The path now plunges straight into the bogs of Whitsundale. This has nothing to do with preserving delicate ecological balance. It is to maintain clear fields of fire for those taking part in the annual massacre of grouse.
On a happier note, nobody begrudges credit to Paul Hannon for his new guide. It is a useful adjunct to Wainwright. But the best publication for coast-to-coast walkers to appear recently comes farther east along the route from the pupils at Ingleby Arncliffe Primary School. Their guide to the little village and its surroundings is a delight to read and beautifully produced. Send them a pound for your copy before Michael Joseph buys them out as well.