PW day 00: Sun 21 Feb 2016; Home to Edale
|Walk descriptor||Pennine Way||Day||00|
|Date||Sun 21 Feb 2016||Start to end time||n/a|
|Start point||Home||End point||Edale|
|Miles today||n/a||Cu miles||n/a|
|Ft today||n/a||Cu ft||n/a|
|Route miles left||277.79||Route ft left||42,187|
|Today’s weather||Thick cloud, driving rain, gale force Westerly wind, about 8C|
(the red cross in a circle shows where I am at the moment)
|GPX based track of today’s walk
(click button to download file) GPX
Today marked the start of the Pennine Way adventure and it really was a day of contrasts. I set off from London (St Pancras) where the weather was benign – mild, at about 14C, and dry. Getting off the train at Edale was like stepping into a different world. The temperature had dropped to about 7C, night had fallen, and the rain was lashing down. I barely made it from the train to the platform shelter before I was soaked. Cagoule, overtrousers and full goretex kit was essential for the 2 mile walk to the youth hostel.
I reached the hostel, hidden away up a side valley, after about 30 mins and it was a fantastic port in a storm. Thank goodness for drying rooms! Soaked clothing and rucksack are now gently saunaing in the drying room as I write this (on probably the slowest internet connection in the world – honestly, morse code would be quicker).
I’m hoping that tomorrow is going to be a bit less hostile as I set off for the walk “proper”. Up Jacob’s Ladder, over Kinder Scout, Black Hill and Bleaklow to Crowden – names to conjure with but places better not visited on a day like today. So here’s hoping for sun and calm – a vain expectation perhaps, but looking out of the window it does at least appear to have stopped raining for the moment.
I am very glad not to be camping tonight! Next installment tomorrow!