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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

Weather:  Sunshine, showers, rain, strong winds, hail stones, warm then very cold.


We 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.


Ta-ra for now Mo & Dave.


Todays Pictures are from the top: 

Mo at Clough Head Hill,  Mo and Dave at Withens & A view of Walshaw Reservoir



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