Day 39 – Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes

Important Info

Planned kilometres: 23 (cummulative 860)

Kilometres walked: 23 (cummulative 916)

% Completed (based on 1800km trip): 50.9%

Weather: Sunny

Pubs visited: The Boad Inn, Fountain Inn

Pints: 4 (cummulative 117)

Kms per pint: 7.8

Blisters: 0 (cummulative 4)


Horton in Ribblesdale to Hawes

During the walk today, the % complete ticked over the 50% milestone. I can’t believe how quickly the walk has gone and with over half the distance now completed,  I’m on the down-hill run (assuming I don’t get lost to many more times).


The pub I stayed in last night had no mobile phone reception so as soon as I started waking up the hill at the start of today’s walk I got 12 hours of messages and emails and so I started the Pennine Way today looking at my phone and the internet. It was unusual having breakfast this morning and not being able to read the news on my phone at the same time.


The view back on Malham shows the big quarry that is a major industry in the area but not exactly a good part of the scenery.


The walk today went past the Ling bridge which is an ancient packhorse bridge which built in 1765.



In the distance I could see the famous Ribblehead viaduct. I wish the walk went closer to the viaduct as it looked impressive from a distance, but it would have been a long detour to get a closer look.


Today I walked with George the Geordie who I met part way along the path. George is doing the whole Pennine way and we are staying in a couple of the same pubs over the next week.




On the walk down into Hawes, I got a great view of stone fields and stone sheds at the end of every field.


The whole of Hawes is made up of old stone building and it looks like the town hasn’t changed in hundreds of years. Near Hawes is the Wensleydale cheese factory that almost went out of business due to low cheese sales until it was the cheese that was mentioned as favourite cheese of Wallace & Gromit in the animated series and this significantly increased the sale of the cheese and helped save the company.



As my B&B didn’t take guests until 4pm, I stopped in at The Board Inn for a beer in the sun and noticed a Monty Python Holy Grail Ale on sale.


Mike who I walked with yesterday found me at the pub and joined me for a round of beers before heading out of town to his campsite.


This dog doesn’t seem to be happy with the B&B having vacancies




  1. Over half way that is amazing the pennies seem to be steeped in history glad u have met someone going the same way


  2. Congratulations on getting to the half way point – a major milestone. Hard to fathom you have walked 900km (and have 900km to go!!!)


  3. As the they say you “ have walked 500 miles” and will walk 500 more ……

    Loving the blog looks like your having a blast


  4. Past the halfway mark well done! Also in a lovely part of the world. Ancestors on my Mum’s side come from Hawes. Family name is Iveson. At least one shop in Hawes bears that name. Keep going!


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