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Day 4 – Pennine Way – Hebden Bridge to Ponden

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After the persistent rain of yesterday it was a delight to wake up to a lovely sunny day.

Breakfast was taken at the White Lion Hotel where we had managed to get in on the day instead of camping in the wet conditions.

It was good to catch up with Jon and Tim again who were also staying at the White Lion.

Serious remedial action had to made to my feet which were degrading rapidly.

Paul had gone beyond the call of duty the night before demonstrating his pedicure skills along with lancing blisters with needles.

Sherpa Ian became feet specialist support before we headed to the nearest chemist to stock up on compeed.

The day then got serious with a stiff walk out of Calder Valley up to Heptonstall Moor.

This was a real throw back as the surrounding area is the start of the Greenwoods looking back on the family tree. Gives you an eery feeling thinking your forefathers were there centuries ago!

The weather broke into a cracking summers day with fantastic vistas over the moors which was hugely enjoyable even at my slow pace with very painful feet.

A visit to Top Withins (allegedly linked to Wuthering Heights by Haworths Emily Bronte) on route was followed by a drop down the valley to Ponden Reservoir and on to Ponden Guest House which is a real oasis of calm with a fantastic outlook over the reservoir.

Feet rested, very sore, cut and battered however tomorrow is another day.

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Day 3 – Pennine Way – Standedge to Hebden Bridge

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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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