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Responding to an invitation from former club member and good friend, David Smart, Mark Power took part in a 200 mile walk from the west coast to the east coast of England. Starting at St Bees and finishing at Robin Hoods Bay, the two took a total of two weeks to complete the walk…. averaging about 15 miles a day.

They were joined in their efforts by their wives, who provided support in a pair of 4x4s.

The walk took in some of England’s finest scenery and the thing that surprised Mark most was the fact that they saw very little evidence of the modern world during the venture, despite knowing that it was all around them. The only real give-aways were the fact that they had to cross the M6 by a footbridge near to Shap and they had to

Mark Power’s Coast to Coast Walk

Home Back

End of a day’s walk. Waiting to be picked up.

literally run across the A19 (with speeding traffic howling towards them) near Ingleby Cross.

The weather was fairly kind to the pair, with the exception of a couple of days in the Lake District, especially the leg from Grasmere over to Patterdale. The poor light and incessant rain meant arriving 2-3 hours late at the destination car park, with two very worried wives wondering what course of action should be taken. Luckily, mountain rescue weren’t called out… and the rest of the trip proved far more conducive to enjoying the scenery in relatively good weather.

As well as enjoying a great walking holiday, the pair also managed to raise over £10,000 between them in aid of the Alzheimers Society and the Huntington’s Disease Association.   

The smiles disguise a tough climb.

Outside one of the fabulous farms the pair stayed in.