Walk across England : May 3 - May 15 2006

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The Coast to Coast walk across northern England is the most famous in the British Isles. It links various public pathways cross country and passes through 3 national parks.

I used a service (Sherpa Van) that carried my luggage around to each new bed & breakfast every day. So all I carried with me was a small day pack. I had with me the (now out of print) OL 33 & 34 Coast to Coast strip maps. These were indispensable. I also had my GPS which was utterly useless.

I was quite lucky in that there was no serious rain at all. Accommodation was quite reasonable, about 30 pounds per night for a single room.

I loved the food and also popping into the pub for a pint every evening. All in all, a great way to see the country.




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The walk begins at St. Bees on the west coast of England.


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The beautiful Irish Sea near St. Bees.


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A rural scene.


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The whole countryside is divided by stone fences and populated by a million sheep.


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Daffodils near Wordsworth's grave. "I wander'd lonely as a cloud..."


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Snow near the top of Helvellyn.

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Sometimes it is not easy to find the path.


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Sometimes it is quite easy.


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The Old Croft House in Kirkby Stephen is the best Bed & Breakfast in the world!


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A well-earned pint at the end of a long day.


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It's a bit boggy up near the Nine Standards.


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England is the land of sheep.


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About halfway through the walk you stay in the town of Richmond (pop. 8000). It seems quite big after the small villages that you've been staying in.


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The castle in Richmond.


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Out on the wiley, windy moors the stone path comes in handy.


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It is not raining: this is just mist and strong wind. Bring it on!


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The North Sea on the east coast.


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The end. Time for another pint.