Our Walkies

England, Wales

Three days in the North Pennines

Hadrians Wall Walk


Long Distance Walks Done


The Wolds Way (83 miles)

I completed this walk between May 18th 1994 and May 27th 1994. I walked 3 of the days on my own and the other 3 days with friends from work.

Transport was a problem but due to the help and support from friends I was able to go home each night and kind of "Leapfrogged" my way around.

The walk starts at Hessle which is at the north end of the Humber Bridge and finishes at Filey Brigg on the Yorkshire coast.

Hessle to South Cave (13 mls) - Alone

South Cave to Nunburnholme (16 mls) - With Glenn Hartley

Nunburnholme to Fridaythorpe (11 mls) - With Glenn Hartley

Fridaythorpe to Wintringham (15 mls) - Alone

Wintringham to Ganton (13 mls) - Alone

Ganton to Filey Brigg (15 mls) - With Tony Hand and Brian Wilson


The Dales Way (81 miles)

The walk starts at Ilkley in the Yorkshire Dales and winds its way north and then west to finish at Bowness on Windermere in the Lake District

This walk was done with Tony Hand between September 9th 1995 and September 14th 1995. We used B&B's throughout the walk and also carried all our own gear (No Packhorse used on this walk)

The route

Tony and Bryan (Me) at Ilkley (Start of the Dales Way)

Day 1. Ilkley to Burnsall - 15 mls

Day 2. Burnsall to Buckden - 15 mls

Day 3. Buckden to Gearstones Farm - 12 mls

Day 4. Gearstones Farm to Sedburgh - 15 mls

Day 5. Sedburgh to Burnside - 15 mls

Day 6. Burnside to Bowness - 9 mls

Tony and Bryan (Me) at Bowness on Windermere (End of the Dales Way)


Wainwrights Coast to Coast (Well half of it) 84 miles

This walk stats at St Bees and ends at Kirkby Stephen (84 mls) The entire walk ends at Robin Hoods Bay on the Yorkshire coast.

As 2 weeks are needed to complete the Coast to Coast Walk we only had 1 week so we did the best half which is across the Lake District.

I did this walk with Tony and Gavin Hand between May 17th 1996 and May 23rd 1996

We used B&B's throughout but this time employed the services of the "Packhorse", not only to carry our bags between the B&B's (enabling us to carry just a day sack) but also for the car parking at Kirkby Stephen and transport of ourselves to St Bee's for the start of the walk.

Minibus to the start at St Bees cost £15:00 each

Packhorse service cost £3:00 per stop per bag except Ennerdale to Rossthwaite which was double, Car parking at Kirkby Stephen was £1:00 per day

The route

Tony Hand and Bryan (Me) at the start (Gavin took the photo)


Day 1. St Bees to Ennerdale – 14 miles (Stayed at the Shepherds Arms Hotel at Ennerdale Bridge (£21:50 each))

Day 2. Ennerdale to Rossthwaite – 16 miles (Stayed at Gillercombe B&B, Stonethwaite Road end, Rosthwaite (£16:00 each))

Day 3. Rossthwaite to Grasmere – 9 miles (Stayed at Travellers Rest Inn, Grasmere (£23:95 each))

Day 4. Grasmere to Patterdale – 9 miles(Stayed at Patterdale Hotel, Patterdale (£23:00 each))

Day 5. Patterdale to Shap – 16 miles(Stayed at Bulls Head Inn, Shap (£17:00 each))

Day 6. Shap to Orton – 9 miles(Stayed at New House Farm, Raisbeck, nr Orton (£20:00 each))

Day 7. Orton to Kirkby Stephen – 9 miles


The West Highland Way (95 miles)

The West Highland Way starts at Milngavie and ends at Fort William

This walk was done between October 4th 1997 and October 12th 1997 using B&B's and Hotels.

I did this walk with Tony Hand, his son Gavin Hand & Glenn Hartley

The route

Tony, Bryan Gavin and Glenn at Milngavie (Start of The West Highland Way)

Day 1. Milngavie to Drymen – 12 miles

Day 2. Drymen to Rowardennan – 14 miles

Day 3. Rowardennan to Inveraman – 14 miles (The Drovers Inn)

Day 4. Inveraman to Tyndrum – 13 miles

Day 5. Tyndrum to Kingshouse - 9 miles (Stayed at Kinlochleven)

Day 6. Kingshouse to Kinlochleven – 9 miles

Day 7. Kinlochleven to Fort William – 14 miles

Tony, Bryan (Me), Gavin and Glenn at Fort William (End of The West Highland Way)


The Viking Way (130 Miles)

The Viking Way runs from Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire to Oakham, Leicestershire.

This walk which we started in September 1996 and completed in 2010 (14 years!!)

I did this walk with Tony Hand


September 13th 1996 - Barton-upon-Humber to Grasby (16 miles)

June 1st 1997 - Grasby to Tealby (12 miles)

August 6th 1997 - Tealby to Scamblesby (14 miles)

June 18th 1998 - Scamblesby to Woodhall Spa (14 miles)

(2005) - Woodhall Spa to Washingborough (Heighington)

(2005) - Washingborough (Heighington) to Coleby

October 7th 2005 - Coleby to Caythorpe (October 2005) - 12 miles - (with a much "better" variation of the original walk)

(May 3rd 2010) Caythorpe to Woolsthorpe by Belvoir - 15.2 miles (Stayed at Colsterworth Travel Lodge)

(May 4th 2010) Woolsthorpe by Belvoir to Thistleton - 12.1 miles (Stayed at Colsterworth Travel Lodge)

(May 5th 2010) Thistleton to Oakham - 12.2 miles (Stayed at Colsterworth Travel Lodge)



The Ribble Way (70 Miles)

The Ribble Way is a 70 mile footpath following the river and its valley from the sea to its source in the Yorkshire Dales

This walk was compled by Hilary, Tony, Mally, Elsie, Kaz, Martin and Me


Day 1 ... Longton to Frenchwood (9 miles) - 9th June 2008

Day 2 ... Frenchwood to Ribchester (11 miles) - 10th June 2008

Day 3 ... Ribchester to Clitheroe (11 Miles) - 11th June 2008

Day 4 ... Clitheroe to Paythorne (11 miles) - 12th June 2008

Day 5 ... Paythorne to Stackhouse (11 miles) - 13th June 2008

Day 6 ... Stackhouse to High Birkwith (10 miles) - 14th June 2008

Day 7 ... High Birkwith to Newby Head Gate (7 miles) - 15th June 2008

Ribble Way

Longton to Newby Head Gate (Lancashire - Yorkshire)

Once again the intrepid seven will stride out, but this time to find the source of the River Ribble in Yorkshire, well nearly !


Day 1 ... Longton to Frenchwood (9 miles)

We found our way to the Dolphin Inn at Longton, Lanacashire on a hot sunny Monday, the 9th day of June in the year of 2008 AD

Splitting the group into two (Mally & the Girls in the advance party & Tony, Martin & Me following behind after depositing 2 cars at the end of the first leg) we started (what seemed like) our endless trek along the River Ribble towards Preston.

Eventually after passing Preston Marina on the oposite bank we came to the outskirts of Preston finishing along the embankment at Frenchwood.

We stayed 2 nights at the Ashwood Hotel, Preston


Day 2 ... Frenchwood to Ribchester (11 miles)

Leaving Frenchwood we hit our first diversion. This was due to the constuction of a new Sewage Plant on the North Bank of the Ribble.

After passing under the M6 things became a lot Quieter and Greener.

Ribchester is a nice quiet, scenic village (best village on the entire route) and also has a must for walkers ... Carmen Rose coffee shop, near the main car park in Ribchester (Excellent)

Tonight we hit the bright lights of Blackpool (18 miles away) and spent the evening at "Funny Girls" which was very entertaining, in more ways than just the show !


Day 3 ... Ribchester to Clitheroe (11 Miles)

Today wasn't too bad but a bit of dodgy road walking


Day 4 ... Clitheroe to Paythorne (11 miles)

A bit of a nightmare, with signs missing, gates chained up but we struggled through

It was also Mally's birthday so we all got him a chocolate cake from Tesco (Only the best)

Hilary and I took a ride to Dunsop Bridge & the Forest of Bowland. Dunsop Bridge is the centre of the British Isles (or so the phonebox says on the village green)


Day 5 ... Paythorne to Stackhouse (11 miles)

Similar to yesterday, A bit of a nightmare, with signs missing, gates chained up but we struggled through.

Vicious Pigs, Frisky Bullocks and Crazy Sheep all added to the excitement of the day, and of course "The baby Blackbird" (which probably got eaten by the cat we saw licking its lips as it was crossing the wall !!

Seems that the signage and upkeep of styles and paths deteriorates when you enter Yorkshire, the Lancashire routes are spot on.

Mally's car window broke so he only managed 2 miles today

We stayed 2 nights at the Crown Hotel, Horton in Ribblesdale


Day 6 ... Stackhouse to High Birkwith (10 miles)

This section took us through Horton in Ribblesdale were the BT 3 Peaks Challenge attracted more than 100 teams of walkers & runners, the place was heaving !

Lovely scenery !

Had an excelent carvary at the Royal Oak Hotel in Settle in the evening

We stayed at the Crown Hotel, Horton in Ribblesdale


Day 7 ... High Birkwith to Newby Head Gate (7 miles)

The miles had taken its toll on some of our team and they were stuggling at this time so we finished 2 mile short of our initial destination (2 miles of Uphill walking) and saved ourselves to fight another day.

This says it All


Hadrians Wall

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