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:
*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:)