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Coast to Coast 2008
Time to go home - Friday 23 May 2008.
We had booked breakfast for 8.30am, later than normal but it suited Jane and all of us. Diane had left at 8am in a taxi to Whitby. She was heading to Newcastle before flying back to Wisconsin on Saturday. We had a wonderful breakfast chatting with Chas and Dave and further reminiscing about the walk. Jane very kindly allowed us to leave our bags at The Villa until 11.30am when our lift was expected so we set off down the hill once again to the bay. We said farewell to Chas and Dave at 9.15am as they had a bus to catch to Scarborough where they would get their connecting trains to York and then London.
I walked down the hill first as I visited the Robin Hoods Bay geocache before meeting up with Geoff, Jane and Jeff and joined them on a brief walk around some of Bay Town. I saw Mick walking along the beach towards Boggle Hole and then found Malc strolling through the back streets of Bay Town. Malc and I went back up the hill for a newspaper from the post office near The Villa and then went back to the café near the top of the hill for a tea/coffee whilst we read the newspapers. This was the first newspaper I had bought in 2 weeks. Mick came up the hill some time later and we all went back to The Villa at about 10.50am to wait for Pete, our colleague and driver who was scheduled to arrive sometime between 11am and 12 noon. Jane very kindly made us some tea to have outside whilst we waited for our lift – what a gesture. This is another B & B that I will revisit and I recommend it to others.
Pete arrived at 11.30am and we loaded up his car (well it is Mick’s car really that Pete was using). Off we went leaving Robin Hoods Bay with some great memories having met many great people. Would we meet them again - only time will tell but I hope so. We called off at the Highwayman café on the A64 just outside York on the way back for a tea. The others also had something to eat before we headed back to Doncaster where we went to the local bank, settled our fuel bill with Pete and dropped him off. Mick then kindly dropped me off at home in Rotherham and went on to drop Malc off at his Sheffield home before driving home himself. I sorted my bags for washing, put away some of my maps and books, checked my emails, downloaded my photographs and went through them with my wife giving her as shortened version of our 2 weeks adventure. Back to normality – now where shall I go walking next week?
We had walked about 205 miles in 14 days, excluding the evening walks around villages to and from the evening meal locations. We had visited 28 licensed premises and consumed a few beers along the way - can’t count the beers I’m afraid. I had visited 21 geocaches along the route. We had met and chatted with over 50 people who were actually doing the C2C walk or sections of it. We stopped to talk with many other people along the way. Every one of our overnight accommodation locations was excellent and I would recommend them all.
The C2C walk is what you want it to be: a gruelling walk completed in as quick a time as possible; a walk to be completed in stages over months or years; a leisurely walk including rest days to take in a few of the additional sights along the way; a solo walk; a group walk. I would suggest that whatever your own intentions are for the walk, you are not breaking any hard and fast rules - so go out and enjoy a fantastic social and physical holiday.
Now shall I ask the question again – ‘Anyone up for a walk in the parks?’ I know I am and I will do the C2C walk again in 2 or 3 years time. Will Malc and Mick do the walk again? I’m not sure you’ll have to ask them. I’ve got my eyes on the West Highland Way and Ben Nevis next year – I wonder who may want to join me?
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