The Pennine Way IV: Tan Hill to Alston
Trip Start Apr 01, 2010
28Trip End Jul 31, 2010
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12 June was a succession of grand hills: Knock Fell, Great Dun Fell, Little Dun Fell, and Cross Fell (at 893m the highest point on the Pennine Way). In bad weather, this would have been horrible, but this was a rare clear day, and the views west over Cumbria and north to Carlisle were unforgettable. After Cross Fell, it was a long downhill amble to the South Tyne at Garrigill, and then a final 3 miles along the river to Alston.
Our campsite was in a trailer park just off the town junkyard; the bathrooms were in a bizarre bunker reached through an old underground petrol tank that had been turned into a tunnel. We were joined there by our friend B from Tearfund Afghanistan. A fellow Yankee, she had brought red and white face paint so she and Joel could be safely camouflaged while watching the England-USA World Cup match in the town hall.
On 13 June, we had a full English at B's B&B, and then enjoyed a rest day in Alston. As with most of our rest days, this one was tipping down with rain, and we spent the whole day in a nice warm hotel pub, chatting and reading the papers.