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Coast to Coast Walk
Part 1 - St Bee's to Ennerdale Bridge
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This was the second time I did the Coast to Coast, the first time in 1994. On that occasion I went from east to west. This time I decided to take a higher course where possible but generally keeping to the classic walk originated by Arthur Wainwright. I also decided to add a leg by walking from Robin Hood's Bay to Scarborough. My friend Deke Lawrenson kept me company on most of the walk. As this attempt was walked the traditional west to east I also shared the experience with several people embarking on the challenge for the first time. It is with thanks to them for their company as well as their encouragement when the going was painfully tough that I write this record of the journey. This first section follows Deke and I as we leave the west coast and head inland to the splendour of the Lake District.

High Stile ridge


St Bee's to Ennerdale Bridge
Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite
Rosthwaite to Patterdale
Patterdale to Shap
Shap to Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen to Keld
Keld to Grinton Lodge
Grinton Lodge to Catterick Bridge
Catterick Bridge to Ingleby Cross
Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top
Clay Bank Top to Glaisdale
Glaisdale to Robin Hood's Bay
Robin Hood's Bay to Scarborough

Miles 13.0

      Required Ordnance Survey Maps:
      (Explorer Series 1:25,000)

  • OL33 St Bee's Head to Keld
  • OL34 Keld to Robin Hood's Bay
  • 303 Whitehaven and Workington
  • OL4 English Lakes - North Western Area
  • OL5 English Lakes - North Eastern Area
  • OL19 Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Valley
  • OL30 Yorkshire Dales - North & Central Areas
  • 302 Northallerton & Thirsk
  • OL26 North York Moors - West
  • OL27 North York Moors - East

  • Read personal journals of walking the Coast to Coast Path on my Links Page

Day One - St Bee's to Ennerdale Bridge

elevation profile
Start: St Bee's Difficulty: Moderate
Start (OS ref): NX961117 Total Climbing: 781 metres
Finish: Ennerdale Bridge Longest Climb: 296 metres
Finish (OS ref): NY070159 Hazards: Some roadside walking
Maps (1:25,000): OL4, 303 Refreshments: Cleator Moor
Distance: 13 miles (20.9 km) Route Map: Download Memory Map Route
Estimated Time: 5.5 hours Route Map: Download GPS Route (.gpx file)

The Story of the Walk:

Note: The daily records are from my diary written during the course of the walk with additional notes in italics.

St Bee's Head St Bee's
The view of St Bees Head at the start of the walk The first climb of the walk onto St Bees Head

Sat by Ennerdale Water, Deke says "I'm in heaven". The sun is beating down and we have just completed day one. Fantastic weather. A group of young mallards are crowding us for bread at the edge of the lake but alas we don't have any. Deke adds 'Fields of green and red sandstone cliffs contrasting nicely along the coastline of St Bees, guillemots whirring out over the sea. An over abundance of wild flowers, banks of sea pink foxgloves, purple vetch and sweet smelling honeysuckle in the hedges...sweet and sun and sea everywhere. Fairly easy day although Dent hill was a bit of a struggle, and Mike needlessly firing retros even on the easy bits...bliss!!' The turbine was firing all day, release valve working well. We went off route a little in Udale Plantation, no great difference in distance though. The first leg is done now and I'm looking forward to Red Stile and tomorrows fantastic journey. I wish Raquel was waiting on top, but no, I need form. The bird - in the valley of Udale (Nannycatch Beck) The Sight - first view of Lakeland from Dent Fell. The food - Pork in Brandy Sauce- lovely.

Dent Hill Nannycatch
A final look back to the Irish Sea from Dent Hill Nannycatch Beck is a lovely spot

Apologies in advance to any persons of a delicate nature but the records of this walk are from the hearts of two guys who were in their element out and about on their own and beginning some great days together. The stories of our deeds were written in exhilaration and fatigue after each days walking. As can be seen from the photographs we began our Coast to Coast in the best of weather for which we were extremely pleased. A word about Deke - He has done many of the classic walks and educated me on lots of interesting facts during the two weeks. Deke and I also met strangers and friends during our days across Northern England. There are full details of our experiences on this walk as they happened.

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