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#58675 - 25/10/10 09:45 PM 17 or 18 days
tworivers Offline
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Registered: 10/02/10
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I am thinking of doing the Pennine Way over 17 days in June. That would leave me walking 26 miles on the last day from Byrness to Kirk Yetholm. Is this is ok ? Are there a lot of steep ascents and descents on this stage, or is it fairly straightforward moorland walking ?
Many thanks for your advice.

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#58677 - 25/10/10 10:50 PM Re: 17 or 18 days [Re: tworivers]
tim smith Offline
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Registered: 28/10/06
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Loc: england
if you are wild camping I would advise you split it in to two days,
we camped at Chew Green and did it in 10hours 20 minutes ,with two breaks totaling 45 minutes, but you will have an extra 5 and 1/4 to walk and there are quite a few steep ups and downs.
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#58684 - 26/10/10 09:04 AM Re: 17 or 18 days [Re: tim smith]
Slogger Offline
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
Once you have climbed the initial steepness up onto the ridge, out of Byreness the rest is undulating basic moorland walking mostly on a flagged surface and then the long descent into Kirk Yetholme. There are two refuge huts en route where you can take a break.
I did it in one go in horrendously wet and windy conditions and took around 13 hours including the two rests to make a brew and have something to eat. Some walkers stay in the last refuge hut overnight and do the final bit the next day, you have to take a chance on whether others will be planning on doing the same, at the same time.
Dave.

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#58686 - 26/10/10 10:49 AM Re: 17 or 18 days [Re: tworivers]
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Registered: 21/02/07
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Loc: Derbyshire, England
If you're fit when you get to Byrness, you'll do it in one day. When I was in my mid 50s I did it in less than 12 hours in good conditions.

Have a word with Joyce and Colin at Forest View in Byrness. They offer transport solutions if you want to split it into 2 days. Such an option might be available on an ad hoc basis, so you might be able to make your final decision when you assess your fitness once you've reached Alston or Greenhead.
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#58687 - 26/10/10 11:04 AM Re: 17 or 18 days [Re: Stottie]
walkanddrink Offline
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Registered: 19/06/10
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Loc: Blackpool
I'm planning to do the last leg in one long slog in May next year so hopefully it should be OK. Has to be as I've already booked the room in the Border Inn

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#58692 - 26/10/10 04:19 PM Re: 17 or 18 days [Re: walkanddrink]
joyce taylor Offline
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Registered: 31/01/07
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Loc: byrness village
If there is room on my bus when you are in Byrness you can break it into 2 days.Priority goes to people who are staying with us at Forest View or The Old Post Office B & B.but I did 2 trips up to the drop off in one day on several occasions this May & June. June is one of the busyiest months along with may so the refuge hut is more likely to be occupied.
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#58693 - 26/10/10 05:55 PM Re: 17 or 18 days [Re: joyce taylor]
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Registered: 09/01/09
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Loc: hertfordshire
You dont say if your camping along the rest of the route but if you are and assuming the weather is ok(ish) I'd break it into two days and really enjoy it. For me it's one off the nicest sections of the whole walk. Also lots of folks going over in one go dont seem to visit the Cheviot summit which seems most odd to me !!
There are wild pitch opportunities at both huts, just before windy gyle (half way point), at clennel st and a tiny spot where you branch off to go to the summit of the cheviot.
Whatever you decide, enjoy, its a cracking walk.
Les

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#58696 - 26/10/10 09:48 PM Re: 17 or 18 days [Re: Les + Heidi]
Bliss 60 Offline
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Registered: 02/05/07
Posts: 273
Loc: Birmingham
Uswayford Farm is presumably still an option for an overnight stop half way along the route (although its a 1&1/2 mile detour)? At least it was when I did it in 2006.

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#58697 - 26/10/10 10:17 PM Re: 17 or 18 days [Re: Bliss 60]
tworivers Offline
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Registered: 10/02/10
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Thanks for that. I am B&Bing it, so I should be relatively fit by then, all being well ! Haha
It is my intention to stay with Joyce. As June is a busy month, I better get it all booked up !
Think I'll do that stretch in one day, and hope for better weather than Slogger had...

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#58699 - 27/10/10 08:41 AM Re: 17 or 18 days [Re: Bliss 60]
kevm Offline
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Registered: 24/01/05
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Loc: Sheffield, South Yorkshire,UK
Originally Posted By: Bliss 60
Uswayford Farm is presumably still an option for an overnight stop half way along the route (although its a 1&1/2 mile detour)? At least it was when I did it in 2006.


The owners of Uswayford Farm have retired and the new owners don't do B&B.

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