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Hadrian’s Coastal Route 3: The Iron Coast

10.81 miles  4h 57m ascent 114m Whitehaven-Workington No folk fled the flood,no flags furled or spirits failed – one brave soul felled. from Cockermouth and Workington, Carol Ann Duffy I don’t recall having been to Workington before and having friends … Continue reading

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Hadrian’s Coastal Route 2: Country roads and Clifftops

12.96 miles 6h 15m 430m ascent Beckermet-St Bees-Whitehaven But like not unto any one of theseIs that tall crag, that northward guards the bay,And stands, a watchful sentry, night and dayAbove the pleasant downs of old St. Bee’s. Thomas Edward … Continue reading

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Hadrian’s Coastal Route: Part 1 – where the dirt is clean

12.3 miles 5h 4m 114m ascent Ravenglass-Beckermet Having completed our walk along the Hadrian’s Wall route last year we have spent the last few months thinking about our next walk and the book Hadrian’s Coastal Route: Ravenglass to Bowness-on-Solway: Walker’s … Continue reading

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Freezing winds on Great Sca Fell

5.8 miles 3h 14m 457m ascent Longhands-Little Sca Fell-Great Sca Fell-Meal Fell-Trusmadoor A day may come when we are warmed by the shining sun, when we forsake our jackets, and don our sunhats and shades. But it is not this … Continue reading

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What’s a Currick?

6.5 miles 4h 45min ascent 397m Cold Fell 621m Currack, A cairn i.e a pile of stones. See cairn.Currick, A North Pennines name for a cairn i.e a pile of stones. Used to identify a place or boundary or mark a route. They were … Continue reading

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Fifty-eight metres off Blencathra summit

3.88 miles 590m ascent 3h 35m Scales Fell It has been some time since I have written up a walk, but the time has at last come. When last I ventured on to the Saddleback I mused that we had … Continue reading

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Frigidus Ventus: Hadrian’s Wall IV

10.46 miles 5h 17m ascent 257m Walton-Thirlwall “Bitterly cold with strong winds and snow showers”. That forecast by the Met Office was spot on. Temperature -1°C, easterly winds at 28mph, gusting to 40 mph, snow showers and a ‘feels like’ temperature … Continue reading

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A diversion averted: Hadrian’s Wall III

10.1 miles 4h 55m ascent 128m Rickerby-Walton This section of the route was relatively straightforward, along minor roads, farm tracks, riverbank, and sheep filled fields, without any tricky navigation. And we had time to drop in on the aircraft museum … Continue reading

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The Three Detours: Hadrian’s Wall II

9.6 miles 4h 55m 98m ascent Burgh-by-Sands to Rickerby We had been to Edward I’s statue in Burgh-by-Sands at the end of our previous section, so we began this one with a visit to the memorial marking the place he … Continue reading

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Ave Maia: Hadrian’s Wall I

9.4 miles  4h 19m  60m ascent Bowness-by-Solway to Burgh-by-Sands The first stage of our Hadrian’s Wall Path Walk was from Bowness-on-Solway to Burgh-by-Sands, mostly on minor roads through tidal marshland. We parked at a small car park just beyond Bowness, … Continue reading

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