Ramsbottom, Lancashire United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 10, 2011 -- The world famous Coast to Coast or C2C walking route across the North of England continues to be one of the most popular long-distance walks in the world. It is also considered a challenge for many who consider themselves to be fit and healthy, with recommendations to take 2 or 3 weeks to complete the route. Whites, an outdoor clothing store based in Ramsbottom in Lancashire took the challenge a step further - to complete the 200 mile hike in only 72 hours.
The unofficial C2C walk was devised by writer and hill-walker Alfred Wainwright. It is described in a book called "A Coast to Coast Walk" that he wrote in 1973. The walk crosses three National Parks in the North of England, taking in some of England's finest scenery.
Starting beside the Irish Sea, you encounter stunning walks through the mountains and valleys of the Lake District, then you cross the Pennines and down Swaledale. Next, you traverse the North York Moors and beyond them you finally reach the east coast. Wainright even suggests walkers start by dipping their booted feet in the Irish Sea at St. Bee's and at the end of the walk dip their naked feet in the North Sea at Robin Hood's Bay. The challenge organised by Whites Outdoors that took place over the weekend of 24-27th May of this year took the traditional route, but this time they were pressed for time.
The challenge was a team effort. 6 teams of 6 members gathered for the hike definitely not for the faint hearted on 24th May. There were also 12 support and logistics officials on hand due to the extent of the challenge. Each team was required to walk at least one section per day within the specified time limit. This meant that each team had to walk at least sixteen hours per day. The walk covers varieties of terrain including scaling the highest point Kidsty Pike in the Lake District at 2,560 feet.
The clothing store owner and instigator of the challenge Lee White explains:
"We salute all endeavours and challenges including the Coast to Coast walk. But we always aim a bit higher and believe a challenge should mean exactly that...a challenge."
Whites would like to thank Ford Leasing UK for the transport, Warmsley Butchers for the meat and Warburtons for the bread that fuelled the walkers throughout their journey.