Walney to Wear 2

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Dates, Thursday 17 to Monday 21 August 2017
Note, This Tour is NOW FULL.
Participants, Marion, Sue P, Maureen, Owen, Thelma, Irene, Jeff, Jane D, Shirley, Bob, Jay, Richard and Sue B
Tour Photographs (keep returning as I’ll be adding more soon)
Photographs added, updated 25 August.
Day 1 – Walney Island & Barrow (Sue P photographs)

21.8.17 W2W 177 21.8.17 W2W 178 21.8.17 W2W 182 21.8.17 W2W 184

Day 2 – Barrow in Furness to Kendal (Sue P, Anne, Neil & Jane’s Photographs)

21.8.17 W2W 190 21.8.17 W2W 191 21.8.17 W2W 192 21.8.17 W2W 193 21.8.17 W2W 194 21.8.17 W2W 197 21.8.17 W2W 200 21.8.17 W2W 205 21.8.17 W2W 206 21.8.17 W2W 207 21.8.17 W2W 211 21.8.17 W2W 215 21.8.17 W2W 216 21.8.17 W2W 223 21.8.17 W2W 225

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Day 3 – Kendal to Kirkby Stephen ( Sue P, Anne, Jane & Neil’s Photographs)

21.8.17 W2W 226 21.8.17 W2W 227 21.8.17 W2W 229 21.8.17 W2W 230 21.8.17 W2W 234 21.8.17 W2W 237 21.8.17 W2W 238 21.8.17 W2W 240 21.8.17 W2W 241 21.8.17 W2W 242 21.8.17 W2W 244 21.8.17 W2W 246 21.8.17 W2W 248 21.8.17 W2W 249 21.8.17 W2W 250 21.8.17 W2W 251 21.8.17 W2W 252 21.8.17 W2W 256 21.8.17 W2W 257 21.8.17 W2W 258 21.8.17 W2W 259 21.8.17 W2W 260 21.8.17 W2W 261 21.8.17 W2W 266 21.8.17 W2W 271 21.8.17 W2W 272

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Day 4 – Kirkby Stephen to West Auckland (Sue P, Anne, Neil & Jane’s Photographs)

22.8.17 telephone photos 1059 22.8.17 telephone photos 1060 22.8.17 telephone photos 1071 22.8.17 telephone photos 1072

21.8.17 W2W 274 21.8.17 W2W 275 21.8.17 W2W 279 21.8.17 W2W 282 21.8.17 W2W 289 21.8.17 W2W 291 21.8.17 W2W 292

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Day 5 – West Auckland to Sunderland (Sue P, Neil, Jane & Anne’s photographs)

21.8.17 W2W 299

21.8.17 W2W 300 21.8.17 W2W 301 21.8.17 W2W 312 21.8.17 W2W 316

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Tour Photographs, a initial selection with many more to follow (published Monday 21 August).

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Provisional Itinerary (published 16 April)

Thursday 17 August

Meet the minibus (MacDonald’s, Metro Centre) and drive to Barrow in Furness, arriving early afternoon. Drop bags off at the hotel, then cycle to the start of the W2W on Walney Island and back to the hotel which is situated on the W2W route. Possible guided tour of town by Phil Collier an award winning ambassador for Barrow (2017). Meal at the lively Salvana’s restaurant in Barrow.

Friday 18 August

There’s a long day ahead, so it’s an early start this morning. The route to Ulverston is up and down all the way, followed by a very steep climb out of the town, the terrain continues ‘up and down’ all the way to the river Leven and the salt marshes and mud flats of the estuary. Then it’s uphill through woodland before heading to the picturesque village of Cartmel and on to lunch at Grange-Over-Sands.

The afternoon is a lot gentler with very few hills early on, just the one major climb at Levens before heading further east and finally north to Natland, where we leave the official route and head in to Kendal for the evening. Our meal is at the Brewery Arts Centre tonight.

Saturday 19 August

Another early start today, the route out of Kendal is busy with traffic and narrow streets to contend with. We rejoin the W2W to the east of Kendal. The terrain continues with the ‘up and down’ theme of the previous morning all the way to the M6 motorway and the Howgill hills, where the road surface is initially very potholed and poor but improves to become freshly laid tarmac. Note, there is one dangerous descent down to the disused railway viaduct at Beckfoot. Lunch is at the M6 services, Junction 38 north of Tebay.

The afternoon ride is gentle across open moorland before descending into Kirby Stephen for the night.

Sunday 20 August

In terms of climbs this is easily the toughest morning, as the route climbs up to the open moors of the Pennines, the Pennine Way and the remote Tan Hill Inn at the highest point on the W2W. The views are outstanding all the way, after which the route is downhill along a mix of remote lanes and rough surfaced trail to Bowes village for lunch.

After lunch it’s a tame ride to Barnard Castle, a busy market town full of character and The Bowes Museum. The route continues along narrow country lanes, mostly on the level, as it heads to West Auckland, our destination for the day.

Monday 21 August

The day starts with an ‘urban route’ through Bishop Auckland to join the disused railway path to Durham City and then on to Rainton Meadows for lunch.

After lunch we are on familiar ground as we head east to Roker Pier at Sunderland, the official end of the W2W.