DAY 4- RIBBLEHEAD to SEDBERGH
The first train trundled past shaking the bedroom windows at 5 am.
Today we had decided to amend the route a little and go around the edge of Whernside rather than head back down the road and
then go up Dentdale. There was a good path marked on the map with a second alternative across the top of the railway tunnel to Denthead if our path proved difficult.
We opted for the track going around Whernside and then dropping down into Dent,
this turned out to be the best days walking, although not part of the Dales Way
route. The views were wonderful and the going relatively easy apart from a few sections of rutted farm tracks. Being away from the main route gave a real sense of remoteness.
By now we knew, by site at least, most of the other people doing the Dales Way in our little corridor of time, although in a typical British way nobody said more than a few words to each other - there were two young girls who we kept passing early in the morning, the middle aged lady whose friend couldn't join her due to illness and had decided to continue alone, the 'doctors' a young couple at University and a couple from Sheffield who we first met at Bolton Abbey. The 'doctors' and Sheffield couple also set off that morning from Ribblehead but the 'doctors' decided to take the route across the top of the tunnel. A big mistake by all accounts, as we were just leaving a cafe in Dent they wandered down the street arriving about an hour after we had looking really shattered. Fallen trees blocked the path they took and they had got lost.
We left Dent for Sedbergh pleased we had chosen to go over Whernside.
The accommodation tonight made up for the past two disappointments. The Dalesman, not cheap for a pub but the room was like a palace! Great bed, sofa and table. We just dropped our packs and curled up on the sofa drinking tea. Food was good as well!