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Coast to Coast walk Day 5 – long haul between National Parks

Coast to Coast walk Day 5 – Shap to Kirkby Stephen

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Day 5 of the coast to coast walk is a longun and considered to be a bit of a trudge between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Actually, whilst we have left the most scenic bit of the route, I am quite looking forward to mentally switching off and just concentrating on putting one foot in front of another and reeling in the miles.

I have budgeted almost ten hours for this day. hopefully it will take less but I am not the fastest of walkers – short legs etc.

The New Ing Lodge breakfast wasn’t great. Shame really as the building has real potential. We set off earlier than Ajax and Luke but went the wrong way and they caught us up after we retraced our steps.We walked together thereafter. Boy was it tough. It was 20 miles off road on a hot day. Feet and knee were an issue and water became one. We had to cut down on our consumption.

Got to KS very tired and went straight to the pub for rehydration. Fortunately the pub was only a hundred yards from the B&B and Tom hobbled over to get the key. I was totally exhausted and my feet were very sore. I soon started to shiver and had to put a fleece and my waterproof on to keep warm.

Whilst we were there there was a pub quiz. I got Bertrand Russell right. Bed.

Starting B&B New Ing Lodge, Shap, CA10 3LX
Forecast/Actual miles  33.08/32.27
Forecast/Actual time hrs  9h 38min/10h 3min
Weather Nice start with cooling breeze turning out v sunny – base layer weather
Elevation forecast/actual  612/697
Breakfast  Not outstanding full English. One piece of bacon, not fried. No drying facilities. Heating not on and bar not open when we got back from dinner.
Lunch Tuna sandwiches
Dinner Cheese burger in Black Bull in KS. Few pints of Black Sheep.
Finishing B&B Fletcher House, Fletcher Hill Market Street, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4QQ

Link to Coast to Coast walk Day 5 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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