- The cows and info
Some advice, if you ever intend to do this walk prepare beforehand, the
cows along the trail are cunning and will sneak up on you
without any warning! Not quite as intimidating or ruthless as the
Kinder Sheep but you do need to keep an eye on them.
was the first time Liz had walked long distances on consecutive days and
the first in many years for me we embarked upon a fitness training
regime based around Alfriston in East Sussex - for no particular reason
other than the place looked nice when we drove through once. By accident
rather than design this proved to be ideal. Plenty of routes so you can
build up from easy 7 mile days to the 20 mile plus we were doing by
And as a
bonus Alfrison boasts one of the best cafes in the south -
House where we were looked after with big cakes and endless pots of tea
after all of our long walks.
Brigantes to transfer our luggage from day to day, in retrospect
we both took more than we needed due to the luxury of having it carried
for us but this did mean that we were prepared for any eventuality weather-wise. Felt very sorry for the old guy having to move the bags
each day though!
Due to the heat Liz ended up using more socks than anticipated and had to restock (re-sock?) at
During the day we rarely eat whilst walking, a chocolate bar
and our SIS energy drinks manage to
keep us going and this was much the case on the Dales Way. We bought
sandwiches once and carried them around for 2 days!
We managed with the evening meals available locally,
either in pubs or cafe's, however both being vegetarian the choice was
not as good as we find at home. Best evening meal en-route at The Dalesman Sedbergh. ( Castle Green Hotel, Kendal not eligible as it is
technically of route )
One thing we did notice though was the high prices of eating out along
the route, pubs offering basic lunch menus at around £6 or £7 for a
main meal each, in London we can both eat out for that!
The route is easy to follow except for one or two sections - especially
at Cam Houses, check for diversions before you go by looking at the
Dales Way Association website. The Dales Way is a good route to consider for your first Long
Distance Path, over easy in places but ideal for newcomers to long
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