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 on: April 30, 2015, 02:22:19 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
Sunday 26th April 2015 found me, at 6am, in the car park of the Crown Inn at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, attempting to discover where I had gone wrong last October. I set off in bright sunshine on a very frosty and icy morning and commenced climbing towards Sell Gill Holes (steeper than I remembered Angry.) Going through the gate at the top of the path I recalled my previous error and, keeping Sell Gill Holes on my right, I followed the only obvious path. The next destination was a stone step-stile on my left. This has been replaced by a double wooden kissing-gate. Now looking for a fingerpost to Ribblehead. No sign but found one for Nether Lodge so took that. Ribblehead signposts soon followed Cheesy. No problems then till Ribblehead, where I had a 2-hour wait for a train (well it is Sunday!!) Took advantage of the Station Inn and enjoyed a bacon sandwich and soft drinks. The 1049 hours train dropped me at Settle and within ten minutes I was walking again. Walked past Booths Supermarket to where I had gone wrong previously.
The first road on the left has no road name and the second is Mill Close. (No sign of Kings Mill Lane.) I took the unnamed one to discover Kings Mill Lane at the bottom. The bridge over the river is another 2 roads down and there is no sign for the River Ribble. Easy to become confused. The rest of the walk back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, with one significant ascent, was straightforward, and a visit to the Helwith Bridge Inn was most welcome. Gentle stroll for the last two miles. Still think some basic way-marking would be an advantage.

 on: April 01, 2015, 11:08:14 am 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
Plans already made to call at the Highland Laddie at Glasson en route prior to commencement. GBG listed so this is a 'must visit'.

 on: March 29, 2015, 08:07:09 am 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Jacquetta
Thanks for that, Buggiba. The links are Greenhead Hotel, Greencarts Farm and Houghton North Farm.

Links are easy, but we're looking forward to seeing your real ale guide - once you've drunk your way along the route! Cheesy

 on: March 28, 2015, 10:35:56 pm 
Started by Buggiba - Last post by Buggiba
I thought you would comment on the 23-mile day Grin. An early rise and first-light start should see us finished by about 4pm. At least most of the first day is flat Smiley. It also gives us the advantage of an 'easy' second day when the terrain gets a little hillier.  

Greenhead Hotel and hostel has a website, as does Greencarts Farm and Houghton North Farm. No joy with the others I'm afraid. I will report my findings upon my return and may include a real ale listing of my travels. All of the people I have spoken to during my preparations for this walk have been incredibly friendly.

 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 
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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.

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