Signing off from the Pennine Way

We’re so proud of my sister (aka Aunty Claire to the girls) who completed the Pennine Way at the weekend, with Chicken Grandma & Granddad supporting her along the way. Chicken Grandma reckons she could write a book on ‘Granny goes Youth Hosteling!’

We have missed talking to them on the phone and on Skype over the past few weeks. It’s hard living so far away from those we love so much, but we always carry a part of them with us in our hearts and thoughts.

Here’s the final updates from my dear Dad, who inspired a love of walking in all of us.

17 July:

We sent Claire off this morning in rain and strong wind from her finishing point north of Bellingham for the 10 miles to Byrness.  She then walked another 5 miles over the tops to Chew Green at the head of the Cocquet valley while we drove over 25 miles round to avoid the Otterburn military ranges.

We then had a drive round the locality in the afternoon before booking into the Rose and Thistle Inn in Alwinton.

23 miles over high ground tomorrow to finish the Pennine Way!


18 July:

Yes! – Claire set out from Chew Green for the 24 miles to Kirk Yetholm at 09:30 with Mike in support and arrived at 4:30 at the Boarders pub which marks the official end.


The last day involves much up and down. They ran part of the way.

This last photo shows Claire completing the official log over a beer after receiving her certificate.


We then drove back to our base at the Rose + Thistle in Alwinton and had slap up meal and a few celebratory drinks!

The trip has been an amazing experiance – we seen some really beautiful places and met some amazing people.

Signing off from the Pennine Way.