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