Day 34 – Manchester (Rest Day)

Important Info

Planned kilometres: 0 (cummulative 739)

Kilometres walked: 0 (cummulative 788)

% Completed (based on 1800km trip): 43.8%

Weather: Sunny

Pubs visited: Old Hall Inn, Ye Olde Chesire Cheese, The Peak Hotel, The Castle, The Ramblers Inn, The Old Nags Head

Pints: 6 (cummulative 99)

Kms per pint: 8.0 (just below reset target of 8.2 – see below)

Blisters: 0 (cummulative 3)


Manchester  & Hope to Edale pub crawl

Today is another rest day in Manchester. The sun is shining, so Steve has organised a trip with a couple of friends to do an afternoon pub crawl between the villages of Hope and Edale.


My first job today was to do a refresh of my gear as I had sent a package to Manchester with spare boots, walking poles and additional warmer clothes. Picking up new gear meant going through my pack and sending unneeded equipment back to friends in London. The gear sent back also included 3 souvenir pint glasses that I had been given by landlords. My pint glass collection is already up to 12, so I may have to cut down on further collecting or do a bit of a cull when back in London otherwise I will have a suitcase full of pint glasses on the flight home.


The pub crawl group today is Steve (Scottish) who decided 3 curries and rice make a good brunch meal to eat on the train, Kate & Steve (English) and Aidan (Irish). We sound like the start of a bad joke: A Scotsman, an Englishman, an Irishman and a kiwi all walk into a bar and ……


The first stop in Hope was The Old Hall Hotel where I am glad to that the serving hours have improved from the early days.



We walked 2kms from Hope to Castleton and passed what looked like a pub in the distance but had the following sign in the drive. Steve was not a happy man.


In Castleton we went to the Ye Olde Chesire Cheese, The Peak Hotel and The Castle. You can tell where are in walking territory as the Chesire Cheese has a sign outside saying Muddy Boots Welcome as did all the pubs in the town.


The Peak Hotel has a piano with skeleton person & dog and Hipster decision tree.



The last pub in Castleton was The Castle pub and I saw this sign when walking through the pub.


I have converted the miles and gallons to kilometres and pints below.

  • 900 miles equals 1,448 kilometres
  • 22 gallons equals 176 pints
  • 41 miles to the gallon equates to 8.2 kilometres to the pint.

This means that my target of 10 kms per pint is way too high and therefore not realistic, so too ensure scientific accuracy (there is no way a blackboard in a pub would be wrong), I’ve decided to reset my target to the average of 8.2 kms to the pint.


We had to catch a bus & train from Castleton to Edale, so Steve was generous enough to buy us both cans of Desperado for the bus/train journey. Desperado is beer with Tequila and if you have never had one, it something you should try once as after you have had one you will probably never have another.


Dinner at The Ramblers Inn where most of us had the burger special which needs to be staked together to keep it standing up. As you can see by my burger’s lean, it certainly needed the stakes. The burger also comes with a small container of coleslaw, which must be the healthy part.



The Old Nags Head is the pub at the start of the Pennine Way. I’m not doing the whole Pennine Way as I am starting my walk a lot further north, but thought we  had better have a pint and photo at the start anyway.





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