Pennine Way Blog 1: Pre-Day

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Is it a train, is it a bus?

A dawn start makes all the difference to day one, so BnB the night before is a waste of money. You’ll be leaving too early for your lavish breakfast, won’t you? Edale hostel is a long walk in the wrong direction and often full of noisy groups. After a refreshing pint in the Nag’s Head, an easy walk to pretty Upper Booth cuts a useful mile and a bit off the standard first day which, unless you’re already hill-fit, is pretty arduous. A chance to shake down your gear and practice pitching your tent. Yes, I’d practised in the garden but trust me, it isn’t the same.

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What on earth is in this enormous rucksack?

Importantly, if the small campsite at Upper Booth Farm is full, unlike most Pennine Way sites they will turn Wayfarers away. In summer and school holidays you do need to book by telephone, probably leaving a message, which will be returned efficiently. Eat before leaving the village and carry breakfast and lunch for Day 1. (September 2018 – Coopers Café in the village is excellent and walker-friendly, you can also camp there if you get to Edale late in the day).

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And as for what lurks in the bottom of the freezer…


  1. Thank you for making this post,. I love the green field where you are relaxing. It’s been almost more than 15 years I have been to Sheffield. I love Sheffield, very green hills and their countryside is very pretty and very green. I hope someday I will return.


    1. Thank you for reading it! Yes it’s a great city, I miss it actually. I found it easy to make friends there. bw A

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