Day minus One:

 

Arrived at St Bees on Sunday in torrential rain, ready to start the walk tomorrow, hoping for some better weather.

Day One: St Bees on the west coast to Ennerdale Bridge.

 

 

Weather was much nicer than when I arrived thank goodness. First part of the walk is northwards along the coast for a few miles before cutting inland. Very nice 6-7 miles followed by some boring bits until the last few miles as I arrived at the Lake District.

 

Day Two: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite.

 

Harder walking today in the Lake District but very nice scenery made up for it. Passed some lovely looking lakes, also passed Honister Slate mine towards the end of the day & stopped for a cup of tea & scone in their cafe. Feel like I’m on holiday. Sun actually managed an appearance for a couple of hours.

 

Day Three: Rosthwaite to Grasmere.

Nice sunny day which made the stunning scenery all the better, hard walking, some scrambling & a very steep descent down into Grasmere but relatively short.

 

Day Four: Grasmere to Glenridding (Ullswater)

 

Very short day today, a long gradual climb out of Grasmere followed by a gentle descent down to Ullswater. Terrain was very gentle unlike yesterday which made it kinder on my feet. Very picturesque.

 

Day Five: Glenridding to Shap

2.5hr climb out of Ullswater to get to Kidsty Pike which is the highest point on the whole C2C walk. Walked the length of Howeswater Reservoir which was nice. Said goodbye to the Lake District which is a shame because the scenery has been stunning, past what is left of Shap Abbey, one of the abbeys that Henry VIII destroyed.

 

Day Six: Shap to Kirkby Stephen

20 miles today, very different terrain than the last few days. Much softer & easier on the feet, but still hard work. Again some great & very varied scenery.

 

Day Seven: Kirkby Stephen to Keld

Bit of a change of scenery today across the very boggy moors & into Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales. Very windy today particularly when I passed the 9 Standards, a rather odd but very large selection of man-made stone piles, perched on the top of the hill. Managed to fall flat out into one of the bogs, did have my waterproofs on thank goodness but I was both rather dirty & smelly.

 

Day Eight: Keld to Reeth

 

Spent virtually the whole day walking in the mist (and thunderstorms which thankfully didn’t release any rain)which was a great shame because the scenery in the dales, lots of climbing today but I must be getting used to it because I felt fine at the end of the day. Saw lots of ruins from the old lead mining industry which has always fascinated me.

 

Day Nine: Reeth to Richmond

 

Bit of a bleak day, it rained from start to finish; nice scenery but I couldn’t see terribly much of it. Richmond was very nice & I stayed in a nice B&B which was perched on top of the hill & had great views down to the river & rapids.

 

Day Ten: Richmond to Ingleby Cross

 

22 miles today but across the most boring of countryside, very flat compared to the last 10 days, field after field after field. Had to cross a major railway line and a busy dual carriageway which concentrated the mind a bit.  Luckily the sun was back out.

 

Day Eleven: Ingleby Cross to Blakey Ridge

 

Probably the hardest day’s walking, just over 20 miles but 5000ft of ascent and 22 degrees. Much more interesting scenery today, Moors & hills plus amazing views over the flat valley I walked across yesterday. Staying in the old vicarage in Rosedale Abbey tonight, very nice with beautiful views from my windows.

 

Day Twelve: Blakey Ridge to Grosmont

 

Over the moors, through Glaisdale, Egton & onto Grosmont, back on familiar territory have worked on an Estate near here for a number of years. Nice walking today, I started very early to miss the heat of the afternoon sun, which is a bit of a relieve from yesterday when I got slightly burnt.

 

Day Thirteen: Grosmont to Robin Hoods Bay

 

Managed to finish by lunchtime, over the moors, through a very nice woodland nature reserve then onto the coast & south along the coast for a few miles down to Robin Hoods Bay. Tired but pleased to have finished, really enjoyed the walking & the scenery.

 

Walked 200 miles in total, taking 446,000 steps (according to my step-counter) it took 72 hours of walking and included 38,000 ft of ascent.

Thank you everyone for the support & encouragement.

 


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