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.
The walk begins at St. Bees on the west coast of England.
The beautiful Irish Sea near St. Bees.
A rural scene.
The whole countryside is divided by stone fences and populated by a million sheep.
Daffodils near Wordsworth's grave. "I wander'd lonely as a cloud..."
Snow near the top of Helvellyn.
Sometimes it is not easy to find the path.
Sometimes it is quite easy.
The Old Croft House in Kirkby Stephen is the best Bed & Breakfast in the world!
A well-earned pint at the end of a long day.
It's a bit boggy up near the Nine Standards.
England is the land of sheep.
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.
The castle in Richmond.
Out on the wiley, windy moors the stone path comes in handy.
It is not raining: this is just mist and strong wind. Bring it on!
The North Sea on the east coast.
The end. Time for another pint.