Thursday, 15 April 2004
Pix Of The Day: Free Ale Often Affects Judgement
CREDIT: © Roger Stacey/Ottawa Rambling Club
WHERE: northern England/southern Scotland. WHAT: Pennine Way long distance trail.
MAPS: Edale, Great Shunner Fell, and Kirk Yetholm.
Thumbnail click pops-up larger image from the source web site.
The Pennine Way was Britain's first long distance footpath. It runs from Edale, in Derbyshire, to Kirk Yetholm just over the border in Scotland. Among those who have completed the 268 miles to claim the glass of ale offered by guidebook author Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991) as an enticement to counter flagging resolve, opinions vary widely.
We consulted Canadian walker Roger Stacey from the Ottawa Rambling Club, whose opinions were, contrary to what the club name might lead one to expect, concise and clearly expressed in straightforward Anglo-Saxon! Roger's picture shows Thwaite from Kisden Hill, with Great Shunner Fell on the left. You will see that the landscape is dotted by distinctive stone built barns, an unusual feature of this area of northern England, which is known as 'The Dales'.
The official web site of the Pennine Way offers help, including  trailmaps,  highlights, and  slideshows. Potential walkers may want other opinions before deciding to go or not. Steve Watson & Bob Mack passed this way and the conclusion to Steve's trip report makes for sobering reading (pun absolutely intended).
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)