Hi, just reporting that our party of me, mother-in-law and my two kids 6 and 8 finished the Coast to Coast two days ago. We had no dramas, no injuries and didn't get lost thanks to a trusty compass. Fantastic time, great views and some came across some terrific people.
It took us 19 days including two rest days. I thought the rest days were a must for the kids, allowing them to be simply kids. They played mini golf, saw Harry Potter and had a fun time exploring Richmond Castle. Our stops each night were:
1) Cleator through showers
2)Ennerdale Water YHA after long stretches of pouring rain and near zero vis over Dent- this set us up for a route over Haystacks the next day but very low cloud put an end to that plan
3)Borrowdale camping after low vis that did open up
4)Ambleside after low cloud that opened for good views over to Hellvellyn. Two nights for the rest day in the 'big smoke'.
5) Angle Tarn wild camping via Fairlield (highest point of trip for us, higher than Kidsty, and St Sunday Crags. Skipped Hellvellyn since we have all already walked Striding Edge. Great weather, and good weather from now on sometimes overcast, fab spot, highlight of the trip.
7)Orton stayed at Scar Side Farm. Fave B&B of the trip by far.
9)Keld Camping - lots of midges. Took the Nine Standards Rigg path which surprised people but the kids don't sink into the bogs much and the bogs were not too bad anyway.
10)Reeth via the high route, kids loved the mining things. We were meant to camp but the fantastic people moved us into a static van.
11)Richmond for two nights for a rest day.
12)Danby Wiske via the non road way. I'm not sold on it but I have not done the alternative. The kids were a bit frustrated by all the single file walking and all the nettles that are just the right height to sting them and not the big people. People who went the road way said it was a nice quiet plod.
13) Osmothley. Cute, worth the detour.
14)Beak Hills farm camping. Lord Stones is open and thriving by the way, not sure why ******* told me it was closed. Beak Hills is well placed, not a big side trip, no taxi needed and good showers but they didn't offer any food. Luckily we came prepared. Lots of animals for the kids.
15)Lion Inn after a massive but short downpour. It was great as a pub but I'd stay at the place over the road next time.
16)Egton Bridge. My original plan was to break the final day into two but I couldn't get any decent accomm so decided to do a 30km day. The kids loved playing in the stepping stones and EB was pretty but Grosmont would be a far better option.
17) Robin Hood's Bay after a little drizzle. Arrived at low tide too so the kids got to play on the beach.
So there you go. I hope the kids never forget the experience.
Edited by noj (10/02/12 01:32 PM)