We were planning on an early night as we had been up early and wanted to be up early on our first walking morning so that we could finish organising our bags and ensure that anything we don't need over the coming two weeks got put into the bag that is being sent direct to Robin Hoods Bay. Best laid plans ... yes we did hit the sack early but I didn't get much sleep. I seemed to toss and turn and worry about swimming things. Trevor also slept badly. This was not how we had hoped to start the walk ... tired and unrested.
We went down to breakfast shortly before 7:30am. There was a lot of options and choices available. After cereal I had scrambled eggs with toast and Trevor opt for a full english breakfast. There was orange juicce to start and plunger coffee. We were well fed.
After collecting our packed lunches, there are no reliable eating places on the route today, Sunday making life a little more challenging than weekdays.
We were ready to leave with our luggage duly delivered downstairs before 8:45am, our designated departure time.
|Getting ready to leave ... Trevor eager to go|
Once the whole group assembled we headed off to the start of the walk.
|Statue of St Bega, who St Bees was named after, with the Priory Church in the background|
|Stone collecting and toe dipping|
Finally we were off.
|A view over part of st Bees|
The first part of the walk took us along the cliff tops alongside the Irish Sea. At time the narrow track was right on the clifftops with only grasses and plants as protection. Not for the faint hearted. The Isle of Man appeared ghost like out of the sea.
After walking north along the clifftop we finally turned inland and headed for the small settlement of Sandwith. Blink and you would miss it.
Next came Moor Row and Cleator, still fairly small settlements. We stopped for lunch between these two places on a disused railway line which has now been converted into a path. It was relatively sheltered, good after the buffeting we had had from the wind.
Along the paths we encountered quite a few kissing gates and the odd stile.
From Cleator we headed up Dent Hill, a climb of about 300m. Unfortunately there was low cloud which obscured the views of the surrounding peaks. Still we did get to see some lovely countryside.
|Making our way up Dent Hill|
|Trevor at the carn that does not mark the top of Dent Hill ... but is near the top|
|Heading down from Raven Crag (hill)|
|How green is our valley?|
|A bridge across Nannycatch Beck|
|Arriving at the Shepherd's Arms|
All up today we did 23.3km with an elevation gain of 755m and a loss of 749m.
Trevor and I both had a couple of sore spots on our feet. Hopefully the hikers wool will cushion them in the days ahead.
During the day we had had some very narrow paths, some barely as wide as a hiking boot. Underfoot we had stones, rocks, grass and the odd bog. The stones are certainly the hardest on our feet.