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#3680 - 19/11/06 04:02 PM Summer walk 2007
AnthonyRHeath Offline
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Registered: 16/11/01
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Loc: Knottingley, nr Pontefract Yor...
My wife Trish and I have been thinking of a walk for 2007 for a mid summer holiday. This year it was the coast to coast and in 2005 it was the West Highland Way. I think we have come up with a winner for next May or June.
The idea is to string two short to mid length walks together to make a nice ten dayer, or there abouts. The plan is to walk our old favourite the Dales way again, starting at Ilkley and finishing at Bowness on Windermere, then starting the next day travel to Ulverston and walk the Cumbria way up through the lakes to Carlisle.
This would work perfectly for us , living as we do about 15 miles from Leeds with a direct train there from our local station
which is a mile from our house.From Leeds we can train ride to Ilkley and at the end of the walk catch a train back to Leeds from Carlisle. In the middle of the walk at Bowness we intend to catch the boat on Windermere to the lakeside terminus at the souther end of the lake then jump straight on to the steam railway for the trip to Haverthwaite where it is only
a short (4or5 miles)walk to Ulverston. Good idea? comments please, also how about we all post our intentions or just thoughts for next years walks on here, should make some interesting reading.
Robin & Trish

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#3681 - 19/11/06 04:28 PM Re: Summer walk 2007
bb&gg Offline
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Registered: 22/11/04
Posts: 93
Loc: East anglia/England
Sounds like being a very good 10 dayer AH. I hope you enjoy it.
BB.

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#3682 - 19/11/06 05:32 PM Re: Summer walk 2007
HikeMania Offline
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Registered: 02/04/05
Posts: 110
My OS map of that area shows a footpath called the Cumbria Coastal Way (as opposed to the Cumbria Way) between Haverthwaite and Ulverston (it turns away about a mile from the east side of Ulverston, near Newland, but it gets you close, anyway.) It looks like a nice way to go the 5 to 6 miles between the two towns, without walking along the main road.

Sounds fun -- best wishes!

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#3683 - 19/11/06 06:26 PM Re: Summer walk 2007
AnthonyRHeath Offline
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Registered: 16/11/01
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Loc: Knottingley, nr Pontefract Yor...
Hello HikeMania,
Yes I saw the Cumbria coastal path running from near Haverthwaite towards Ulverston and then turning away a mile or so from Ulverston and we will certainly use that route, as you say it will avoid a few miles of road walking
Robin & Trish

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#3684 - 24/01/07 07:14 PM Re: Summer walk 2007
tshands Offline
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Registered: 25/04/06
Posts: 9
Loc: atlanta, ga, USA
I was asking questions last year about the Dales way. HikeMania replied that he was hiking the trail about the same time we were supposed to. Unfortunately something came up and we couldn't go last year. We are going to try again this year in early september. If you read this HikeMania, any suggestions or recommendations about the trip or accomodations?

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Originally posted by HikeMania:
My OS map of that area shows a footpath called the Cumbria Coastal Way (as opposed to the Cumbria Way) between Haverthwaite and Ulverston (it turns away about a mile from the east side of Ulverston, near Newland, but it gets you close, anyway.) It looks like a nice way to go the 5 to 6 miles between the two towns, without walking along the main road.

Sounds fun -- best wishes!




[This message has been edited by tshands (edited 24 January 2007).]

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#3685 - 28/01/07 02:00 AM Re: Summer walk 2007
HikeMania Offline
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Registered: 02/04/05
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Hi tshands -- yes I'm still here. We enjoyed our Dales Way walk very much, and I'll be happy to pass on what I learned. (I'll have to wait a few days, though, until I'm home again and can look at my trip notes.) All in all, though, it was lovely countryside, and the accommodation was very good too. Check back in early Feb for specifics.

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#3686 - 31/01/07 10:10 PM Re: Summer walk 2007
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Registered: 04/08/05
Posts: 66
Loc: Gabriola Island,BC,Canada
Hi

We also can't get rid of the traveling bug after making the C2C our first LDW in 2006. This year we are also stringing 2 walks together to get a distance (but not the climbs!!) and time close to the C2C.

We will be walking St. Cuthbert's Way followed also by The Dales Way (favourite part of the C2C).

Last year we flew to Manchester from Vancouver Island. For a change of pace, we are flying into Edinburgh at the end of May. Then we will take buses to Melrose, four days to walk 65 miles to Holy Island, taxi and bus to Berwick upon Tweed and train to York for one day's rest (and railway museum). Then train to Ilkley and then approx. 130 mile walk to Windermere over 8 days (with detour to Hawes for W & G cheese - even famous in Canada!!). One day's rest in Windermere and then train back to Edinburgh and flight home.

Twelve days and 195 miles of walking and lots of experience with British trains and buses!! We can hardly wait to get back to the second nicest people in the World (after Canadians!)

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#3687 - 01/02/07 07:29 AM Re: Summer walk 2007
Kate's Dad Offline
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Registered: 23/06/05
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Loc: Derbyshire
It sounds great. We've thought about adding the Cumbria Way to the Dales Way to build up the miles. Just one small point, and perhaps I'm missing something here, The Dales Way is no where near the C2C. Pennine Way yes, Dales Way no.

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#3688 - 01/02/07 08:02 PM Re: Summer walk 2007
AnthonyRHeath Offline
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Registered: 16/11/01
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Loc: Knottingley, nr Pontefract Yor...
Hi Kates Dad,when the Gulf islanders say they are walking the Dales way (our favourite part of the c2c) I think what they mean is that the dales part of the c2c (Swaledale)was their favourite part, not actually the Dales way.
Robin.H.

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#3689 - 02/02/07 06:43 PM Re: Summer walk 2007
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
Sounds good combining the two routes. I do them both occasionally as non-stoppers. I keep doing them because I like the routes so much, I do them both ways round too as going the other way is acompletely different walk. The cumbria way is harder than the Dales Way, although the overall ascent is only slightly more than the Dales Way, the terrain is rougher with steeper climbs, especially out of Langadale over Stake Pass and up to High Pike on the way to Caldbeck. It normally takes me around the same for both routes, 30 Hours walking non stop through the night. However the Cumbria Way is approximately 13 miles shorter.
Dave.

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#3690 - 04/02/07 10:15 PM Re: Summer walk 2007
HikeMania Offline
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Ok -- here's where we stayed when we walked the Dales Way, along with some info to pass along.

(Bear in mind that I was walking with a 1st-time-Long-Distance-Walker, so we stopped more frequently than you will probably do.)

  • Ilkley - Tivoli Place -- Lovely people, lovely place on a nice quiet street about a mile from the start of the path. I could easily stay there again, or I might stay at the Riverside Hotel (very near the start of the path). Comments have been made previously about it being smoky, loud, etc., but we popped in there for a short period, twice, and found it to be neither smoky nor loud, on both occasions. Perhaps our timing was good, and I realize we didn't stay the night, but we did find it quite pleasant in any case.
  • Grassington - Springroyd -- Lovely people, nice house, but it's on the main road (which I didn't think would be a problem, as it's only a B-road). However, it was a very busy B-road -- the lorries kept coming though at all hours and the road noise was very noticeable (surprising because I'm quite a deep sleeper). The owners were very friendly people, though, and the room was clean and spacious, and breakfast was delicious. Next time I might stay in Burnsall, for a change of scenery -- it looked like a nice place on the way through. If I stay in Grassington, I'll stay away from the main road.
  • Buckden - Romany Cottage -- Need I say more? They are fantastic! Extremely warm welcome, delightful breakfast -- Tim & Gwen are wonderful hosts. We ate our dinner at the Buckden Village Restaurant -- highly recommended! (You might need to book up; Gwen & Tim can advise and assist with that.) Also re Buckden - the Buck Inn is apparently under new ownership, so you might check that out. We popped in for a pint after our meal, and we were glad we went - it was very enjoyable, even in its poor state.
  • Camm Farm - an experienced walker might find this day, and our next two days, too short. However, having said that, I loved Camm Farm. It's a beautiful house, and the location is incredible -- at night I went out and looked at the stars, and I'm not sure I've ever seen the Big Dipper/Plough look so big and so near. And, although there was a "shoot" on the day we arrived, we were looked after very well. Breakfast was very good, too.
  • Cowgill - again, another relatively short day, but it was very nice; we took a sidetrip to Ribblehead, had a coffee at The Station Inn , walked down to the Viaduct, walked up to the train station and took the train to Settle & back - We then stayed at The Sportsman's Inn -- Best Pub accommodation I've ever stayed in; rooms clean, nice, smoke-free, and relatively quiet. Food was delicious, people were very friendly (no encounters with any "grumpy" people as mentioned by others). Walkers are well looked after, but you'll want to heed the note about not arriving before 4pm (which really isn't an unreasonable request, IMHO).
  • Sedbergh - another short day - Yew Tree Cottage (no website, but look under Accommodation on this website for more info) -- Anne was a truly enjoyable host, very friendly, and very interesting to chat with. Excellent accommodation, excellent breakfast, and Sedbergh itself is a nice town in which to walk. The main road through town, about a 5 minute walk from Anne's, has plenty to offer in the way of food & drink.
  • Windermere - Broadlands B&B -- no, we didn't walk all the way from Sedbergh to Bowness; we had arranged for a relative to pick us up along the way and take us to Windermere, because the B&B where we originally wanted to stay, ( The Bridge House in Kendal) was unavailable. (We opted for Windermere instead of Bowness for convenient access to the railway station.) We very much enjoyed our stay at Broadlands -- a great place, great people (again!) not too close to the station or the main road, and I'd definitely stay there again. Plenty of places to eat/drink nearby (within a 5-10 min walk), on/near the main road through the centre of Windermere.


I realize this all may be TMI [img]http://www.coast2coast.co.uk/ubb/biggrin.gif[/img] but I hope that the information is useful.

I'm definitely going to give The Dales Way another go -- it's certainly worth another look, IMHO.

[This message has been edited by HikeMania (edited 05 February 2007).]

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#3691 - 02/04/07 02:35 PM Re: Summer walk 2007
FootSore Offline
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Registered: 25/04/03
Posts: 155
Loc: UK
Did this exact route in 2005.

Dales Way - 1 Evening, 3 Days & 1 Morning followed by bus to Ulverston. Steamer & Train sounds much better.

Cumbrian Way - 4 Days & 1 Morning.

Both excellent walks. Agree with above that cumbrian Way is tougher than Dales Way although not overly so. North of Keswick does go quite high and is quite exposed so good map work would be required if the cloud base is low or weather is bad. Last few miles to Carlisle lose the spirit of the walk a bit but are required to terminate the walk at something other than grid reference.

Are you B&Bing or Camping? I camped and can supply more detail if it would be of use.

FootSore
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#3692 - 03/04/07 05:42 AM Re: Summer walk 2007
AnthonyRHeath Offline
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Registered: 16/11/01
Posts: 90
Loc: Knottingley, nr Pontefract Yor...
Hi Footsore, I would love to camp, but the chances of getting Trish in a tent are just about zilch so it will be B&B.We are thinking of doing the Lady Ann Way as well as the other 2 mentioned walks this summer so 2007 should be a good year.
Robin.H.

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#3693 - 03/04/07 09:26 AM Re: Summer walk 2007
FootSore Offline
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Registered: 25/04/03
Posts: 155
Loc: UK
Do you want me to try and get her in a tent?


I suspect that camping is a young girls game. Although my old man hadn't camped for 30 years+ when he got into trail walking at 60+ and started camping.

My wife started camping when we were students. Less than 2 weeks from me starting the C2C she decided she couldn't part with me for 2 weeks. I was definately going, a student, and therefore definately camping; so the only solution - get some gear and go camping!

It is also quite expensive to get kitted out if you find you really don't like it. I would B&B, I can afford it, I just can't be bothered to organise it. Plus I tend to make decisions late. Like I think I have permission to do a trail this summer. It will be before the end of June & I haven't even decided which trail yet. This generally makes B&Bing hard to organise.


I was around windemere in March for a week and the steamer looked good (weather didn't get bad enough to go on it.) Steam Train wasn't open then but was intending to open at the start of April.

A third trail! You do indeed get too much time off.

FootSore
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  • Pennine Way
  • West Highalnd Way
  • South Downs Way
  • St Cuthberts Way
  • North Downs Way
  • Cleveland Way
  • Offa's Dyke Path
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • Dales Way
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