Coast to coast brief route summary part one

The Coast to Coast is England’s premier long distance path

Day 1

St Bees- Ennerdale Bridge 14 miles

From the start the route heads north along the cliffs then turns inland heading east following undulating countryside  though quite charmful  villages the come the first climb up Dent Fell, from here you get fine views to the Lake District, Dent stands at 1131ft  from here the route drops down

to the secluded Valley of Nannycatch from here we follow the quite lane to Ennerdale Bridge

Day 2

Ennerdale Bridge- Rosthwaite 14.5 miles

We take the quite country lane to the lake head then we follow the lakeshore to the end of the lake then taking a forest track through Ennerdale Forest then out into the open with Great Gable coming into view we go past Black Sail yha a former shepherds from here we climb to the top of Loft Beck, the views from here are stunning from here we follow the cairned path to the tramway then it is a steep descent to Honister slate mine from here we follow a mixture of road and path to the finish

Day 3

Rosthwaite- Patterdale/Glenridding 17.5 miles

The path follows a path alongside Stonethwaite Beck then steepens going up Greenup  Gill  following cairns to the top of Green up Edge at a height of 620 metres with fine views then we follow the path to Far Easdale   the dropping down the valley then following quite country lanes and crossing the A591 then we climb steadily to Grisdale tarn from here we follow the path through the Grisdale valley to the A592 then into Patterdale/Glenridding

Day 4

Patterdale/Glenridding- shap 16 miles

We follow a valley path then take a steep track going up  to Boredale Hause at 400 metres then climbs gentle going past Angle Tarn then climbs again to the knott then joins are Roman Road that heads towards High w  the route turns of the Roman Road and Arrives at Kidsty Pike this is the Highest part of the entire  walk  at 780 metres then from there we head down to Haweswater   Reservoir which was built to serve Manchester, the path follows the Shoreline then taking field paths and country lanes to shap

Day 5

Shap- Kirkby Stephen 20 miles

The path heads over the M6 following paths and tracks then going past a stone circle then heading over the Limestone plateau of Crossby Ravensworth Fell from here we drop down into Orton then climb to Sunbiggin Tran and heading over moorland dropping down into the valley of Smardale then crossing the disused railway and following paths and lanes to Kirkby Stephen

Day 6

Kirkby Stephen- Keld 13 mile

We head to Franks Bridge then take the lane that heads up hill then we take a path that heads to the  Nine standards rigg, the summit stands at 661 meters and is the Pennine watershed the views from here are fantastic, depending on time of year the route varies, green route December- April this does not go to the summit the route carry’s on along  lane and does not turn of the lane turns in to a faint path you follow this and hits a road and follow this then at a footpath sign turn of the road and follow path to Ravenseat , Red route May-July this leaves the summit and Heads down  White Mossy Hill you come to a track turn left and follow into Ravenseat, Blue route August-November from the Summit the route heads into Whitsun dale when you reach the end of the valley turn left into Ravenseat. From here cross the track and the route follows a beck  which leads to Keld

day 7

Keld- Reeth 11 miles

Today is a switchback route with fascinating remains of Lead mining, the route heads along the River Swale to Crackpot Hall then Climbs Swinner Gill then following a moorland track turning of into Gunnerside Gill  going past Blakethwaite smelt mill then climbing again and taking a moorland track  to level house bridge then past Old Gang smelt mill eventually reach a road at Surrender Smelt mill, the route follows a beck to Healaugh then follows the River Swale to ReethBorrowdale Round