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... the end of our steady climb up Wharfdale, flowing east, and the beginnings of Dentdale and the river Dee flowing west.We arrived at the Sportsmans Inn with an hour or so til check-inn, and could have easily pressed on to the village of Dent. But that would have to wait until tomorrow. For now it’s a nice warm bath, pub dinner and sleep to the sound of the nearby river.
... on the same day it was announced that the tour was starting in Yorkshire.
Today’s foot report: Though gradually becoming trail hardened, mine were still giving me considerable pain at the end of the day, even as we ate dinner and relaxed later. Cycling is great for the legs and lungs but makes your feet soft. Janice being the more regular walker is doing fine.
... church has a wonderful display of theirs and the village’s history going back to the 10th century.The first half of the day’s walk was along the river Wharfe again, the word “picturesque” not doing justice to the scenery.
After a coffee stop at Grassington the afternoon took us away from the river and higher along the moors. Plenty of other walkers were out on what appeared to be a mown track ...
Our first day of walking was a long one, at 22km, made just
a bit longer (+3km?) by my suggestion to start near our B&B at a rock formation called
the Cow and Calf and then down through the Ilkley Moor to the old bridge in the
town, the official starting point of the Dales Way.
The first part of the walk follows the river Wharfe through
some interesting villages and sites. We enjoyed the old church at Addingham ...
... its absence at times, freezing wind, boggy ground, rabbit warrens, thousands of sheep and lots of grouse. Oh yes, and rain - we had a great time. We drove up the valley to this quirky, tiny hamlet and did a scrambly walk in the high hills. At one stage we were following a sheep trail across a steep bracken covered hill, it became so steep, we had to crawl under a wire fence, just like the sheep, baa, baa humbug.
We got back to the hamlet, tired and hungry. Saw ...