I walked the Coast to Coast in May 2006. Devised by the eminent fell walker Alfred Wainwright, the path extends for 192 miles across the heart of England, taking in three national parks along the way. Voted the second best long distance path in the world, it sees tens of thousands of people every year, but it still not officially recognised as a national trail.
I used two guidebooks when walking the path, Wainwright (of course) and Stedman. It should be made illegal to walk the C2C and not carry Wainwright’s book, but the drawings are a little too detailed in places and can be difficult to follow, especially if you’re not used to reading Wainwright’s work. I also carried the Trailblazer book written by Henry Stedman, which is probably the best guidebook to use if you can only take one book.
The Stedman guide is currently in the second edition – a new third edition should be out in time for the 2008 walking season – so make sure you get the most up to date edition. You can buy direct from Trailblazer – it’s sometimes as cheap as Amazon et al.
During our walking trips in 2005 (see Herriot Way journal), Rob and
The maps in this section were created with Memory Map v5 and
Using Sherpa Van means that I don’t have to worry too much
The other side of preparing for the C2C has to be the
29th April 2006 – Arrival in St. Bees
30th April 2006 – St. Bees to Ennerdale Bridge – 18 miles
1st May 2006 – Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite – 15.5 miles Day
2nd May 2006 – Rosthwaite to Patterdale – 16 miles Although not
3rd May 2006 – Patterdale to Shap – 16.5 miles Despite my
4th May 2006 – Shap to Kirkby Stephen – 19 miles As
5th May 2006 – Kirkby Stephen to Keld – 12 miles I
6th May 2006 – Keld to Reeth – 13 miles The house
7th May 2006 – Reeth to Richmond – 11 miles It rained
8th May 2006 – Richmond to Ingleby Cross – 24 miles The
9th May 2006 – Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top – 13.5
10th May 2006 – Clay Bank Top to Glaisdale – 20.0 miles
11th May 2006 – Glaisdale to Robin Hood’s Bay – 20 miles
Final Thoughts This is the part of my journal that I wanted