Lunch with Liz, Adam & Reggie. Malham Cove & thé Settle bootmakers

10-20th March.

Time passes. Snow and wind seem like they will never end.

19/3 I drive through a snow storm to a village Oldham, in the Peak District for a big hug and to see old work friends from Redland Hospital. They spent 2 years there and a year travelling home. Now enjoying family life in Glassop and a 8-5 job with NHS.

It was a lovely day. Just like time had not passed!

21/3 I put on nearly all my clothes and off I go to Settle and Malham Cove. There is snow on the peaks and I walk in the raining fog.

I park near the Tarn so have a look there then cross the road and join the Pennie Way to Malham Cove.

Apparently a scene from Harry Potter was filmed on the limestone rocks at the top of the cliff. Rowena says number 7.

The track followed a stream then crossed it. Waterproof boots proved to be waterproof!

Then the tracks Criss crossed and faded. I spoke to the Swaledale sheep and they just laughed!

I think I scrambled down to Gordale Scar.

In the distance i spotted a well formed track so I joined it and found Malham Cove and the cliff top.

This is the Harry Potter 7 stage.

Thé view was breath taking. One felt like fairies and magic eagles might fly one down to the valley below. That’s where quidditch would have been interesting!

Later I found a sign pointing to Gordale where I had been “lost”.

The stream that I walked through earlier disappeared into the ground. Probably into a cave as there are many around in the limestone.

I sat with a couple of locals for a snack. They recently did 500 miles on the Camino de Sandiago in Europe. Much easier walking and well set up with hostels.

They point up and up a steep valley that took me back to my car. The photo is looking back

A warm mulled cider and an open fire made the day glow.

On to Settle to the bootmaker get a few more holes in my belt and to get my gaiters repaired.

He did not have a machine small enough but gave me linen thread and material to splint thé torn join. Homework for me!

My 99p Vinnes Gortex gaiters are proving to be very useful in the wet and boggy tracks.

While in the shop he told me the history of some of the boots. The earliest styles date from the 1400’s. They had a leather shoe for inside and added a wooden clog to go outside.

The hob nail walking boots with special nails were very heavy. They would have have made lots of noise on. Hard floor!

Some of the shoe patterns they copied from remnants dug up in the peat. Apparently that preserves them. Fashion was important. Pointy toes were in here!

Modern walking boots have similar patterns on their sole.

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