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#407272 - 01/01/17 06:46 PM Pennine Way 2017
midgetarget Offline
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Registered: 22/06/05
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Loc: Cardiff, UK
I've started thinking about walking the Pennine Way again. I first walked it in 1995 with a friend but this time I'm thinking of going solo. Back then most of the route wasn't paved but the stone slabs had been stacked up ready for laying. How much has the walk changed since then? Are the slabs easier to walk on? I've seen that someone has commented that they can be slippery....nice not to have to walk through so many bogs I would imagine! I'll be taking a tent / camping gear and maybe staying at YHA's if the weather is bad. I know Crowden YHA is not shut. Any others shut? Any help or recommendations will be most welcome. Already starting to research it again and getting that "buzz".

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#407273 - 01/01/17 08:38 PM Re: Pennine Way 2017 [Re: midgetarget]
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Registered: 29/04/05
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Loc: North Yorkshire
Since I walked it in 2005 Crowden is no longer available to anyone apart from, I believe, large groups. Keld is now a hotel and restaurant, Baldersdale is now for groups, Bellingham has closed. My accommodation in 2014 was:-
Youth Hostel - Edale
The Old House, Crowden
Diggle Hotel, Station Road, Diggle
Badger Fields Farm, Blackshaw Head
2 Woodland Street, Cowling
Beck Hall, Cove Road, Malham
The Crown Hotel, Horton in Ribblesdale
Youth Hostel - Hawes
Tan Hill Inn, bunk room
Teesdale Hotel, Market Place
Youth Hostel - Dufton
Youth Hostel - Alston
Greenhead Hotel
Twice Brewed Inn, Once Brewed
The Cheviot Hotel, Bellingham
Forest View Hostel - Byrness - stayed twice and got a lift back from halfway to Kirk Yetholm and return there the next day.
The Border Hotel, Kirk Yetholm
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#407274 - 01/01/17 10:57 PM Re: Pennine Way 2017 [Re: midgetarget]
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Registered: 22/06/05
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Loc: Cardiff, UK
Looks like Globe Farm at Standedge is closed too as is the Woodman Inn in Hebden Bridge where we stayed in 1995.

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#407275 - 02/01/17 09:40 AM Re: Pennine Way 2017 [Re: midgetarget]
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Registered: 29/04/05
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Globe Farm stopped B&B ages ago. It is a shame that so many youth hostels have closed. However the YHA as a charity needs to balance it's books so it appears that they spend more on central locations e.g. London where they will get the income rather than some "out of the way" places where we enjoy but they don't have year round bookings. So the message is try and use them or lose them.
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#407278 - 02/01/17 09:35 PM Re: Pennine Way 2017 [Re: midgetarget]
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It's a real shame they're closing the smaller hostels. We have so many happy memories of nights spent in them. Boots drying out in the drying room, chatting to fellow walkers and drinking the odd bottle of red wine etc. I remember out first day on the Pennine Way - we had planned to camp in Crowden but the weather had been pretty bad. It had started raining at Kinder Downfall and didn't stop. By the time we'd got to Crowden we both didn't want to set up the tent. We managed to get in to the YH and it was wonderful. Three course dinner and got chatting to other walkers...whilst our kit was drying out.Much appreciated then...

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