Thursday April 27th
Hawes YHA to Tan Hill Inn
Distance: 16.15 ml
Tan Hill Inn,
0183 362 8246
Expected walking time: 6h 53min
Today was definitely sunnier. The overnight rest had been welcome for today the first challenge was the ascent of Great Shunner Fell. Hawes was a nice place, so far as I could tell from the short time spent walking through, and I made a note to revisit.
The ascent was steady and kind and the summit arrived sooner than expected. At the top I met a family of Swaledale regulars one of whom had already made the ascent from Thwaite earlier in the week.
The sun was breaking through more regularly and the descent into Thwaite was long but pleasant with the reward of a treat at the Kearton Hotel. The coffee had been recommended but I opted for a cold orange and ice cream and sat outside in the sun! Thwaite was lovely, my first time in Swaledale and a return trip to the Kearton in the summer is a definite.
Then another sharp climb to find the path to Keld. A really nice section with views along Swaledale and up the valley to Keld. Lunch was spent next to the lovely waterfall in Keld, but I didn’t detour into Keld.
Then the climb up to Tan Hill Inn. A real change in the geography north of Keld. A landscape much more familiar to a northern Pennine walker. The Tan Hill Inn was iconic when it finally appeared. Also very idiosyncratic – the corridor to the laundry room passes through the shower! I had a bunk room to myself and the breakfast was 5 star.
09:00 left Hawes
11:38 summit Great Shunner Fell
16:21 Tan Hill Inn
Stats According to Moves App
6:41 hours walking
2,023 calories burned