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#51860 - 26/10/09 01:05 PM Ready now for May 2010
Calluna Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
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Loc: Wirral
I have now planned my itinerary/booked my accommodation for next May’s crossing. I had to start a day earlier than planned because Black Sail Hut and Patterdale YH were both fully booked for the other dates. Also only managed to get my 3rd choice at Reeth, so it looks like bookings are being made well in advance for next year!

Anyway here it is, comments welcome.

Day 1 - Early morning train to St Bees, walk to Cleator – Parkside Hotel
Day 2 - Ennerdale, Black Sail Hut YH
Day 3 - Longthwaite via Haystacks and trip to slate mine, Borrowdale YH
Day 4 - Grasmere via Helm Crag, Thorney Howe YH
Day 5 - Patterdale via St Sunday Crag, Patterdale YH
Day 6 - Shap, Brookfield Guest House
Day 7 - Kirby Stephen, Redmayne House
Day 8 - Keld, Keld Lodge
Day 9 - Reeth, Hillary House
Day 10 - Catterick Bridge, St Giles Farm
Day 11 - Ingleby Cross, Somerset House Farm
Day 12 - Clay Bank Top, staying with friends
Day 13 - Blakey Ridge, August Guest House
Day 14 - Littlebeck, Intake Farm
Day 15 - Robin Hood’s Bay, The Villa


The higher routes will depend on weather conditions, but really looking forward to these as I have not been up any of them.
After doing the Dales Way, I decided to break the days up as much as I could. My average walking speed is 2mph to allow for photo’s and stops when I need them. I did not enjoy having to rush through some of the walking days and miss out on taking in the scenery.

To say I am excited is an understatement 

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#51861 - 26/10/09 02:02 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Calluna]
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Despite being your third choice Hillary House in Reeth is pretty good although perhaps not if you don't like parrots! Not far from the pubs.
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#51862 - 26/10/09 02:13 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Harland]
Calluna Offline
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Loc: Wirral
I was reading about their parrot and other animals, will make for an interesting stop over! Good to know it's not far from that pubs.

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#51863 - 26/10/09 02:25 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Calluna]
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Whilst I guess it is a matter of taste I prefer The King’s Arms. You will have to walk about 30 yards past the first pub which will make it about 100 yards in total from Hillary House if you can walk that far! Very friendly bar staff and the locals do appear to be genuinely pleased to see you and chat, the pub has a nice big open fire.
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#51866 - 26/10/09 05:30 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Harland]
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Registered: 18/05/09
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Loc: Suffolk
I don't think any two places in Reeth could be described by anything other than 'near to'...

I agree about The Kings Arms, lots of food and good too (well if you like pub food).

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#51867 - 26/10/09 08:08 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: *tim*]
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Registered: 25/09/09
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Hi Calluna,
Me and my girlfriend are all booked up for May 2010 too. Our itinerary is as follows;

4th May. St Bees. Abbey Farmhouse
5th May. Ennerdale Bridge.Ennerdale View.
6th May. Stonethwaite. Stonethwaite Farm.
7th May. Grasmere. Chestnut Villa.
8th May. Patterdale. Braestaeds Farm.
9th May. Shap. Armitage.
10th May. Orton. Mostyn House.
11th May. Kirkby Stephen. Old Croft House.
12th May. Keld. Keld Lodge
13th May. Reeth. Walpardo.
14th May. Richmond. Willance House.
15th May. Danby Wiske. Ashfield House.
16th May. Ingleby Cross. Somerset House.
17th May. Great Broughton. Ingle Hill
18th May. Blakey Ridge. High Blakey House.
19th May. Grosmont. Hollins Lodge.
20th May. Robin Hoods Bay. The Boat House.


We're really looking forward to the walk and all comments about the accommodation and daily distances (mostly around 10 miles) would be welcomed. We understand that we are taking longer than average to do the walk,but we remained cautious in the planning stages and would rather it takes us longer than try to do it too quickly.

Regards C2Cer

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#51868 - 26/10/09 08:20 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: c2cer]
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Hi c2cer

I'm right behind you, will be in Keld Lodge the night after you!! (Keep the room tidy grin

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#51869 - 26/10/09 08:46 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: c2cer]
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The only one I stayed at whilst doing the C2C was Willance House which was fine with a reasonably sized room and from memory the breakfast was good. You probably already know but "Willance House is a charming oak beamed house that was built in 1600. It is the oldest house in Richmond".

I have stayed at the Keld YH doing the Pennine Way the accommodation was fine although I expect that it is even better now albeit a lot more expensive!
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#51870 - 26/10/09 09:40 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Calluna]
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Registered: 26/09/09
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Nice to see enthusiasm and your schedule looks good. I will be doing the walk with my 2 pointer gun dogs a month after you, so will track your posts.
I plan to have 7 nights out and have only had real difficulty getting accomodation around Kirkby Steven and this is because of Appleby Fair. My schedule is pushing it, but I have a business and even 8 days off is hard.
Anyway, good luck with your preparations, keep us posted.

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#51874 - 27/10/09 11:23 AM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: c2cer]
Calluna Offline
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Loc: Wirral
I don't set off until the 19th May, so you will be doing your last day when I start my first.
You were lucky to get booked into High Blakey House. I rang them, emailed them and filled in their online booking form. Not one single response! I gave up after 2 weeks waiting and booked elswhere.

I bet you are both as excited as me, good idea to take it slow - I would have added another day myself if I could have more holidays from work.

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#51875 - 27/10/09 11:30 AM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: scaredovheights]
Calluna Offline
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Loc: Wirral
Hi scaredovheights

Another one going in early May! Wish I had booked a bit earlier now.....and we could have got each other over the scary high bits. grin
I hope to meet people along the way, don't know if I will as I am setting off on a Wednesday frown

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#51876 - 27/10/09 11:35 AM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: the running man]
Calluna Offline
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Loc: Wirral
Thanks running man.

You are doing the whole walk in 8 days shocked Hope you doggies enjoy it. I would have liked to take our Lurcher but you would need major lifting gear to extract him from the sofa! He is very lazy and also getting on a bit, I only really take him on 4 mile walks now.

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#51877 - 27/10/09 11:39 AM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Harland]
Calluna Offline
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Loc: Wirral
Harland

Keld Lodge is meant to be really nice now - and more expensive as you say. They do have an offer on for Winter though, £50.00 per person/night for Dinner (3 course), Bed and Breakfast - minimum of 2 nights stay. I am looking to book a weekend away with my husband......well it needs testing before I use it on the coast to coast walk wink

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#51879 - 27/10/09 03:05 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Calluna]
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Registered: 26/07/09
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Keld bunkhouse is really nice when we stayed this year and is prob a bit cheaper than the lodge. The owners had just done it out and it has drying room, new bathroom and bedrooms and they cooked us all a meal for an extra fiver.

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#51882 - 27/10/09 05:05 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: mickey]
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Loc: Norfolk, UK
I love this site, it fires me up everytime I log on here when I read of next years plans. We are doing the c2c again (2nd time) starting from St. Bees on 8th June so, by the look of it, most of you will be over, home and indoors before we even get our bags packed.

Is there anyone doing it in June??
Is there anybody out there?......

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#51884 - 27/10/09 06:01 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: HB]
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Registered: 21/09/09
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Nice thought Calluna. I wish you were at least setting off after I return as I could of reported back on the heights. That said the posts on here have given me more confidence that we will be fine grin

It's a nice thought that so many of us will be out on the c2c at the same times even though at different places.

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#51906 - 29/10/09 03:54 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: scaredovheights]
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Hi Scaredovheights,
I'll do my best to leave the room at Keld Lodge in a satisfactory state,although by that stage in the walk we'll probably be dead on our feet and may have to be dragged out of the bed kicking and screaming!!!

If you're walking at a faster rate,you'll probably overtake us a couple or so days afterwards,won't you?

C2Cer(s)

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#51907 - 30/10/09 07:14 AM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: c2cer]
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Registered: 02/05/07
Posts: 273
Loc: Birmingham
Originally Posted By: c2cer
by that stage in the walk we'll probably be dead on our feet and may have to be dragged out of the bed kicking and screaming!!!



By that stage, you will be well adjusted to getting up and walking every day and raring to go!! Plus at Keld you will have the wonderful choice between the spectacular climb up Swinner Gill and over to Gunnerside or to go down the beautiful Swale, which will give you an added spring to your step.

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#51908 - 30/10/09 11:16 AM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Bliss 60]
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smile I'm sure you're right bliss 60, it was a tongue in cheek remark.

I've read about the alternative walks from Keld. It seems that some people would prefer the low route even in good weather.

Which would be your (or anyone else's)preference?

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#51911 - 30/10/09 06:21 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: c2cer]
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Loc: Suffolk
Always up and over instead of around smile

Actually its pretty bleak on top, think wide tracks and fairly flat for a longish section. However, exploring the mines is good fun. Just watch out because some of building are a little dodgy...

You could do a bit of both, go up high and then cut down into the valley later on. Best of both worlds maybe...

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#51920 - 01/11/09 08:06 AM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: c2cer]
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Registered: 21/09/09
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Originally Posted By: c2cer
Hi Scaredovheights,
I'll do my best to leave the room at Keld Lodge in a satisfactory state,although by that stage in the walk we'll probably be dead on our feet and may have to be dragged out of the bed kicking and screaming!!!

If you're walking at a faster rate,you'll probably overtake us a couple or so days afterwards,won't you?

C2Cer(s)


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#52156 - 12/11/09 01:16 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: HB]
Lee J Offline
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Registered: 12/11/09
Posts: 94
Originally Posted By: HB
I love this site, it fires me up everytime I log on here when I read of next years plans. We are doing the c2c again (2nd time) starting from St. Bees on 8th June so, by the look of it, most of you will be over, home and indoors before we even get our bags packed.

Is there anyone doing it in June??
Is there anybody out there?......


I'm planning on June! although, not booked everywhere yet so I may be disapointed. Reckon I've left it too late now??

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#52157 - 12/11/09 04:02 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Lee J]
Slogger Offline
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When booking late it is easier to find accomodation if you start the walk during weekdays rather than weekend.
Dave.

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#52173 - 13/11/09 07:19 AM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Slogger]
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Posts: 274
Loc: Derbyshire
Excellent point Slogs. For example the landlord at the pub in Ingleby Cross told us that their busiest night was, as I recall, a Tuesday. This was when the majority of Saturday starters reached this point. Flexible starts would certainly help with hot spots like Grasmere and Keld.

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#52893 - 18/12/09 12:30 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Kate's Dad]
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Registered: 01/10/09
Posts: 6
I agree, but I'm starting my C2C on a Tuesday, and although I'm planning on doing it quite quickly, I've still found accomadation hard to organise. Thankfully it's all done now!!

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#53145 - 09/01/10 09:58 AM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: BobTheFish]
Calluna Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
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Loc: Wirral
O.k. So now I know I am starting to get excited about my first C2C in May.........I have started having dreams about it smile

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#53150 - 09/01/10 03:22 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Calluna]
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Is anyone going in April?

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#53152 - 09/01/10 09:10 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Lee J]
Gamebird Offline
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Registered: 28/12/09
Posts: 43
Loc: North Yorks
Originally Posted By: Lee J
Originally Posted By: HB
I love this site, it fires me up everytime I log on here when I read of next years plans. We are doing the c2c again (2nd time) starting from St. Bees on 8th June so, by the look of it, most of you will be over, home and indoors before we even get our bags packed.

Is there anyone doing it in June??
Is there anybody out there?......


I'm planning on June! although, not booked everywhere yet so I may be disapointed. Reckon I've left it too late now??


June 6th start for me and yes, booking accommodation was tricky in places, particularly Reeth (Swaledale marathon on the same day?) and Ingleby Cross

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#53167 - 11/01/10 12:26 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: Gamebird]
westsidewalkers Offline
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Registered: 06/01/10
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Loc: Marton, Middlesbrough
Originally Posted By: Gamebird
Originally Posted By: Lee J
Originally Posted By: HB
I love this site, it fires me up everytime I log on here when I read of next years plans. We are doing the c2c again (2nd time) starting from St. Bees on 8th June so, by the look of it, most of you will be over, home and indoors before we even get our bags packed.

Is there anyone doing it in June??
Is there anybody out there?......


I'm planning on June! although, not booked everywhere yet so I may be disapointed. Reckon I've left it too late now??


June 6th start for me and yes, booking accommodation was tricky in places, particularly Reeth (Swaledale marathon on the same day?) and Ingleby Cross


We are June also, arriving St Bees on the 8th and setting off on the 9th... we only booked accommodation last week, on Friday and had no real problems, some first choices were full, but all the B&B owners are so lovely, they always offered me an alternative number etc.. we are so excited about the trip!!
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#53173 - 11/01/10 08:22 PM Re: Ready now for May 2010 [Re: westsidewalkers]
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Loc: Leicester
Starting midweek makes life much easier when finding accommodation

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