I went on another Fellsman recce today, this time guided by Fellsman veteran and all round long distance walking dude Gunter. We were joined by his wife Jackie and a fellow competitor from the ill fated 2012 attempt, David.
We had a lovely day for it and Gunter's memory was pretty much spot on and we picked a good line over the tops including a couple of trods and the quad bike tracks to the Middle Tounge checkpoint (easier to find than I had feared). The "blue mug stile" only has a tiny part of the mug left hanging on it. Besides, if you duck under the wall about 20m before it then it leads to a better stile.
After a bacon butty in Buckden, David and I strode back to the car along the Dales Way in the sunshine bringing the total miles for the day to 18.
A very worthwhile day out!