11 June 2022. Tonight I am staying with Nigel (friend from university days) and Eileen. They live about 30 mins off the Pennine Way, so I timed my 0830 start for a 1500 ETA in Thornton-in-Craven where Nigel was going to pick me up.
It was about 9 km in 2.5 hours over Keighley Moor into Ikornshaw, then another 4km over farmland into Lothersdale at 1210 where Hare and Hounds pub was open. A fish and chips lunch in 45 mins made a comfortable break and was back on the trail at 1255. Thornton-in-Craven was reached at 1455, timed nicely with Nigel’s pickup after a 21 km day. Showers threatened, but it stayed pretty much dry.
This section and the next day are over land joining the Pennine and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, so the route crosses a lot of farmland. Mostly sheep but some cattle.
Nigel and Eileen were great hosts and there was much to catchup up on. Dinner, comfy bed and a clothes wash were much appreciated. 😊