My schedule for completing the PW
|Fri 21/04/17||HOME||Edale||–||Edale YHA|
|Sat 22/04/17||1||Edale||Torside||16||Old House B&B|
|Sun 23/04/17||2||Torside||Standedge||13||Carriage House Hotel|
|Mon 24/04/17||3||Standedge||Hebden Bridge||16||Air BnB|
|Tue 25/04/17||4||Hebden Bridge||Lothersdale||20||Air BnB|
|Wed 26/04/17||5||Lothersdale||Kirkby Malham||17||Air BnB|
|Thu 27/04/17||6||Kirkby Malhom||Hawes||26||Hawes YHA|
|Fri 28/04/17||7||Hawes||Tan Hill Inn||16||Tan Hill Inn|
|Sat 29/04/17||8||Tan Hill Inn||Middleton||18||Middleton Hotel|
|Sun 30/04/17||9||Middleton||Dufton||21||Dufton YHA|
|Mon 01/05/17||10||Dufton||Alston||20||Alston YHA|
|Tue 02/05/17||11||Alston||Once Brewed||24||Gibbs Hill Bunk Barn|
|Wed 03/05/17||12||Greenhead||Bellingham||15||Bellingham YHA|
|Thu 04/05/17||13||Bellingham||Byrness||15||Byrness YHA|
|Fri 05/05/17||14||Byrness||Kirk Yetholm||27||HOME|
The accommodation in the early stages of the PW is pretty limited. Really there is only the Old House in Torside after the first day unless a taxi is organised to travel off-route.
I had considered trying to reach Mankinholes YHA from Torside on day two. In the end I decided to stop at Standedge as recommended by many guides. The Carriage House is a short distance off-route and maintains most of the height gained compared to walking into Diggle or Marsden.
One reason for not staying at Mankinholes YHA was the absence of space! Another was its location just short of Stoodley Pike. I would have doubled back rather than walk back up the next day. However, in the end I decided to stay in Hebden Bridge rather than try to stay on route. There are multiple Air BnB options in Hebden.
From Hebden I’m not retracing steps to climb Pry Hill and then Hot Stones Hill. Instead I’m intending to walk along Hebden Dale and meet up with the PW just south of Walshaw Dean Lower reservoir. Might upset the purists but this is my walk.
However, since writing this I’ve discovered the Hebden Bridge loop, an official extension of the PW, like the Bowes loop. HBLoop. I think this might be better since it’s also waymarked.
Until Kirkby Malham the daily mileages have been rather restrained. That changes on day six. I hope I’ll have found my walking legs by now because this leg is a challenge with ascents of Fountains Fell and Pen-y-ghent, before taking the three peaks route to miss Horton in Ribblesdale and press on to Hawes. Followed the next day by the ascent of Great Shunner Fell.
The rest of the itinerary is relatively standard. I intend to miss Sleightholme Moor after leaving Tan Hill Inn and use the track instead. After leaving Alston I’ll use the South Tyne Trail rather than mess about climbing stiles going through lots of farm fields. Blenkinsopp Common also doesn’t appeal and depending on the weather I might keep low and pass Featherstone and Blenkinsopp castles. I’m staying north of the wall at Gibbs Hill, so will likely leave Hadrian’s Wall just before Winshield Crags. Those who’ve not walked the wall wouldn’t want to do this, but I’ve done the wall lots of times and the route north holds more interest to me.
The last day is the usual ‘double day’ that many complete.