The Coast to Coast hike is a 192 mile hike across England from St Bees to Robin Hood's bay. I did this trail between June 20th and July 3rd in 2023.
Day 11 was supposed to be a 23 mile day. I decided to cheat this day and took a taxi from Richmond to Danby Wiske, then hiked the portion from Danby Wiske to Ingleby Cross (technically, Ingleby Arncliffe). I can't say that I regret this decision. This was probably the flattest and dare I say, the most boring section of the whole C2C. When the taxi dropped me off, I was immediately hit with the strong smell of cow s#!+ fertilizer and was grateful I didn't have a planned overnight stop here. My biggest mistake was leaving Richmond too soon. I only had a 9 mile walk and had a couple hours to kill when I got to Ingleby Cross before I could check into my B&B. Just before you get to Ingleby Cross, you have to play frogger to get across the A19 highway. There is a big gas station there with a nice convenience store and a place to sit. I hung out there drinking coffee for a few hours before heading over to the Ingleby House Farm B&B for the evening. I was super jealous of my friends from Oklahoma that took a rest day in Richmond and were going to see the new Indiana Jones movie.
Day 12 was a departure from the flat and (in my opinion) boring section through the Vail of Mobray and a return to some climbs as I entered the North York Moors. The terrain and views were an immediate improvement from yesterday.
This was a long day. About 18.5 miles across the top of a section of Moors that make up a large part of the North York Moors National Park. The trail utilizes an old railway which meant there would be no bogs to deal with, but it was a lot of dirt road walking.
Day 14 - Finale
The final day was bittersweet. On one hand, I was really, really ready to be done, on the other hand, I knew I was going to miss being out on the trail every day.
I really enjoyed myself on this trip except for the times when I didn't, LOL. People have asked me what was the one best thing that stood out to me on this trip and I have to say the people I met. Other hikers, B&B owners, everyone really. Everyone was very friendly and it will have a lasting impression on what I think about when I think of the UK and England in particular.
The trail itself was a great experience. It was mostly awesome (my buddy Craig will cringe when he sees I used the word awesome, LOL). The only thing I can say I disliked about it was some of it was a little monotonous. Lots of sheep, sheep shit, and sheep fields. If you look past that however, and look at the beauty of the landscape and the crazy idea that you are literally walking from one side of England to the other, well, how can you complain about any of that?