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“Do You Have a Washing Line?”

Yes, that’s pretty much the first thing we ask upon arrival at our destination for the night.

We are travelling pretty light and this is all part of the plan for this journey. We have looked ahead at the weather, considered our options for our ‘evening attire’ and then packed.  We have both gone for full waterproof cover, Debs the Montane Minimus, whilst I have opted for the more breathable Montane ‘Air’ jacket, which is made from Event fabric.  We have both started our run in shorts (Patagonia) and for Debs a super light weight Patagonia tee. Debs also carried a pair of Inov-8 3/4 tights and a longsleeve Patagonia tee. For me it was a X-Bionic run tee, with arms carried separately.  The versatility of the X-bionic in both hot and cold conditions just trumped anything else I own. I also ensured leg cover with Skins 3/4’s.
We also carried lightweight tees for the evening along with lightweight walking trousers, so we would be relatively smart, well allowing for bare or ‘socked’ feet. We also carried lightweight micro-polartec fleeces.  So even our evening kit could be doubled up as emergency layers if needed.
Everything was carried on our backs, along with food and water and using 15-litre packs.  Oh yes, on our feet.  Debs used the Salomon Sense Ultra and I used the Patagonia Foreruner – no complaints from either of us all week.

So the requirement for a washing line was pretty important unless we wanted to run a few metres apart from each other.  So out came the concentrated clothes washing gel every night and the search for a washing line.

So that’s the first night out of the way. The Craven Heifer was pretty basic accommodation, although the staff were especially friendly. Food was good and I did get to try a couple of local Skipton beers.  If you like more salubrious accommodation then this may not be the best stopover and breakfast was definitely not the best of the trip, Continental style only.

Dry ValleyYet what about the running on Day-2 of the Dales Highway? We are headed to Gigleswick, slightly south of the route and Settle, and the running was superb!  Open moorland to begin with, followed by riverside running and then an old ‘Drovers track’ into the heart of the Dales.  All very runnable, despite the rising heat – sunburn here we come!  Didn’t see that one coming!!
We made Gordale just in time for lunch and the infamous ‘Chuck Wagon’ that sits in the layby was still open as a result of the continuing good weather. Yay!  Fried egg sarnies were definitely the preferred option, coupled with a little sunbathing. The scenery was just stunning.
We continued onwards passing above Malham Cove and then into the Dry Valley (pictured, you can just about see Debs), before joining the main bridleway over to Settle, passing through some superb limestone valleys, including Attermere.  So that’s it, Day 2 is done and dusted.

A great days running and the reception at our next Pub-B&B was superb.  The Craven Arms is definitely more like it, especially for a ‘Running-Moon’ (Rooms great, bed very big and comfy, diner superb and a cracking breakfast). We sit out back enjoying the late afternoon sunshine, thinking how lucky we have been with the weather… all that is about to change!

Day 2: Distance 28.79km’s  Time: 4hrs 20mins  Ascent: 894mts

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