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Coast to Coast Walk: Arrival in St. Bees

St. Bees on Coast to Coast Walk


Arrival in St. Bees - Will Copestake on the Coast to Coast Walk: Day 1

The now popular coast to coast route is the legacy of Alfred Wainwright. Unlike other long distance trails which might follow existing boundaries such as Hadrian's wall or Offa's Dyke his path has no dependence to a single route. The freedom to vary route along a whole range of public rights of way allow an option for whatever mood or when the weather may dictate. Whisked from my Machair to Munro expedition in the Scottish highlands by train and taxi I arrived in St.Bees to tackle the coast to coast trail. The evening sun lit the little coastal town in a hazy warmth, surf rumbled in the distance and newborn lambs frolicked in the fields nearby. Compared to the cold winter browns of the Scottish Moors the lush green English pastures seemed positively tropical...not to mention the sun!

 

Lush green!

Lush green!


Taking a short stroll in the evening light to stretch out my legs I ambled to the top of a small hill nearby. The red walls of the local priory stood tall over the narrow streets along the road.
 

The Priory

The Priory


Quiet streets of St. Bees

Quiet streets of St. Bees


With a warm welcome by owners Will & Nicola I settled into the Fairladies Barn, the luxurious room far trumps my little green tent.

 

Fairladies Barn

Fairladies Barn


Searching for somewhere to eat I was directed by Will to The Queen’s Hotel,  ‘ Turn right, If you can’t find it you probably shouldn’t be walking the trail’ he chuckled. Sure enough a few hundred meters down the road I stepped inside for a cool ale, surf and turf seemed the perfect way to start the coast to coast.

 

The Queens Pub

The Queens Pub


Surf and Turf for a journey from Sea to Pasture

Surf and Turf for a journey from Sea to Pasture


I returned under the glow of the streetlights to the Fairladies with an excited spring in my step. In the morning the hike begins.

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