Coast-to-Coast + aliloop-of-the-lakes, England – June, 2018

I want to encourage in others the ambition to devise with the aid of maps their own cross-country marathons and not be merely followers of other people’s routes.

Alfred Wainwright

check out my gear list for the C2C!


England’s Coast to Coast was designed by Fell Walker Arthur Wainwright and is roughly 192 miles from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. He suggests we all find our own routes, which I did by adding another 50 miles peak bagging in the Lake District.
England’s Coast to Coast is roughly 192 miles from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, but I added another 50 miles peak bagging in the Lake District.

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious. - Ruth Reichl With England's
It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. Ernest
Everywhere is within walking distance, if you have the time.Steven Wright And so, it begins. But not so fast. It
You were made to soar, to crash to earth, then to rise and soar again.Alfred Wainwright It's half past nine
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.Susan Sontag The morning began with the sound of birds and breakfast
Nothing is as close to magic as nature.Anastasia Bolinder It’s happened again. I’ve found myself in a pub, talked into
There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as
Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.Hermann Buhl The crag gods tested me, but they must have had a
Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.Carrie Latet There are five good reasons to hike in
Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to
It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on
There are two kinds of climbers, those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and
I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.G.M. Trevelyan What a sight to see beautiful Orton over the
You need special shoes for hiking — and a bit of a special soul as well.Terri Guillemets The alicoop is
I like being near the top of a mountain. One can’t get lost here.Wislawa Szymborska I broke two cardinal rules
Travel far enough, you meet yourself.David Mitchell Another stunningly beautiful, bright, sunny day completely out of the norm for this
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.Frank Lloyd Wright Today was the day I
Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.Henry David Thoreau Rain fell in
Desert, jungle, mountains or coast; I don’t have a preference. If I’m out in the wilderness with everything I need
Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came
Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no
I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —I

Created by the illustrious fell walker Alfred Wainwright, the Coast to Coast is an unofficial and often unsigned path that passes through three contrasting national parks: the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors.

The last time in Yorkshire, I ran.
The last time in Yorkshire, I ran.

Which pretty well describes my plan of no plan aside from ‘wild camping’ and catching a bus and two trains from Robin Hood’s Bay back to the airport and home mid-June.

My mantra…

To experience the countryside on fair days and never foul is to understand only half its story.

Melissa Harrison

<bang sticks for luck!>

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Alison Young is the Blissful Hiker, a voice artist and sometime saunterer. 📣🐥👣🎒

Reader Comments

  1. So looking forward to following your journey. Can’t believe the weather your having which is unusually warmer and drier than down here. Keep safe and enjoy every moment. What a fabulous experience to add to all your others. Xx

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