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#44171 - 09/12/08 03:39 PM Walking in late Jan early Feb 2009?
1966bones Offline
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Registered: 09/12/08
Posts: 2
Intending to do walk late Jan early Feb. 3 puzzles:

1. Any thoughs on availability of accommodation as some B&Bs and YHA seem to close during Jan?

2. Is 11/12 day itenary feasible given daylight hours?

3. How does walk compare with PW in terms of ardour?

Any advice grealy received

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#44172 - 09/12/08 04:54 PM Re: Walking in late Jan early Feb 2009? [Re: 1966bones]
Stottie Offline
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Registered: 21/02/07
Posts: 568
Loc: Derbyshire, England
1. You will have a reduced choice of accommodation, but little competition for whatever is open, so unless you are hell-bent on staying at a particular place you should always find what you need.

2. Because the days are short and the weather risks serious compared with summer, you might want to phone ahead to secure a bed and to let them know you are en route, but only you can know whether you can do long mileages day after day in the colder months. I know my own limitations and am in no need of a lecture on my shortcomings - I suppose you'd say the same about yourself.

3. The Lake District section feels harder than the PW, whereas the rest of it feels easier.

Do let us know how you get on. We seem to be suffering a dearth of interesting correspondence on this site these days!!!
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#44173 - 09/12/08 04:54 PM Re: Walking in late Jan early Feb 2009? [Re: 1966bones]
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Registered: 28/10/06
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Loc: england
well it all depends how fast you walk
i think i would be looking for 14 day's at that time of year.
compared to the pennine way it is a doddle, that is if the weather is O.K. you may get snow on the tops and that will make it harder.
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#44177 - 10/12/08 09:15 AM Re: Walking in late Jan early Feb 2009? [Re: tim smith]
tim smith Offline
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Registered: 28/10/06
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Loc: england
i must have been on another planet yesterday.
the lake district in winter can be a dangerous place to be,
and it would not be doddle in snow and ice on the tops
so ignore the above advice
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#44220 - 15/12/08 08:25 AM Re: Walking in late Jan early Feb 2009? [Re: tim smith]
Andy J Offline
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Registered: 08/06/00
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Loc: Bucks,England
11/12 days ? - take a good torch and have an early breakfast; you'll have about 9.5 hours daylight (sunrise / sunset approx 8.00 - 4.30) with little or no margin for error on longer days. Total time for my walk in April over 13 days was 96 hours - approx 2 mph which may sound slow compare to walking on the level , but over the hills isn't too bad. Factor in the possibilty of snow during this year's winter and if I was planning for this time of year and I would be looking at 13/14 days with some contingency too.

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