Coast-to-Coast + aliloop-of-the-lakes, England – June, 2018

I want to encourage in others the ambition to devise with the aid of maps their own cross-country marathons and not be merely followers of other people’s routes.

Alfred Wainwright

check out my gear list for the C2C!

England’s Coast to Coast is roughly 192 miles from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, but I added another 50 miles peak bagging in the lake District.

gear list for the C2C
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. …Read
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C2C: day 1, getting to the start
Everywhere is within walking distance, if you have the time. Steven Wright And so, it begins. But not so fast.…Read
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C2C: day 2, Manchester to St. Bees
You were made to soar, to crash to earth, then to rise and soar again. Alfred Wainwright It’s half past…Read
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C2C: day 3, St. Bees to Ennerdale Water
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. Susan Sontag The morning began with the sound of birds and…Read
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C2C: day 4, Ennerdale Water to Wasdale
Nothing is as close to magic as nature. Anastasia Bolinder It’s happened again. I’ve found myself in a pub, talked…Read
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C2C: day 5, Wasdale to Seathwaite
There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as…Read
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C2C: day 6, climb on and have fun
Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence. Hermann Buhl The crag gods tested me, but they must have had…Read
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C2C: day 7, Seatollar to Keswick
Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise. Carrie Latet There are five good reasons to hike…Read
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C2C: day 8, Keswick to below Blencathra
Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to…Read
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C2C: day 9, Blencathra to Mosedale Beck, below Clough Head
It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on…Read
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C2C: day 10, Mosedale Beck to Grisedale Tarn
There are two kinds of climbers, those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all…Read
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C2C: day 11, Grisedale Tarn to Haweswater
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and…Read
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C2C: day 12, Haweswater to Orton
I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. G.M. Trevelyan What a sight to see beautiful Orton over…Read
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C2C: day 13, Orton to Ravenseat Farm
You need special shoes for hiking — and a bit of a special soul as well. Terri Guillemets The alicoop…Read
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C2C: day 14, Ravenseat to Reeth
I like being near the top of a mountain. One can’t get lost here. Wislawa Szymborska I broke two cardinal…Read
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C2C: day 15, Reeth to St. Giles Farm
Travel far enough, you meet yourself. David Mitchell Another stunningly beautiful, bright, sunny day completely out of the norm for…Read
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C2C: day 16, St. Giles Farm to Ingleby Arncliffe
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. Frank Lloyd Wright Today was the day…Read
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C2C: day 17, Ingelby Arncliffe to Blakey Ridge
Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. Henry David Thoreau Rain fell…Read
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C2C: day 18, Blakey Ridge to Grosmont
Desert, jungle, mountains or coast; I don’t have a preference. If I’m out in the wilderness with everything I need…Read
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C2C: day 19, Grosmont to Robin Hood’s Bay
Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came…Read
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C2C: day 20, epilogue
Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no…Read
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Creatures of the C2C
I was never alone hiking in Northern England.
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more deets on aliloop-of-the-lakes, Northern England
I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —I…Read
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Created by the illustrious fell walker Alfred Wainwright, the Coast to Coast is an unofficial and often unsigned path that passes through three contrasting national parks: the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors.

The last time in Yorkshire, I ran.

Which pretty well describes my plan of no plan aside from ‘wild camping’ and catching a bus and two trains from Robin Hood’s Bay back to the airport and home mid-June.

My mantra…

To experience the countryside on fair days and never foul is to understand only half its story.

Melissa Harrison

<bang sticks for luck!>

Reader Comments

  1. So looking forward to following your journey. Can’t believe the weather your having which is unusually warmer and drier than down here. Keep safe and enjoy every moment. What a fabulous experience to add to all your others. Xx

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