A pal from Bangkok days – Sue, posted a call to arms on Facebook asking intrepid explorers to join her for a UK coast-to-coast trek in summer 2014. Three ladies with a ‘Bangkok Connection’ said ‘yes’. I didn’t really know what I was signing up for but agreed to join her anyway.
Devised by Alfred Wainwright, the Coast-to-Coast Walk is a 192-mile unofficial and mostly unsignposted long distance footpath in Northern England. It passes through three of the UK’s national parks: the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors.
The walk starts at St Bees on the west coast on the Irish Sea and ends at the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay. It’s a tradition to dip fresh feet in the Irish Sea and rest weary feet in the cool waters of the North Sea. Another tradition is to pick up a small stone from the West coast, carry it with you on your walk, and throw it into the sea when you reach the East. If this tradition continues indefinitely Britain will eventually become part of Denmark!
In 1991, Mike Hartley, setting a new record, ran the route in 39 hours 36 minutes and 52 seconds! The ‘Bangkok Connection’ took a little longer – 2 weeks, which gave plenty of time to snap the glorious British countryside, flora and fauna and enjoy the culinary delights of the region.
It really was a trip to remember and we have the photos to prove it.