I felt I needed to get back on the horse that bucked me! I’ve had a pretty rotten year when it comes to long distance walking. I’m shockingly unfit, overweight and seem to have little motivation to change either situation, but I still feel the pull of the long path! Although I cancelled my walk along the Southern Upland Way, which I deemed to be too hilly and to include too many long days (20+ miles), I felt something more achievable was needed – I pulled up my virtual map and began riffling through options.
I wanted something scenic, but not too hilly, somewhere fairly close, but not right on my doorstep, somewhere with good accommodation options but not likely to be busy with tourists. In the end I decided to revisit the River Ure and follow one of my own guide books. the Yoredale Way. It would be great to see the river in a different season, the trees shedding their leaves, the days shorter and colder, perhaps with more water in the river.
I booked my trains and five nights in B&Bs and hotels and I start walking on Saturday 5th October. For ease of logistics I’m starting at Garsdale Head rather than Kirkby Stephen, so I miss visiting the source of the river and the first mile or so of it’s journey, but I will be following the rest of it as far as Boroughbridge.
Only time will tell whether I actually finish this walk or not, but I feel fairly positive about it. Having said that, I felt positive about the Cape Wrath Trail and about the Ravenber and looked how they turned out!