Emails, enquiries and bookings

So, I’m planning on walking the Pennine Way in Summer with my Dad. We might well be crazy to embark on a 270 mile (nearly) walk but it’s  a challenge that will see us taking in some beautiful sights as well as some cloud smothered views. We decided to do the walk a few months after my Dad got home from walking the Haute Route in the Alps. As the Pennine Way is a popular walking route, especially in July and August, we have had to be super organised and book our accommodation in advance. We have decided to treat ourselves to B&Bs along the route and the occasional hostel rather then camp.

There are lots of helpful guide books and websites to help plan the Pennine Way and where to stay along the route. I have the Official National Trail Guide by Damian Hall which offers lots of advice on how to prepare and then covers the route in detail. Dad and I have decided to walk from Edale to Kirk Yetholm – which is the way the guide books write about it and so made sense for us to do it this way too.

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I also have inherited my Grandad’s Wainwright guide which might come in handy too. There will be some things that have changed but not much.

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There was a frenzy of activity pre-Christmas when we booked accommodation – mostly via email, although some places require you to call up. We still have some items to confirm, like baggage transfers for parts of the trip where we aren’t lucky enough to stay with family. There are a few companies out there and it is a good idea to do some research before you book your accommodation. Some companies only transfer your baggage from certain places. We still need to work out what to do at the end of the walk and how to return home from Kirk Yetholm, but I’m sure we can work something out.

To keep track of everything we have booked and paid deposits for I have made a budget and itinerary in an excel spreadsheet. This shows where we have to pay on the day we arrive and anything we have paid in advance. The costs for a trip like this can add up so we are pleased that we have managed to spread out the costs over a number of months. There are of course options to make it even cheaper, like camping or staying in youth hostels. We found that the youth hostels were booked up well in advance. Planning and preparation is key.

Now we have the bulk of the admin sorted, we can get outdoors and get some training in. First however, I have to  run the London Marathon next Sunday. At least I know none of the walking days in the summer will be 26.2 miles.
Some helpful websites:
National Trails website
Pennine Way Association website

There are lots of blogs out there too, just search for Pennine Way blog and loads come up. Happy planning to anyone else doing the route and maybe see some of you out there this summer!

Spring has landed

I’m still in training for the Virgin Money London Marathon in just over 3 weeks but after two early morning starts for the gym, I didn’t feel up to my 50 min scheduled run this evening. 


Instead of lacing up my trainers, I swapped them for my walking boots. Now the evenings are lighter, it feels so much easier to get outdoors in the evening – plus my walking boots haven’t been worn in much yet and really will need to fit like slippers before the summer is out! 


I took a route through the fields where birds were singing in the hedgerows and the blossom was out in force. It was peaceful and allowed me time to reflect.  Walking back through the village I got some lovely shots of the sunset behind buildings or throwing it’s glowing light on the trees. 


I still plan on making up my run tomorrow but my walk tonight really helped me appreciate the beauty Spring brings with it. I’m looking forward to walking the Pennine Way and the amazing views that I should see – weather dependent! 

A new year, a new blog, a new me

I know, I know, we’re already a couple of weeks into 2017, but I’ve finally gotten around to creating a blog to talk about my adventures this year. I have a lot to train for and I’m going to keep myself accountable by using this blog. Hopefully I’ll be able to share some of my tips along the way and perhaps some of my fails! Here’s to an exciting year, with more hours than ever spent outdoors.

The biggest challenge for me this year is going to be walking 270 miles across the backbone of England with my Dad, as we embark on the Pennine Way this summer. It’s one of the toughest long distance walks in the UK from all that I’ve read, and we are planning on completing it in just under 3 weeks.

Prior to that though, it’s all about the London Marathon. I received a ballot place and will be running for the second time on 23 April 2017. I have a target time in mind and want to beat my previous time of course, so I am already 2 weeks into my training plan.

Wish me luck – I need it!