2 friends and the coast to coast walk

Coast to Coast on YouTube by theshed
October 30, 2007, 8:27 am
Filed under: inspiration, just for fun

This morning I had a thought about putting together something for YouTube once the walk is over.  I wanted to see if anyone else had done it and it turns out quite a few people have.

I just clicked on the first one and it was great.  Can’t wait to do it now. 


I think we’ve picked a charity! by theshed
October 29, 2007, 9:58 pm
Filed under: charity

When Shell and I were on one of our walks in Aldbourne we had a little chat about which charity to support. We both figured that since we have the opportunity to raise some money for a good cause then we will raise money for a good cause.

Surprisingly it took very little time for myself and Shell to decide on a charity and we’ve trumped for Mountain Rescue. We both figured it would be quite apt for us to support Mountain Rescue given what we’re doing. Hopefully we’re not tempting fate.

So I’m going to head over and set up a donation page on JustGiving so that all you kind people reading this can support us supporting Mountain Rescue.

At the minute it’s just the charity that Shell and myself have chosen. Not sure what Winter and Thalia are going to do. They do exist but they haven’t got round to getting their backsides on here yet!

Here’s a link to the page anyway!


A Tipple Too Many. by theshed
October 28, 2007, 6:27 pm
Filed under: drinks

Today we were meant to go on a walk somewhere near Tonbridge on our way back from a friends birthday party in Wimbledon.  We didn’t make it though after a few drinks too many last night.

That’s the second time that we’ve tried walking on a hangover and the second time we’ve failed.  So I guess on our walk next year we’ll not be drinking much.  We’ll probably be too tired anyway so I’m thinking it’ll be a little tipple as a nightcap and then off to bed for some decent rest.

Our First Proper Training Walk by theshed
October 23, 2007, 11:20 am
Filed under: training

Michelle and I decided to start our training proper this last weekend and thought we’d ease ourselves in with a combined 20 mile walk, 12miles on the Saturday and 8 miles on the Sunday.  We also wanted to just get away a little bit and spend some time together.  It seems like we’ve hit that age when every weekend is filled with something, generally weddings or stag do’s or hen parties or birthdays.  Anyway, the point was we haven’t had much quality time together, just the two of us, so we thought what better to do than pick a random place to stay in and then go for some walks in the country.

So the random place we picked was a little village called Aldbourne, just on the Wiltshire-Berkshire border.  It’s near Hungerford which is a place I like because they serve nice cream teas in the Tutti Pole Tea Shop.  We stayed in The Crown pub which was very nice.  Nice accomodation, nice food and excellent service.  I’d recommend it to anyone thinking of walking in the area.  I’m not sure the locals would though.  It looks as though the pub has just undergone some refurbishment and has switched it’s focus to more of a foody family orientated pub rather than a beery pub.  I got the distinct impression that some of the locals weren’t too keen.  We loved it though.

It also turned out to be a great location since one of our walks started from there.  We tend to pick our walks from the Walking World Website.  It keeps it nice and easy and we haven’t got brave enough to plan our own yet.  On the Saturday we did a variation of the Aldbourne Circular which was 12 miles from Aldbourne up onto the Ridgeway and back down into Aldbourne and on the Sunday we walked a little circular route from Little Bedwyn.

On the Saturday morning we set off from Ramsgate quite early so that we could arive in Aldbourne in time to put down the 12mile walk.  Around this time of year Ramsgate always has some lovely sunsets and I finally managed to take a picture of one of them.  It’s not the best one I’ve ever seen but it’s the first one I’ve got a picture of.

Sunrise in Ramsgate

Anyway, after a 3 hour drive we got to Aldbourne and cracked on with the walk.  Saw some tumuli and some other nice stuff but saw a really weird grass crop circle thing which was cool.

Weird Grass Circle Thing

We managed to put those 12 miles away in around 4 hours which has made me worry less about covering the distances on the coast to coast in the time we have.

When we got back we checked into our room, watched TV for a bit, headed to Hungerford for a cream tea, came back for a drink in the pub, ate and watched England get beat in the Rugby World Cup Final.  Then it was bed time to get some rest for Day 2.

Woke up in the morning and had a nice hearty breakfast.  Eggs, bacon, sausages, beans and black pudding.  Washed down with copious amounts of tea and finished off with a few rounds of toast.  All very nice…until I started walking and then it all felt very heavy.  That was lesson number 2, don’t eat like a pig before a walk.

So off to little Bedwyn we toddled and the sun was blazing down as you can see from the photo…

Beginning of Little Bedwyn Walk

This walk was only 8 miles and we we’re both feeling fine after the day before.  Very nice walk it was.  We got a little lost but we’re soon back on track after we had lesson 3 and 4.  Lesson 3 was that Michelle needs to calm down when we get lost.  She turns into a bit of an angry monster when she doesn’t know where we are.  Lesson 4 was that I shouldn’t be so confident when I say things that I’m not confident about, i.e. “it’s definitely down this way dear!”.  Anyway, we got back on track and stopped at the Plough in Shalbourne before heading back round to finish the walk off.

All in all a very good weekend walk.  My legs ached a little bit on Monday but nothing to worry about.  No blisters, no dramas or anything. 

So that’s our first proper training walk under our belt.  Next thing we’re going to do is walk the 16 or so miles from ramsgate to Canterbury.  We’ll have to plan our own route so it’ll be good practise sorting maps out and stuff and it’ll also be the longest walk we’ve done to date.

Wish us luck.

Itinerary – first draft by gleavem
October 21, 2007, 7:07 pm
Filed under: first steps, itinerary, when | Tags: ,

OK here goes, as Sid said we’re pretty much going to stick with Wainwright’s route and itinerary (whether or not he’d approve I’m not sure), and add in two rest days, this adds up to 10 days holiday from work…

August 2008:

  1. Friday 15th – Travel to Willington after work
  2. Saturday – Rest in Willington
  3. Sunday – Travel to St Bees
  4. Monday – Start walking: St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge (14 miles)
  5. Tuesday – Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite (14.5)
  6. Wednesday – Rosthwaite to Patterdale (17.5)
  7. Thursday – Patterdale to Shap (16)
  8. Friday – Shap to Kirkby Stephen (21)
  9. Saturday – Rest in Kirkby Stephen
  10. Sunday – Kirkby Stephen to Keld (12)
  11. Monday – Keld to Reeth (11)
  12. Tuesday – Reeth to Richmond (11)
  13. Wednesday – Rest in Richmond
  14. Thursday – Richmond to Ingleby Cross (23)
  15. Friday – Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top (12)
  16. Saturday – Clay Bank Top to Glaisdale (18.5)
  17. Sunday – Glaisdale to Robin Hood’s Bay (20)
  18. Monday – Return home

What do people think?!


Finally I’ve been allowed to get involved. by theshed
October 15, 2007, 8:57 pm
Filed under: accomodation, first steps, itinerary, when

Even for those who know Michelle quite well you’ll probably not have noticed how much of a control freak she is.  Sorry darling…no offense meant.  However, she’s finally let me inside the bubble of excitement she’s been floating around in.  I was actually allowed to touch the potential itinerary spreadsheet she’s made…WITH MY HANDS!

It looks like we’ve made a decision, I think.  12 days worth of walking, 2 days worth of resting, 2 days worth of traveling and one bank holiday.  Start on a Monday, finish on a Sunday and that’s 11 days of holiday we need to take.

I’m actually starting to get excited but I’ll let Michelle tell you the full itinerary when she’s ready.  She’s probably going to be so secretive about it we’ll not find out until the day before.  I would tell you when we will start but I fear retribution for potentially giving people the upper hand when it comes to booking accomodation.

I know, I know, I’m way too excited already! by gleavem
October 14, 2007, 7:41 pm
Filed under: Equipment, first steps | Tags: , ,

Firstly, appologies for my over-excitement, I’m sure some people are already bored of hearing me mention the C2C, but it’s just really captured my imagination!    In fact I’ve already done some more shopping (following my book purchases) and just ordered some gaiters and a hydration rucksack from wiggle.  Now I know its a bit previous, but in my defense they were both on special offer and so I saved a fair bit of money : )    The downside is that because the post office are striking they will be delivered (or not, as the case may be) by CityLink (affectionately known by many as Sh!tyLink), which basically means I’ll have to drive to Ashford to pick them up : (    Anyway, I’m hoping my purchases will satisfy my C2C obsession for a little while at least…next I’ll probably entertain myself looking at routes and itineraries.

PS Congrats to Winter and Thalia on their new pad – good luck with the upacking!        xM