Wainwright’s Coast To Coast Path

I had long shunned the Coast to Coast.

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I’ve owned a copy of Wainwright’s ‘A Coast to Coast Walk’ since the 80’s and over the years, have often picked it up … and put it down again.  As much as I admire AW, I can’t say that his walk, as a whole, grabbed me.

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I had walked some of the sections that did appeal: the Lakeland section (as extensions to other walks) and I’ve walked the Cleveland Way (with which the C2C coincides for some miles).  But I had little burning desire to wade through Pennine peat bog (Kirkby Stephen to Keld), little interest in industrial ruins and a landscape marred by mining (Keld to Reeth),  and the 23 miles trudge across the Vale of Mowbray didn’t set me all aquiver.  And also it is a long walk (only 70 miles shorter than the Pennine Way) and consequently expensive in terms of both time and money.

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And yet … and yet, over the years, I kept on thinking about the C2C and reading accounts by people who had walked it.  And overall they seemed to have loved it (though a few most certainly didn’t) and some were coming back to do it again and again.  Perhaps I ought to see what all the fuss was about.

And so, for March 2013 (little knowing that I’d be walking into the worst March weather for 60 years), I booked my train ticket to St Bees and another home from Scarborough 13 days later.  Here is an account of my walk:

(A brief description of this walk appears on my other blog.  You can read it here – The Anxious Gardener’).

Day 1 – St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge

Day 2 – Ennerdale Bridge to Stonethwaite

Day 3 – Stonethwaite to Patterdale

Day 4 – Patterdale to Shap

Day 5 – Shap to Kirby Stephen

Day 6 – Kirkby Stephen to Keld

Day 7 – Keld to Reeth

Day 8 – Reeth to Richmond

Day 9 – Richmond to Ingleby Cross

Day 10 – Ingleby Cross to Blakey Ridge 

Day 11 – Blakey Ridge to Egton Bridge

Day 12 – Egton Bridge to Robin Hood’s Bay

Advice On Walking Wainwright’s Coast To Coast Path

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