Category Archives: Cumbria

Cumbria Coastal Continued: 1

7.77 miles (4.01 miles) 3h 53m 79m ascent Rickerby Park-Spa Well Hadrian’s Coastal trail, which we had walked in 2019, follows the old Cumbria Coastal Way from Ravenglass to Bowness where it meets the Hadrian’s Wall Trail. The Cumbria Coastal … Continue reading

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Hadrian’s Coastal Route 8: Hudson Bay to the Solway

7.19 miles 2h 55m 9m ascent Anthorn to Bowness-on-Solway An unco sough i’ the gloamin’An’ a flaff o’ risin’ win’,A glisk o’ stoundin’ watersBy the weirdly licht o’ the mune,An’ the fell dark tide o’ SolwayComes breengin’, whummlin’ in. Dorothy Margaret … Continue reading

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Hadrian’s Coastal Route 7: Paths long neglected and meadows unmown

Criffel, sitting on the western horizon like a paused sunset, was our companion for much of this trail. But now our attention was drawn towards Anthorn’s radio masts, which shifted around like a compass as our direction of travel changed. We walked beneath a grey sky but in warm summer air. There had been heavy thunderstorms the day before and the the rain machines were taking a well earned break. Continue reading

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Hadrian’s Coastal Route 6: Great Expectations

This was a walk of several distinct sections each with its own challenges, joys, and emotions. The salt marshes were only one part of this day’s walk, but they worried me more than any other section when planning the route. I paid very close attention to the weather and tides, and had my escape routes planned but I was still not sure I would walk across them when we started walking that morning. I am pleased we did. The day’s walk left me with a feeling of accomplishment but it was not without its challenges. Continue reading

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Hadrian’s Coastal Route 5: What spires, what blooms are those?

11.2 miles 5h 53 m ascent ?m Maryport-Silloth The was a real coastal walk – sand, shingle and marram grass. The wind was just enough to lift the dog’s ears as he raised his nose to sample the wafting scents … Continue reading

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Hadrian’s Coastal Route 4: Promenades and Sculptures

11.0 miles 5h 14m ascent 79m Workington – (just past) Maryport Rain was forecast so I couldn’t say the day’s weather was unexpected, but early morning sunshine had tempted me into hoping otherwise. We began where the last leg left … Continue reading

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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. “Cockermouth and Workington”, Carol Ann Duffy I don’t recall having been to Workington before and having friends in … 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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