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#41254 - 09/03/05 01:52 PM My first long distance walk - The Herriot Way
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I am new to long distance walking and have decided to try the Herriot Way as my first long distance walk in mid April.

We are hopefully going to do the walk over 3 days, using the Sherpa baggage service on Day 1 & 2.

Has anyone got any advise or tips for completeing the Herriot way ?

Is the route easy to follow ?

Has anyone done this walk over 3 days before? I am being to optimistic?

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#41255 - 18/03/05 04:02 PM Re: My first long distance walk - The Herriot Way
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I did with a full pack in four days. You could do it quicker, but 12- 13 miles, daily, under a full pack is enough, if you intend to remain reasonably happy!

Unloaded it should be pretty easy, as there are no major gradients:- Great Shunner Fell goes on for ages, but isn't too arduous. We followed it fairly easily from the guide book, with an OS map as back-up.
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#41256 - 18/03/05 04:28 PM Re: My first long distance walk - The Herriot Way
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Thanks for the Info H

I have got hold of the guide book and the relevant OS map.

I am going to try and get some walks in over the next few weekends, to get used to walking 2 or 3 days in a row.

Any recommendations for 2nd long distance walk, if all goes well on the Herriot Way?
I was think of St-Cuthberts.
Due to work restrictions it has to be a 3-5 day walk.

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#41257 - 19/03/05 02:51 AM Re: My first long distance walk - The Herriot Way
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Hello,

You probably have in mind one complete walk, and a walk in the northeast, but my wife and I did the following late last May and really enjoyed it (stayed in B&B's, and walked using daypacks and it was fine):

Oxfordshire Way from Charlbury to near Bourton-on-the-Water.

Wardens Way from near Bourton-on-the-Water to near Winchcombe (we stayed at a farm b&b 3 miles outside Winchcombe and took a "rest day" to explore that area).

Cotswold Way from near Winchcombe to Broadway (highlight was lunch at The Mount Inn in Stanton)

Cotswold Way from Broadway to Chipping Campden/Mickleton area.

Perhaps not your cup of tea, but we enjoyed it...

K

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#41258 - 20/03/05 02:13 PM Re: My first long distance walk - The Herriot Way
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Cold Feet -

The Dales Way can be completed in under 5 days and, despite the "Dull" day referred to elsewhere, I preferred it to Herriot Way: The the distance covered looks quite impressive on a map of the UK, and the Water-side walking is terrific for scenery.

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#41259 - 21/03/05 12:34 PM Re: My first long distance walk - The Herriot Way
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Ken

Thanks for the info, never been down that neck of the woods but it sounds nice.

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#41260 - 21/03/05 12:46 PM Re: My first long distance walk - The Herriot Way
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H

I had thought of the Dales way but it looks a tough task for 4 days walking.

Is the total distance around 85 miles?
20+ miles a day for 4 days sounds like a challenge, is there a lot of ascent over the route?

A colleague of mine who I consider to be slightly mad is currently training to complete St Cuthberts way in 24 hours.

20 miles a day is enough for me.

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#41261 - 21/03/05 04:57 PM Re: My first long distance walk - The Herriot Way
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Cold Feet,

Have done St Cuthberts Way in 1999 and it is a really good walk. We took 5 days although last day was only 6 miles to allow for plenty of time to explore Holy Island. Would thoroughly recommend it. So should fit your time-span fine.

I am doing Dales Way in May and hope to complete in 4 days. It will mean 4 long days but gradients and total amount of ascent doesn't look that bad. Will mean early starts and late finishes but will be backpacking so can stop where I like.

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#41262 - 21/03/05 05:22 PM Re: My first long distance walk - The Herriot Way
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Footsore

How many miles will you be doing each day then on the Dales Way? with a full pack?

I am doing the Herriot Way in 3 weeks, thinking of either the Dales Way or St Cuthberts way next.

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#41263 - 25/03/05 10:27 PM Re: My first long distance walk - The Herriot Way
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Did Dales Way in 4 and a half days with full pack, Went something Like:-

Ilkley Appletreewick - 15 miles
Appletreewick, Hubberholme - 17 miles
Hubbberholme, Dent - 18 miles
Dent, Kendal - 23 (!) miles
Kendal, Windemere - 9 miles

There are no real climbs involved and the scedule is fairly manageable (but Day 4 is long) - That time I was alone and had no-one else to moan at me about it!

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