After a night under canvas at the back on the Golden Lion pub in Horton in Ribblesdale day eight became a game of two halves.
Horton was a hub of activity on our arrival day with a 3 peak challenge event finishing at the pub and an Oxfam endurance event running through the village.
Laying in our tents we were entertained by an impromptu guitar singalong session from the bunkhouse – well at least I was, Paul was asleep within seconds of his head hitting the pillow!
With camp crashed in the morning Kathleen joined us after a cosy night at Hawes YHA.
Conditions were dry with a forecast of potential showers.
A strong start with full weight packs saw us gradually climb out of Horton on an old drovers trail. A pleasant walk rewarded a few miles up with panoramic views of the 3 peaks – Pen Y Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside with the Ribblehead Viaduct in the valley.
With Kathleen looking after us we had time for both elevenses and lunch, a real treat for Paul and I!
Just before lunch we reached our 100 mile mark which was marked by a photoshoot from Kathleen.
As lunch was finishing the weather came in and wet gear was donned for the afternoon and descent to Hawes.
Three sodden walkers made it into the market place, accommodation at the Old Board Inn Hotel found, to be welcomed by a surprise visit from Fiona and the girls which was fantastic!
Tim and Jon our fellow PWer’s joined us for more tales of the trail and another day was conquered!
Total mileage – 107 miles.