Monday, 29 May 2017

Pennine Way Day 5 - Ickornshaw to Malham

Started walking 7am
Walked 18 miles
Arrived 5pm

Off early; the rain from overnight had stopped. We passed through Lothersdae, noting that the Hare and Hounds was shut, although it was only 8.30. Coffee would have been nice.

We climbed up to cross Carleton and Elslack Moors, both easy walking. Our snack stop was in Thornton-in-Craven but it had nothing else to offer. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal was joined for a short stretch at East Marton, but we pressed on to Gargrave. In the absence of an open cafe, we had a bite to eat at The Old Swan.

Double arched bridge at East Marton
We then had six miles to cover to reach Malham. The forecast the day before yesterday had been for heavy rain today so we had booked in to Malham YH. The rain didn't materialise but we have proper beds for a change. Here was Frank who I met last week on Sheffield station.

Painkillers have been helpful today for the blisters.

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