One comment frequently heard from people “down-under” who have not been to the UK is “Why do you want to go to a concrete jungle?” Well as any UK readers know “it’s not like that!” Each trip Jan patiently allows me to spend a day walking in an interesting part of the country. I quite like the Lake District where I have completed three walks. The one problem is each time I get to the top of the hill I’m either in the clouds or driving rain, so I’ve never seen anything :-)
In 2005 I completed the “3 Peaks Challenge” in the Yorkshire Dales. Jan spent the day in Skipton whilst I took the rental car to Horton in Ribblesdale. The idea was to climb to the top of three local hills in less than 12 hours. I competed the route in an anti-clockwise direction taking just over nine hours.
The first hill was Pen-Y-Ghent and despite taking an incorrect turn I made it to the top in good time.
From there I headed down and past the railway bridge
I would have been ahead of this young lass except I stopped and waited for the train to pass over the bridge :-)
One of the pleasant things about walking in the UK is you seem to meet a number of people out enjoying the countryside. In Australia I can go for a three hour walk and not see anyone! As I started up the second hill (Little Whernside) I caught up with a large number of walkers around my own age or older. Initially I was impressed that they had managed to be so far ahead of me but then I realised they were only attempting this hill.
The top of Little Whernside with the third hill on the horizon.
By the time I reached the top of the third hill (Ingleborough) I was starting to feel my age. I needed to get this walk over and done with so I joggled back down the hill to the car. Unfortunately for me, I thought it was a short journey from the top of Ingleborough back to to the car at Horton in Ribblesdale. It wasn’t!
Driving the car the next day was agony!