Start 24/04/2009
Robin Hood's Bay

Finish 04/05/2009
St. Bees

Distance 182miles/293km

In the summer of 1999 I completed my first way-marked long distance path, Wainwright's Coast to Coast. It wasn't easy. Walking over 25 miles on day one to The Lion Inn caused serious damage to my heels. I felt unable to continue, and after a day's rest, still sore and able only to walk wearing my trainers, I decided to proceed to Osmotherley, hoping to find some form of public transport to wherever. While taking a breather to admire the views at Wain Stones, I got into a conversation with a man heading East with his son. During this exchange I relayed the folly of my first day, to which he responded by producing from his rucksack something called Compeed. I'd never heard of these blister pads, but the relief these things gave that evening was amazing. The next morning, after stopping at the pharmacy, I continued walking West. No more thoughts of buses or trains until I arrived at St. Bees. Since then, I've always included Compeed in my first aid kit, and rarely walked more than 20 miles in a day!

Ten years on, I set off again from Robin Hood's Bay, as a sort of anniversary walk. It is from this second trip that I created the gallery below.

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