. I’m enjoying reading your blog. It makes me smile
    Writing this in my warm flat watching and listening to the Brit Awards
    Thinking of your adventure. Keep going.

  31. Hi Adam. Just catching up with and enjoying your blog from afar! I’m pleased to see that you are having such good weather. You’ve timed it to perfection. It was only Saturday that I was in one of those cars on the A628 crossing the Woodhead Pass to Manchester Airport, but in pouring rain! Some great photos. You have nearly convinced me to reacquiant myself with Black Hill. My memories are well described by Wainright!

    1. Hi Richard – nice to hear from you from distant lands! Black Hill is a transformed place – well worth a visit on a sunny day (you have got to get the timing right!)

  32. Great news about that door, Alastair
    If I was WM of the Door Enthusiast Everywhere Society I sure would want to post that on Latest News
    Go well on your walking feat

  33. Good luck Adam ! This must be “a walk in the park” for you after your epic adventure 2 years ago, though not without its ups and downs …. literally !
    Keep walking !
    Best wishes
    Martine

    1. Thanks Martine! It’s quite challenging but staying in B&B s means I don’t have to carry a ton of camping gear, and that makes things a lot easier

      1. Hi Adam,
        Have just been catching up with your blogs. A bit busy these last 7 days and so have you I can see. What stunning scenery ! And a variety of climate. Thinking of you today as I have heard on the news of the atrociously snowy weather happening your way. As you say Thank God, you are not camping !!!
        Enjoying so much reading your daily account ! Do I smell a book in the offing ? or are you going to be the next (male) Julia Bradbury ?
        Keep walking and entertaining us with your descriptions and comments !
        Stay safe !
        Good luck in the snow !
        xxx Martine

        1. Thanks Martine. It was a bit of an epic today, I have to say. But I enjoyed every step!! And yes I’m glad I’m not camping though I do sometimes think this is all a bit too easy…

  34. Adm

    Great to have your daily blog to look at. A good start to the Pennine Way. Like you I had memories of endless peat hags on Kinder Scout climbed in winter with hard frost. Good luck

    Graham

  35. Good Morning Adam
    I read your weekly newsletters on London LDWA and always find them interesting. Best of luck with this Pennine walk and I will follow you with interest. Photos are great already! Not familiar with following GPX or trackers or blogs for that matter, but this will be fun finding out.
    Best wishes

  36. Hi Adam. I’m just thinking about a coffee: it will taste better thinking of you! I hope the rain eases & you enjoy your first day. It is spectacular countryside!
    I am not sure that the Buddy Beacon is working: no sign of it on that page anyway but will check again later

    Good luck

    1. Hi Hordon – enjoy the coffee – I’m about to enjoy a well earned pint after an excellent days walking. Buddy Beacon prob only came to life later in the morning – I was out of coverage till about 11

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