Just a quick hello to say that I am safely back from my Pennine Way walk for Crisis UK which took 20 days and was supported by Cotswold Outdoor and Gossamer Gear. I apologise that I was unable to post to this blog during the walk but I was without phone signal, 3G or wifi for most of the route with my ineffective sim card. I have published a write-up of the walk which I hope you enjoy. You can see videos on YouTube, photos on social media under the hashtag #RosePW and you can donate until the end of August 2013 by texting ROSE71 £(Amount) to 70070 🙂
The hashtag for my Pennine Way for Crisis UK updates and photos is #RosePW
Setting off on the Pennine Way is now imminent. I have completed my training walks and devised my schedule, which involves staying in a mixture of campsites, hostels & B&Bs, and includes a couple of rest days. I have been trying to rest and promote the walk for the last week or so and will be using social media to post updates during the walk.
This is my kit list and I would like to thank Cotswold Outdoor and Gossamer Gear for supporting the walk.
As I have now completed the St Cuthbert’s Way, the Cumbria Way plus a week of day walking as part of my training plan for my Pennine Way walk for Crisis UK, I am now resting up until I start my charity walk later this month.
I have recently been assembling and testing out my kit for the walk including a new lightweight tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat. I am relatively new to camping while I walk, so this has included getting some advice and sleeping out for trial weekends to discover what works and what doesn’t.
Here are a couple of pictures of the tent and equipment I will be using for the walk.
Many thanks for reading.
My thoughts are turning to my (completed in July 2013) Pennine Way walk for Crisis UK. Behind the scenes, I have been preparing for this walk. This has included assembling a kit which will hopefully meet the needs of the walk.
The main aim of my kit is to ensure that I can reach my destination in comfort. I have learned to focus on comfort and weight as the key factors for success on my walks so far. Some companies have been generous enough to offer discounts on some of the items I needed most. In particular Gossamer Gear in the U.S. offered me a discount on their 65L Mariposa rucksack which is one of the few of that size weighing in at less than 1kg. This is less than half the weight of my previous rucksack.
I have also been finalising my walking schedule in order to be able to book my accommodation for the journey. I am hoping to do about 18 days walking plus 2/3 rest days spread out along the way. As usual the accommodation has ended up being a mixture of hostels, bunkhouses, B&Bs and campsites. As I am not yet up to speed as a wild camper I have opted for campsites which give me the option of support, provisions, basic facilities & being a bit more sociable if I have the energy!
My training for the walk is going to plan. I have a range of warm up exercises to do which hopefully will keep me injury free. I also did 5 days of walking in north Northumberland in March 2013, the 70 mile St Cuthbert’s Way walk in April 2013, and I am planning the Cumbria Way for May 2013.
One highlight of the St. Cuthbert’s Way was stopping for the night in Kirk Yetholm which is the official northern end of the Pennine Way. This boot garden was a sobering reminder of all the previous people to have attempted the walk and of how tough the walk will be. I hope that I make it back here in a better state than some of these boots.
If any of you can afford to donate to CrisisUK to speed me on my way I would be very grateful.
I am just back from a short walking holiday by car to enable me to visit some of my favourite Northumbrian walks which are difficult by public transport. Here is my list:
- Best hill-fort award: Yeavering Bell on the Wooler common to Yeavering Bell walk (linear)
- Most romantic spot award: Hethpool Linn on the Kirknewton to Hethpool Linn walk (circular)
- Most atmospheric place award: Castle hill fort site on the Thrunton Woods to Long Crags walk (circular)
- Most magical place award: Dove Crag on the Holystone, Lady’s Well & Dove Crag walk (circular)
- Most awesome walk award: Hethpool to the border fence (circular)
You can read the full walk reports complete with photos, maps and GPX links of the winners on my Wicked Walks page.