April 29-May 13,2018

Status OPEN
Cost The cost will be $2546 per person.  There will be no single supplement available for this trip.
Travel Dates April 29-May 13, 2018
Description The Coast to 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 walk — trek, really— 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 three strategic taxis across some flat sections.
Included
  • Group transfer from the Manchester Airport to St. Bee’s
  • Group transfer from Robin Hood’s Bay to the Manchester Airport
  • Three taxis during the hike
  • 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
  • Tips for bus drivers
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
  • Dinners–We will eat in local pubs or at our lodging facility
  • Ferry ticket if we take the boat up Ullswater
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Other gratuities you may wish to offer for lodgings, meals and taxis
Payment Policy A deposit of $900 is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance of $1646 is due no later than January 1, 2018.
Cancellation Policy  $900 is due with registration. If registrant cancels prior to November 1, 2017, all except the $100 ADK registration fee is refundable.

For the period between November 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018,the ADK will have paid suppliers in England, so of the sum paid to them, 100 pounds will not be refundable, but the balance of the deposit –ca. 150 pounds–will be until  January 1, 2108

Full payment of the trip must be made by January 1, 2018. 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 $100.00 will be refunded.

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 bath (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.

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, 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.

Trip Insurance You must have rescue, repatriation and hospitalization insurance, as most US policies and insurance plans do not cover this type of activity abroad. The ADK does not provide insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip.

Optional but strongly recommended by the ADK is Trip Cancellation insurance.  This is because if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list, if any, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip unless you have trip cancellation insurance. Trip cancellation insurance is different from the rescue insurance which is required.)

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

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Depart USA for Manchester, England

Day 1, Sunday, April 29, 2018

Arrive at Manchester airport this morning and transfer by private coach to St. Bee’s. Late afternoon is free to explore this lovely seaside resort and rest up for tomorrow’s hike.  Dinner will be together at a local pub.

Day 2, Monday, April 30

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 3, Tuesday, May 1

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 4, Wednesday, May 2

Rosthwaite 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 5, Thursday, May 3

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 descent. Another high alternative is to go up and over St Sunday Crag, which has wonderful views too.

Day 6, Friday, May 4

Patterdale by Ullswater steamer to Bampton and taxi to Kirkby Stephen (about 7 miles, easy, nominal elevation gain, Time 3h)

It’s high time for a respite after the rough and steep trails of the Lake District. We take the Ullswater Ferry to the head of the lake and then hike though fields, on country lanes, and along the river to Bampton. The boat fare, about $12, is extra.  If weather permits, we may be able to do the far more challenging alternative over Kidsty Pike.

Day 7, Saturday, May 5

Kirkby Stephen to Keld (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.  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 8, Sunday, May 6

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 Muker, Gunnerside and Swaledale is a delight for ear and eye.  We’ll hear many birds—like skylarks & curlews—singing and see emerald green fields filled with sheep.  Reeth is a quiet village with a town square and a small grocery store.

Day 9, Monday, May 7

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

We go through several charming little villages, as well as fields 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 10, Tuesday, May 8

Rest 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, and waterfalls on the River Swale, England’s oldest theatre in continuous use, and an old abbey.

Tour the castle, see a movie or play, do laundry, or just hang out at the library.

Day 11, Wednesday, May 9

Richmond to Osmothreley (11 miles—easy terrain/moderate length, ca. 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 12, Thursday, May 10

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.

Day 13, Friday, May 11

Blakely Ridge to Grosmont (about 13 miles—easy 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.

Day 14, Saturday, May 12

Grosmont to Robin Hood’s Bay (about 15.5 mi. strenuous, about 1,600 ft. elevation gain, Time 6h).

After a steep road climb to Sleights Moor, we’ll come to the pleasant little hamlet of Littlebeck. Next is a pretty walk through woods to the falls at Falling Foss (possible stop for tea and scones), followed by an unavoidable haul across several soggy moors. 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 the charming old Victoria Inn overlooking the sea.

Congratulations!  You’ve just walked across England!

Day 15, Sunday, May 13

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 we’ll pile into our chartered bus at about noon for the ride to the Manchester Airport. This is the end of our trip.  Most of us will have flights the next day.

Overnight at the Clayton Hotel at the airport [not included in trip cost–we can make the reservations for hikers, but you pay individually.]

Monday, May 14

Breakfast on our own. Departing flights from Manchester Airport.

Notes A valid passport is required.

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TRIP PRICES AND ARRANGEMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND ADK’s CONTROL

Estimated extra expenditure during the trip: $450 to $650 dollars. ATMs are not that frequent, but many places will accept US credit cards if they have a chip.

English hill weather in the spring is likely to be variable. If we are lucky will have sunny and mild weather but we are likely to have some wind and rain.

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, 22 Front Street, Schenectady NY 12305; 518-374-2586; RomanLaba@aol.com

Trip Leader Roman Laba