Just got back from my solo 4+1 day walk. In reality, day 1 and day 5 were just filler days – one to get onto the moors, the other to exit the moors. The majority of the walking took place on days 2-4.
This trip had everything weather wise. On the North Moors it started off wind swept, with rain and fog. It meant that I needed to concentrate on navigation to ensure that I was headed the right way!
By the end of day 2 the weather had improved considerably. It was still cold, but at least I could see the sun. Well, occasionally at least!
What surprised me about the walk was the difference terrain makes to the speed of travel. On the North Moors over tussocks and bog, progress was relatively slow and difficult. But once I got to the 2 Moors Way on the Southern Moor my speed picked up considerably. In fact it was so fast that I ended up at my target location 2 hours earlier than predicted!
Each day was a race against the Sun. With so few daylight hours available I had to make sure that I had broken camp by 0900 at the very latest. From then on, each day was a race to the target location before it got dark.
Over the next few weeks I will publish my usual detailed daily accounts.