Coast to Coast Day 0: Ready to Start after a fine visit to Ulverston.

We have made it to St. Bees! If you want to know why we are here, scroll down to where I explain this “Coast to Coast” adventure we are doing to walk across England, which starts here in St. Bees.

We left Houston on Friday evening, leaving our houses, pets, and plants under the watchful eyes of Ashlynn, Brooke, and Jett (with many thanks!) We were blessed with a journey that was as uneventful as possible with a 9-hour flight to London Heathrow and then a 4.5-hour taxi to Ulverston in northwest England. Ulverston is where we used to live on the edge of the Lake District and it was great to spend some time catching up with old friends. It was also a great opportunity to go up “Hoad Hill,” which is our favourite daily walk, and a chance for us all to try out our gear on a hill in the English weather, and the wind did not disappoint. After a fine lunch (thanks for everything Mark and Sarah!), we took a train along the coast for an hour to St. Bees. Having checked into The Manor Inn, the pub we are staying at, we headed to the starting point of the walk by the beach. Back at the hotel, we were lucky to catch a Sunday roast dinner before calling it a day and getting a good night’s rest before our 14-mile day tomorrow!

We got a great view of London from the plane as we flew along the Thames into Heathrow.
The iconic Sir John Barrow monument stands on the top of Hoad Hill and was visible from our Premier Inn hotel.
It is always satisfying to get up to the top.
The wind made photos interesting…
We have always loved the view of Ulverston and Morecambe Bay.
On the way down, the view of the top continues to impress as you walk though foxgloves and bracken.
After Hoad Hill, we made the obligatory visit to the Laurel and Hardy statue, made in 2009 to commemorate Stan Laurel, who was born in Ulverston in 1890.
But then it was farewell to Ulverston…
… to travel by train to …
St. Bees!!
We headed to the beach to check out tomorrow’s starting point, but needed to shelter from the wind.
Though we briefly braved the elements to look at the Irish Sea.
A fine roast dinner was a fitting end to Day 0, getting us all ready for the big start tomorrow.

What is the Coast to Coast? It is a journey across England from the west to the east coast. It includes some of the most scenic areas in England as it passes through three national parks: The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales, and the North Yorkshire Moors. Alfred Wainwright, a famous hillwalker, published a book describing the approximate 192-mile route, but he encouraged people to do the walk in their own way and to enjoy their time in the hills. While the fastest known time to complete the journey is under 40 hours, we are planning to enjoy the trip over 18 days including 2 rest days (in Grasmere and Richmond), which averages 12 miles of walking a day. The 19 hours of daylight give us plenty of time each day, but the weather will be unpredictable. It will be up to our guide (Peter!) to ensure we all complete each day intact. We are staying in small pubs or guest houses that are on the route which have an average of about 5 guestrooms. It is hillier at the beginning of the walk in the Lake District which will challenge us early, but the hills can also be more scenic.

We are looking forward to first leg tomorrow of 14.5 miles from St. Bees to Ennerdale Bridge.

The route is in northern England, not far from the Scottish border.
The route passes through three national parks where the hills will provide fantastic views, weather permitting.

This page is linked to from my England’s Coast to Coast home page.

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Published by Peter Ireland

I am originally from England, and my wife Janet is from Louisiana. When we started Geocaching in 2002, we needed a name, and the Cajunlimeys were created, and that is the name I use for my blog. Even though Janet has no Cajun blood, her cooking is excellent! “Limeys” comes from the nickname for English sailors, who ate limes to prevent scurvy. We live in Houston, Texas, with Bailey and Samuel. We love adventures and want to share the experiences with others. When planning trips, I have found other people’s sites very useful, so I want to give back and add a different perspective.

8 thoughts on “Coast to Coast Day 0: Ready to Start after a fine visit to Ulverston.

  1. It may bog my mind on the HOW to do this, but admiring your grit, envying your scenery, & praying for a grand filled memory making trip!!!


  2. I am
    So glad to actually know people who do such exciting and adventurous vacations! Can’t wait to hear your blog each day!


  3. In your part of the world it’s already June 27th, Dean and Tracy Townsend’s 30th anniversary. Peter, make this day special for them!

    Live in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God will come to know God because they know you.

    Al Melton


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