Day 1 short report. Today I: was impressed by the punctuality and ease of using the trains, that ticket will be the best value purchase all trip; enjoyed whistling the Great Escape theme tune (not from you dear!); nearly had a Neil Kinnock moment when trying to photograph my boot dipping ritual; started walking at 11:22; should have worn suncream and my shorts, it’s been a glorious sunny day; had lunch in Fleswick Bay; nearly fell on slippy rocks getting down there; picked two pebbles and decided to call them Eleanor and Rebecca.



The photos show Fleswick cliffs and nearby name carvings – but I didn’t see a Wainwright or a Bradbury for that matter.

I also didn’t see any obvious fellow Coasters – unless disguised as dog walkers or bird watchers – until near Stanley Pond when I passed an American trio (with an unhappy looking teenage? daughter?), the dad? was on the mobile already rearranging much closer first night accommodation. My mileage today was 11.2, over a hugely dawdled 4 hrs 40 mins, so I arrived at the Parkside hotel just after 16:00, only to see the owner drive up with the US family minus the ‘daughter’. I’ll maybe find out later over a pint!
Tea was fish and chips from Sproatys in Cleator Moor, excellent.


Overall a fantastic first day – the coastal parts were superb. Bring on the lakes! (I’m getting in some early appreciation in the form of a couple of pints of Ennerdale Blonde).

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5 Responses to “CtoC Day 1”

  1. Mum and Dad on April 20th, 2013 at 07:29

    What no MARS BARS used on your first day – keep calm and carry on. Following your route in our charity shop book!

  2. Jonathan on April 20th, 2013 at 16:56

    Good luck on your travels, enjoy those Lakeland ales !!!

  3. Linda Sidwell on April 20th, 2013 at 19:08

    Hi Neil

    Great to hear you have set out I am very excited for you – yes it was a lovely day yesterday – Michael and I were in the Lakes for a walk for my birthday – I am 55 today – but I have been training hard for the Manchester 10k and about to sign up for another 10k with Elaine and Brian in September so I am not feeling my age! We have been a bit slow but have at last found your blog after talking to Judith this morning. We will keep reading each day for the exciting up dates. I have to say you make me I wish I was doing it. When you get to the Yorkshire Dales bit think of me as I did the Lyke Wake Walk a few times with some spectacular blisters once.

  4. Eleanor on April 21st, 2013 at 08:52

    Hi dad, missing you, good luck with the rest of your trip.

  5. Eleanor on April 21st, 2013 at 08:55

    Hi dad, missing you, good luck with the rest of your trip. :-)