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 coast to coast walk, 1996  

I really don't know how I ran into the idea of doing this walk.... 1996 was not the time of intensive internet research on walks (at least not for me) and to us the walk in northern England looked very "local": mostly British people on the way, rather often the "father and son do a hike" (that I haven't seen that often somewhere else), and not the usual crowd of German and Dutch people that invade other popular walks in Scandinavia for instance.

Anyway, being aware of the existence of the walk I bought the book by Alfred Wainwright "A coast to coast walk - A pictorial guide" (see refs below) and was fascinated by the idea to cross the British island on a rather short route from the Irish sea to the Channel - from coast to coast. The walk crosses three nice areas, beginning with the lonely and quite impressive lake district in the west and ending in the more farm-like area in the east. It offers 14 days of superb hiking, summing up to 190 miles or 300km. Pitching the tent at some nice spot usually is no problem (asking the people before doing this certainly is no disadvantage), the same with getting drinking water just by ringing the door bell somewhere. We always met kind and friendly people, interested in us and keen by the idea that non-British people do this walk.

Maps needed for the trip are the UK Landranger maps (Ordnance Survey, scale 1:50.000, sheets 89-94, 98+99) and we organised it as follows:


Some Links and References:

Some pictures are available. Please click on a thumbnail to view the fullsize image.

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St Bee's
1996-08-04
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hiking the coast
1996-08-04
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a ghost?
1996-08-04
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Ennerdale Water
1996-08-05
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Lake district
1996-08-08
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endless landscape
1996-08-05
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Lake district
1996-08-08
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on top...
1996-08-08
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Haweswater reservoir
1996-08-09
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old abbey
1996-08-09
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honoring Robin Hood
1996-08-09
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railway bridge
1996-08-10
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The Old Forge
1996-08-10
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falling water
1996-08-12
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endless landscape (2)
1996-08-15
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Robin Hood's bay
1996-08-18

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