In the summer of 2015 following a year of gradually increasing my long distance endurance, I embarked on my longest running challenge to date – running the full distance for the west coast of St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay on the East.
This incredible 192 mile journey was completed 8 days and largely followed Wainwrights original route through the 3 spectacular national parks.
This was my starting point once I’d left the coastline at St Bees and certainly the hilliest portion of the route but the views were spectacular and almost entirely traffic free.
Etherial fog accompanied me for much of this portion which made the experience very spooky and surreal. I was very glad of my trusty OS map and compass to guide me through the misty highlands.
Such a beautiful landscape for the home straight. As instructed by Mr Wainwright, I’d dipped my toes in the water in St Bees, faithfully carried a pebble from the beach for the entire journey and was very glad to be rid of the extra weight when I flung it into the sea and dipped my toes into the water at Robin Hood’s Bay.
When we came here on holidays with my Gran when I was 6 years old, I would never of dreamt that I’d be paddling here again after such a gruelling journey.