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Apr 3, 2019 - Buxton

Day 1 Buxton to Chapel-en-Frith ( miles) After a pleasant journey by rail from Lowestoft the previous day, an enjoyable evening and a restful night in Buxton it was time to start my fourth long distance walk in 18 months. My destination the oddly named Chapel-en-Frith several miles away. After breakfast I left my overnight accommodation at

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Nov 4, 2018 - Gibraltar

Excellent weather joined us for the drive to Gibraltar along brilliant roads with almost no traffic. Our hotel in La Linea de la Concepcion placed us 600m from the Spanish-Uk border which was perfect for our visit to the 'Rock'. There were two important items on our 'to do' list in Gibraltar …. the first was to walk across the border airstrip and the second was to have a 'real' breakfast. We achieved both in beautiful sunshine. The tarmac crossing was much more fun than doing it by bus and then to have English breakfasts in Casemates...

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Oct 16, 2018 - Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a forty mile sail from Tangier at the very bottom of the Iberian peninsula and is three square miles of mountainous rock. Its unique position at the mouth of the Mediterranean has made it a desirable location to control everyone trying to sail in and out. The promontory here has been settled for more than a millennium, first by Phoenicians and then, in turn, by Arab sultans and Spaniards. Today it’s a British territory even though geographically it should really belong to Spain. Not too long ago the Spanish closed down the...

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Trip Journal

South by Southeast

Oct 9, 2018 - Zennor

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – England chapter Bath and Southwest England has to say about the area around Zennor: “The twisting B3306 from St Ives is a roller coaster of a road, winding through a stark landscape of ancient drystone walls, barren moorland, tiny villages and rocky bluffs. The landscape here feels wild and ancient, a world away from some of Cornwall’s more gentrified corners. Church of St Senara This little church in the hamlet of Zennor dates from at least 1150. Inside, a famous carved chair...

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Oct 9, 2018 - Mousehole and Minack

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – England chapter Bath and Southwest England has to say about Mousehole and Minack: “Mousehole With a tight tangle of cottages and alleyways gathered behind the granite breakwater, Mousehole (mowzle) looks like something from a children’s storybook (a fact not unnoticed by author Antonia Barber, who set her much-loved fairy tale The Mousehole Cat here). In centuries past, this was Cornwall’s busiest pilchard port, but the fish dried up at the turn of the century, and the village now...

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Sep 30, 2018 - Gatwick, England

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD The flight to Gatwick was very comfortable and seemed remarkably shorter than the one we took around the same time last year. That was probably because this one had only one stop in transit (Vancouver) and the previous one had two (Calgary and Toronto). We had remembered the great meal we were served on Westjet in premium economy, and so decided to travel with them once again. Anil had a few interactions with the steward in our cabin, and they seemed to get on well. He had trouble getting his seat to recline, and...

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Sep 30, 2018 - Villa Verde, Horley

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We were delighted to get into our room at the hotel a couple of hours early, and with our tummies full from the breakfast on the plane, we changed into our pajamas and went off to sleep for a couple of hours. It’s always wonderful to stretch out flat after a long flight – thank goodness for the blackout curtains in our room. It was only 1:30pm London time. Our host suggested a couple of nearby restaurants for dinner, and even gave us a discount card for an Italian eatery, but Anil discovered a 16th-century pub...

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Jul 14, 2018 - Day 13 Alston/Garrigil -> Greenhead

Through Alston, Slaggyford and over Blenkinsopp Common - 19.5 miles (26 Km) Today is unlikely to be in anyone’s Pennine way Top 5. Or Top Ten. Or even 15. In fact it could be your least favourite day. Wainwright labelled the section after the B6292 tedious, dull and complicated. ’if the remainder of the Pennine Way was like this (happily it isn’t), here would be the place to pack it in and go home.’ It’s not genuinely awful, just a bit, well boring, really. Plus route-finding is fiddly. But then we have been rather spoilt recently. Sadly...

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Jul 13, 2018 - Day 12 Dufton -> Garrigill

Via Great Dun Fell, Cross Fell and Garrigill - 16 miles (32km) There’s no gentle way to break it to you: today is the toughest day on the Pennine Way. It’s the longest leg, it includes the highest point and more than 3,000 feet (1000 metres)of ascent, up to the loftiest ground in England outside the Lake District. Plus route-finding can be tricky and some sections are exposed. Today may well be a thorough test of equipment (waterproofs and working compass essential), fitness, navigation skills and your outdoor mentality. It’s the sort of...

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Jul 12, 2018 - Day 11 Langdon Beck -> Dufton

Past Cauldron Snout and High Cup - 12 miles (19km) There’s no two ways about it: today is Pennine way Gold. The sort of day that lives long in the memory after the walk is done. Are you in the mood for waterfalls? The suddenly generous Way has three fine specimens for you. And if you’re not fussed about falling walls of wet stuff, this leg includes High Cup as its magnificent climax, arguably the best sight along the entire Pennine way. Actually there’s no arguably about it. It’s an unusually flat day: in fact there is more descent than...

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Jul 10, 2018 - Day 09 Keld -> Bowes

Via the Tan Hill Inn and Stainmore Gap - 12.5 miles (20km) A steep but short ascent takes you back onto the moor, to end with a visit to one of the Way’s most legendary pubs. Ladies and Gentleman, we’ve hit the motherload. Is it heartening or disheartening to know that today finally marks the halfway point of the Pennine Way? Likewise, this is the sort of day that divides opinion. Some will begrudge the trudging over endless, often squelchy moorland, most likely with soggy feet. Others will relish the heather, the views and the mood...

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Jul 9, 2018 - Day 08 Hawes -> Keld

Over Great Shunner Fell and along Swaledale - 12.5 miles (20km) There’s no two ways about it: today is a Pennine way classic, stating a convincing case for getting into that prestigious shortlist of Pennine Way Top Five days. After the finest waterfall on the Way, a gradual but thrilling climb takes you onto the moors and over Great Shunner Fell, the highest point on the walk so far. (In a rare moment of good humour, Wainwright said he could climb Great Shunner ‘nonstop despite being ‘senile and getting as fat as a pig’). Up here, more than...

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