The Coast to Coast (C2C) long-distance footpath runs for around 200 miles between St Bees on the Irish Sea coast of Cumbria eastwards to Robin Hood’s Bay on the Yorkshire North Sea coast. Initially suggested by Alfred Wainwright as just one of many options, our path followed the route that has now become the recognised trail, taking in some of the finest countryside in northern England as it traverses the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
Walking in aid of Parkinson’s UK, alongside my old schoolmate Rob Stubbs, we spent 17 fabulous days completing the trail in April 2022, meeting many family, friends, fellow walkers and strangers along the way, whilst creating a great many wonderful memories.
The walk represented a significant achievement for both of us, and particularly for Rob who had a diagnosis of Parkinson’s in 2017. Our walk helped Parkinson’s UK in their work to raise awareness of the condition, and supported by many kind and generous sponsors we raised a sum of just over £3,500 for Parkinson’s UK. These funds have been dedicated to the medical research into the condition that Rob himself participates in.
This photo was taken from the beach at Robin Hood’s Bay, looking out at the North Sea at the end of our C2C walk. The black object near the top of the image is my airborne pebble, transported from the Irish Sea coast of Cumbria, about to splash into the North Sea after its long overland journey.
Our walk is detailed in my daily BLOG and can be viewed by clicking on the above BLOG tab.
“Parkinson’s UK would like to extend a huge thanks to fundraisers Robert and Nick for taking on their remarkable challenge. Without the generosity of people like you, Parkinson’s UK would not be able to grow, expand its services, and continue the search to find a cure for Parkinson’s. Together we can bring forward the day where no one fears Parkinson’s.” Parkinson’s UK
Our C2C Rules
Our walk was self-financed, including all administration, travel, accommodation, food and drink, and other expenses. All sponsorship monies were donated in full to Parkinson’s UK.
Starting on 2 April 2022, we completed the walk in one go, over 17 walking days, avoiding the need for our contingency of a 6-month deadline to cover any enforced breaks for any external reason (including any pandemic restrictions), injury or illness, or other personal reasons.
No motor transport, ferries or cycles were used on our route. Such transport was used only from the route to and from accommodation on a couple of occasions in the more remote areas.