The Pennine Way

I’m not even sure what to say in this post. A similar feeling happened hiking the Pennine Way. I don’t know, I keep thinking, if this is entirely real.

So. To be simple, the The Pennine Way is a National Trail in England that runs 268 miles (we only did 30 miles of it) along the Pennine hills, sometimes described as the “backbone of England.” Most of the Pennine Way is routed via public footpaths, rather than bridleways, and so isn’t accessible to travelers on horseback or bicycle.

We were continually hopping fences and walking through fields of livestock–and they weren’t shortcuts, this was the actual path. It baffled me, at first, to just meander through sheep and cows, but then I really started to enjoy it. There is no other way to describe it except to say we were wandering the English country side.

These pictures look like fake paintings, or at least over compensating postcards, but they’re not.

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And this fantastic, sunny, idyllic weather lasted only for this bit of trail and then promptly stopped as we finished our portion of the Pennine Way at Malham Cove–where apparently they filmed a scene from the last Harry Potter movie, but I’ve never really watched those movies, so didn’t care much about its cinematic debut.

Ahem. Note the figure at the gate trying to navigate the flood and not soak her boots. The picture of grace.

Ahem. Note the figure at the gate trying to navigate the flood and not soak her boots. The picture of grace.

Limestone cliff at Malham Cove.

Limestone cliff at Malham Cove.

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