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Coast to Coast walk Day 4 – the climb to Kidsty Pike

Coast to Coast walk Day 4 – Patterdale to Shap

Track today’s walk live.

The Coast to Coast walk Day 4 was rated by Wainwright himself as the toughest. The guidebooks reckon this is a 965m climb but my route plotted using the Ordnance Survey online took suggests it is more like 1,152m. I don’t think I’m choosing a harder route for the sake of it. It may be down to more modern tech being used in the planning. We shall see.

This also happens to be my lovely wife Anne’s birthday so she is coming to meet us and stay the night at Shap.

We start with a long gradual climb to Kidsty Pike, down to Haweswater alongside which is then a long stretch to Shap Abbey and our B&B.


This was a toughie with the added pressure that Anne was joining us to celebrate her birthday. We decided to take the Wainwright avoid the mountain route which was 19 miles (3 miles more than the mountain route) . The start, around Ullswater was a killer on the feet and took much longer than expected. We rerouted to use roads and rejoined the “official” Wainwright route before Shap Abbey.

Anne had just arrived when we got there. Was great to see her. Ajax and Luke weren’t far behind. Their route had been a tough one. We hadna couple of beers in the bar of the New Ing Lodge and then went out for a sit down fish and chips in the local chipped. Luke and I popped over the rroad to the coop to buy beer and wine.

Ended up in the (cold) lounge of the B&B to eat a birthday cake that Anne had bought cheap from Tesco. A good finsih to the day.

Final note – the Canadian couple, Paul and Laurie, we had met in the White Lion in Patterdale were also at the New Ing Lodge and joined us for some cake.

starting B&B Grisedale Lodge, Grisedale Bridge, Patterdale CA11 0PJ
forecast/actual km  24.74/30.40 (guesswork as runkeeper stopped)
forecast/actual time  9h 52min/
weather  nice day
forecast/actual ascent m  1,152.5
breakfast  best to far – home made bread, good bacon, meaty Cumberland sausage
lunch  Cheese and pickle sandwich
dinner  fish and chips in local chippy
finishing B&B New Ing Lodge, Shap, CA10 3LX

Link to Coast to Coast walk Day 4 Photo Album. Photos will upload as soon as there is connectivity and I will move them into the shared album each evening when I get to the pub for dinner or if there is a decent connection, periodically as we go along.

While I am walking I will be using Runkeeper to live track my progress. You can find the link for each day’s progress at my twitter page or at my Facebook profile page. I will also be pinning photos within Runkeeper as I progress. I am also using a Fitbit Surge to provide me with additional monitoring data.

Don’t forget I’m raising cash for Cancer Research UK whilst on this Coast to Coast walkJustGiving page here. The start date of the walk coincides with the anniversary of my mother’s death on May 1st last year. Mam was Chairman of the Marown & District branch of the IoM Anti Cancer Association.

Forecast numbers are based on Ordnance Survey mapped route. I add 1 hour for each approx 500m climb plus an hour for lunch.

A lot of people have helped me in the preparation for this walk. Firstly Mat Kiddie of Amigo who I met on a plane coming back from Mobile World Congress and who sent me a mobile battery charger. Then there is Aideen O’Colmain of Fitbit who very generously donated a Surge. Finally there is Dan Cunliffe and his team at Pangea who provided me with a mobile tracking device that allows me to track my progress independently of having to use my phone.

Trefor Davies

By Trefor Davies

Liver of life, father of four, CTO of, writer, poet,

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