Invite to join Stage 4 of our sponsored challenge

“Pass the Bamboo Baton along the Coast to Coast walk”

20th – 24th June 2015

Total Cost including transport from London to the Lake District & accommodation:  £295

PLUS Charity Fund Raising/donation amount:  min £275 (and more if you can!)

By popular request we have added an extra days’ walking and extra night !!!

Eyewear Africa is running this sponsored challenge over several separate weekends over 2 years.  Eyewear Africa is our social venture which sells Bambooka sunglasses   to support the charity PEPE which in turn supports and helps to empower the teachers and pupils of Sisonke School and the community of Amasame, located in the Transkei region of S. Africa.  We started our challenge in St Bees on the west coast of England in the Lake District and will end up Robin Hoods Bay on the east coast!

The Coast to Coast Walk: 182 miles from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay (in 6 separate weekend stages)

Stage Three was completed in September 2014. It was a big success and it would be fantastic if you join us on the fourth stage!

Read about the beautiful mountain scenery we walked through…

And some of the people we walked with!!

For this next stage we are lucky to be joined once again by Ian from Old Water View who will be our guide for the first two days of the walk! We met Ian on Stage 2 of the walk when we stayed in his pub in Patterdale. Enthused by what we are trying to achieve to help Sisonke school and Amasame village, Ian hopes to walk with us on all the stages of the Coast to Coast.

Stage Four:  From Orton to Reeth (3 days walking, 4 night stopovers)

Day 1: Join the bus in London for the journey north!

Day 2: Orton to Kirkby Stephen

Arriving in Orton late afternoon on Saturday, we will stay at the lovely George Hotel run by Hazel, the pub we finished up at in the last stage of the walk.

Sunday morning we awake to a pub breakfast to kick-start the 13 mile leg of our walk which leaves the peaceful village of Orton, crossing fields under Orton Scar and then likely heading the route across Tarn Moor to Sunbiggin Tarn. The route climbs to the top of Smardale Fell which gives the first view of Kirkby Stephen which vies with Richmond as the biggest town on the route. Kirkby Stephen is a pleasant market town with a market square, plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants. Tonight we will stay northern-style in another pub with hearty food and drink to hand!


Day 3: Kirkby Stephen to Keld

Another 13 mile leg, but a memorable one. Not only do you cross the Pennines- the backbone of the British Isles- but in doing so you cross the watershed; from now on all rivers flow eastwards rather than west to the Irish Sea where the C2C started. This is also the stage where you pass from Cumbria to Yorkshire. And finally, by the end of this stage you will have reached the halfway point of the trek. 92 miles done, only another 100 to go! Today’s route passes the atmospheric Nine Standards Rigg before dropping down across the grouse moors to Ravenseat and eventually Keld in Swaledale, our destination.



Night 3 we stay in Mongolian Yurts, hopefully one of the highlights of the walk!!





Day 4: Keld to Reeth (11 miles)

Keld is a pretty village at the intersection of the Coast to Coast and Pennine Way.  Today’s walk is a sharp contrast to the past two days of high moors walking. Our route gently follows the River Swale past Crackpot Hall, a famous Coast to coast landmark and passes through the village of Gunnerside with a welcome opportunity for a coffee break or lunch. Reeth is the ‘capital’ of Swaledale and is very much an archetypal Yorkshire dale village with village green, shops and pubs a plenty.

Day 5: Wednesday – After a nice brekkie we board the mini-bus and drive back to London

Booking your place on Stage Four (June 2015)

The total cost of the trip should be £295, depending on number of people signing up, and finalisation of accommodation and transport costs. To book your place on this long weekend challenge, please send a non-refundable deposit of £100 (see separate booking form). Closer to the time (April) you will need to pay the balance. The cost includes: all transport and fuel in the mini-bus, and 4 nights B and B. It will exclude evening meals where you can eat what and where you want, drinks in the bar etc, and lunches/drinks/snacks (To be confirmed)

Your Fundraising

You need to raise/donate a minimum of £275 for PEPE. You can give cheques to me (Ruth) made out to PEPE, and/or start a PEPE fund raising page on BT My Donate. When you sign up I will send details of how to create your fund raising page. If you are newcomer to our Coast to Coast walk you will receive a pair of Bambooka sunglasses by Eyewear Africa as a thank you for taking part!  (Now you will understand the link to the name of the challenge “Pass the Bamboo Baton” which may have inspired the thought “what is this all about”! Eyewear Africa is non-profit-making and the proceeds of Bambooka sales also support the charity PEPE and projects in the Transkei region of Africa.

Note about Kit: You need to wear a good strong pair of waterproof walking boots and quality rain gear!  More details to follow on sign up.

If you’d like to read up about the walk, the “Coast to Coast Path” by Henry Stedman or The Coast to Coast Path Walk by Martin Wainwright are very good

Please contact me, Ruth, about any aspects of this challenge –

Ruth van Cranenburgh: Tel: 07738423933

Please contact Dave Philips with any queries about the charity PEPE:

..and Baz van Cranenburgh about Eyewear Africa and Bambooka sunglasses


04. March 2015 by charliesp135
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