At the start of the Challenges 30 year I knew I wanted to complete the coast to coast challenge. My intention had always been to cycle the route but with the amount of cycling that I have done and the fact that I managed to cycle 200 miles over 4 days as well as working during the Big Pedal… I’ve decided to walk the route instead. I also have an added incentive in walking in that I have previously tried and failed! Carrying too much kit, wearing inappropriate footwear and aiming to do the route in a very short amount of time led to me only managing half of the distance (because of torn hamstrings…). So hopefully I will learn from my previous mistakes to make the journey successfully this time round.
The plan is to be dropped off at the West coast start point on Friday 6th April and to walk to the East Coast (Robin Hood’s Bay) by Friday 13th April. 8 days should be enough time as I won’t be carrying as much kit as I did last time though I still intend to camp rather than stay in hostels.
Apart from injuring myself I loved every minute of walking the coast to coast route last time I tried. I’m looking forward to spending some time in the hills away from all the usual distractions of modern living (blog posting included!). Hopefully I’ll manage to read a couple of the books on my 12 novels list along the way and prepare myself for the sandstone trail challenge that I’ve got coming up in May.
I’m hoping I’ll have my own version of this picture to post on here on the 15th April when I return home rested after a weekend of not walking in Scarborough.