Coast to Coast C2C Wainwright walk
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Walk! the Coast to Coast with David Brawn
2014 Coast to Coast Adventure Package for Garmins with OSlike Custom Maps, gpx waypoint files & pdf book of 51 A4 pages
On a fortnight's adventure with my mates Keith and Nigel from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay (July 2012) I talked to loads of C2Cers subtly asking what would make the route better. What everyone wanted was accurate navigation along the route. There are loads of guide books about the C2C so rather than adding another book I have produced what every C2Cer wants - a system of accurate navigation for the whole route using the Viewranger phone app. The result is a Stage by Stage guide, with some alternatives, that gives you a real time mapping gps unit showing exactly where you are on the route along with the walking instructions that will ensure that you stay on the correct route.
Viewranger turns your phone/tablet into a full mapping gps unit and amazingly it is free. My suite of walking routes in Viewranger format are each priced at less than a 'Pound Shop'. turns your phone/tablet into a fully functioned mapping gps unit. Amazingly it is free.
On your phone/tablet the Viewranger app and my Viewranger routes will keep you on the right track for all of the 198.5 miles (320km) from St Bees until you arrive at The Bay Hotel in Robin Hood's Bay.
Walk! the Coast to Coast with David Brawn is not a book in the normal sense, it is much more than that. It is a complete navigation system for the Coast to Coast. The collection of Viewranger Walking Routes comprises:-
Coast to Coast Stage 1
St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge
The classic Wainwright start from St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge.
The only problem with Wainwright's 'classic' is that we spend 2+ hours along the cliffs but no nearer our destination. We arrived in St Bees (by train) with several hours of daylight to go so we knocked off the 'cliff circuit' in late afternoon. This means you can extend the next day by short cutting back to the 'classic' and extending Stage 1 to the iconic Black Sail Hut. When you have seen and experienced Black Sail Hut you will know why I have offered this alternative approach to the start of the Wainwright Classic.
Viewranger route Coast to Coast Stage 1 St Bees Circular
Viewranger route C2C Stage 1 Alt St Bees to Black Sail Hut
C2C Stage 2 Ennerdale
Bridge to Rosthwaite
Classic Stage 2, do call in at Black Sail Hut to see why I suggest the alternative above!
C2C Stage 3 Rosthwaite
Classic Stage 3 where my Viewranger route will make the decision after Lining Crag for the route off Greenup Edge straightforward; a confusing section for many C2Cers but not with Viewranger.
C2C Stage 4 Grasmere
Patterdale easy route
Viewranger route C2C Stage 4 Grasmere Patterdale St Sunday Crag
Viewranger route C2C Stage 4 Grasmere Patterdale Helvellyn
Three options for Stage 4. My Easy stage simply goes down the valley, while St Sunday Crag and Helvellyn involve more exertion on their climbs but you are rewarded by spectacular views.
C2C Stage 5 Patterdale
The Classic route over the top to Shap. Except that at 06.30 Nigel and myself went out to check on the weather. It was raining hard with black storm clouds roiling over the summits. At breakfast, still raining, we decided to take a flatter route to the north away from the storms. We were joined by Keith's sons Nick and Tom plus two american ladies, Jane and Melody, in our low level adventure which included calling in at The Mardale Inn (one of England's top pubs) for an extended refreshment stop; we enjoyed it so much we taxied back there in the evening for dinner and ales.
Viewranger route C2C Stage 5 Bottling Out option
C2C Stage 6 Shap
Having left the lakes behind you would think that wayfinding would get easier but no. In these rolling landscapes there are many alternative routes and lots of opportunities to go off trail. One diversion I would recommend is into Orton for a mid-morning snack at Kennedy's Chocolate Factory Cafe. A long day with more than its fair share of peat bog moors, but wait for the morrow!
C2C Stage 7 Kirkby
Stephen Keld green route
Viewranger route C2C Stage 7 Kirkby Stephen Keld blue route
Viewranger route C2C Stage 7 Kirkby Stephen Keld Red route
After our climb to Nine Standards we face the boggiest peat moor in the whole C2C. Green (non classic) is the least boggy. Blue and Red (approx classics) are extremely boggy and choosing between them for boggyness is like comparing the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, both are extremely boggy in any sense of the word. Even in good weather be prepared to arrive in Keld somewhat messy!
C2C Stage 8 Keld Reeth
Viewranger route C2C Stage 8 Keld Reeth high route
After the peat bog depredations of Stage 7 we deserve a reward and we get it in spades with Stage 8 low route. My high route is more energetic, with good views, but misses the pub options along the low route.
C2C Stage 9 Reeth
Another pleasing day as we leave the dales behind.
C2C Stage 10 Richmond
to Ingleby Cross
A high mileage day as we cross the Vale of Mowbray, flattish but with opportunities to lose the trail.
C2C Stage 11 Ingleby
Cross to Blakey Ridge
We are back into the hills on the roller coaster of the Cleveland Way, though with an easy finish to the iconic Lion Inn, which with Black Sail Hut are the two places in all of the C2C that should be on your 'must stay at' list.
C2C Stage 12 Blakey
Ridge to Grosmont
Off the moors and into the valleys for an idyllic day strolling through to Grosmont.
C2C Stage 13 Grosmont
to Robin Hood's Bay
Don't expect the last day to be easy. An energy sapping climb, a wood it is too easy to get lost in, a boggy moor, all faced before we get to the easy finish.
Coast to Coast Adventure Package for Garmins with OSlike Custom Maps,
gpx waypoint files & pdf book of 51 A4 pages
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