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#53969 - 22/02/10 09:15 PM Re: scary bits [Re: Slogger]
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The same thing happened to me when rock hopping over a raging stream on the Cumbria Way in 2008; fell flat on my face in the water. I'll be wading through a similar stream in future, provided it's not too deep !

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#53972 - 22/02/10 10:02 PM Re: scary bits [Re: tworivers]
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I punctured my kneecap rock hopping near Cauldron Snout. Happy days...

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#53973 - 23/02/10 12:17 AM Re: scary bits [Re: DodgeyKnee]
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A few years ago we were walking with two guys, who were with us to Shap. That night they met two blonds, and they disappeared for the rest of the walk. Two guys simply vanishing from the walk must qualify as a scary bit. Much more dangerous than a few bumps and bruises.

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#53985 - 23/02/10 05:57 PM Re: scary bits [Re: hsmale]
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Registered: 21/09/09
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Not so much a scary bit but along the same lines can anyone advise about the boggy section on the way to Keld. In Henry Stedman's book he mentions the red and blue routes being for different months of the year. Does this really matter or can we just pick the one we fancy?

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#53987 - 23/02/10 06:33 PM Re: scary bits [Re: scaredovheights]
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I can't imagine anyone will be out checking for your movements but in the interest of preservation and recovery, in my own personal opinion I think you should follow the spirit of the routing system - IMHO of course:-)

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#53991 - 23/02/10 08:17 PM Re: scary bits [Re: Boots]
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Originally Posted By: Boots
I can't imagine anyone will be out checking for your movements but in the interest of preservation and recovery, in my own personal opinion I think you should follow the spirit of the routing system - IMHO of course:-)


Oh, been a bit thick here sorry, the routes are to protect the landscape are they? I got it in my head it was to provide the best route owing to usual weather!

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#54003 - 24/02/10 07:20 AM Re: scary bits [Re: scaredovheights]
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When AW first defined a route he did envisage it becoming so popular. He admitted that he hadn't any real knowledege of areas beyond Lakeland and effectively used a map to pick the most convenient rather than the most environmentally sustainable paths. As the popularity of the walk increased certain areas started to show signs of quite serious erosion. This had already happened on the higher sections of the Lyke Wake Walk where the routes over Loose Howe and Blue Man were being eroded to such an extent that they had become river channels. This, in its turn, was washing the peat away so quickly that the undelying bedrock was exposed.


After the Pennine landowners' disastrous experiment with gripping the high moors (gouging out drainage channels across the boggy areas in order to improve grazing. These resulted in not only the deep groughs that we see today but drained the land so fast that areas like Leyburn, Richmond, Middleham regularly suffered severe flooding)

To prevent this happeneing around NSR three different routes were devised. These have no legal standing, but, if walkers are generally interested in the countryside rather than path bagging then it helps the ground recover during its "fallow period" if they are adhered to. A recent report suggests that the three routes appear to be working.

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#54004 - 24/02/10 07:23 AM Re: scary bits [Re: slowcoach]
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Sorry, a sentence omiited ...at the end of the second paragraph it should read ............. flooding) there was a decision made to allow the moors to return to acting as sponges and release their water at a naturally slower rate.

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#54008 - 24/02/10 08:43 AM Re: scary bits [Re: hsmale]
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Originally Posted By: hsmale
A few years ago we were walking with two guys, who were with us to Shap. That night they met two blonds, and they disappeared for the rest of the walk. Two guys simply vanishing from the walk must qualify as a scary bit. Much more dangerous than a few bumps and bruises.


Whilst walking the Offa's Dyke Path, we called into a pub in Hay on Wye. Got chatting with the barman. It turned out that a couple of years earlier he was doing the same. He met this young lady the one night he was supposed to there, and never got any further (along the route). He's been there ever since.
Dave.

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#54022 - 24/02/10 09:35 PM Re: scary bits [Re: slowcoach]
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Nice reply, thanks for taking the time to explain the history.

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