Day 12 – Lord Stones to Lion Inn Blakey

A day of many ascents and descents, amongst the mist. 
Starting back where I finished yesterday the weather hadn’t really improved. True, there was less rain but the visibility was much worse!
Uncle accompanied me to the top of Cringle End. 

A good path again with many large flags laid. 

This was the ‘view’ at the top!

Quite easy to step off a cliff here if you didn’t follow the map! 

I will have to look at books to understand what the views should look like from up here. 

The descents were tricky as the rain made the rocks slippery. 

I came across an ancient boundary stone marked E one side and F the other (Elizabeth and Frederick?)

Then it was uphill again. 

And, guess what, it was downhill the other side!!

The view back up showed that the mist had cleared a little. 

Or so I thought as I made my way up another ascent towards the Wainstones, which were also covered in mist. 

Wainwright says that you will like the Wainstones as there are nice scramble for 50 yards – he’s absolutely right. Great fun. I will have to return when there is no mist. 

The path then led over high ground for a while before dropping down to a B road where uncle was waiting with a cup of tea. 

This shot is looking backwards during the descent. 

Uncle joined me about halfway down the descent – you can see his red jacket in this photo. 

And took this shot of me. 

After that cup of tea it was time for the fourth and final ascent of the day. 


The path was then pretty flat for the rest of the walk but there were still many miles to go. 

This stone intrigued me. 

I made a quick detour off the path to the summit trig point but the weather wasn’t great so I soon moved on. 

This is the boundary marker known as the Face Stone. 

After a few more miles I began a long (5 mile) traverse of an old ironstone railway alignment.  I’m sure the views on a clear day would have been beautiful and it was fun walking along an old railway, but because of the mist this became very tedious indeed. 

Here are the positions of the old sleepers were clear. 

And clearly the embankments had been very well constructed. 

At this point the Lyke Wake Walk disappeared to the left. To be classified as ‘Dirger’ of the LWW Club you need to take less than 24 hours to do the 42 mile hike. This is an ancient coffin carrying route. Weird. 

This looked to be an ingenious re-use of rail. 

The route was fast going. 

From time to time some views did appear.

I turned off a few hundred yards from the lion in and couldn’t see it at all. For a while I thought it might have been demolished and replaced by this little hut. 

Then it finally appeared on the horizon. 

The famous Lion Inn dating back to 1553. 

Stats for the day – 12.3 miles with 1911ft ascent up to a summit at 1477ft.


2 thoughts on “Day 12 – Lord Stones to Lion Inn Blakey

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  1. Wow Colin I have been ‘following’ you everyday since your mum sent us the info on how to find you. I am so impressed with what you have accomplished so far!!! It is particularly interesting since you left the Lake District as we have done some of the walks in the area – not the C2C! Well done Colin – it is so exciting even from the comfort of home – probably particularly from the comfort of home! All the best for the final push!


  2. This was a good day -just being surrounded by moor in good weather with a drink at Blakey Ridge at the end of it. I caught up with fellow travellers here who now live in Spain. Were you surprised by how social the whole c2c was? I hadn’t expected that. Like you I kept catching up with people who’d begun around the time I did. And it was so international.


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