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les+heidi

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Re: pennine way
« Reply #30 on: 20:12:53, 24/02/13 »
Easy when B+B'ing, a bit more of a challenge when camping. I'm yet to see a light enough solar solution but Im hoping eventually that will be the solution.

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Re: pennine way
« Reply #31 on: 20:27:24, 24/02/13 »
Sockets normally available in pubs/cafe ... and you can generally buy normal batteries if necessary  ;)
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les+heidi

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« Reply #32 on: 20:39:27, 24/02/13 »
I agree and that's how campers do it but for GPS to be the main method for me I'd need a more reliable stand alone charging system. I'm planning an end to end route one of these days and getting away from paper mapping would be a huge bonus.

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« Reply #33 on: 21:11:56, 24/02/13 »
Well something like an Etrex 20 should easily last 2 to 3 days on a fresh set of batteries, so carrying a couple of spare sets should be enough to cope with any disasters.  I also have AAs (which my GPS uses) in my torch and camera, so I reckon I could last 10 days just with what I normally carry.  I reckon in 10 days I might just come across a shop that sells batteries, and if by chance I didn't I'd just have to get the map out  ;)
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Re: pennine way
« Reply #34 on: 19:35:55, 26/02/13 »
Thanks for the tips, they will be really helpful.. O0
...my plans are very flexible, in fact I am  onsidering doing it South2North instead...I like the motivational idea of Scotland being the finish!!  Itīs while since I have been there! A decent drum of whisky, eh!
 
14kg was about what I was thinking as a maximum, and carrying 3 or 4 days food sounds great.
 
My dog, Zen is already a lover of fish, especially tinned, and I've just started him on the rice.  Great to learn that loads of pubs love dogs and even give them treats...Zen will never leave if they give him roast chicken, his absolutely favourite.
 
The working dog diet has been recommended by others as well as yourself, but alas, I have not found any brands for sale. Could you give some names of makes of dog food? If none are available on route at least I can start with it and supplement it with other high energy food....Zenīs a Siberian Husky cross and he'll be pulling me up the hills!!

Cheers.
Good luck on your next adventure
Ian & Zen

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Re: pennine way
« Reply #35 on: 13:54:00, 28/02/13 »
Hi Mikee

The grid reference for Davison's Lind = NT 88448  15716.  There is an upper flat grassy area next to the stream or lower level in front of the water fall (sweet tasting water). Previous campers have made a ring of stones for a camp fire which can be comforting.
I will walk the PW again (camping) in 2015 - the anniversary year.
I'M off to walk the Two Moors Way next month and The South Downs Way in May.
Good luck - enjoy and stay safe.

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« Reply #36 on: 14:01:01, 28/02/13 »
You will not be alone in 2015 I have heard of loads of people coming in 2015 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee not only of the Pennine way but of all National Trails as PW was first. 
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Re: pennine way
« Reply #37 on: 08:59:44, 01/03/13 »
The working dog diet has been recommended by others as well as yourself, but alas, I have not found any brands for sale. Could you give some names of makes of dog food?
Cheers.

I have just stared Midge on Skinners superior Field and Trial - about 25quid per 15kg delivered - their regular is about 20quid delivered. The Superior is the highest calorie and protein content and is chicken based. I have tried to find out the calorific values of many dog foods and only Skinners came up with sufficient information and they sent me free samples - Midge loves it and it seems to agree with him so they get my business. He was on either Wainwrights or JWB but the former has gone down in quality and the latter has rocketed in price. By carrying high calorie I hope to keep the weight down per serving. I am unlikely to be able to buy this enroute so will post it ahead a couple of days at a time and occasional days he will get his treat of chicken or tuna

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Re: pennine way
« Reply #38 on: 13:07:05, 01/03/13 »
FOREST VIEW

Whilst walking the PW in 2011 I was joined on a camp site at Greenhead by Nick Taylor who was walking the PW for the 9th time (N to S) he recommended Forest View at Byrness as an overnight stay (I was going to camp at Cottonshopeburnfoot) I stayed over on May 17th and Joyce looked after us extremely well. I had already met several of her guests at that time - Alan & Ann who had UPGRADED from the Byrness Hotel the night before and a Dutch couple I met during the day on the PW.

The reason I am writing this is no matter which way you walk the PW a visit to Joyce (& Colin) is invaluable - not only for first rate accommodation, but for replenishing supplies and their local knowledge. I carried supplies from Bellingham for the next three days whereas I could have stocked up from Forest View.

The walk across the Cheviots is absolutely stunning but having talked to many other PW walkers this last stretch was spoilt by doing the 27 miles from Byrness to Kirk Yetholm in one hit. The dutch couple did it two trips arranged by Joyce - talk to Joyce either way first.

I will certainly be in contact before 2015 - whether to stay over, camp with them or replenish (or just to say hello).

Keep this mind.


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Re: pennine way
« Reply #39 on: 19:13:46, 01/03/13 »
The reason I am writing this is no matter which way you walk the PW a visit to Joyce (& Colin) is invaluable - not only for first rate accommodation, but for replenishing supplies and their local knowledge.


Agreed! They were incredible hosts during my late 2012 Pennine Way slog. Besides, resupplying at Joyce and Colin's can help keep the load a little lighter!

~Chuckie

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Re: pennine way
« Reply #40 on: 20:41:06, 01/03/13 »
Mike, first off have a great walk. I would love to do the pennine way.


One of your questions, GPS equipment.   A walkers sat nav/GPS whatever is a brilliant bit of kit. We use the basic memory map A2800 and its a cracker. The main advantage is it can almost always tell you where you are. Triangulation fades into the past as a chore.


Having said that we always carry a map and compass as well. ( and know how to use them )


As for power supplies etc ours lasts a full day but as a back up I use a power monkey. A cracking little gadget.


Overall , used properly GPS is exceptionally useful. I realised its full potential when we were on Ingleborough in thick fog. It was a massive help.








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Re: pennine way
« Reply #41 on: 10:09:10, 02/03/13 »
I know that most of you guys like to camp or mix up your accommodation but we have just come across an issue with people who use certain booking agents to sort out their accommodation for them. A woman rang us last night very upset because she had used an agent to book her accommodation and they hadn`t booked her into Forest View Inn even though the website of the company claims to `always use the best accommodation possible in the towns and villages on route` she had E-mailed them and asked if she could swap to Forest View Inn  but they flatly refused even though we could offer her a single room with private bathroom facilities.She is coming to eat in our restaurant and socialise in our bar lounge but she sees this as a compromise and would have prefered to stay with us as she has read other people`s blogs of the Pennine way. So if you are using a booking agent it is worth checking that it is the one where you can choose which hotel or B&B that you stay at.
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Re: pennine way - 90% done, and great socks!
« Reply #42 on: 16:47:27, 26/03/13 »
Well, I did 90% of the Pennine Way, from 7th to 21st of March, but had to postpone the last two days due to the blizzards etc ... a rational choice given what fell on the borders and Cheviots!  I used compass and guidebook, carried about 9kg of kit total which included the morning coffee and water, and stayed in hostels and B&Bs.  Best bit of kit?  My high tech waterproof socks!!   That way, even if your boots are not dry in the morning, the socks are and therefore feet are.  There was a LOT of snow about, especially on the North Yorks Dales and Hadrians Wall.  Wow, it was an experience, and now I can do it all again in a different season, for totally different views!!
Alison

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« Reply #43 on: 17:17:12, 26/03/13 »
That sounds brilliant Alison, though a shame you had to call it of at the end better that than to regret pressing on.
 
Do you have photos/blog/trip report to share?

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Re: pennine way
« Reply #44 on: 17:24:29, 26/03/13 »
No regrets, better safe that being a feature on "A&E Mountain Rescue"!


Not sure what is usually done about photos on the forum (still a newbie), but this is a public link to my album on FB, should work:


https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151497247153211.1073741825.650788210&type=1&l=f532fe761b


enjoy!
Alison