From the delights of Silloth to the edge of the salt marshes at Angerton.
I loved the pretty seaside town of Silloth with its wide cobbled streets, green promenade, old style park with paddling pool. Silloth also has a toy soldier museum based on a private collection and is run by volunteers.
Today I walk from Workington with a deep industrial past to the Victorian seaside resort of Silloth.
Leaving Workington, I cross Barkers Bridge named in honour of PC Bill Barker who was killed in the floods of 2009 when the pedestrian bridge was swept away. There is a plaque in the pathway to commemorate his life.
There is a steady stream of walkers and cyclists leaving St. Bees, making there way to the beach where there is a plaque denoting the start of the Coast to Coast walk.
This is a 192 mile walk mapped out by Alfred Wainwright, the famous Lancastrian hill walker.
I make a good start to the day with a bacon butty and coffee at the café of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Station.
I cross the Esk Estuary on a walkway that has been built alongside railway bridge. At low tide you can see a track that crosses the estuary but I stayed on the walkway. Continue reading
I catch the train down to Millom, which was rather nostalgic with old diesel engine up front, and the carriages had the old clunk- click doors.
I take the road out of Millom to the Hodbarrow Nature Reserve.
Today, I try something different, I ditch the rucksack, on with the trainers instead of boots and see if I can run a marathon distance.
Counting sheep, counting steps, I cover the distance, running on cycleways and along roads, but not without a few stops. Unfortunately, I chose a hot day to do it, I could have done with a bit of a breeze.
A day with sea, sand and marshes
Ulverston has a famous son, Stan Laurel, one half of the famous comic double act, Laurel & Hardy. They teamed up in the late 1920’s and made many films and shows together. The town hosts a museum as a lasting legacy of their time together.
From Station to Station today as I use the train to get to my start point today. This is very convenient as I’m still staying at the Youth Hostel in Arnside.
Besides the railway station, Cark in Cartmel is a pretty village with a couple of pubs and a shop. Nearby, during the war there was an RAF airfield at Flookburgh.
Today is market day in Milnthorpe where I start today’s walk. I take a walk around the stalls and say a cheery good morning to a few people.
In the square I meet Sue who runs a butty van which is very popular. Sue started her business up 25 years ago under the Prince of Wales scheme. She was one of the first recipients of a grant from the Prince of Wales Trust. I can highly recommend her bacon baps.
I actually start today a Hest Bank, just north of Morecambe, where I finished yesterday.
Following the coastal path I pass caravan parks and camping sites that look over the vast sands and marshes of Morecambe Bay. The bay is notorious for its quicksands and moving tides. There are local royal appointed guides that can walk you across the bay, but that is only at certain times of the year.