Distance 15.7 miles, cumulative 617.58 miles, time 7 hrs, walking time 5 hrs 15 mins, pace 3 mph, camped bainbridge-ings campsite.
North Yorkshire is like Texas. It has the largest and highest of everything. Today we walked through the ‘largest moorland regeneration scheme and black grouse recovery project in the Pennines’ as we climbed out of Swaledale over Great Shunner Fell and dropped down into Wensleydale and the highest market town in England – Hawes (850ft).
Hawes is a real tourist hotspot and was busy with visitors. Wensleydale is also home to ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ much of the filming done In nearby Askrigg where James Herriots vets practice was based.
It seemed appropriate to have a ploughman’s for lunch with Wensleydale cheese given Hawes is home to the Wensleydale cheese visitors centre.
We had our own cheese factory which we finally extinguished with an overdue laundry visit thanks to the campsites washer and tumble dryer – outbreaks of bliss all round. Never has so much satisfaction been taken from a single load of washing.
On arriving in Hawes we were greeted by the site of 4 para gliders using Wether Fell to make the best of the sunnier weather and breeze.