Monday, 22 July 2013
Pennines, Day 1
I caught the train from Carlisle to Lancaster and after a coffee and bacon sandwich on Lancaster station I caught the train with "trouble at t'mill accents" to Gargrave.
A quick visit to the coop for some matches and crackers and I'm heading for Mallam.
The walk is besides the Rivber Aire. It's hot and it's cleg heaven. At last I reach Mallam and food and a pot of tea. This will be a pattern. Cafes for second breakfasts and dinner. Tea later on in tent. It saves weight you know.
The Way leads up the side of the Cove. It's very busy. I press on and luckily there's a ice-cream van at the car park before Mallam Tarn. A 99 and a bottle of icy water boost me onwards as I plan to camp above the intakes.
Fountains Fell on the left the target.
Tent up, air the bag. get the tea cooking. View back to Mallam Tarn.
.Impressions of this section: A bit farmy, very overgrazed, lots of clegs. Brilliant weather.
I walk over the ridge to view the route ahead tomorrow, over Pen y Ghent.