Saturday, 23 July 2011

Summer Walkabout

I jokingly said to my family one teatime that I would like to go walking for the month of August and to my surprise my three young sons and my wife all cheered and whooped with excitement. So I have bought a 'Open Jaw' coach ticket from National Express to Grasmere leaving on 1st August and returning from Bakewell on 30th August. My eldest son is unhappy that I am not going to be away for the whole month. But as he will be 11 on the 1st September I want to make sure that I am home for his birthday and also for the birthday of my youngest son who will be 6 on 2nd September.
My plan is to spend some time in the Lake district starting by walking the route that Trail Magazine devised for their 20th anniversary issue which they call the Lakeland Haute Route which takes in 14 mountain passes and 13 lakes. Then after visiting a few other areas (yet to be planned) in the Lakes I will leave via the Dales Way to Dent then over Whernside and Ingleborough  to join the Pennine Way at Horton-in Ribblesdale where I will head south on the Pennine Way, Limestone Way and Monsal Trail finishing at Monsal Head in Derbyshire to meet up with terrybnd and some other bloggers and people from Twitter for the Bank Holiday weekend.
I plan to travel light and camp wild where possible and it will be the first outing for my newly acquired Mountain Laurel Designs Trailstar shelter.

More posts to follow about the kit that I am taking on this trip.


  1. That's fantastic Graham! What an fab opportunity, I hope you have a wonderful month of walking!

  2. Sounds like a great trip....I will be cycling back from Gibraltar from mid August until mid September, but look forward to reading about your adventures when I return.

  3. Thanks Helen,
    I hope you manage to get away this summer :-)

  4. Trevor,
    I hope that you have a great time and we will be praying that you have a safe journey this time and no more encounters with potholes.
    I hope to catch up with you in the autumn,maybe at Church Farm Sixpenny Handley?

  5. Thanks Graham....

    I will email everyone with an Autumn meet date on my return.

    Enjoy your walkabout.