Posted by: sweetpea | May 20, 2008

Coast to Coast Pt 1

Well, I did it…I walked 90ish miles in 6 days between St Bees and Kirkby Stephen….still a little amazed that I managed it!


I thought rather than bore you with a detailed account of the whole walk, I’d instead share my favourite photo’s and moments from each stage.  But before I do I’d just like to say that we were so lucky with the weather, definitely don’t think it would have been so enjoyable had it been raining!  If any of you have ever considered walking the Coast 2 Coast route, I’d thoroughly recommend it for he views and scenery alone (although of course I only have a vague idea of what the second half would be like). 


So here goes:


Day 1 : St Bees to Ennerdale


The coastline at St Bees was covered in wildflowers….Bluebells, Thrift, Sea Campion, Red Campion; and the cliffs are heaving with seabirds nesting, we saw mainly guillemots, but also some gulls.


Thrift and Sea Campion



Ennerdale is such a beautiful valley, much less spoilt than other more popular areas in the lakes.  The views across the lake to the mountains surrounding it are wonderful.


Ennerdale Water


Ennerdale water




Day 2: Ennerdale to Honister House


Walking up to Haystacks isn’t as much of a hard slog as I’d thought, actually really enjoyed it, and the views from the top were fantastic down into Buttermere and across to Great Gable.  I can see exactly why it was Wainwrights favourite peak.


Looking down to Buttermere


 Looking towards Great Gable from Haystacks



Day 3: Honister to Grasmere


I loved watching Alex do his early morning Tai Chi.


 Tai Chi on the Honister Pass


Borrowdale is a beautifully green area of the lakes with loads of Herdwick sheep in the fields.





Lakes lamb


Heading up to Green Crag



Day 4: Grasmere to Helvellyn YHA


One of the most magical moments for me on the trip was sitting outside Grasmere YHA early in the morning and watching a couple of Roe deer grazing below, they knew I was there but seemed to realise that I posed no threat.


Roe Deer at Grasmere


I’d already climbed Helvellyn a few times, but it was nice to do again from a different direction.  This time we were climbing it via Dollywaggon Pike and descending via striding edge…I’d thoroughly recommend doing Striding Edge both ascending and descending if you have a head for heights…I just love a bit of scrambling.


 Looking back at Grasmere


Striding Edge





Day 5: Helvellyn to Shap


This was the day we left the Lakes proper and it was quite sad, but we did enjoy the views of High Street from the top of Kidsty Pike.  



Where are we?



Looking down at Haweswater from Kidsty Pike


Looking back over Haweswater


The green of the trees along the edge of Haweswater were unbelievably lush, especially against the blue lake and sky.





Day 6: Shap to Kirby Stephen


The landscape on this last section was totally different to what we’d been walking through the Lakes, and was more typical of the Yorkshire Dales. 




Two seasons




Limestone Pavement


The limestone pavements were apparent and there were abundant wildflowers including more bluebells, Early purple orchids, primroses, cowslips and marsh marigolds. 






Field of Bluebells




Early Purple Orchid





 It was also nice to be walking on softer ground than the stony paths of the Lake District.



The end in sight


Hopefully next year we will walk the second half.


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