9 June 2022. We spent a comfortable night at
the Diggle Hotel run by Sue and Billy. We were
fortunate to get the last room. All the B&Bs are
booked up. I thought for the time of year, I
thought it would be easy to get
accommodation a day or so in advance.
Talking to a few other walkers, most booked
accommodation way in avance. I had
reckoned on campImg 50% of the nights
but it will be more than that!
We have met a few other walkers, but most are staying in different accommodation, doing a section over a few days, or taking different times. Getting to know a few names however: Phil, Tom, Ian, Rita, Robin & Kate.
A full English breakfast delayed the customary early start and we were going to get the bus from Diggle back up the hill to the trail. However Sue offered us a welcome lift so we were walking at 0830. It was and easier day than yesterday with a good path and gentle gradients over Standedge (451m), White Hill (466m) across the M63 motorway ((by bridge) and down Bkackstone Edge (472m) to the White House pub on the A58. Arriving there at 1130, the only problem was that they didn’t open until 1200. As we were making good time, a pub lunch was worth the wait. Back walking at 1245.
The afternoon took us by a series of reservoirs to Stoodley Pike Monument and then a descent into Hebden Bridge. I had managed to book a quadruple room at the Birchcliff Centre Hostel for the two of us with en-suite shower. Just the job at £62. We arrived at 1600, 26 km. As it was Stefan’s last night we had a very pleasant evening at the Italian restaurant in town. He flies back to the Netherlands tomorrow, so I will be walking on my own.