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#58375 - 22/09/10 11:12 AM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: slowcoach]
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Pictures of all the not-so-scary scary bits, plus detailed journal of the route here FYI:

http://tomread.co.uk

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#58387 - 22/09/10 08:27 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: tomread]
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Tom
Spotted from the link that you are a teacher. No wonder you picked the Kearton Hotel in Thwaite for your Mornington Crescent turn.

During school hols it is packed with teachers talking about school. During school term time it is packed with retired .....

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#58389 - 22/09/10 09:00 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: slowcoach]
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Hmm, think I'll pass on that walk thanks tonyk !!

I love the sound of that guidebook Slowcoach. As you say, a bit more detail might be useful..

Thanks for the pic and journal Tom. It looks ok. Just nine months now to get my head around it all ! Can't wait.

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#58455 - 29/09/10 10:33 AM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: slowcoach]
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I still have a copy of Alan Binns PW Guidebook, from my 1978 PW walk! It was written early 1970's,when most signposting was absent, and all the high level,flat moorland sections (about 60 miles)were boggy and pathless,as everyone took alternative routes to avoid the worst of the knee deep peat bogs.The book concentrated on compass bearings,and landmarks to head for.Nowadays most of these sections are all flagstoned over,speeding up the walk, but eliminating some of the fun(assuming it is someone else going in knee deep!).
Only points on the PW that you may need your hands (not really a scramble) are north up PenyGent and Cauldron Snout,although neither are really exposed.

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#58469 - 01/10/10 03:04 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: Alan F]
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Originally Posted By: Alan F
I still have a copy of Alan Binns PW Guidebook, from my 1978 PW walk! It was written early 1970's,when most signposting was absent, and all the high level,flat moorland sections (about 60 miles)were boggy and pathless,as everyone took alternative routes to avoid the worst of the knee deep peat bogs.The book concentrated on compass bearings,and landmarks to head for.Nowadays most of these sections are all flagstoned over,speeding up the walk, but eliminating some of the fun(assuming it is someone else going in knee deep!).
Only points on the PW that you may need your hands (not really a scramble) are north up PenyGent and Cauldron Snout,although neither are really exposed.



I agree about the book. It was a book of its time and the route, in a lot of cases, was still in the developmental stages. I occasionally still pull it out and read it from the nostalgic point of view. How many teachers today would do what he did I wonder. I have taken numerous groups, of all ages, on day activities, but the joy is to hand them back at the end .... not to camp with them for days on end .... I am too much of a loner for this. I genuinely admire his efforts.

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#58474 - 01/10/10 04:47 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: slowcoach]
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a few times when I have been sweeper up on our walks,
maybe with yougsters and some with learning difficulties.
the relief when you get them safely home.
One time I had been concentrating that hard, I nearly fainted with relief when we got them all to base.
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#58477 - 01/10/10 05:54 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: tim smith]
Slogger Offline
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Originally Posted By: tim smith

a few times when I have been sweeper up on our walks,
maybe with yougsters and some with learning difficulties.
the relief when you get them safely home.
One time I had been concentrating that hard, I nearly fainted with relief when we got them all to base.


Ive felt like with a group of adult Fell runners when leading them up Scafell Pike at night during a national 3 peaks attempt. If I'd have got them lost and lost time I'd never have lived it down.
Dave.

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#58588 - 14/10/10 10:30 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: Slogger]
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Correction to my correction ...... having walked across the M62 on the PW bridge yesterday ..... it is in fact open metal railings to both sides.

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#59243 - 27/12/10 04:46 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: tworivers]
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Don't know about the guidebook but the scariest bit for me was climbing up to the very top of Pen-y-Ghent. There's a bit of rock climbing involved and carrying a 35lb rucksack made it more difficult.

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#59247 - 27/12/10 09:57 PM Re: scary bits and guidebook [Re: midgetarget]
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At least the views over the lower lying land are behind you on the climb if walking north!

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