Pete and I walked together most of the day until he reached his destination of Gargreave, 12 miles from Cowling.
The day had started out quite warm, and got progressively warmer. The map showed that our route would take us through several villages, so I decided to reduce the weight of my pack by cutting down on the quantity of water I carried. As the day wore on and the temperature rose, I became increasingly concerned that I may not have enough water.
The first village we reached was Lothersdale. It was still too early for the pub to be open, and the village had no market. I still had sufficient water to get me to the next village, so I was OK. Ironically, Lothersdale may not have had sufficient water.
The next town Pete and I passed through was Thornton-in-Craven. It appeared to be of reasonable size and prosperity, with expensive homes, but not one pub or market to buy a drink. The day was getting hotter, and my water supply was diminishing.
After another mile and a half, we reached the tiny village of East Marton. East Marton sits alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, another route for vacationing narrowboaters. We found a small café, where I quickly downed two soft drinks. My remaining water would now get me to Gargreave, where I would definitely find a convenience store.
At Gargreave, I bought two sport drinks, and drank one immediately as Pete and I sat in a shady park to get out of the sun. I held one drink in reserve, to get me the seven more miles to Malham. Pete and I said our goodbyes, and I left for Malham. He and I will both be walking the rest of the Pennine Way over the next two weeks, but we are unlikely to see each other, as I will be about a half-day ahead of him.
|On the moor|
The forecast is for heavy rains tomorrow, but at least for tonight my clothes will be dry.
© 2011 Ken Klug