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Stephen Murton's Coast-to-Coast walk

14 - 28 May 2012

Stephen Murton is walking Wainwright's famous coast-to-coast route across the north of England raising money as he goes for Prestbury and Pittville Youth, and the  Friends of St Mary's Prestbury.


Tuesday 15 May 2012

Ready for the off at St Bees......

Nearing the end of the first day, walking along Nannycatch Beck
on the way to Ennerdale Bridge


Wednesday 16 May 2012

Starting out along the shore of Ennerdale Water

Ascending Loft Beck on the way to Rosthwaite


Thursday 17 May 2012

Ascending Greenup Edge en route for Grasmere

Grisedale Tarn between Grasmere and Patterdale


Friday 18 May 2012

The highest point of the journey, 2500 feet Kidsty Pike
at the south end of Haweswater Reservoir

The  ruins of Shap Abbey


Saturday 19 May 2012

Even when there aren't any hills, sheep will find something to climb up

Smardale Bridge on the edge of the Smardale National Nature Reserve


Sunday 20 May 2012

Nine Standards Rigg, the Pennine watershed where all rivers and streams
to the east flow into the North Sea, and to the west into the Irish Sea

Wain Wath Force, just arriving in Keld (half way) at the start of Swaledale


Monday 21 May 2012

Swaledale from Melbecks Moor

A picturesque bridge over the River Swale near Gunnerside


Tuesday 22 May 2012

The "Nunnery Steps" (375 of them!) in Marrick Woods en route to Richmond

The keep of the Norman castle in the market town of Richmond,
one of only two populated areas on the walk which could be
termed "town" (the other being Kirkby Stephen)


Thursday 24 May 2012

 A change of scenery now, out onto the North York Moors

Believe it or not, I met several lads out mountain biking these paths. 
They said they spent more time carrying the bikes than riding them !!


Friday 25 May 2012

 "The Wainstones" on the Cleveland Way at the top of Cold Moor 

Just about to descend from Cold Moor into the Hasty Bank road gap
before climbing again onto Urra Moor - viewed in the distance


Saturday 26 May 2012

Absolutely no cover anywhere crossing Farndale Moor and High Blakey Moor;
a cloudless sunny day but imagine what it would be like in rough weather!

No trek would be complete without a steam railway somewhere;
here is No. 45407  "The Lancashire Fusilier"
at Grosmont station on the North York Moors Railway


Sunday 27 May 2012

The sea!!  Or is it?  When I finally arrived at the North Sea cliffs (between Whitby
and Robin Hood's Bay), the whole area was socked in with sea mist !!

Hooray - I'm there!  At least Robin Hood's Bay was clear of the sea mist and,
as per Wainwright tradition, feet were duly dipped in the North Sea -
as they had been 12 days earlier in the Irish Sea at St Bees.

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