Saturday, 31 December 2011

Winter “Tan-Cat” – 28 December

The “Tan-Cat” is the longest, highest, toughest pub crawl in England – starting at the Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in the country, the route winds south over all the summits that can be found to the Cat & Fiddle Inn, the second highest pub in the country. This is a classic Rucksack Club walk, in summer, and has been completed in winter, by the club’s exacting standards, only once – in 1980. This attempt aims to complete the walk and break the winter record of 61 hours.

20111228-tancat-205First light at Langwathby where we gathered on Tuesday night

20111228-tancat-208Tan Hill Inn – look at the swinging pub sign!

20111228-tancat-207-EditCloser look at the swinging pub sign – wasn’t swinging back and forth only back

20111228-tancat-209Self, Mark, Geoff and Tom – ready to set off for the Cat & Fiddle

20111228-tancat-210Heading south in West Stones Dale with Great Shunner Fell on the distant skyline

20111228-tancat-212West Stones Dale


West Stones Dale is the very start of the route and before we had completed four miles the first of the rain showers arrived and marked the end the photographs. As the first day wore on the weather deteriorated and deteriorated further as darkness fell. The final two summits before Linton (Buckden Pike & Great Whernside) were difficult because of the 50-60mph winds and by then I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to reach the Cat & Fiddle. Rather than prolonging the agony I baled out at Linton and wished the other three the very best for the remaining 90 miles.

They carried on in conditions almost as difficult and reached the Cat & Fiddle at 17:50, in a total of 56:35, well inside the previous record of 61 hours. Chapeau!

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