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Pennine Way

Smart phone reports from our correspondent:


"Top of 3 valleys where we just ate snack and first brew: deferred gratification plus midge swarm... Victorian morality. Purple gorse and now vistas of high empty hills replace the contd. Presence of Mcr. In the distance. Proper. A slab path snakes thru the bracket and grass. It's like nothing but... sorry to say... lord of the rings... today is.the easy day but on the unfamiliar tiredness it dwells heavily... now down and then up that big hill. Argh these midges are driving me crazy... prez it is?? Excellent"


"Choc v welcome. Since last comm done nothing but walk uphill. Waiting for the mint cake to harden.treat! But without wanting to sound hyperbole bound quite fab today. Valleys cutting into the ascent marked by Sml streams and all the way the weather beaten slabs that hold you aloft the sodden peat. Oh and huge fearful flies on one section. Lunch of peanuts and Apple. Lot of calories in peanuts. 600m summit now and down to tonight camp. And inthe valley no signal"


"Pah... puppy eating loads. Noodles and sardines and dog food. He's fine. Were in tent in rain in a wood. Tmw is hardest day. 28km across bleak low and kinder scout. Today just got better and better with lowing sun illuminating purple heather and ferns as we clambered along crags with huge views. I suppose the only thing is not having time to take it all in but come to the best again very easy ... sore feet and oddly hips but trips.out of Sheffield maybe... still sleep now and up at five..."


Marc Almond - 'My Death'


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Taken on August 17, 2011