Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk in England

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Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk in England

Train Station at Kirkby Stephen

My son Joseph and I have been planning a grand adventure: Wainwright’s Coast-to-Coast walk in England. The walk is near the northern border of Scotland at the narrowest neck of land. The walk goes through the Lake District, the Dales, and the Moors. We decided to do the second half of the journey, from Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay. The long anticipated adventure has begun!

We boarded the train in London to Leeds, and from there a train to Kirkby Stephen. We were delighted to find out the second leg is one of the world’s greatest railway journeys. We enjoyed green hillsides covered with content sheep and stone borders–a scene I’m sure we’ll become familiar with. But Joseph and I love this landscape and have been anxious to see it.

The Kirkby Stephen Train Station was charming and our walk officially began, as we hauled our luggage over a mile into town. We located our lovely accommodation and walked to the town square. The markets at this town square originated in the 1300’s!  Then we toured St. Stephen’s Church, known as “the Cathedral of the Dales.”  It is built on the site of a Saxon church and has relics from the Vikings.  We also found the famous stone bench carved with sheep.  It’s supposed to increase your fertility if you sit in it. Neither of us did.

The Sheep Bench

Joseph was eager to walk, so we hiked around the countryside.  It was a beautiful day but I’m nervous about tomorrow. Rain is in the forecast and the guidebook says it’s not only rough going through the bogs when it rains, but it’s difficult to find the path!


Tonight we treated ourselves to sticky toffee pudding–we must carb load before a walk, right?  And we’ll get our backpacks loaded. Wish us luck.

Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!

Rain in the North York Moors

To Richmond, And Beyond!

Swaledale River Valley

Bogged Down in Britain


  • Cindy

    Good luck Rhonda and Joe! Love you guys. You will do great!

    August 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm
    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the encouragement!

      August 17, 2017 at 7:55 pm
  • Ali

    I think I am as excited about your walk as you are! I can’t wait for your next report!

    August 17, 2017 at 7:29 pm
    • Anonymous

      Thanks Ali. And I can’t wait to report. I wish it was tomorrow at this time!

      August 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm
  • Chrissie and Joe at Lockholme

    So glad to have you staying with us at Lockholme Bed and Breakfast at the the start of your C2C adventure!!! What you and your Joe are doing is just amazing!!! Good Luck!!!

    August 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm
  • Chrissie and Joe at Lockholme

    We are so pleased that you and Joe are staying with us at Lockholme Bed and Breakfast at the start of your C2C adventure! Good Luck!!

    August 17, 2017 at 9:59 pm
  • Deb M.

    I’m excited for you! And I’m glad you did NOT sit on the sheep bench!! That would be baaaaaaad!

    August 18, 2017 at 3:43 pm
  • Laura

    Wish I was there with you!

    August 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm
  • Doris Arroyo

    What an adventure!!! Enjoy your trip with Joseph.

    August 19, 2017 at 5:11 am
  • Amy Bell

    I am so excited to follow your journey! The sheep bench looks uncomfortable and sounds highly dangerous! 🙂

    August 21, 2017 at 1:32 am
  • Ami

    I have relished each of these posts. What a beautiful countryside! Can’t wait until the next report…

    August 28, 2017 at 7:52 pm