A WALK ACROSS ENGLAND.

I’m off on another adventure, this time walking the 305 kilometres of Alfred Wainwrights Coast to Coast trail. (C2C). I start in the stunning little village of St Bees and over the next few weeks will arrive at Robin Hoods Bay. I brought with me a pebble and a shell from my beach at home. It is customary to pick up a pebble from St. Bees on the shores of the Irish Sea and carry it on your journey and then throw it into the North Sea when arriving at Robin Hoods Bay. I did one better and brought my own, I thought I would leave a little bit of me on the shores of this beautiful coastline. It is also customary to wet your boots in the Irish Sea before starting off on your adventure.

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Wetting my boots in the Irish Sea before I begin my journey.

Today was delightful, walking along the cliffs looking out to sea. Our company every now and then were the sheep and cattle who have the best view to graze from. Not quite sure if I would like to graze here in Winter though.

 

Looking back to St Bees from our first hill.
Looking back to St Bees from our first hill.
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The common ragwort that colours the coastline.

I am amazed at the cliffs as they drop suddenly down to the ocean, the colours of the red sandstone together with the purples, pinks and cream wildflowers also the green bracken as they touch the blue of the Irish Sea. It is simply stunning.

The path along the cliff face.
The path along the cliff face.

We head inland and travel along a quaint road edged with high bracken and wildflowers.  We stop for a bowl of soup at a very small village pub before heading across farmland and walking through sheep who are roaming around many pregnant with lambs. Up and down stiles and through kissing gates we finally cross Stanley Pond. An area we were dreading but all dry for us today.

Stanley Pond
Stanley Pond

We were pleased that the weather was kind to us today but we could see rain clouds ahead as we enter the village of Moor Row where we will spend the night, go over our maps and directions before a tricky day tomorrow.

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Surprised to see a sign Coast to Coast.

 

2 thoughts on “Coast 2 Coast

  1. The customs and myths help to ensure your experiences are truly remembered – the pebble exchange is very special. Not too sure about wetting the boots ??
    Love the photos and script. Take care and enjoy

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