C2C Day 6 - Kirkby Stephen to Keld
Day 6 - Kirkby Stephen to Muker.
This section of the route takes us out of Cumbria and into the Yorkshire Dales - You cross the full width of England doing over 200 miles and you only go through two counties ! It's the section everyone dreads - crossing the Pennine bogs. They now have colour coded routes for you to choose from - you're advised which one to take at certain times of the year. It was pretty bad in places and you had to plan your route of attack in advance to pick your way through all the huge peat hags and their sides of mushy black gloop.
Ravenseat is a must, just for the banter with Amanda and her stories of the kids growing up in the area, she's quite the celebrity now - We were both surprised to find she was pregnant again ! "Nothing much else to do round here" joked Amanda as she served up a lovely cream tea with a cuppa - she's certainly a character.
Swaledale is one of the best places in the world - It only just ranks behind the Lakes in my opinion. We reached the Swale in warm sunshine and enjoyed the gentle walk into Keld.
Our evening in the lodge was a quiet one - apparently the night before it had been bouncing ! We hit it at the wrong time and there wasn't much else to do in Keld, so we turned in early in preparation of the 26 miles along Swaledale we had planned for the next day.
3D outline of route