Coast to Coast 2014


Tomorrow I will be setting off on my latest adventure. I will be “attempting” to complete Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk. The reason I say “attempt” is that it is about a 190 mile walk which I only have 7 or so days to do it in. So it works out at about 25 miles a day… which is manageable I suppose, but I will be carrying all my own gear and have done little or no training towards this. I currently don’t even have a map yet so it should be interesting!

For those who don’t know much about the Coast to Coast walk it starts off in St. Bees on the Irish Sea and ends at Robin Hoods Bay on the North Sea. You can go the other way if you like but it isn’t highly recommended. Firstly you do it west to east so you have the sun to your back but also if you finish quite late in the day there aren’t many trains out or into St. Bees after 5pm and most places to stay are rather expensive. Because well…. It’s in the ass end of nowhere.

The route was devised by the renowned Alfred Wainwright in 1976 but has been revised a few times since, largely to prevent walkers from being run over by lorries or shot by angry possessive farmers. The route takes you through three of the largest national parks in the UK. The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales and also the North Yorkshire Moors. Rather conveniently the route also goes through my home town of Richmond in North Yorkshire, which will provide me with a nice bed for a night as well as a chance to swap out some supplies 🙂

And just in case at this point you are questioning my ability to survive this trek on my own… rest easy as I am not alone in this endeavour. I will be doing the walk with an old, equally unprepared, buddy of mine from my Camp America days called Thomas Holmes. We worked together in Florida and Minnesota in 2010 and 2011 respectively and after finishing camp in 2011 we did a monster 8000 mile road trip in Western USA on about an £800 budget each. So we’ve been there before! I will be writing about this trip in upcoming “Throwback Thursday” blogs that I plan on publishing soon about some of my past adventure from the last 7 or so years.

And on a final note, this walk isn’t just about two mates who haven’t seen each other for two years going on a walk for shits and giggles, it is a legitimate attempt to fundraise some money for a worthy cause. We are doing the walk in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. A cause that is quite important to both us for both personal reasons and from some of the work we did together whilst in the USA. There is currently no cure for the disease and is something that only gets worse over time. It is a truly horrible experience for the individual to go through as well the family and loved ones caring for them. So I do implore you to sponsor us if you can, whether it is £1, £2, £5, it really doesn’t matter, it all helps. You can find a link to my page below;


I will be posting updates to my blog and my Facebook page at and twitter @benji_p_88.

I will also be filming my first VLOG whilst doing the walk so watch this space. This will soon become a reasonably regular occurrence when I go to Australia in a few short weeks time! If I survive that long…..

One thought on “Coast to Coast 2014

  1. Not For The Faint Hearted

    So Pross and Holmes your doing the coast 2 coast for charity, 190 miles in just 7 days you are both very very brave! Or what I would say “They’re utterly bonkers not brave!”

    It sounds like your both the perfect match for this challenge totally determined and certainly relaxed! (well for now anyway)

    I’m sure there will be some good times and bad times but remember laugh it off and think of your love ones and find the nearest the pub 😉

    I’m sure you’ll both reminisce about the good old days Camp America and afterwards that famous Road Trip how much Pross took hundreds of photos and loved being driven around (lol)

    The charity your doing this for means a lot to me in more ways than one, remember this challenge is about having FUN!

    So deep breaths,fresh smiles each day and lots of hope that you will both reach the very end……Robin Hoods Bay! =)

    By Kitty Garretty-Crane

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