Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Lake District - Tuesday 23rd

Cumbria Coastal Way - St Bees to Whitehaven (6.5+ miles)

I returned to St Bees by train this morning to pick up where I left off yesterday. The aim was to check out the start of The Coast to Coast Walk and then to have a wander around Whitehaven.

The Cumbria Coastal Way continues and the Coast to Coast starts with a short, steep climb out of St Bees, then, after a while, the path drops close to sea level again - the way coastal paths do. On a fine day, with the wind behind me and a calm sea lapping gently against the cliffs on the seaward side far below, yet squalls visible out to sea, it was plain sailing (see how easily your scribe lapses into the vernacular; using coastal path walker words - words wot matelots nicked from us). And so, in no particular rush, there was plenty of time to stop and admire the view - water.

The Coast to Coast turns inland from the north side of a working quarry. My mind settled that getting away from St Bees in August should be straight forward, and finding that junction will be simple, I continued north on this trip along an occasionally precarious cliff top path to Whitehaven.

After a good look around the town, which looks fairly healthy and prosperous compared with some nowadays, and after a bit of shopping, it was mission complete so I was back on tne train - a coastal walking commuter - briefly; I go fell walking tomorrow.

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