Diary Day Four
Day Mankinholes to Ponden House
Date Monday 29th May 2006.
Distance 14.40 miles
Total distance 57 miles
Ascent 2401 feet
Total ascent 12,462 feet
Moving average 2.30 miles per hour
Sunshine, showers, rain, strong winds, hail stones, warm
then very cold.
left Mankinholes at 8-30am making our way down to the Rochdale Canal.
The weather was reasonably bright to start with but as we made the
ascent up Underbank the first of the days rain came in although we
were on reasonably sheltered paths. Up on to Pry Hill and one minute
the sun was out and the next heavy showers. Waterproofs were on and
off all day with the temperature rising then falling dramatically when
the rain came in. We had a welcome break at High Gate Farm Shop with
coffee and hot meat and potato pie, couldn’t resist the passion cake
for afters. Refreshed we were soon on Clough Head Hill fighting
against the wind and rain at times finding it difficult to stand up.
The sun was out again around Gorple Reservoir but by the time we were
at Walshaw Dean Reservoir it was hail stoning. At Withens we took
another break but were soon on the move as the sheep were pestering us
for food. The farmers must train them to scavenge here. Although the
feet had been ok today the legs were getting tired on the descent to
Ponden and we were relieved and happy to reach our overnight
accommodation. Mo’s boot has developed a small split so are there
any cobblers out there. We are hoping it holds together until Malham
then see if we can make a repair on our rest day.
Mo at Clough Head Hill, Mo and Dave at Withens & A view of Walshaw Reservoir
|Email a support message here||Day Three Diary|
Click here to return to the Homepage