Wow, what a day!
Crowden Youth Hostel provided a great night’s sleep (for me anyway!), ear plugs in, bottom bunk, no-one above – 7 hours kip sorted!
Crowden YHA is fantastic, I would actually consider taking the kids there for a weekend walking.
Great hospitality, cracking food, modern, clean stopover.
Thank you Crowden YHA!
The day started with a steady climb up the ridge of Black Tor with a sharp steep pull up Laddow Rocks and across the peaty path eventually to a paved path up to Black Hill, shared with our fellow Pennine Wayers Tim and John whom we had met at Crowden YHA.
By this time my feet, more specifically my heels and little toes had turned into blistered open wounds and a call to Sherpa Ian was made for a lunchtime meet on the A635 for a patch up and change from boots to trainers.
The last pull up to lunch was purgatory on my heels, it was a grit teeth and get on with it time.
My feet have always been an issue and even fulky fitted boots clearly make little difference.
A patch up of compeed and a switch to trainers made a huge difference, my pace took off again on a fantastic walk by Wessenden Reservoir, over Marsden Moor into Standedge, thankfully for my feet all tracked and paved.
A cracking day made all the better by a comfy bed and breakfast Wellcroft House at Bleak Hey Nook.
12 miles, 28 in total, 2 sore feet, 242 miles to go with blistered feet!