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|Start: Shap||Finish: Kirkby Stephen||Distance: 19.3 miles (31.1 km)|
|Time: 8-10 hours||Climbing: 661 metres||Rating: Strenuous|
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|Start: Shap||Finish: Kirkby Stephen|
|Distance: 19.3 miles (31.1 km)||Time: 8-10 hours|
|Climbing: 661 metres||Rating: Strenuous|
|GPX Route File||Google Earth File|
Pain! My left knee had swollen up overnight. I felt it going yesterday between Haweswater and Shap. I could hardly walk last night. Also, my left heel lost a pile of skin so I had to bandage it all up. To cap it all my left big toe swelled up too. All on my left leg! There was no way I could march on this stage so I ambled nearly 20 miles only stopping twice for 10 minute fuel breaks. It was agony and by the time I reached Smardale Bridge I was getting angry with myself. The last five miles we total purgatory. I was hurting bad. After leaving Shap between 9.15 and 9.30am I made it into Kirkby Stephen after 6.00pm making my average speed about 2.5 mph on an easy level ground stage. And that was flat out! Plus factors - The sights were great in areas with panoramic views of the Lakes, Howgills, Teesdale and parts of the Yorkshire Dales. Fair weather kept my pain company during the day and the added bonus of a good deal of sun to top it all. I don't know how I would have coped in the rain. Thank heavens I did not have to face that predicament.
Due to the pain I was suffering today I walked alone for almost the entire stage. No way could I keep up with Deke so I let him go on. How I was relieved to see Kirkby Stephen at the end of the walking. And what accommodation we had there. Redmayne House, a favourite stop for Coast to Coast walkers is old and enchanting. What a loo - old fashioned. And what a bath - I did not want to get out!
On both this and my earlier Coast to Coast I suffered badly during the middle stages, and I am a regular distance walker. My warning is to be prepared for spells where it will be tough going. During this walk I met people who had to drop out or take rest days. It is a common occurrence for people not used to long distance walking to drop out on a walk of such length. Take plenty of bandages, plasters and the obligatory second skin! You will be glad you did.