Easyjet decided to cancel my flight to Manchester, and just about week after booking it!!! Makes me wonder if they knew at that moment that some kind of spring schedules are coming because all the wednesday flights on that route no longer existed in spring. And in the email they didn’t even give any explanation. Nothing!
But, changing the flight was free of charge. Even to a more expensive one as long as it was the same route. So I’ll be flying two days later on friday the 13th of May. Uuhh. It will affect a bit to that perfect plan because I need two days to take care of some other businesses in England, and Sunday is a no go day from York to Helmsley (like Jesper mentioned about the transportation difficulties in the previous post)
Summa summarum: I’ll start the walk on Monday morning, and finishing in the Saturday evening having six full days to cover 177km, which makes quite tough 29,5km for every day. I might be forced to finish the walk in Scarborough.
Have to aim now for a very light pack. So far my practical field tests with Osprey Exos 58 have been promising and it has carried good loads once a week with ease:
England here I come!!! (the week 20 in May) More precisely North Yorkshire moors and the cliffs at the East Coast since this walk consist of two very different parts, at least what comes to the landscape:
(image from http://www.bestwalks.com)
The Cleveland Way is part of the UK’s long distance national trail network and should be well marked and easy to follow. The length is somewhat 177 km in total, and the average walking time around 9 days. However, I’m planning to finish a bit faster, seven days should be sufficient. And if for any reason that’s not enough, Scarborough is a good exit point in case of a hurry to catch up my return flight.
Because booking this early I found good offers from Easyjet and the flights from Helsinki to Manchester and back 60 eur in total. Not bad for the budget. And because camping during this trip the total cost shouldn’t get very high either and so sparing some money for the big trip of the next summer (perhaps the GR20). The access points of the trail are also easy to reach from Manchester.
I’m quite excited about this hike. It will be my first time in UK and seeing both the moors and coast will be great! There are a nice variety of long distance trails in UK and many would have gone to Scotland right away but for me this felt as a perfect option. I’m gonna share this hike with my brother who’s currently studying there in UK.
Here are couple of good websites:
*National Trails – The Cleveland Way
*TRIP REPORT by George Tod, 1999
*TRIP REPORT by Jordan family 2008
And to the end, quite nostalgic promotion video:
I’ll keep posting here how the planning and preparations will proceed:)
Hehee finally I got it done! Not an easy project since all our old material was quite shaky, taken with a crappy pocket camera and while shooting definitely not planning to make any kind of movie later on. And from the last part of the journey there’s no live material anymore because we run out of memory cards… anyway here you go and hopefully you guys like it. In the end I’m quite happy about it and it brought lot of nice memories to my mind while editing:)
ps. Sorry about the singing parts…