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Wainwright's Coast to Coast ... Logged by Ali


Distance: 186.52 miles, 38888 feet ascent, 13 days

The Coast to Coast is a long distance walk of 190 miles across England, devised by Alfred Wainwright. It starts in St. Bees Head in Cumbria and traverses three National Parks before it's end in Robin Hood's Bay on the Yorkshire coast. It isn't an official path but in recent years has become the most popular long distance route in Britain, no doubt testament to the popularity of Mr. Wainwright.

Walkers are encouraged to dip their toes in the sea to mark the start, and do the same on finally arriving at the North Sea. It's also traditional to carry a pebble (or several) with you to launch into Robin Hood's Bay. Wainwright devised it to inspire others to create their own routes. As such there is no definitive way and no specific stopping points - this is left to walkers to decide themselves.

We decided on a fairly leisurely thirteen day excursion. Others we met on route were doing ten or twelve days ... and one idiotic couple were going east to west in twelve days then turnig round and going back the other way in ten!!!

I can't speak for Mick or Martin, but this has to be one of the best experiences of my life, something utterly unforgetable with memories I will treasure for the rest of my life. With so many other long distance routes available I may not get around to doing this particular walk again, but as they say "never say never"!

Anyway, enough rambling, this is our story ...

Individual Day Logs ...
Click on a thumbnail below to view that days full report, photos, comments, map etc.

Day 1 - 29/04/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - St. Bees Head to Ennerdale Bridge
14.4miles - 3100ft

Day 2 - 30/04/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite
15.7miles - 4222ft

Day 3 - 01/05/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - Rosthwaite/Sonethwaite to Patterdale
13.6miles - 4294ft

Day 4 - 02/05/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - Patterdale to Shap
16.6miles - 4773ft

Day 5 - 03/05/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - Shap to Kirkby Stephen
19.2miles - 2844ft

Day 6 - 04/05/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - Kirkby Stephen to Keld
11.8miles - 2681ft

Day 7 - 05/05/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - Keld to Reeth
12miles - 2677ft

Day 8 - 06/05/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - Reeth to Richmond
10.6miles - 2004ft

Day 9 - 07/05/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - Richmond to Danby Wiske
13.7miles - 1587ft

Day 10 - 08/05/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - Danby Wiske to Ingleby Cross
9.22miles - 941ft

Day 11 - 09/05/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top
12.2miles - 4074ft

Day 12 - 10/05/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - Clay Bank Top to Egton Bridge
20.2miles - 2263ft

Day 13 - 11/05/2011

Click to view the walkCoast to Coast - Egton Bridge to Robin Hood's Bay
17.3miles - 3428ft