It took us just over 7 hours to walk these 14.5 miles. The weather was kind, providing some beautiful views while also giving us a taste of how English rain can be cold and wet. The highlight for everyone was the walk along the cliff tops of St. Bees Head, looking out over the Irish Sea.
Most of us had a rough night due to jet lag, which made us all the more ready to get down to the beach and start this thing! We followed the tradition of dipping our boots in the waters of the Irish Sea (to be repeated on the other side) and collecting a pebble to be thrown in the North Sea on completion. Then, it was a climb onto the cliffs, which got the heart pumping, but also opened up remarkable views. The path was often perilously close to the cliff’s edge as it weaves its way through fields of sheep or cows and above nesting birds. Towards the end of this 5-mile stretch, a band of rain came through with strong wind, so we were happy to head inland. With the path alternating between road, old track, and trail around the edge of the fields, we passed through the classic villages of Sandwith and Moor Row before arriving at Cleator where we enjoyed our packed lunch. From Cleator, Bailey and Samuel chose the “high route” which took them 1000 ft up Dent Hill, while the rest of us took the more leisurely direct route. All were satisfied with their hike, while also very happy to arrive at the Shepherds Arms in Ennerdale Bridge which lies on the boundary of the Lake District. We could see the landscape starting to change. While muscles were weary, we are all looking forward to tomorrow, though the forecast looks like it will rain all day. It’s lucky that you can’t rely on the forecast!
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.
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4 thoughts on “Coast to Coast Day 1: St. Bees to Ennerdale Bridge”
Love the blog. Thanks for taking us on the journey with you. Happy anniversary Dean & Tracy!
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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TRACY AND DEAN!!! What an amazing way to celebrate!!!!
What incredible pictures! All I can say is, “God did GOOD!” His creation is magnificent!
So proud of my fit friends! Have a sticky toffee for me. Can’t believe I’m praying for warm weather!! Love you guys!!
WOW! What a cracker of a start. The scenery is certainly breath-taking…on every level. Mel