1709_Footprints_2017_Sept-001Coast to Coast Adventure

Pamela Sharpe

In Spring 2016, Helen, a Wednesday rambler, suggested our coast to coast adventure. Quickly, interest gathered and one year later sixteen eager participants travelled to St. Bees to begin our wonderful twelve day walk across three national parks finishing at Robin Hood's Bay. Great credit to Helen for her organisation: everything ran like clockwork.

It was with great excitement that we collected our pebbles from the Irish Sea and set off in lovely 1709_Footprints Haweswater3weather for Ennerdale Bridge, a superb first day. Day 2, we awoke to torrential rain and these atrocious conditions continued for the next 48 hours, all the way to Patterdale. We crossed swollen streams, we were battered with high winds, and we squelched  through bogs and lost our way in the mist but we battled on, 16 still standing on day 4.

Haweswater

Kidsty Pike, cause for celebration, Alan and Helen had completed all the 214 Wainwrights, the weather had improved and spirits were high. Shap to Kirkby Stephen, a long but enjoyable day followed by our journey from Cumbria into Yorkshire via Nine Standards and afternoon tea at Ravenseat, home of Amanda Owen, the famous shepherdess and her nine children. Keld was our half way point and the Dales proved an absolute delight, May is a good month to see the beautiful flower meadows, beside the River Swale. The pretty village of Reeth, our next stop, day 8 found us in Richmond, well worth a visit at any time.

Our final four walking days and a huge change in the weather, it was now very warm and sunny as we 1709 Footprints 2 Vale of Yorkjourneyed across the Yorkshire Moors, the scenery is beyond compare, and the company even better.

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The thrill of arriving in Robin Hood's Bay and throwing our pebbles into the North Sea, having a celebratory meal, recounting the never to be forgotten memories of the past 12 days, the people we met along the way. I think even the blisters and the conditions we endured in the Lakes were put aside. Hooray, where are we going next year?

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Final meal

Pictures by Alan Clark

 

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