Tuesday, 8 July 2014

July 2nd 2014: Yorkshire: A bit of 'The Pennine Way'

Monty the Motorhome is getting itchy wheels as this is our last day at Hawes.

With the weather still holding we  on a longer walk, following the Pennine Way south towards Dodd Fell, but doubling back on ourselves at Ten End and returning to Hawes along the West Cam Road.
The route is one taken from the Harvey map of walks in the Hawes area, which we had picked up from the National Park Centre in the the town. It has three short circular routes, four long circular and one long linear route. Our plan was to do one part of a long circular.

The outbound walk was mostly moderate climbing, but at least it was over grass and moorland. Great views back across the valley towards the Buttertubs road and the huge cycle that has been constructed on the hillside. We think it must be made with white plastic sheeting. It certainly dominates the area. The going underfoot changed when we got to Ten End and started back along the West Cam Road - an old track originally used for transporting peat down to the town. The track was very stoney and the going downhill was awkward. It would have been better just to turn around at Ten End and retrace our steps along the Pennine Way.

Back at the van for about 3.00pm for showers and coffee.

Evening meal was taken at The White Hart in Hawes. Starters of bread with oil and balsamic vinegar were filling in their own right, so main courses of beef shin (Ruth) and fish & chips just stuffed us out. The food was well cooked, ingredients fresh and healthy sized portions. A number of hand pumps at the bar, but I only sampled a Black Sheep beer - Velo - a pale ale specially brewed in honour of the Tour de France. Very tasty. So if you come to Hawes we recommend this pub.


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