Discussion in 'Places & Planning' started by pippic, Jan 9, 2019.
Don’t mention rubber wellies.
When I did the Pennine Way in 1978, we met a guy in wellies on the first day. We met him on the second when he told us he was going home because he had blisters the size of golf balls on his heels.
Sorry, I forgot such fetish-wear can inflame the passions on here
Wellies have come a long way,
since the olden days...
These really were wellies, with the tops rolled down!
Did he have a Sou'wester, bedroll, neckerchif, and thumbstick too??
Like in "The Gentle art of Tramping"
He had an old style Bergan rucksack with a pan and a cup hanging off it. Poor lad. Probably 15 or 16. We didn’t laugh. Honestly.
I could be persuaded to do the middle section again, say Malham to Alston. Then I'd divert left and finish at the true top-end of the Pennines on Cold Fell, and down for the train at Armathwaite, rather than tacking on a Cheviot Way as the originators did.
I should hope not, tis very poor sport to make merry of the afflicted ...
Excepting laundry, I cant bear stuff hanging off my pack.
You see folks going along with their sleep mat, or whatever, bouncing off of their backside, seemingly oblivious..
Drives me nuts just to witness it.
I clearly have low tolerance for such matters.
One reason, amongst many, that I shant be seeking entry to the butch-crafters brigade
I’ve thought of a similar walk, although starting at Gargrave (train station plus the walk up the Aire is quite nice). I’ve done the Cross Fell to Cold Fell route too (N to S though). Very bleak and rough, but more satisfying than the PW route. The PW really should finish at Brampton Station.
Agree, Gargrave is a better idea. Brampton is the logical 'end of the route', but means a change in Carlisle for me to get home by train. I'd bog-hop down westwards to the Blue Bell south of Cumrew for a pint and then on to Armathwaite for the train home.
Many years ago, a friend and myself, penniless obviously, hitched to Cornwall in November.
He decided wellies would be the most sensible thing to wear.
We had no trouble hitching, everyone thought we were on a fishing trip.
Apart from visiting the old and ancient places of the southwest, I don't think that trip was an enormous success.
The wellies were never worn again on trips away...sweaty feet, blisters and looking slightly ridiculous didn't help.
I wore boots which were okay but remember being cold and uncomfortable a lot, probably the reason I stopped camping out for many years.
Fair do's to young people having a go, willingly.
My z-lite, tent and cup are strapped to my bag, no bouncing about tho.
Fun times Cornwall can be bleaker than its sunny holiday image projects - particularly inland - can be multiple shades of low grey clag - and horizontal drizzle ..
But yes having distinctive clothing - so long as not too outre, can sometimes help with getting lifts.
Looking like a 'proper' hiker in remote areas has never failed thus far.
The wellies i wear for walking are especially designed for the purpose - built on a walking last and are very comfy. I've done multi day walks in them quite happily....
Although in reality I wear them for far longer - well over half my life has been spent in wellies so i guess my feet are used to it too.
I believe they are standard wear in many parts of the Scandilands for expeditions - we just tend to have some rather hidebound ideas about appropriate walking footwear in this country ..
Yes stuff strapped on firmly - no problem - its when its repeatedly colliding with your body or pack - it must be energy inefficient if nothing else -- there was a guy the year before last i think it was in The Pyrenees who was going along with his cup on a dangling string bouncing off his thigh.... Seemingly oblivious - I have no idea why it annoyed me so much - I guess i was just imagining how irritating it would be
Plus there is that greater risk of losing stuff - which i am particularly skilled at anyhow - Maybe its just spreading useful stuff to my fellow humans - but some might call it littering
I did the Pennine way in 2014 during my Lands end to John Ogroats hike and it was easily the toughest section of the whole 1200 mile trek. Had decent weather most of the hike but from the moment I stepped foot on Kinder Scout and all the way to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland I was swamped with every kind of bad weather for over 2 weeks...my abiding memory is walking mile after mile with water and mud halfway up my shins. I was due to leave the Pennine way with about 80 miles to go and strike northwest, but I knew I would deliberately never step foot on that trail again, so made sure I finished the whole trail. But to be fair, whenever there was a break in the weather, there was some stunning and cool views.
@Col Newman on the PW I've been blessed with a bit of everything sofar, except proper winter weather (but there is still time).
I had one day of mile after mile of mud and cowshit, sometimes knee deep, was glad to get back to bog again. And all those £&@£ stiles...!
@Fair Weather Camper At home I lose everything...on the trail I'm quite good (learnt from bitter experience) but I stupidly lost my map in its nice cover last summer, had tucked it carelessly behind my waist pouch...had to walk back half a mile or to retrieve it, leaving the dog tied to my bag with her lead (it was remote and getting dark) which she promptly chewed thru to follow me...
Wellies; worked in dunlop work wellies for a few years
Me too - regarding disorganisation at home.
I've decided to take action over that - not because of a sudden attack of house (trailer) proudness.
But because it would be nice to have everything in its place - and findable - so that if the opportunity for an overnite bike skirmish presents - I can just go.
n.b. i wondered about all those stiles as regards taking a dog - its bother enough as a biped - they must add a whole new level of trouble for a hound.
But the 'trail' itself (it sounds weird calling a UK path a trail) of the PW seemed pretty well signposted - i can see the attraction of 'doing a trail' in terms of it being a guided walk - quite relaxing in a way - its just around the towns and villages where it can get confusing - someone has objected to the route going across 'their' land so you end up traipsing along some convoluted route - taking in the sights and sounds of the local housing estate - but all part of lifes rich tapestry i guess .
wow thank you so much!!! so much to read - I'll come back properly later. xxxxx
The stiles are fine for a dog who can jump over or sqeeze thru, that's another reason my older (fatter) hound doesn't come with. When your dog carries panniers you'll need to improvise at times as taking them off/on every time is not good for your back (unless you take your bag off as well) or your sanity.
I managed (after days of frustration) to put the contents of her panniers into 2 decent plastic bags, which could then be lifted out easily. Next time I'll use some drybags.
I bought some ruffwear panniers to replace the train-my-hound ones (which started to fall apart while on the walk) and these are a lot easier to put on, take off and load.
Its fairly well sign-posted, but can be tricky thru farmland and villages. Sometimes I look at the map and find easier/more logical ways thru, Gayle and Hawes are a good example where the Way sends you thru what seems like people's back gardens and thru muddy fields (with more stiles)...when you can just as easily walk on the lane (then pop into the cheese factory, then the cafe, then the shop).
Total respect for those Montane Spine runners who can do this while tired and sometimes in the dark, and have to stick to the course.
Spiners over kinder yesterday. .
Wow...did you take those?
Nah, I was supposed to be running in the opposite direction but bailed for various excuses... Oh the shame.
The pics are from. The official spine group.
Allegedly one lady was lofted and blown 3ft yesterday! Folks were running in clusters on some sections, for safety in the wind.
When I came off Kinder (the wrong way...) it was like that (hence the direction error) I got talking to two very helpful chaps who were very impressed I'd camped on Kinder the night before. What I didn't tell them was the weather had been fine in the night, I'd even had a little night walk.
The Spiners might get some wintry weather this week.
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