Mist on the Dales Way
5 big days walking, great bring it on and if Mist could think ahead I am sure that would be what she was thinking. Frankly she could not care less about whether it was ‘exciting’ walking or simply a drag, to her the pleasure is pretty much the same. It is all about being out and about and the longer you are out the better it is. As it happened I did not complete the Dales Way in a continual 5 days but ended up splitting it up over 10 days although my suspicions are Mist could get used to continual walking rather easily!
My own journey of the Dales Way can be found here but this is Mist’s perspective – the pleasures and problems of a typical long distance walk. The problems of a long distance walk with a dog (particularly an official trail) can be put in to 3 categories
- Finding somewhere to stay. A good chunk of B & Bs do not take dogs and this does create problems in finding somewhere to stay. Farms are notoriously reluctant as are larger towns. The Dales Way being typical of some of these difficulties, clearly camping is the best option. Fortunately for us we were returning home each night so that was fine.
- Stiles & Gates. I wish I had counted the number of stiles and gates on the Dales Way. There are certainly many hundreds. Now Mist is pretty agile and can leap most of them but some defeated even her. A choice of allowing her to become impaled on some barbed wire or picking up and lifting a filthy dog is an unappealing choice at the end of a long day.
- Farmers. Despite my prior reservations I encountered no difficult farmers; outraged that I had the audacity to be taking a dog on the walk. I never have Mist on a lead at any stage on a walk, she sticks to me like glue in the presence of sheep (or cars!) and this can upset some farmers. However some watched, some even grunted, but good on them, none complained. I know of a walking friend who will rarely walk their dog on lower levels because of the animosity towards people with dogs and sticks to the high level at all possible times.
Mist, Snow & the Langdales. Feb 2012
Winter Woes Dec 2011
Frollicking around Eskdale Oct 2011
Mist’s Summer Frolics Sept 2011
Mist Heads North July 2011
Early summer stay in Wasdale. May 2011
Mist & the outdoors in Spring. Apr 2011
Training Mist. Mar 2011
Pleasures & Problems. Jan 2011
Early Days of Mist, October 2010