Unfinished Business on the Coast to Coast
By Mark Wright
Our colleague Lucy walked the first half of the Coast to Coast path 25 years ago. The route travels right across the north of England through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks.
Back then Lucy and her school friend Eleanor had recently completed their Duke of Edinburgh gold expedition and decided that they wanted a ‘little’ adventure of their own. So off they went from sunny St Bees with incredibly large rucksacks packed with everything they could possibly need for a week’s walking and camping. It was challenging work and Lucy tells us she can still recall the long climb up to Red Pike on the high route. It was more than worth the effort however, as the pair were rewarded with superb views and memories that have remained with them ever since.
A quarter of a century later, Lucy is heading off tomorrow from Kirkby Stephen to complete the walk. This time however Lucy is doing it Mickledore style and having her luggage transported, is staying in B&Bs, guesthouses and Inns and carrying a much lighter day bag. Along the way, Lucy will gain knowledge of the route as well as get to meet some of our accommodation providers too.