Coast-to-Coast Walk

In September 2017, we completed one section of Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk, which extends from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire. It is a challenging long distance walk that covers just over 300kms (190 miles) of magnificent and varied landscape between the Irish Sea to the West and the North Sea to the East.

We decided to begin with the end! We walked the section that covers the North York Moors - from Ingleby Cross to Robin Hood's Bay. Wainwright describes the North York Moors as "..heatherclad, unenclosed, uninhabited, remote from industry and free of traffic... magnificent territory for the walker....handsome and colourful....abounding in interest and beauty." Over 4 days, we covered over 50 miles:
- Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top
- Clay Bank Top to Seavey Hill
- Seavey Hill to Grosmont
- Grosmont, via Littlebeck, to Robin Hood's Bay

It was a walk of high plateau, deep valleys, views of distant plains, lovely rivers, a waterfall, woodland paths, rocky outcrops, village greens and, finally, the glorious North Yorkshire Coast and the sight of Robin Hood's Bay as we rounded Ness Point. Take a look at a selection of photographs from the trip.

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In April 2018 we tackled the adjoining section - from Ingleby Cross, in the Vale of Mowbray, to Keld, in Swaledale. We based ourselves at The Coach House in Richmond and used the local community bus and taxi services to transport us to the beginning of some of the walks. Over 4 days, we covered 49 miles:
- Richmond to Great Langton
- Great Langton to Ingleby Cross
- Reeth to Richmond
- Keld to Reeth

We covered the low-lying rural landscapes of the Vale of Mowbray, which offered some interest in the pretty villages we passed through, but little in the way of hills. The Swaledale section was more rewarding, with the sparkling river Swale, Spring woodlands and flowers (daffodils, primroses, bluebells) and the interesting upper reaches of the Swale valley, with its history and relics of lead-mining and, at its head, the ancient settlement of Keld, with its stone buildings, waterfalls and cascades.

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In September 2018, we took on the most Westerly section - from St Bees to Patterdale. This was a 4-day backpacking trip across the Lake District, split into 4 days' walks, covering 47 miles:
- St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge
- Ennerdale Bridge to Honister
- Honister to Grasmere
- Grasmere to Patterdale

This was the most challenging section of the C2C walk. Beginning at the little coastal village of St Bees, our journey took us along the Cumbrian Coast (with views to the Isle of Man), then over to the lovely Ennerdale Valley. From there we crossed the high pass of Honister, then into beautiful Borrowdale and the heart of the Lake District. A challenging climb led us to the Helm Crag ridge and down into Grasmere. We traversed St Sunday Crag (our highest point on the whole route - 840m) and finally descended to the charming Ullswater, set in its magical surroundings. The walk was one of high fells, shimmering tarns, mountain paths, and lovely lakes. The views were stunning and the landscape magnificent.

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The final section - from Patterdale to Keld - was tackled in late April/earlyMay 2019. We stayed at Brownber House, Newbiggin-on-Lune. Over 4 days, we walked 52 miles:
- Patterdale to Rossgill Bridge
- Rossgill Bridge to Orton
- Orton to Kirkby Stephen
- Kirkby Stephen to Keld

We crossed the last of the Lake District Fells, set foot upon a Roman road, then over the high point of Kidsty Pike, with its magnificent views of Lakeland to the West and Mardale Head and Haweswater to the East. Onwards across the pastoral surroundings of the Lowther Valley, past the magnificent Shap Abbey and then to the limestone landscape above Shap. We passed though the interesting market town of Kirkby Stephen, before climbing again over the ridge of Nine Standards Rigg - the watershed of the Pennines. Finally, we crossed wild moorland to reach our final destination of Keld - exactly halfway along the C2C route. It was a walk that included churches and abbeys, ancient cairns and settlements, Roman roads, granite "erratic" boulders, many flowers - especially bluebells, bright gorse and shining marsh marigolds. It was also a walk of birdsong - skylarks, curlew, plover, lapwings on the moorland, warblers and other summer songbirds in the woods. Fabulous.

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