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#1362 - 27/08/06 08:27 PM East 2 West Completed 26/8/06
Rompin Donkey Offline

Registered: 13/02/06
Posts: 26
Loc: Stoke, UK
All I can say is that if there is another walk c200 miles that contains the variety of landscape that this walk contains - I would love to hear about it.

Myself and Clara got off to a bad start - day one was ok (just a minor drenching at the end of the day). The next three days were a total washout - we basically didn't see anything of the Yorkshire moors. Glaisdale to Ingleby was just low cloud, high winds and persistent heavy rain.

From there things improved, until Nine Standards when it just threw it down all day! It turned out to be a really challenging day. Water water everywhere - becks flooded, spending time up and down bank looking for places to do a leap across...... it really was good fun though.

After that, and the boring bit Ingleby to Richmond, the weather changed.

Our highlight was the Lakes. We set off from Shap in rain but within a couple of hours it finally ceased and we spent 5 glorious days in sunshine through to Patterdale, Grasmere, Stonethwaite, Black Sail Hut and Ennerdale. Our final day to St Bees had cooled slightly but stayed dry and once we'd dipped our boots in the sea and thrown the Robin Hood's Bay pebble we set off to catch the train to Whitehaven for our overnight stay at Waverley Hotel. This proved an excellent choice.

Despite the squelching boots on days 2, 3, 4, and 9 and Clara's blisters, we battled on and she was as chuffed as me to put a C2C pin badge on Tilly hat at the end of our memorable walk.

We planned the C2C ourselves, booked all accommodation by walkers' recommendations from Sherpa website and were not disappointed. Everyone made us very welcome and special thanks go to the B&B's who dried us out!

Our stay at Black Sail Hut was everything we'd imagined. It was wonderful to sit out after our evening meal in the grand company of Pillar, Great Gable and Haystacks, to watch the shadows on the mountains and see the sun setting. This memory alone will stay forever.

Gold star goes to The Greyhound at Shap for the best evening meal of the whole trip.

We are now both proud members of this elite C2C club.

If anyone reading this is considering doing the C2C, please stop to wonder if East to West may be a better way...... I did for a good while, and having now done the trip, am convinced that East to West is Best. I couldn't contemplate not having the Lake District as the climax to the crossing.

Alan & Pam (Rompin Donkey & Clara)

#1363 - 27/08/06 08:48 PM Re: East 2 West Completed 26/8/06
Fellwanderer Offline
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Registered: 13/09/05
Posts: 137
Loc: Durham

Got to agree with you about E2W. I've done it twice in that direction and if/when I do it again - it'll be the same way. I just can't contemplate walking away from the Lake - except the last few miles to St Bees!

#1364 - 28/08/06 08:18 AM Re: East 2 West Completed 26/8/06
Journeyman Offline
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Registered: 02/12/05
Posts: 248
Loc: Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Congratulations Alan and Pam - it is great to see you made it and enjoyed it despite the minor setbacks you describe. Grit and determination shine through mate - well done.


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