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From St. Bees To Robin Hoods Bay

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Contributor: Barleybank
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The photographs were all taken on the 'Coast to coast walk' during the two hottest weeks of July 2007, in the company of a walking colleague.

The long distance walk(LDW) was first developed by Alfred Wainwright in 1972, and although it is the longest LDW in England,at 191 miles. It does not cover the widest part of the country, and at the moment the walk does not qualify as an official National park,although the Wainwright society is trying to rectify this.

The walk starts at St. Bees head on the west coast (Irish sea) and ends at Robin Hoods bay (North sea) on the east coast. Around two thirds of the walk are spent in the National Parks of the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire moors,and take in some of the finest scenery in the country.

Our particular route took us from St Bees to Ennerdale, past the Black Sail youth hostel up to and over the Honister pass into Rosthwaite. Then through Borrowdale to Grasmere, from Grasmere over to the Grisedale pass where we climbed up on to Fairfield and St.Sunday crag, before descending to Patterdale.

The next stage was to Shap followed by Kirkby Stephen and down to Muker. A long haul followed(26 miles) through Swaledale to Richmond and Cattrick village. On to Osmotherley, Stokesley, Blakey Ridge, Grosmont and finally Robin Hoods bay.

The whole walk was done in thirteen stages(13 days) at an average of 15 miles per day. A fantastic experience, and one we would thoroughly recommend.

From St. Bees To Robin Hoods Bay Images

Ennerdale water
Black Sail youth hostel
Buttermere from Honister pass
Angle tarn
View from Fairfield towards Ullswater
Approaching Muker, in Swaledale.

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