Posted by: andy crawford

food - 13/12/04 11:11 PM

i planning to do the pw next may should i take enough food for the whole trip or buy it on the way, any suggestions
Posted by: Geordie

Re: food - 14/12/04 09:17 AM

Andy It's a few years since I did the PW, but unless things have changed for the worse you should have no problem getting food en route. If you are camping, there are plenty shops catering for the walker, and if you plan your days well you should hit a pub most lunchtimes and evenings. I camped it in March and a lot of places, including pubs, didn't open fully till after Easter, but you should have no problems in May.
By the way, how's George Dixon keeping?
(Joke for the over 50's only!)
Posted by: tonyk

Re: food - 14/12/04 09:38 AM

Best to carry a couple of days food for sections where shops are thin on the ground or if its early closing day.

Work it out yourself though.If you allow say 3lb perday for food and are going to take fifteen days that equals forty five pounds on food alone!Add to that twenty pounds for other kit and you will find yourself staggering up Grindsbrook with a 65lb pack!Not recommended unless you want to jointhe SAS after you have finished.
Posted by: andy crawford

Re: food - 14/12/04 05:46 PM

thanks tony k i will be doing it in about 15 days from start to finish ( i hope ha ha )so i think i will pack about 5 days worth. is dryed food best.
Posted by: andy crawford

Re: food - 14/12/04 05:47 PM

thanks geordie cheeky i'm not over fifty yet
Posted by: tonyk

Re: food - 14/12/04 09:01 PM

Andy,2-3 days of food is more than enough.I have walked this route half a dozen times and have always found somewhere to purchase supplies.The last thing you want to do is carry extra weight.It is possible to carry seven days worth of freeze dried meals but whether you would want to live on this stuff for seven days is a different matter.Take a couple in case you get caught out but don't rely on this stuff for nutrition.
Posted by: andy crawford

Re: food - 15/12/04 09:26 PM

thanks tonyk
Posted by: Arial

Re: food - 17/12/04 03:25 AM


You are so blessedly helpful!

A friend and I are planning this walk for July/August. I'm suggesting 20 days (with 2 rest days - one in Haworth - we're both Bronte fans) and one in Northumbria at a friend's mum's house.

Having done the C2C, what should I know about this walk in particular. It's longer and has more high bits. What else?

Thanks in advance!

Posted by: lightweightmick

Re: food - 17/12/04 01:10 PM

Hi Andy,
your body is designed perfectly for such a hunting foray! Every pound of fat you're already carrying is equal to 3500 calories!
If you plan to take a stove why not get yourself aquainted with 'just add boiling water' stuff? - (rice based is best), don't go wasting hard earned money on over-priced tasteless AFD rubbish! Re-pack portions and work out water amounts before you go. Add dried milk, sugar, xtra fruit etc. to muesli portions so you only need to add water. Use thicker grade freezer bags and weld with soldering iron or cellotape to secure your portions.
Stock up on cereal bars when you can too.
Anything to keep your pack weight down - and you'll have something to fall back on when doors are closed!
Posted by: tonyk

Re: food - 18/12/04 08:32 PM

Arial,in my experience the PW can be done comfortably in 15-18 days.A lot depends on how much it rains in the weeks preceding the walk.In a dry period the peat takes on the quality of a carpet and makes for easy walking but after weeks of heavy rain it turns into a quagmire.A lot of this walk has now been paved and some of the more notorious sections are now a thing of the past but its still a long hard walk that deserves respect.

The climbs are quite moderate,apart from Penyghent which is quite steep near the summit.Its also quite a slog to the top of Knock Fell and Bryness Hill but both come at the start of the day.Also avoid taking the shortcut from the summit of Cross Fell due to there being a lot of open mine shalfts on the flanks.A walker was killed here when he fell down a 200ft deep shaft.Not the most pleasant way of ending your walk.

Do you intend to camp or stay in B&B?

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Posted by: Arial

Re: food - 19/12/04 04:17 AM


We plan on trying to stay in hostels and camping barns whenever possible, with a few B&B's thrown in wherever necessary.

I might choose to camp more often, but my friend has a hip injury and is not certain she could carry the additional weight for camping gear. Even if it's just the mental thing. I know the walk is possible. She's never done an LDW. Her nervousness wins over my whimsy.

I will be happy to a softer bed and hot cup of coffee in the morning.

Thanks for the warning on Cross Fell. Poor bloke. I have thought I wouldn't mind dying with my boots on, but I'd rather be looking up at the stars than down a mine shaft.

What are the highest summits?
Posted by: tonyk

Re: food - 19/12/04 09:19 PM

Cross Fells the highest at 3000ft-also known as Fiends Fell and with good reason.The inital climb to Knock Fell is quite hard but the other summits on the way to Cross Fell are quite a stroll provided you don't get caught in gale force winds.

Penyghent is about 2200ft,Shunner 2300ft and The Cheviot 2600ft.
Posted by: FootSore

Re: food - 01/01/05 06:57 PM

Buy food on the way; then you can buy local specialities on the way.

I carry museli for breakfast as it looks like it is meant to after a week in the sack.

Tend to carry two/three days dinner in the form of penne pasta (tubes) or similar. I know the farfell (little bows) cook 1 minute faster but they look a little suspect when camping.

Lunch tend to carry some bread/cheese/spread/ham/jam or whatever for no more than two days ahead as there are plenty of opportunites to restock.

Navigation is tougher than on the C2C, but as long as you can read a map and operate a compass then you should be OK. There are also a couple of longer days but walking is why you went!

Posted by: Arial

Re: food - 02/01/05 04:02 AM

On this topic, If staying in YHA, how often is it necessary to eat the nightly meal at the hostel? Where, in particular, is it going to be difficult to visit a pub for dinner (apart from Keld)?
Posted by: latic

Re: food - 02/01/05 10:28 PM


Not sure of you itinerary but the first night in Crowden could be a problem.Nearest pub almost 4 miles away so would recommend you book evening meal at hostel