After a fantastic evening of steak and Golden Sheep (wrestling sheep again Paul!) at the Carriage House at Standedge with new Pennine Way friends Tim and Jon, Lands End to John O’Groats Fred, and Sherpa Ian it was back for a very comfortable nights sleep at Wellcroft House Bed and Breakfast at Bleak Hey Nook.
The hospitality was fantastic, a cottage full of character, creamy porridge and home made jam a real treat. A definite recommend.
We were expecting to start in a downpour after looking at the weather forecast the previous evening, and were surprised to see it just overcast.
A swift start saw us on the trail for 8:20am with a brisk pace up to White Hill and the M62 crossing.
The weather soon broke and full wet gear had to be worn for a couple of hours before the cloud lightened and waterproofs were removed after Blackstone Edge.
My feet were still an issue with the open heel wounds heavily covered with compeed and little toes similarly strapped.
I decided to stay with trainers despite the wet weather in order to guve my heels a rest.
A previous blister under my left big toe decided to say hello again, and some remedial work had to be undertaken.
A swift step was then made around Warland Reservoir and across to Stoodley Pike monument with rain still falling but not too heavy.
Stoodley Pike is a real landmark that you can see as a target a goid couple of miles before you actually reach it and once there sets an imposing stand on the valley below.
The few miles drag down to the valley was relatively gentle in terms of topography however weary legs and my sore feet still under rainy conditions it was a slower pace to the end of the Pennine Way route for the day.
With wet conditions we had made an executive decision at the start of the day to not camp at High Gate Farm but opt for a dry room at The White Lion Hotel in Hebden Bridge.
Under the circumstances a great decision!
So patch up work on my feet begin ready for tomorrow along with a catch up with Tim, Jon, Fred and Sherpa Ian!
Day Three – 15 miles + 1 mile to Hebden Bridge, 43 miles total, lost count of blisters!