I have just returned from a thirteen day traverse of Wainwright's classic walk, my second attempt in thirteen years and I have to say that I enjoyed it even more than the last time. Then, I booked all of my overnight stops at B&B's along the way and felt somewhat restricted, although it was nice to be carrying a light rucksack. This time I carried all of my gear including camping equipment and stopped where I finished for the night, usually on campsites. The other difference was that this time I had company rather than walking alone. The weather was good until the 11th and 12th days when we had driving rain and fog across the North York Moors but this didn't spoil it for me. I loved every minute of the superb scenery, particularly the way it varied from district to district. We met some wonderful people along the route and stayed in some great campsites as well as a few B&B's when the weather turned bad. I have to say that I disagree entirely with the claim that the walk is 220 miles, I believe this is a distorted GPS figure, the straightline distance is around the 190 mile mark. Wainwright wouldn't make an error of that magnitude anyway. The walk (hiking isn't a word that's used very often in the UK) was voted the second best in the world in a recent poll, having now done it twice, it's the best in my book.
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