Jeff and Mick’s Coast to Coast Day Four (Kirby Stephen to Reeth)

Day Four: Kirby Stephen to Reeth (24 Miles)

IMG 0545 The most amazing thing about this walk is people you meet and bond you then share.  Sounds very new age but we were constanlty inspired by people completing the walk whether it was 80 year olds taking 14 days, the charming cockeny walking on his own and bivvying, the friends of an injured soldier fundraising for help for heroes, or the brass band completing the walk carrying their instruments all the way.
 IMG 5863 I mention this as the brass band fired up on this drizzly morning as we approached the Nine Standards Rigg.  They were playing loudly serenading those weary walkers beginning there next day.  The moorland was boggy, difficult to navigate and indistinct.This was the kind of territory where you could very easily go up to your knee in stagnant bog water and have to change your socks.  Nuff said!
 IMG 0547 Being a Yorkshireman and from the Dales this was the most wonderful motivating site!  Entering the Dales meant we were home as we both spent our formative years in Richmond with the Dales as our playground.
 IMG 5864 Keld was a welcome break and we stopped to apply some important hi tech medical supplies
IMG 0550 We then continued our route to Reeth and picked up as we followed the river down the valley feeling like the challenge was something we could now accomplish.


Mick Fenwick

Mountain Leader, D of E Co-Ordinator, Deputy Headteacher

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