Day Five on the Pennine Way – Horton on Ribblesdale to Thwaite

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Today was a late start (8am) after something that was described as a Continental Breakfast. The first part of the walk, to Hawes, was mainly over a good path. Height gained, height lost but nothing to dramatic. We met the camper on a dirt track near Outershaw. And Andy consumed what is now becoming a stable of fried egg sarnie.

We feared we where in for a telling off when a couple of gillies (game keepers in this part of the world) arrived in a quad vehicle. However other than saying it would be ill advised to drive the camper any further, they proved great company for the next quarter of an hour. We learnt all about the quad they where driving, how much it cost and how to keep the cost down and how important it was to have one in this part of the world.

That was followed by rather too much detail of carrion crows and other scavengers, gruesome stories, as well as accounts of walkers helped and rescued over the years. They also gave us our first contribution when we told them what we where doing. So the £2 will be added to our total.

From here we completed the long descent in to Hawes, a pretty but very tourist filled village in the Yorkshire Dales. At this point we still had 9 miles left and they weren’t going to be easy miles.

A long gradual climb up onto a ridge which then kept going up to the #harvestpalehighpoint of Shunner Moor. By this stage we had had about enough, but we still had to descend another 4 miles over high moorland and what proved to be more painfully, down boulder strewn tracks.

At the end, in the village of Thwaite, we collapsed into the Camper and were grateful to be driven back to Hawes Youth Hostel, a beer and some food.