We didn’t exactly hit the ground running today due to the sad death of our beloved dog Shiloe. We are gutted, but very happy she was with us on The Great Adventure, and died peacefully in her sleep.
The Pennine Bridleway started on a nice track through some small towns on the edge of Manchester today. Amazing how quiet it was, except when we passed a couple of schools. Neither of us were feeling great after the news about Shi, Meg had a bad headache, so we didn’t make good time, but we trudged on.
A little while later we had left the towns and were walking up the edge of Saddleworth Moor, where the fires have been. We met a fire engine and the fire fighters told us we were safe to carry on. The moor was still smouldering and it was very sad to see so much land damaged. Big shout out to the amazing fire people who have managed to protect buildings and people. We had to wait a bit to get through further up and the man told us they were meant to have three engines but only had one so were likely to be going well into the night. While we were there waiting an older man living in one of the houses said they could use his Land Rover to ferry water around. People are amazing!
A little way after we had a mini history lesson about bombings during the war from a man walking his dog. Later we got offered water from the fire support crew, bless them. We also met convoys of army trucks on their way up to help the fire service. The hills were still on fire in some places further up and there were loads of fire engines pumping water straight from the reservoirs.
The Pennine Bridleway continued as a fairly easy track, around the rest of the moor and through some quiet suburbs. Unfortunately it then dumped us in the middle of a town, with no further tracks. A bit stressful for us but the ponies barely blinked an eye! Finished our day on quiet roads.