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#58349 - 20/09/10 09:12 PM scary bits and guidebook
tworivers Offline
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Registered: 10/02/10
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I've just posted a query about this on the C2C forum, thought I'd best post it here too.
Having just completed my first C2C my thoughts now turn to the PW, hopefully next June. I'm not terribly good on edge of cliff type stuff, also big drops. What do I have to look forward to along these lines ? Also, any scrambling involved ?
Can anyone suggest the best guidebook ?
Many thanks

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#58350 - 20/09/10 10:25 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: tworivers]
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Registered: 30/07/09
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Loc: Yorkshire
The first one that will spring to everyone's mind is the crossing of the M62. I would imagine that to anyone with any form of aversion to heights this is a definite no no. The road is crossedat some height by a narrowish walkway with open railing to each side. It is unnerving to most people. It can, however, be avoided by walking under the motorway on the A672 then turning west and picking your way across the open ground to meet the concessionary path which rejoins the Pennine Way.

Secondly is the ascent of Penyghent. This is not really too bad but may be a little unnerving. There is an alternative path via Churn Milk Hole and Dub Cote.

Ditto with Malham Cove. If the ascent looks a tad difficult there is an alternative path that avoids the open aspect


I think that all the other paths are quite benign and you can quite simply avoid looking over the edge at places such as High Cup and Cross Fell.

Apart from these .... if you did the C to C ok you shouldn't have any greater difficulties.

I didn't use a commercial guide (as when I started it there weren't any!)I just used OS maps.

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#58351 - 21/09/10 05:50 AM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: slowcoach]
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Hi TwoRivers,
I used 'The Pennine Way from Edale to Kirk Yetholm' by Martin Collins put out by Cicerone press. 2003 2nd edition. I found it to be fine and it contained the strip map of the relevant OS map for each section.
I also liked the fact that the book was a useful size (120mm x 175mm x 10mm) as well as the cover being waterproof.
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#58353 - 21/09/10 06:59 AM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: Geo]
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One minor blob in my earlier post .... the bridge over the M62 has solid sides but the road beneath is visible over the top throughout.

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#58355 - 21/09/10 12:48 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: slowcoach]
Slogger Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
I don't think you will have any difficulties with the Pennine Way. The C2C has more scary bits, if you can them that, than the PW.
Dave.

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#58356 - 21/09/10 01:39 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: Slogger]
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Cauldron Snout can be a bit scary,especially if the rocks are wet.I think it might be possible to avoid it by taking the road from Langdon Beck to Cow Green.

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#58357 - 21/09/10 02:04 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: tonyk]
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I am terrible with heights. But I had no difficulty at any point on the Pennine Way. I had nervous anticipation due to what I had heard about the M62 bridge, ascent of Pen-y-ghent etc - but in reality, nothing was problematic. Just look ahead rather than down on the M62 bridge, and the rest is easy.

Tom

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#58367 - 21/09/10 08:23 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: tomread]
tworivers Offline
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Many thanks people, it doesn't sound so bad. M62 bridge will be interesting, I may crawl over that ! Ditto the wet rocks at Cauldron Snout.
Would 17 days be a reasonable timescale ? I'm not in Slogger's league I'm afraid !

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#58370 - 21/09/10 10:50 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: tworivers]
tonyk Offline
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Seventeen days would be a reasonable timscale.

When you have finished with the PW you can get your teeth into this "walk"!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72rN5zO2T7A

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#58372 - 22/09/10 06:55 AM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: tonyk]
slowcoach Offline
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Registered: 30/07/09
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Loc: Yorkshire
17 days is quite a reasonable target.

Just looked through my bookcase. My first guidebook to the Pennine Way was by Alan Binns ..... I would be surprised if anyone else had heard of it. Effectively it says "Start at Edale and follow the non existent path northwards to Kirk Yetholme, then stop.

A tad short on intermediate details.

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