13 June 2022. A relatively easy day across farmland and with good footpaths. Nigel dropped me off in Thornton-in-Craven and I was walking at 1015. While getting my boots on, Gail and Jenny passed me. They were doing a section over 4 days. The first few kms were up over farmland and then down onto the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, passing East Marton. Then up over more farmland before descending into Gargrave at 1200. Gargrave has a couple of pubs, but the Dalesman cafe provided a pot of tea with a sandwich (closed on Mondays). With about a third of the days distance done, I set off again at 1245, crossing the canal.
The route out of Gargrave had the most climb of the day (100m), again over farmland and beside streams, passing the villages of Airton and Hanlith, arriving at Malham at 1545. Only 18.5 km today. I checked in at Town Head Camping site (£8) on the far side of Malham. During the afternoon I passed Phil and his daughter Rose, who has replaced his son Tom. They are staying at the Buck pub, so may meet them again when I eat. Being Sunday, Malham was busy with day walkers going up to Malham Cove. Should be much quieter when I walk up to it tomorrow morning.
I am over a quarter of the way now and the weather has been very kind. It is still looking good for the next few days. Thank you for all your supportive comments; they are much appreciated.