May 1-15, 2021

Status OPEN
Cost The cost will be $2804 per person.
Travel Dates May 1-15, 2021
Description The Coasto Coast (C2C) trek is one of the most beautiful and popular long distance walks in the world. In the 1970’s, Alfred Wainwright — an avid hiker  and illustrator—thought up this epic walk across  northern England, from St. Bees Head on the Irish Sea to Robin Hoods Bay on the North Sea.  The C2C starts in the lovely lakes and rugged peaks of Lake District National Park, crosses the rolling hills & valleys of The Yorkshire Dales National Park, wends through the open moors of the North York Moors National Park, and ends on the dramatic North Sea coast.  Wainwright’s trek has become a prized long distance hike, but it must not be undertaken lightly.  It is not a walk in the park, but a challenging trek through three national parks for two weeks in all kinds of weather. It will expose us to some spectacular scenery and a range of England’s lovely, memorable landscapes. We will do it in a shortened version, 140 miles instead of 192, taking strategic taxis across some flat sections. 
Included
  • Group transfer from the Manchester Airport to St. Bee’s
  • Group transfer from Robin Hood’s Bay return to the Manchester Airport 
  • Luggage transfer for one soft-sided duffle per person, maximum weight, 44 lbs.
  • Emergency transfer for ill or injured walkers in the luggage van, as needed.
  • All breakfasts while hiking, 
  • All accommodations, double occupancy during the hike. (The last night at Manchester Airport Hotel is officially after the hike, so it is not covered.) Note that all facilities have private baths and provide coffee, tea, or sometimes cocoa and snacks in our rooms.
  • Detailed packing and equipment list.  
Not Included
  • Airfare to/from Manchester, England.  
  • Night at Manchester Clayton Airport Hotel after the hike, as needed, and any meals in Manchester. 
  • Lunches and trail snacks, beverages during the hike.  Many facilities will provide a packed trail lunch at reasonable cost. 
  • Taxis during the hike. 
  • Dinners–We will eat in local pubs or at our lodging. 
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance 
  • Other gratuities you may wish to offer for lodgings, meals, taxis  
Payment Policy A deposit of $804  is due at the time of registration.  The remaining balance of $2000 is due no later than November 1, 2020. 

Application and Registration Procedure: Please carefully read the above trip description and itinerary, and contact me if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please contact me by phone, email or mail  and I will send you the registration forms, consisting of  the Registration form, the Health questionnaire and the Release of Liability form. Please complete them and mail to me by USPS with the deposit (check payable to ADK or Credit Card authorization) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Trip spaces are reserved in the order that complete application forms and payments are received, so do not delay.  

Cancellation Policy If registrant cancels prior to Nov. 1, 2020, all payments received by ADK minus $100 will be refunded. 

After Oct. 31, 2020, refund will only be made if the vacancy can be filled from a waiting list maintained by the leader, if any, and then all but $100 will be refunded.  

Note that there is a $100 registration fee included in the trip deposit which is not refundable if you have to cancel for any reason whatsoever. 

If the leader decides that this trip is not for you, or the trip is canceled by ADK, all payments received by ADK will be refunded. 

Accommodations and Meals All nights will be in bed & breakfast facilities or small inns, double occupancy.  All have private baths (called “en suite” in England). The group size is limited to 8 participants. It is possible that on some nights, our group will be lodged in two different inns or B&Bs. No single supplements, i.e.,single rooms are available. 

All breakfasts are included and are copious English breakfasts with eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms, and toast cooked to order. Usually hot or cold cereals and fresh fruit are also provided. Fish cakes and other interesting items also show up on menus. 

For lunch, dinner, and snacks on the trail, which are not included in the trip cost, there will be cafes, tearooms, inns, restaurants, bakeries, groceries and in some places, fish and chip stands. Most B&B’s and inns will prepare a trail lunch on request,  

An unforgettable part of the trip is the English Cream Teas. (Stedman) 

“Never miss a chance to avail yourself of the treats on order in the tea rooms and farmhouses of Cumbria and Yorkshire. Nothing relaxes and revives like a decent pot of tea, and the opportunity to accompany it with a scone served with jam and cream or a cake or two, is not to be passed up.”- 

Trip Insurance Before you can go on the trip, you must send the leader a proof of rescue insurance which covers rescue costs, hospitalization and repatriation.. Why is this necessary? You have to pay for rescues in Europe.  Any insurance you may have probably does not apply. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip.  There are numerous internet sites comparing various insurance plans which you may wish to consult. You may also wish to consult your lawyer or financial advisor as this is a complicated topic.  This is what I do.  Each year, I sign up for the Austrian Alpine Club. UK Section. For about sixty dollars, this provides worldwide, year- long, rescue, hospitalization and repatriation insurance. For that sum, you receive 25,000 euros cover for rescue, 10,000 for medical costs and repatriation is full costs.  You should evaluate whether this level of coverage is sufficient for you. You are free to obtain insurance where you wish, but the level of coverage should be at the minimum of the levels provided by the Austrian Alpine Club.  

The ADK also strongly advises all participants to obtain trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant and travel delays. ADK does not provide this insurance. Note that if you have to cancel after having made your full payment, and cannot be replaced from the waiting list, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip. More credit cards are offering trip insurance as a free benefit of the card You may already have this benefit on one of your cards. 

Daily Itinerary This is a tentative itinerary. It could change due to weather or other considerations.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Depart USA for Manchester, England( Note that there is a United Airlines direct flight to Manchester from Newark airport.)

Day One: Saturday May 1

Arrive at Manchester airport in the morning. At this point the ADK trip  begins as we meet up in the airport.. We transfer by private coach to St. Bee’s. Late afternoon is free to explore this seaside resort and rest up for tomorrow’s hike.  Dinner together at a local pub. 

Day Two: Sunday, May 2, St. Bee’s Head to Ennerdale Bridge (about 14 miles—strenuous plus; about 2,300 ft. elevation gain, Time 6h)  

We’ll dip our boots in the Irish Sea and pick up the traditional small pebble to carry to the North Sea.  We head out to the north across colorful fields and will negotiate the first of many, many, gates and stiles. We then head inland for our first climb up Dent Hill which will give us our first views of the Lake District.  We spend the night in Ennerdale Bridge. 

Day Three: Monday May 3  , Ennerdale to Rosthwaite (about 16 miles—strenuous plus; about 1,800 ft. elevation gain, Time 6:30h)  

 We will head into the Lakeland fells along the edge of Ennerdale Water, then up to Red Pike and High Stile, the highest point on the C2C, and Haystacks. About mid-day we have a steep challenging climb up Loft Beck. We then descend to the Slate Mill Visitor Center and go down into the long valley of Borrowdale and the hamlet of Rosthwaite.    

Day Four: Tuesday, May 4Rosthwaite to Grasmere (about 8-9 miles—strenuous; about 1740-2400 ft, Time 5h)

We climb up Greenup Edge then do a high ridge walk on Helm Crag before we drop down to Grasmere, the quintessential Lakeland village and the home of Wordsworth. If the weather is not favorable, we would take a lower alternative route. 

Day Five: Wednesday, May 5, Grasmere to Patterdale (about 8 miles strenuous; about 1750 ft. elevation gain, 4h)

We will hike up to Grisedale Pass and down to Patterdale.  If the weather permits we will climb over Helvellyn peak and Striding Ridge which would add two miles more in distance about three hours more in time and a thousand feet more of ascent and descentAnother high alternative is to go up and over St Sunday Crag, which has wonderful views too 

Day Six: Thursday, May 6Patterdale over Kidsty Pike to Bampton and taxi to Kirkby Stephen (about 7 miles, easy, nominal elevation gain, Time 5h) 

 We go over Kidsty Pike   traverse along the lake to Bampton Village where we take a taxi to the bustling village of Kirkby Stephen. 

Day SevenFriday, May 7,  Kirkby Stephen tKeld (about 13 miles—strenuous; about 1,700 ft. elevation gain; time ca. 6.5h)  

This is the day we cross the watershed of the Pennines and have the full experience of hiking in English bogs. We have the choice of the lower route or the higher route to Keld.  If the weather is good, we’ll go over Nine Standards Rigg, at just over 2,000 ft. one of the highest points on the route. The wide open top and the descent is notoriously boggy and we may opt for a combination of the “winter” and “summer” routes, adding a little distance but avoiding a very long section of messy going. Reread Great Expectations on English moors and bogs before.  If the weather is not good we’ll take the “winter route” on a little-traveled pass road up to 1700 ft.   We’re halfway there! 

Day Eight: Saturday, May , Keld to Reeth (about 12 miles, easy terrain but longish, about 500 ft. elevation gain; Time 6+h) 

The long valley hike along the River Swale via MukerGunnerside anSwaledale. .  Reeth is a quiet village with a town square and a small grocery store. 

 Day Nine: Sunday May 9, Reeth to Richmond (about 10 1/2 miles—easy/moderate, about 1,100 ft. elevation gain, Time 4:30h) 

We go through several beautiful little villages, farmland s and a small wood on our way to the biggest town we will visit, Richmond.  We’ll get a view of Richmond from a bench high above the town. 

 Day Ten: Monday May 10Rest day in Richmond 

A day to rest, wash up and explore the old market town of Richmond.  There is a lovely public garden, a castle, waterfalls on the River Swale, England’s oldest theatre in continuous use, and an old abbey. 

Day Eleven: Tuesday, May 11Richmond to Osmothreley (11 miles—easy terrain/moderate lengthca. 600ft.elevation gain, Time: 4h) 

We start with a taxi ride to Danby Wiske and miss out on one of the flattest sections on the C2C. We then continue on through the first rises of the North York Moors to the beautiful village of Osmotherley.  

Day Twelve: Wednesday May 12, Osmotherley to Clay Bank top and taxi to Blakely Ridge (11miles- a strenuous day; about 2,200 ft. elevation gain; Time 6h.  

 We climb into the North York Moors and get our first glimpse of the North Sea. The views both north and south are outstanding.  This is a long, tough day of ups and downs, probably our most demanding physically.  We take a taxi from Clay Bank Top to Blakely Ridge and the Red Lion Inn, an unforgettable old inn perched high on bleak moors.

Day Thirteen: Thursday, May 13, Blakely Ridge to Grosmont (about 13 mileseasy terrain but long, about 400 ft. elevation gain, Time 5h)

Start out atop moors with great expanse of views, then drop down to the bucolic Esk river valley and on to Grosmont with its historic steam railway. If we are lucky we will see a train. We take a taxi to avoid a section on a paved road and arrive at our destination for the night the Intake Farm in the village of Littlebeck. 

Day Fourteen: Friday May 1, Littlebeck  to Robin Hood’s Bay 

Next is a pretty walk through woods to the falls at Falling Foss (possible stop fortea and scones), followed by an unavoidable haul across several soggy moors. .They have been dry the two times I have crossed them. After a thrilling cliff trail, we’ll walk through the steep, narrow streets of Robin Hood’s Bay, a busy little seaside resort. We will dip our boots in the North Sea, and toss in that pebble from the Irish Sea. This will be our last dinner together in an inn overlooking the sea. 

Congratulations!  You’ve just walked across England! 

 Day Fifteen: Saturday May 15,   Bus, from Robin Hood’s Bay to Manchester Airport  

We’ll have a leisurely breakfast and time to explore the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay and if we wish , the sea port town of Whitbythe home of Captain Cook.  In the afternoonwe meet our bus for the ride to the Manchester Airport. Our ADK trip now ends. . 

Most of us will have flights the next day. 

Overnight at the Clayton Hotel at the airport ([not included in trip cost—you should make your own reservations at the hotel.) 

Sunday May 16:   

Breakfast on our own.  Departing flights from Manchester Airport. 

Notes PASSPORT: with expiration date no less than six months from the trip end date is required 

 VISA; Not required for US citizens 

IMMUNIZATIONS: No special immunizations required. 

WEATHER: Likely:  Sunny, highs in the seventies and  eighties  during the day, the forties at night but the weather is variable  and we  will be prepared  and may encounter  cold spells , sleet,  and rain. 

WI-FI: Available in our lodgings 

CURRENCY: British Pound 

ATMS: In the larger villages. 

CREDIT-CARDS – widely accepted in towns and villages. 

ELECTRICITY: Available for recharging electronic devices in our lodgings. (You will need an adapter for the British outlets.) 

CELL-PHONES:  Sporadic service during the hike, available in the towns. 

TRIP PRICES AND ARRANGEMENTS: Subject to change due to circumstances beyond ADK’s or the trip leader’s control. 

Registration Procedure Please carefully read the above detailed trip description and itinerary, and contact me if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please contact me (email, phone or snail mail) and I will send you the registration paperwork, consisting of the Registration form, the Health and Physical Condition Questionnaire and Release of Liability form. Complete these forms and send them to me by U.S, Postal Service with the deposit (check payable to “ADK” or the Credit Card Authorization) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Spaces are reserved in the order that complete and acceptable registration forms and deposit payments are received, so don’t delay.

For more information and to register contact Roman Laba

Trip Leader Roman Laba
22 Front Street, Schenectady NY 12305
518-374-2586