Date(s) - 01/05/2016 - 12/05/2016
Coast to coast sponsored walk
On May 1st 2016 my son Tom and I will be setting off from St Bees in Cumbria on the West Coast of England to walk to Robin Hood’s Bay on the East Coast. This is a 190 mile coast to coast sponsored walk.
We are doing it to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. There are two main reasons why this is important to us.
- May 1st is the first anniversary of the death of my mother, Eileen. Mam did not die of cancer but she had been Chairman of the Marown and District branch of the Isle of Man Anti-Cancer Association (where I grew up). Raising funds to help beat cancer was important to Mam. She was a nurse and spent years helping and comforting patients at the end of their lives.
- My wife Anne’s father Keith died of Cancer two years ago.
So this walk is in memory of these two important people. I am expecting some side benefits. Walking for 190 miles across the lake district, Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorks Moors is going to be somewhat of a challenge for someone who has spent the last thirty years with his feet propped up on a desk. I have had to get into training just to be able to even get to the start. I’m hoping there will be less of me at the end than there was at the beginning of the odyssey.
The other benefit will be spending two weeks in the company of my first born effectively away from electronic screens. At this point I hear some of you fall off your chairs in disbelief. How can this be so? 🙂
Well the trip is not going to be entirely offline, other than the fact that there will be little or no mobile reception along much of the route. I am expecting to post updates from our B&B(/pub) every night and will be publishing a live tracker of our progress en route. Expect vids and pics.
Tom and I would also like to think that the walk will raise some serious cash for the cause. Most people have been touched by cancer in one way or another. In 2016 we are seeing signs that there is light at the end of the tunnel but we aren’t there yet.
If you would like to help please consider making a donation, no matter how small, to our JustGiving Page. Our chosen charity is Cancer Research UK.
Also if you want to come along on all or part of this walk then you are very welcome to do so and should get in touch. Our friend Mark Agius and his son Luke are coming the whole way. We set off at 9am on Sunday 1st May and arrive at our destination at tea time on Thursday 12th.
Stay tuned to this blog for more info on the coast to coast sponsored walk as it happens.
Featured image courtesy of Contours Walking Holidays.
The Wainwright coast to coast sponsored walk provisional schedule is provided below. This is the route as prescribed by Alfred Wainwright.
|Saturday 30th April Travel to St Bees|
|Sunday 1st May Walk St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge 14 miles (22.5 km)|
|Monday 2nd May Walk Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite 14.5 miles (23 km)|
|Tuesday 3rd May Walk Rosthwaite to Patterdale 17.5 miles (28 km)|
|Wednesday 4th May Walk Patterdale to Shap 16 miles (25.5 km)|
|Thursday 5th May Walk Shap to Kirkby Stephen 20 miles (32 km)|
|Friday 6th May Walk Kirkby Stephen to Keld 13 miles (21 km)|
|Saturday 7th May Walk Keld to Reeth 11 miles (17.5 km)|
|Sunday 8th May Walk Reeth to Richmond 11 miles (17.5 km)|
|Monday 9th May Walk Richmond to Ingleby Cross 23 miles (37 km)|
|Tuesday 10th May Walk Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top 12.5 miles (20 km)|
|Wednesday 11th May Walk Clay Bank Top to Glaisdale 18.5 miles (29.5 km)|
|Thursday 12th May Walk Glaisdale to Robin Hood’s Bay 19 miles (30.5 km)|
|Friday 13th May Depart from Robin Hood’s Bay after breakfast|