This is the homepage for my 2011 long distance walk. It holds the planning and preparation notes for the walk and the complete walking journal as well.
I walked east to west this time, mainly to put a different perspective on the route, but also to try and avoid the crowds. This is now an incredibly popular walk thanks to Julia Bradbury and although I love the company in the evening in the pubs I do like my solitude on the hills during the day. Walking against the flow meant lots of encounters at about lunch time each day, but resulted in much quiter paths for the rest of the day.
In terms of guide books, they are all a little irrelevant when you’re walking east to west. I think only Terry Marsh’s book, published by Cicerone gives any walking instructions in this direction, but as I was making my own route up it seemed doubly irrelevant.
However, Trailblazer have a new edition for 2010 (4th Edition), mostly rewritten by Chris Scott and with much better mapping, with larger fonts and easier to use. This is still the de-facto guide book in my opinion and I’m not just saying that because I’ve contributed to it 🙂
Frances Lincoln have also applied the Chris Jesty treatment to Wainwright’s original book – a much overdue facelift and modernisation in my opinion. Jesty has now updated all the Pictorial Guides to the Lakes and the Coast to Coast and the inclusion of a red line depicting the actual route makes the maps all the easier to read. This new edition now uses a consistent “Wainwright” script font all the way through, rather than updates being incongruously printed in Times New Roman.
Carrying these two books together will give you the ultimate experience. A little bit of Wainwright in one pocket and the latest edition of the C2C bible in the other.
I thought I’d walked the Coast to Coast for the last time
The Cost of Walking
I’m sure, like many things, walking the Coast to Coast can be
C2C 2011 Accommodation
With the path decided on – and the direction of travel –
Selecting a Route
As well as walking backwards along the route this year, my plan
C2C 2011: Day Zero
11th June 2011 – Arrival in Robin Hood’s Bay When I awoke
C2C 2011: Day One
12th June 2011 – Robin Hood’s Bay to Grosmont – 15.1 miles
C2C 2011: Day Two
13th June 2011 – Grosmont to Blakey Ridge – 13.5 miles I
C2C 2011: Day Three
14th June 2011 – Blakey Ridge to Osmotherley – 19.2 miles Wow!
C2C 2011: Day Four
15th June 2011 – Osmotherley to Richmond – 25.5 miles I was
C2C 2011: Day Five
16th June 2011 – Richmond to Reeth – 13.4miles I had the
C2C 2011: Day Six
17th June 2011 – Reeth to Keld – 11.4 miles Note: Apologies,
C2C 2011: Day Seven
18th June 2011 – Keld to Kirkby Stephen – 13.3 miles I
C2C 2011: Day Eight
19th June 2011 – Kirkby Stephen to Shap – 19.0 miles Although
C2C 2011: Day Nine
20th June 2011 – Shap to Patterdale – 15.8 miles The best
C2C 2011: Day Ten
21st June 2011 – Patterdale to Grasmere – 11.7 miles I had
C2C 2011: Day Eleven
22nd June 2011 – Grasmere to Stonethwaite – 10.8 miles I had
C2C 2011: Day Twelve
23rd June 2011 – Stonethwaite to Ennerdale Br. – 16.3 miles I
C2C 2011: Day Thirteen
24th June 2011 – Ennerdale Br. to St. Bees – 15.7 miles
1 thought on “Coast to Coast 2011”
A coast to coast from, Avonmouth to Lowestoft is possible using The River Avon, a cycleway,, Kennet and Avon canal, The Ridgeway, Icknield Way and Angles Way. We had most of it to ourselves, We did not do it in one go.