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Coast to Coast 2009 – Phone Signals

I thought it may be useful, especially to those arriving from abroard, to discuss briefly the mobile phone coverage I’ve had over the last few days. Between us, Rob and I have carried three mobile phones. I have the iPhone on an O2 contract, I also have a BlackBerry on...

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Coast to Coast 2009 – Day 10

A day of contrasts awaited us; bitter, driving, chilling winds across the moors in the morning and lovely sunny wooded walks in the afternoon. Rob has depleted his stock of Ibuprofen and needs to find a chemist or some other suitable outlet as soon as possible. The Compeeds only seem...

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Coast to Coast 2009 – Day 9

Days 8 and 9 reports have been posted from the Lion Inn at Blakey with a single bar on the phone signal so no pictures are available unfortunately. Today was likely to be the hardest day so far. Just a few yards short of 20 miles and over 3800 feet...

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Coast to Coast 2009 – Day 8

In a Geordie accent: “Day 8 and the lads wake to the smell of burning Gore Tex Paclite which still pervades the room after the previous nights accident with my coat (more details of which will only be provided in the full journal). The drug regime has reached new heights;...

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Coast to Coast 2009 – Day 7

The Kelda brew in Keld Lodge is excellent walking beer, light and refreshing and not too strong, just right in my book. Before I start my report for Day 7, I’d just like to say hello to Richard from Warrington, who I met in the bar last night. He’s a...

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Coast to Coast 2009 – Day 6

In a Geordie accent: “Day 6 and the lads are getting a little stir crazy, visions of hot tea and cakes appear at random intervals during the day. The bus from Kirkby Stephen seemed like a glorious idyll as the rain battered down and Nine Standards Hagg loomed large. Despite...

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Coast to Coast – Route Note

Just thought I’d post an interesting note on the route, for anyone walking it this summer. From Sunbiggin Tarn you are now recommended to take the southern route, down the road a short way, over the little bridge and then turn left onto the moorland, skirting the narrow beck and...

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Coast to Coast 2009 – Day 5

A nice pint of Hobgoblin in the Kings Arrms in Kirkby Stephen. In a Geordie accent: “Day 5 and the medication levels in the house have risen alarmingly. A strong smell of Deep Heat pervades Rob and Stu’s bedroom. Tubes of lotions and linaments lie on all available surfaces and...

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Coast to Coast 2009 – Day 4

Rob relaxes at lunch time in the sun, beside Haweswater Reservior. I’m still a day behind in posts, I’m writing this at the end of day 5 in The Black Bull in Kirkby Stephen, but the signal was so hit and miss in the Lakes that I’ve fallen behind a...

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Coast to Coast 2009 – Day 3

I’m struggling to post pictures at the moment as signal strength precludes the large attachments, I will try and add some to later posts. Day 3 started as Day 2 finished: blue skies and sunshine (how does Borrowdale manage that?). We restricted ourselves to a light breakfast in anticipation of...

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Coast to Coast 2009 – Day 2

Day 2 started at 4am for me as I was woken by the rain battering against the window of the surprisingly comfortable room in the Shepherds Arms in Ennerdale Bridge. The hotel has undergone something of a makeover since I was here last and the rooms are much nicer now....

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Coast to Coast 2009 – Day 1

Didn’t get a chance to post this picture last night as the phone signal was so poor, but this is our room in Stone House Farm and Tex enjoying a small dram as he writes up his journal. Weather was mostly in our favour today althought the wind was pretty...