Coast to Coast

The lead up to the walk.

Wainwrights Coast to Coast


Our Trip

Unlike sensible hikers, we won't be staying at a Bed and Breakfast each night and having our bags ferried to the next town.......
Our goal is to carry our packs the full 310 km. Madness??

Believe it or not, but there is a method in our madness. We are hoping that by taking our tent we won't have to book in and can walk at our leisure. If we need to spend extra days in one place then this won't mess up our plans. We won't need to rush to the next town to ensure we won't lose our booking.
Well okay, we will stay in a B&B (or similar) on our rest days - if there are vacancies....

The 20 (21) day trek

Date Day Village Accommodation km Total kms
Monday May 12 1 St Bees Abbey Farm B&B 0 0
Tuesday May 13 2 Ennerdale Bridge Fox and Hounds Inn(c) 24 24
Wednesday May 14 3 SeatollerSeatoller Farm (cw) 21 45
Thursday May 154 GrasmereGrasmere Independent Hostel 16 61
Friday May 16 5 PatterdaleSide Farm Campsite (c) 14 75
Saturday May 176 ShapNew Ing Lodge (c) 25 100
Sunday May 18 7 Rest Day / ShapNew Ing Lodge (c) 0 100
Monday May 19 8 Raisbeck Sunbiggin Tarn (cw) 15 115
Tuesday May 20 9 Kirkby Stephen Pennine View CP (c)19 134
Wednesday May 21 10 KeldKeld Bunk Barn & Yurts (c) 19 153
Thursday May 22 11 Reeth Orchard Caravan Park (c) 16 169
Friday May 23 12 Richmond B&B 18 187
Saturday May 24 13 Rest Day / Richmond B&B 0 187
Sunday May 25 14 Danby WiskeThe White Swan (c) 21 208
Monday May 26 15 Ingleby Cross Bluebell Inn (c) 18 226
Tuesday May 27 16 Chop Gate Wild Camp 18 244
Wednesday May 28 17 Blakey Ridge Lion Inn B&B 16 260
Thursday May 29 18 GlaisdaleBank House Farm Hostel (c) 14 274
Friday May 30 19 Little Beck Intake Farm (cw) 13 287
Saturday May 31 20 Robin's Hood Bay B&B 17 304
Sunday June 1 21 Rest Day / Robin's Hood Bay B&B 0 304
And I'm sure some of this may change, if only for the better. This is going to be an awesome trip.
(c) = camping - In the beer garden at the pub or at a camping ground.
(cw) = camping wild - In a field, next to a tarn OR where we fall.

The holiday plans so far...

tent flightcentre tickets
Making sure the tent is okay.... Booking the tickets...... Woo hoo, we have tickets! Di and Emma.
Ticket is in my hand...

About to do another test pack and this time there is some food to go in. Turns out it's cheaper to buy freeze dried food here in Australia, so we will pack and carry as much as possible.
Tickets for the Eurostar have been purchased. Unfortunately, we missed out on the upgrade and champagne so cattle class it is.

It's getting closer and closer.
Many merino tops have been purchased and so less clothing required. 12 kg looking better...

Test packing number 1. OUCH. 15 kg and no food. Need to cull some clothes.

The second set of maps have arrived. I prefer these ones and Di likes the other ones, so no arguments over the maps!!
I find the Harvey maps have a greater attention to detail as it shows a wider area around the track and it also shows the gradients.

Christmas is coming and does that mean eating............

The first lot of the Coast to Coast maps have arrived.

Our books have arrived - signed by Julia Bradbury and all. But when I ordered them, only Di and I were doing the walk so PO missed out on one, but alas she has taken mine to read so I can't even put a picture up - bragging ......

Sunday 6th - Hiccup number 2 has been sorted and Petroula has now booked her ticket. Now all she needs to do is get well, as although she has lost her weight and is fit, she has managed to damage a nerve in her back. Lots of RnR for her!

Saturday 28th - Dianne just rang. The tickets are purchased. Woo Hoo. Now to prepare for stage 2 - Organise accommodation in Paris and London.
Friday 27th - Hiccup number two: Turns out Petroula hasn't had her holiday leave approved and the dog confirmed to stay in the kennels. So she will have to just play catch up sometime down the track.
Tuesday 24th - kidney results are back. Unfortunately her kidney hasn't grown back, but the one she does have is in excellent condition. Great news for her and me!
Well being her bestest friend in the world I have no choice but to offer her one of mine.......
Sept 23rd 2013 - Hiccup number one: Dianne has been informed she has rather high blood pressure. All of the blood tests have come back with excellent results. They (the doctors) are unsure of why, and so more scans to be had. Could this be the result of having only 1 kidney??.
Well Dianne made the phone call tonight (Monday September 23, 2013). She has an appointment for Thursday to see Emma our lovely travel agent, in Sandy Bay (Hobart). The flights have been released - finally!! and today my passport arrived. Win Win.