Lakeland passes

Douglas (my Mini) got very bored waiting for me to complete the Coast to Coast walk. He insisted on a bit of fun going up and down some of the passes in the Lake District.

I almost have a clear environmental consience as I feel I have saved a few grams of carbon recently by walking for 15 days.

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Day 15 Littlebeck to Robin Hood’s Bay

The final stage into Robin Hood’s Bay on the final day. At just 12 miles I hoped I could get there in time for lunch and a celebratory cream tea.

Within 5 minutes of setting off, and with the B&B still in sight, the sky went black and it began to hail. Not the perfect start to the day, but it did not last long and the weather improved slowly all day.

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Day 14 Glaisdale to Littlebeck

It was just a short 8 mile stroll this morning, rather than the 20 mile hike some do to make it to Robin Hood’s Bay in one day from Glaisdale – which is the traditional way of completing the walk.

Even starting gone 9am, stopping at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and a walk via the Hermitage and Flowing Foss waterfall would not delay me too long. Continue reading

Day 13 Urra to Glaisdale

After being given a delightful hand-drawn map of the route back to the Coast to Coast route I was off up onto Urra Moor and Round Hill with fewer obstacles that had hindered my route down yesterday.

Apart from the initial climb up onto the ridge this morning the walk was very easy. Thankfully the flagstone path had made way for a gravel track, and the section across the first moor was easily completed as the Cleveland Way headed north and I continued east to follow the route of a now disused railway. Continue reading

Day 12 Ingleby Arncliff to Urra (Clay Bank Top)

Ahead the North York Moors, but starting in the Vale this morning the first objective was to make it to the ridge with the masts.

The beginning of the walk was beautiful through open broadleaved woodland, skirting the edge of the more dense coniferous plantation. After a mile or so the Coast to Coast route joins the Cleveland Way, and it is this path that I would be following all day and into tomorrow. Continue reading

Day 11 Richmond to Ingleby Arncliff

A mammoth hike of 23 miles, though there was hardly a climb in sight across the flat plain of the Vale of York, but it was still 23 miles never the less. It was the day that I said would be kill or cure.

After an early breakfast I was heading out of Richmond and straight for the sewage works. Thankfully after the works a short wooded section where a carpet of wild garlic grew helped clear the nose. Continue reading

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