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
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
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
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
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
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.