Hello. Are your legs aching, are your feet hurting, have you any blisters? Nope? Then good, you can walk a little further with me. After another breakfast of beans on toast with pasta left over from the night before, I was ready to set off on my third day. I checked out of the hostel putting my bags in the car, and off I went again. This time it's the orange mark on the map, so I can check the mileage later.
Here is the Calderdale Way, lovely stone footpath to walk on, heading towards Cragg Vale. It's sunny but a bit chilly, not as windy as yesterday.
Withens Clough Reservoir comes into view, now the wind is getting up a bit, after that climb. There is a path all the way around it, but I am only going to pass by on the north side of it.
I digress, onward along the Calderdale Way. This is a big house I saw as I came to the end of the track at Cragg Vale and onto the road. Looks rather grand, doesn't it.
I went up the road a little way to get a couple of photo's looking down on the church and surrounding houses. It's a very small village and the houses are spread about a bit.
The path starts to climb up above the river, and at one stage it gets quite narrow with a steep slope. Best not to look down to the right, yikes!
From then on it was easy, Kilnshaw Lane and onto the Pennine Way took me back to Mankinholes. Almost there and I remembered I hadn't done a selfie. How lucky it was that I caught up with three chaps just as we got to this bench. One of them kindly did the honours and pressed the shutter for me.
You will note that I am wearing a skirt, I have decided that this attire is better for walking in than trousers, which make my legs hot and sweaty. Underneath I have a pair of shorts just in case the skirt blows up around my face. Trousers are alright when it is really cold, but once the legs get moving it's nice to have a bit of breeze around them.
So, with the nine miles I did on the last day, this took the total to 28 miles, and a lot of ascents. What did the three days cost? £14 for two nights at Mankinholes Youth Hostel, plus my petrol there and back, that's all. I took all my own food and didn't need to buy anything. I didn't even have an ice cream, it was too cold. There is an eatery a few minutes walk across fields from the hostel, the menu looks a bit pricey but nice if you want to treat yourself. I don't eat out because I am a slow eater, and don't want people watching me while I take ages to chomp through a meal. Self catering suits me fine.
As you know I write about my Youth Hosteling trips because they fit in with my simple and frugal life on a pension. But did you know there is another organisation which also offers cheap accommodation? The Independent Hostels have a lot of places to stay in the UK, and worth a look. Some of them are ex YHA buildings which have been bought and taken over as independent hostels. They offer much the same facilities and are similarly priced. I have been to a couple of them in the past. Have a look if you are planning a trip. Independent Hostel Guide.
Right, that's me done, I'm going to enjoy the rest of my Sunday, I hope you are too. We'll catch up soon.