The Route and Schedule

We are following Wainwright's original route relatively closely. I really like the idea that the route is fluid and that Wainwright encouraged us all to find our own way, but he knew the area much better than we do so why argue?

Wainwright’s original was covered in 12 days: we’re adding in an extra day in the lakes, splitting the Rosthwaite to Patterdale leg at Grasmere, quite a common option. It seems a good idea to take our time slightly more in the Lakes: it’s a beautiful area and may be the highlight of the route in terms of scenery. It would be a shame to puff our way through it. It also makes us much more likely to go via Helvellyn and Striding Edge which I really want to do.

The other main route alteration is that we’re staying at the Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge. Remote, bang on the route, and infinitely more appealing that stopping at Clay Bank Top and having an extra couple of miles to walk down the road for accommodation. It’s just what our idea of the Coast to Coast is about. This means some jiggling of other days, stopping past Richmond at St Giles Farm and then through Ingleby Cross, to make those two long days a bit shorter. Richmond is nice, but only a few miles from Elspeth’s parents so there’s no problem with not stopping there.

So, in short, here’s our route:

Day 1: St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge 14 miles
Day 2: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite 14.5 miles
Day 3: Rosthwaite to Grasmere 9 miles
Day 4: Grasmere to Patterdale 8.5 miles
Day 5: Patterdale to Shap 16 miles
Day 6: Shap to Kirkby Stephen 21 miles
Day 7: Kirkby Stephen to Keld 12 miles
Day 8: Keld to Reeth 11 miles
Day 9: Reeth to Catterick Bridge 14.5 miles
Day 10: Catterick Bridge to Ingleby Cross 20.5 miles
Day 11: Ingleby Cross to Blakey Ridge 19.5 miles
Day 12: Blakey Ridge to Grosmont 14 miles
Day 13: Grosmont to Robin Hoods Bay 15.5 miles


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