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#44481 - 09/01/09 01:39 PM Walking September 2009
Calluna Offline
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Loc: Wirral
Hi

Newbie here, I am going to be walking the Dalesway early in September. Just wondering if I will be bumping into any of you good people, I'm a bit nervous at it will be my first LDP on my own. Have any other women walked LDP's and was it safe?

Did my first LDP - South Downs Way last June, as a supported walk, now I have the bug!!

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#44482 - 09/01/09 01:47 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Calluna]
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Did the Dales Way last year with a group of 6 people
All except for myself on their first long distance walk
It’s really beautiful and every one we met were very friendly
Im sure you will be fine it’s supposed to be on of the easiest of the log distance walks
Enjoy…………

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#44483 - 09/01/09 01:56 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: segedunum]
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Ta Segedunum

It's not the mileage or hills that is worrying me, it's the thought of crossing fields of bulls/bullocks on my own (had a bad experience with them in the lakes last summer!)and I suppose being a woman in the wilds on my own. Probably be alright after the first solo walk, will have to be.....I will be doing the C2C next year!!

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#44485 - 09/01/09 02:08 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Calluna]
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I am not keen on anything big especially if they have horns. I tend to shout at them and wave my map although it doesn't always work! I make sure that I am near enough to get over a fence/wall in case of need, even if I will get stung/land in poo or whatever!

I always start walks by myself and just meet up with other people on the way that I can either walk with or not. I intend to walk the Dales Way sometime this year as I want to try out my new tent for a few days prior to hopefully walking Land's End to John O'Groats next year.
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#44487 - 09/01/09 02:27 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Harland]
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Hi Harland

If you are doing the walk the same time - and see a red-faced, terrified woman running across a field being chased by bullocks (screaming in her best scouse accent).......that will be me!!

Would be nice to have a chat with other walkers on the way and maybe in the pub at night, like walking on my own at times too. Not worried about the C2C next year as there are usually lots of other walkers about, just not sure about the Dalesway.

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#44491 - 09/01/09 03:57 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Calluna]
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The one thing that didn't cross my mind when I bought my rucksack was the colour - it is red! I don't know if it is true about bulls and the colour red but they do seem to like me for some reason!

I was out on part of the Dales Way on a weekday in October and there were other walkers around. I would guess that you would see more walkers on the Dales Way than the C2C but probably not all going the full distance.
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#44493 - 09/01/09 04:39 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Harland]
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i would not advise waving anything at cows,bullock's or bull's
it would only make them worse, animals can sense when one is frightened of them and they then take advantage,
i would advise that if there are beast's about and you are nervous to wait until you have some one with confidence with you.
animals respond to a quite voice better than shouting and waving your arms about
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#44494 - 09/01/09 04:45 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: tim smith]
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If you can survive in the Wirral you shouldn't have any worries about the Dalesway apart from all the bullocks which can easily be dealt with by taking a good crossbow and some arrows.

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#44495 - 09/01/09 05:56 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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Done the Daleway half a dozen times or so. The only wild places are the moor at and near Cam Houses and beyond Gearstones. Both with easily followed path and not very long in terms of distance. Just ignore any beasties, give them a few yards of space and they wont bother you. Any inquisitive Bullocks that gallop alongside usually keep enough distance and if they gather at the gate you intend going through, just wave your map and shout as you approach and they will move. Any Cows or Bulls will also move out of the way once they realise yo are going that that way, but dont shout or wave at them, just approach with confidence but slowly and you will be fine.
Dave.

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#44988 - 02/02/09 08:14 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Slogger]
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hi Calluna

I walk lots on my own, inc LDPs, though with dog. OK to date! However, dog a nuisance where cattle concerned, as they are often more curious about dog.

Don't worry about red - cattle (and sheep) are virtually colour blind.

From livestock point of view, September a good time to be walking, as cattle at friskiest approx early May if they've just been turned out after over-wintering indoors.

If necessary, would suggest good technique if cattle crowd you a bit is to extend arms at shoulder height and just waggle them a little bit, also hiss at them. And yes, walk confidently!

Be wary, though, of a large herd getting over-agitated, as just possible that ones nearer the back will cannon into those in front who've stopped, who then crowd you more...

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