Diary Day Eight
|Our Guardian Angel|
enjoyed our rest day in Malham yesterday. There was a Jurassic Safari
in the village for the children although there were plenty of adults
who seem to be enjoying it to. There were models of Jurassic animals
etc around the village and the children had to collect dinosaur eggs.
There was also a model of Fred & Wilma Flintstones car in a
garden. Did Simon arrange that?
spent the day well not doing very much really, we did without lunch,
well with coffee in the morning and afternoon tea we thought it best.
a wonderful day today with stunning views, starting at 7.45am after a
light breakfast we were soon at Malham Cove and climbing up to the
limestone pavement. This and Watlowes Valley is a sight to behold and
one of Mo’s favourite places so far. We therefore idled through the
valley enjoying every moment before climbing Comb Hill and onward to
Malham Tarn. The Oyster Catchers were amazing to watch but we had to
press on to Fountains Fell. This was a very long slow climb but
eventually after a few false summits arrived at the top. There was an
unusual feathery cloud in the sky above us, which we decided was our
guardian angel watching over us and pointing the way ahead.
Pen-y-Ghent could be seen in all its splendour but we had the descent
of Fountains Fell first. After 11 miles we now had the ascent of
Pen-y-Ghent, which was a steep climb hands on for the middle &
final section before the summit path. We rested awhile at the summit
and chatted to other walkers before descending down a long stony
path, which played havoc with our feet. Tired and weary we eventually
arrived at the Pen-y-Ghent Café where we decided to have an early
evening meal. We both signed the Pennine Way logbook and treated
ourselves to Pennine Way Club badges. Refreshed we walked the final
1.50 miles to Middle Studfold that felt like another 10 miles being in
the wrong direction from tomorrows walk over Dodds Fell and arrived at
our overnight accommodation at 5-30pm.
showered we have decided to stay in this evening and crash out.
for now Mo & Dave.
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