"You Must be B****y Mad!" - Why I Walked From Edale
to Kirk Yetholm.
People climb Mount Everest, so they say, "because it's there".
But that was never my reason for walking the Pennine Way. There are much easier
ways to get sore feet, such as walking over hot coals. So why did I do it?
- I used to be a runner - marathons, half marathons, fell races, etc. and
not too bad either. But 20 years of road running did all sorts of unpleasant
things to my right knee and a lower impact sport was recommended. I HATE
swimming, biking's okay in good weather but walking seemed the ideal thing.
- I read a book by Bill Bryson - "A
Walk in The Woods". If you haven't read it, do so. It might not
inspire you to walk the Pennine Way but it sure is funny! I thought that if a
fat slob like Bryson could walk 1,000 miles of the US Appalachian Trail then
I'd have no problems walking just over a quarter of that distance.
- The Pennine Way starts in Edale and that ain't far from home
- In my early 30s I had to prove something to myself by running the London
Marathon. Now in my 50s I guess I'm still trying to prove that it isn't all
- I thought it would be a cheap two week holiday (WRONG!).
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