Wainwright’s Coast To Coast Path

I had long shunned the Coast to Coast.

A Wainwright A Coast to Caost Walk

I’ve owned a copy of Wainwright’s ‘A Coast to Coast Walk’ since the ’80s 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.

Coast to Coast March

I had walked some of the sections that did appeal: most of the St Bees to  Patterdale section and I’ve also twice completed 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 both time and money.

Coast to Coast Sign

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.

Coast to Coast in snow

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.

Wainwright's Coast to Coast Path

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

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