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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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Hadrian’s Coastal Route 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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