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 on: March 21, 2015, 04:24:37 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Jacquetta
Great to see your plans have evolved, however I don't envy you the 23-mile day!

Have any of your bunkhouses and barns got websites? If so please add them in, or email them and I'll make your links hotlinks to them, so helping anybody who wants to follow this budget itinerary.

Thanks again for sharing

 on: March 18, 2015, 11:26:04 am 
Started by admin - Last post by admin
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 on: March 14, 2015, 10:23:39 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
 After much work the plans for our walk along the HWP are now complete. Together with my son-in-law I intend to drive up to Port Carlisle on Saturday 16th May 2015 and spend overnight in the bunk-barn at Kirkland House in Port Carlisle. Whilst here we intend to walk to and from the start of the walk at Bowness-on-Solway before setting out the following day to cover the 23-mile amble to Sandysike Bunkhouse. Monday 18th May sees us with a 'short' 11-miler to Greenhead Hostel, prior to a longer 16 miles the following day to the bunk-barn at Greencarts farm. The penultimate day, Wednesday 20th May (my birthday) sees us take on the 19 miles to the bunkhouse at Houghton North Farm at Heddon-on-the Wall, just leaving us to cover the final 14 miles to Wallsend-on-Tyne on the Thursday, before catching the bus back to Port Carlisle and the long drive home. We intend using the Walkers Bag-Carrying service for the entirety of our trek so only having to carry what we need on a daily basis. Having sleeping bags in our main luggage also greatly reduces prices at the planned overnight stops. Only hoping now for some decent weather in mid May.

 on: March 06, 2015, 02:01:52 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
My last entry is erroneous. The Chapel Side Barn may not be suitable but there is a camping barn at Kirkland House, near to Port Carlisle, which should suit our needs perfectly. Car parking for the duration of our walk too.

 on: February 28, 2015, 05:00:06 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
Further to my last entry I am also advised that the Chapel Side camping barn in Port Carlisle is no more than a barn with no bunks etc. Fortunately there is a bunkhouse in Bowness-on-Solway.

 on: February 28, 2015, 01:11:49 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
I am in the process of reserving accommodation for this walk in May this year. Sadly I have had it confirmed that the Bluebell Camping Barn at High Crosby was closed down in 2014. Choice now whether to have a shorter first day and stay in Carlisle or add another 5 miles and head for Sandysike Bunkhouse. Not surprisingly, perhaps, I have elected for the latter option Smiley.

 on: December 08, 2014, 10:36:05 am 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
See also my posts on The Great Glen, Wetherspoon's new addition in Fort William, right next to the end of the West Highland Way. A welcome sight indeed.

 on: December 01, 2014, 12:50:32 am 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
I have recently visited this hostelry and was exceedingly well impressed, not only with the building and its' location but also the effect this appears to have had on the main street in Fort William. Many businesses and premises which gave the impression of doom and gloom on my last visit 18 months ago have now been given a facelift and all appears much more presentable. The addition of a Travelodge next to the Wetherspoon's outlet can also only be a bonus.

 on: November 25, 2014, 03:50:30 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Jacquetta
We're sorry to hear you had so many problems, Buggiba, and I have emailed personally to clarify a few points about where things went wrong. We hope this will lead to a route update sheet that will help others to avoid the problems that you experienced - albeit nothing can fix the challenge of wet weather, lots of stiles and (as you admit) an ambitious schedule. We recommend a minimum of 7 days for this 97-mile demanding route.

I totally agree that this is not a route for beginners, and we say so clearly in Part 1 of the guidebook. We emphasise that it isn't waymarked, it isn't ever likely to be and there is no funding for such a project, nor a body that could apply for funding. It is an evolution of a route with a long pedigree (see page 62 of the guidebook) and it makes use of whatever signage is on the ground, including footpaths, the Pennine Way and Bridleway and the Ribble Way. But it is entirely unofficial, there is no maintenance and people should tackle it only if they are game for a challenge.

Our author Viv Crow researched the route carefully in May 2012, and I followed in her footsteps a month or two later, using nothing but her directions and looking at my Harvey map only if in serious doubt. This is the standard Rucksack Readers method, and it always leads to improvements to the route description after dialogue with the author!

As a result, wording was clarified in several places, and the route itself was greatly simplified in the one place where I got lost. The fact you had problems in so many more places may mean that a great deal has changed on the ground over the last two years, we'll have to find that out. I agree also about the flexibility offered by train travel, indeed I left my car at home in Scotland and used the train for my entire 7-day trip.

 on: November 25, 2014, 01:14:11 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Jacquetta
We've had serious problems with forums over the years, Buggiba, and were spending ridiculous amounts of time and effort put into monitoring for spam posts and distinguishing fake would-be forum member registrations. As a result, about a year ago we discontinued new member registration, although anybody who actually wants to register can email me (info AT rucsacs.com) and I’ll register them.

Likewise I'll make a new board for Hadrian's Wall Path if anybody has anything to say, and move relevant posts to it. But so far I have the impression that people are more willing to post on social media than on our forums. Nevertheless, there's a lot of important content on these forums and it give us somewhere to post route updates, such as you'll find here about the Dales Way.

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