This leg of the Pennine Way was the shortest of all my days on the trail. Just 14 miles from Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes. It was to be a cloudy day and, sadly, with little visibility for some time. I definitely lost some good views on the way.
On this stretch, the route takes one mostly north, a just a little bit to the east by the end of it. The first 3 miles rise slowly and gently along some rather puzzling-looking pots next to the dirt road such Cross Pot and Cowskull Pot.
Upon reaching Langstroth Dale Road, it turns westwards for a very short while towards… you guessed it… Calf Holes! By this stage, I had left the majority of other walkers – one or two groups of ramblers. This was a damp day and already we were all dreiched upon. The route swings very gently north again and passes Cave Hill and Fair Bottom Hill.
Now. after about 5 miles out of Horton in Ribblesale, the trail reaches Ling Gill and its Ling Gill Beck.
It was as you can rather cloudy and as I was climbing up from the beck now, it was beginning to rain. The path takes the walker up after one mile to Cam High Road – where I essentially saw nothing, finding myself in the cloud!
One keeps walking north-east for another 2 or so miles and reaches the highest point whilst passing by Dodd Fell Hill, then a slow descent towards Hawes begins.
I think it was around Ten End Peat ground where I fell into a bit of a boggy puddle – it was practically impossible to avoid it; the ground was so saturated by rain and damp! – but I was close to the village anyhow.
Slowly, Gaudy Lane, first a small path, changes into a road and as I walked down from the hill and out of the cloud, more views appeared.
Just before reaching Hawes, one crosses the small hamlet of Gayle, south west of Hawes. It was a walk shrouded in mystery (aka a cloud). A different type of experience!
All images from this trip can be seen in the video below: