Bowes to Baldersdale

Thursday 4th April 2013 – 12.5 miles

above Bowes

above Bowes

The last walk of our Easter break, and the dullest weather so far. Grey and overcast.

We drove to the small town of Bowes and parked on the main road near the church, pretty much where we had parked to do the southern loop. The Way leaves town on a bridge over the dual carriageway of the A67, then heads uphill on a counry road through old, disused military land. There were the foundations of buildinsg visible and rather alarming warning signs to keep out. It all felt rather bleak …

Warning

Warning

This felt like quite a long slog up the road, but must have been less than 2 miles. We then got onto the moorland, at a rather nicely restored isolated farmhouse at Levy Pool. We liked the hen hut!

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Levy Pool

Hen hut

Hen hut

We crossed the stream at Levy Pool and headed uphill. Some snow on the ground, but not too deep, although it did make wayfinding a little harder being unable to see a path on hte ground. We did fairly well, but had to keep checking as there weren’t many distinguishing features for much of the morning. We headed towards a large, rocky outcrop, marked on the map as Goldsborough. It seemed to take a long time to get there, as we were tired, the weather had turned grey and miserable, and there was a fine snow starting to fall.

Snowy

Snowy

Eventually, of course, we made it and made good use of a bit of rock to sit on and have some lunch. Then it was a short walk to the road where we had finished yesterday.

Goldsborough

Goldsborough

The return journey, as usual, felt much shorter, and the weather brightened up. We even met another human being – a shepherd and his dog on a quad bike. The sheep were very glad to see him.P1010293I definitely need new boots – the snow was seeping in for much of today, and when we got back to Bowes and I took them off, my damp feet were literally steaming in the cold air!

Bowes

Bowes

Robby was talking about his knees, and said he has pretty much decided to see the doctor and go for a replacement. On the drive home, his knee locked up and we had to swap over drivers!

The rest of the Pennine Way could be on hold …Old SignBowes to Baldersdale

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