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Day 7 – Pennine Way – Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale – Into The Groove.




A pleasant stopover was had at Malham Yha and we were underway before 9am.

We were soon greeted by the magnificent Malham Cove, sheer limestone cliffs that was once a raging waterfall. But still a very popular tourist attraction.

Climbing round to the left of the cove we made height rapidly and energetically, we were both feeling good.

Soon we were in sight of Malham tarn which we left via the woods behind.

Moving swiftly and forever upwards we skirted around Fountains Fell to the col where Pen y Ghent came into a very imposing view.

It was still a good walk around the opposite side of the fell but we soon reached the road and another checkpoint where there was a fell race also taking place.

That explained why we were getting applauded every we time we passed organisers of the competition!

Harvey’s friend John joined us before we had lunch and contemplated our our assault of Pen-y-Ghent.

Our approach was from the southern side and involved a near vertical climb, probably not best attempted if you suffer from vertigo!

After our most strenous climb to date the summit was reached and the views all around were stunning.

We dropped down the other side and made along slow descent into Horton to reach our camping ground behind a pub – The Golden Lion.

All in all we were both in good shape and it seems now were well into the groove.

Day 7 completed and about a third of the way done.

Kathleen is joining us tomorrow and the forecast is mixed but we are both looking forward to it.

By Paul Courtney.


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Day 6 – Pennine Way – Thornton in Craven to Malham



After a tortuous day personally yesterday due to sickness the sleeping bag in the tent for our first camping night may not have been everyone’s idea of comfort, however it was my bliss for the day!

Anyplace where I could lay down and take on liquid would have done!

The campsite was at Sawley House in East Marton. Sherpa Ian had come to my rescue and picked us up at Thornton in Craven the evening before ferrying us on to our target destination.

The campsite is basically a back garden from an old bed and breakfast, with very basic facilities.

Morning broke to a chorus of birds singing at 4am and I could tell I was feeling significantly better which bode well for the day to come.

This was the first day we had some day trippers on board in the form of my Mum and old friend Osian.

Sherpa Ian arrived at 7:30am and did some more foot surgery on my left foot which still had very sore blisters.

Shortly after our daytrippers arrived and with camp broken down sherpa duties transfered to my Dad for the day who took us to our new day start point back in Thornton in Craven.

The day was another sunny one and by standards prior an easy 11 miles across rolling meadows, canal paths and the bank of the River Aire into Malham having taken in Gargrave for a lunch stop on route.

Paul’s right knee started to give him more aggrevation which had been building up over the last few days. Knee support came out and thankfully a gentle pace and flatter landscape enabled us to hobble in to Malham Youth Hostel early so we could bag bottom bunks and have a couple of coolers sat outside the Listers Arms watching the world go by.

Another restful night required before tomorrows big day of Pen-y-Ghent!

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