Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk

A personal record of my walk in 1999 with written journal and photographs. Tracklogs for GPS units and for use with Google Earth are available for download for each stage.

Journal, Photographs and Download Files

Stage 7: Keld to Grinton Lodge
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Statistics and Files
Start: Keld Finish: Grinton Lodge Distance: 12.2 miles (19.6 km)
Time: 5-6 hours Climbing: 358 metres Rating: Hard
GPX Route File Google Earth File About Keld
Start: Keld Finish: Grinton Lodge
Distance: 12.2 miles (19.6 km) Time: 5-6 hours
Climbing: 358 metres Rating: Hard
GPX Route File Google Earth File
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Stage Report

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

Outside Keld Youth HostelOutside Keld Youth Hostel
East Gill WaterfallEast Gill Waterfall

Unfortunately another day of pain. My knee and heel pain (second skin!) had abated somewhat but my toe had swollen up further, so much so that I could not put my regular boot on. I ended up walking in my Rockwood left boot and Chris Brasher right boot today. Deke said "Don't tell anyone in Knaresborough or my cred will go right down!" I set off walking very gingerly today and we quickly abandoned our intended high route for the easier Swaledale river walk to Reeth. I am glad we did as I encountered Weasels in the wild for the first time in my life. And a Chaffinch almost fed from Deke's hands near at Ivelet Bridge. Both meetings were an amazing experience.

Pop goes the WeaselPop goes the Weasel
The friendly ChaffinchThe friendly Chaffinch

Despite the pain in my big toe the walk along the Swale was lovely although by the time we reached Gunnerside the strain had left me cream crackered! A delicious blue Wensleydale cheese sandwich restored some energy and I was OK for another 2 miles. At Long Row though I was wilting again and we took another break by the river. Here we were accompanied by sand martins swooping too and fro. Onwards again to Grinton Lodge. A hard slog but after crossing the Scabba Wath Bridge it was onto the moor, head down time and driving the feet to the youth hostel.

The hostel of Grinton Lodge is in a lovely setting. It's a kind of castle lodge building, pleasing to the eye. At dinner Deke finished the day off with three bowls of lentil soup and a hearty meal. I await the complementary snores.

River SwaleRiver Swale
With Deke, Chris and Zarina at Grinton LodgeWith Deke, Chris and Zarina at Grinton Lodge

I was disappointed to miss the prescribed route today as it includes Swinner Gill Lead Mines, Gunnerside Gill and the eerie Old Gang Smelting Mills, great examples of the past local industry in Swaledale. This route is recommended for all historians of local cultures and ways of life)

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