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Day 3 – Pennine Way – Standedge to Hebden Bridge – Chiropodist Wanted!




Just finished draining some blisters on Harvey’s feet, they’re a mess and I’ve no idea how many he’s had and we’ve only just finished day three!

Today started early with a wholesome breakfast at Wellcroft House Bed and Breakfast, definitely a worthwhile stopover on anyones PW schedule.

We got underway and it wasn’t long before we we’re wearing full waterproofs. It rained more or less most of the day but it proved drier later for me to walk without waterproofs rather than steam inside them.

Walking was pleasant and without much contouring as we were already at a fairly high altitude.

The M62 was crossed amidst the throng and spray of vehicles hurtling headlong in the gloom. Views were limited as we traversed Blackstone Edge, progress was swift as the BHP of our “engines” appeared to be improving daily.

A series of reservoirs ensued involving a lengthy walk beyond to Stoodley Pike monument.

Fatigue started to set in as we felt every step of our descent into Hebden Bridge and onto the White Lion Hotel. We were surprised to be greeted by Jon, Tim and Fred who unknown to us were ahead of us after a 0630 start!

Refreshed from a hot shower we enjoyed a meal of cock and bull pie with Sherpa Ian.

Later I treated my sore feet to a bathing of surgical spirit and a soothing foot balm which so far has served me well. Although some Savlon under the toes was needed where they’d split.

My knees are giving me most discomfort although I’m hoping a daily application of WD40 is doing them some good.

Jon, Tim are going well now but 18.5 mile tomorrow will be tough but we’re hoping to catch up with them again in Hawes……

By Paul Courtney


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Day 3 – Pennine Way – Standedge to Hebden Bridge





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!

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