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#50681 - 02/09/09 11:12 AM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Daphne]
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Thanks for all the info Daphne - glad you had a great walk.

Me thinks there will be a fair amount of mud after the weather we've had up North recently eek

Really looking forward to it now, just been out and bought my last bits and pieces, will start packing tomorrow. Would be great if I get chance to chat to fellow walkers and maybe even share a beer in the pubs at night. Eating on my own is what I am not looking forward to - it always looks a bit strange when a woman is on her own in a pub.

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#50685 - 02/09/09 12:24 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Calluna]
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Originally Posted By: Calluna
Thanks for all the info Daphne - glad you had a great walk.

Me thinks there will be a fair amount of mud after the weather we've had up North recently eek

Really looking forward to it now, just been out and bought my last bits and pieces, will start packing tomorrow. Would be great if I get chance to chat to fellow walkers and maybe even share a beer in the pubs at night. Eating on my own is what I am not looking forward to - it always looks a bit strange when a woman is on her own in a pub.


It doesn't look strange! Just take a map or guidebook in with you and then likeminded people will no doubt sit down and have a chat - you may regret that!
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#50700 - 02/09/09 04:57 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Calluna]
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Originally Posted By: Calluna
Eating on my own is what I am not looking forward to - it always looks a bit strange when a woman is on her own in a pub.


It can seem a little strange sometimes (probably for men and women), but because I tend to like walking on my own, I do it all the time - and I suspect a lot of people on this site do as well (although I'm male not female). Various thoughts/suggestions:

a) if you want company - as Harland has suggested - making it obvious that you are a walker will often get you the attention of other walkers - although that may or may not be the best thing

b) if you stop at YHA's, you're very likely to come across fellow walkers with whom you can go to the pub (if you want to)

c) if you don't particularly want company or the particular company on offer - I tend to make make sure I have a good book to read

d) and if all that fails, although I regret this sounds a bit sad - I reassure myself by looking at the couples eating in the place - who generally haven't got anything to say to each other. I'd much rather be on my own with a good book than be alone with someone who I haven't got anything to say.

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#50702 - 02/09/09 05:11 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Bliss 60]
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Originally Posted By: Bliss 60
Originally Posted By: Calluna
Eating on my own is what I am not looking forward to - it always looks a bit strange when a woman is on her own in a pub.


It can seem a little strange sometimes (probably for men and women), but because I tend to like walking on my own, I do it all the time - and I suspect a lot of people on this site do as well (although I'm male not female). Various thoughts/suggestions:

a) if you want company - as Harland has suggested - making it obvious that you are a walker will often get you the attention of other walkers - although that may or may not be the best thing

b) if you stop at YHA's, you're very likely to come across fellow walkers with whom you can go to the pub (if you want to)

c) if you don't particularly want company or the particular company on offer - I tend to make make sure I have a good book to read

d) and if all that fails, although I regret this sounds a bit sad - I reassure myself by looking at the couples eating in the place - who generally haven't got anything to say to each other. I'd much rather be on my own with a good book than be alone with someone who I haven't got anything to say.


(b) is a good idea, and regarding (d) most couples eating together look as if they would rather be alone or with someone else.

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#50722 - 03/09/09 02:22 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Lounge Lizard]
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Loc: Wirral
Will probably follow guidline (a) although (d) is very true smirk

After all the rain we have had up north - beginning to consider packing a canoe for the walk to Burnsall. And if you see what looks like a mud-wrestler on the path - don't get too excited lads it will just be me grin

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#50723 - 03/09/09 02:45 PM Re: Walking September 2009 [Re: Calluna]
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Loc: Derbyshire, England
Originally Posted By: Calluna
Will probably follow guidline (a) although (d) is very true smirk

After all the rain we have had up north - beginning to consider packing a canoe for the walk to Burnsall. And if you see what looks like a mud-wrestler on the path - don't get too excited lads it will just be me grin


Calluna
Many a true word spoken in gest!
When I walked Burnsall to Ilkley a few years ago the riverside path between Appletreewick and Barden Bridge was under water (I waded through, being without canoe) and there was water in the fields on the west side of the river at the A59 crossing.
So if you have to take to the road between Barden Br and Burnsall, stay on the east side of the river where it's much safer walking. Too much traffic on the main road and no footpath, and too much uphill also.
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