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#WalkHome2020 — Sheffield to Cockermouth in 15 days

Adventurer Nic

#WalkHome2020 — Sheffield to Cockermouth in 15 days

Hiking Collection by Adventurer Nic



77:00 h

209 mi

32,125 ft

From my birthplace in Sheffield at the site of the old Jessop Hospital for Women on Leavygreave Road, South Yorkshire, to my new home town of Cockermouth in Cumbria, this Collection includes the 15 stages of my #WalkHome2020 challenge.

When a trip to walk the length of New Zealand was cancelled, I came up with this idea for a long distance walk closer to home. Crossing the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks, it was over 330 kilometeres of adventure joy! The route that I planned on komoot also took in sections of the Pennine Way, Ribble Way, Dales High Way and Wainwright’s Coast to Coast trail.

The challenge felt a lot like a pilgrimage at times. The only thing I had to worry about for two weeks was putting one foot in front of the other. I walked half of the journey alone, while friends and family joined me for the other half. I wild camped in my tent most nights, although I did enjoy a few evenings in guest houses for a proper wash and to dry out kit!

The best bit by far was the sunset on the last night. I was camping high in the Lake District mountains and I was treated to golden skies for an hour and it felt like such a special last night treat.

The most challenging element was when my boot lace loop snapped on Day 8 in the Yorkshire Dales, but I was determined to finish in the same boots I started in.

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#WalkHome2020 — Sheffield to Cockermouth

205 mi

29,925 ft

30,100 ft

Last updated: December 16, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Day 1: Sheffield to Ringinglow — #WalkHome2020

    5.59 mi
    4.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    75 ft

    Day 1 complete! Wet wet wet! From my birthplace, the site of the old Jessops maternity hospital to my first camp.


    I mostly hiked in the wet and dark, buoyed by the presence of my mum at the start (with her cute banner) and my two friends Kate and Heather who came to see me close to their houses in West Sheffield 😀

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  • 04:50
    13.5 mi
    2.8 mph
    1,675 ft
    2,275 ft

    Day 2 of #Walkhome2020 was dry, woohoo!


    I walked across Stanage Edge, Win Hill and down into Edale in the Peak District. I met Becky and Ben at Win Hill for the final bit.


    A night in a campsite tonight, before heading up and over Kinder Scout tomorrow. Feet are still dry despite the boggy bits! 🙌🏻

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  • 06:13
    15.7 mi
    2.5 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,300 ft

    Yesterday was a big day, but I'm thoroughly enjoying it. We had all weathers from sunny to rainy. I've been joined by Becky again, starting in Edale and ended up near Crowden for a wild camp.


    Staying on the flagstones is necessary in this area because off to the sides is bog bog bog!


    I came up with the

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  • 05:37
    14.9 mi
    2.6 mph
    2,450 ft
    1,925 ft

    Day 4 was very wet in the morning and on/off wet in the afternoon, and we made great progress. Feeling like I'm in my stride more than yesterday.


    The pack is getting lighter the more I eat so it'll be a shock when I have to go shopping tomorrow and re-fill it! 🙈


    Becky was with me again and Jess and her

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  • 06:09
    17.6 mi
    2.9 mph
    1,700 ft
    2,150 ft

    Day 5! I was joined by Becky and Megan and we walked nearly 29 kilometres, the biggest day so far! 😃


    Starting at Standedge, it was a day of big views, over Castleshaw Reservoir, up to Blackstone Edge, past Stoodley Pike and down to restock at Hebden Bridge.

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  • 05:00
    13.4 mi
    2.7 mph
    1,575 ft
    2,250 ft

    Day 6 was back to just being me and Becky on the trail from our wild camp site just outside Hebden Bridge on the slopes of Standing Stone Hill to Cowling where we've treated ourselves to an Airbnb!


    We've been drying out our kit ready to head to Malham tomorrow.

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  • 06:25
    18.7 mi
    2.9 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,200 ft

    The biggest day for kilometres so far! 🥾🥾


    Joined by Becky (and latterly Ben), we walked from Cowling (pronounced cole-ing) to Malham, North Yorkshire.


    It was a tough day for my feet but still enjoyed it through sunshine and showers. 🌦


    I also entered the Yorkshire Dales National Park today, my second National Park of the trip.

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  • 05:33
    14.8 mi
    2.7 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,225 ft

    On day 8 and I was joined by Becky, Bryony, Adrian and Ben for the Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale section, which involved going over Pen Y Ghent, the highest point of the route so far.


    It was probably my favourite day up until the point where my lace loop snapped on my right boot... 🤦🏻‍♀️


    I'll see

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  • 04:12
    12.6 mi
    3.0 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,900 ft

    I woke after a wild camp and walked 8 kilometres to the Ribblehead Viaduct, where I met my friend Liz and dog Moss.


    We had a cup of tea in Liz's camper van before continuing along the route of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks up the side of Whernside.


    Then we started descending into the beautiful village of Dent

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  • 04:50
    13.7 mi
    2.8 mph
    3,075 ft
    1,650 ft

    Day 10 started on a campsite in Dent. I walked along the river and followed the Dales High Way trail up and over the fells to Sedbergh.


    Seeing the Howgills from the fells opposite was fantastic, they look like sleeping elephants! 🐘


    I was ahead of schedule so I had brunch in Sedbergh before restocking

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  • 05:43
    17.0 mi
    3.0 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,975 ft

    I didn't take as many photos on this 11th day, as the weather was on/off rain and the views didn't quite have as much 'wow factor' as previous stages.


    That said, I got close to 30 kilometres in the bag as I made it to Shap to stay in the guest house of a friend, Eeva.


    A flash of luxury before the last

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  • 05:17
    13.2 mi
    2.5 mph
    2,550 ft
    1,725 ft

    A wonderful day walking with Eeva during part one and then James for part two. Safe to say I'm so happy to be back in the Lake District in the sunshine!


    We left Shap with a tummy full of scrambled eggs and avocado on toast and entered the Lake District via Shap Abbey, Haweswater, High Raise, Rampsgill

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  • 05:52
    13.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    3,950 ft
    4,000 ft

    Another day on #WalkHome2020, I walked alone from my wild camp spot up Angle Tarn Pikes then down to Patterdale and then decided to add three more Wainwright fells to my day; Arnison Crag, Birks and St Sunday Crag.


    I then descended, skirted around Grasmere and up alongside Calf Crag. A great day in the

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  • 05:19
    13.8 mi
    2.6 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,625 ft

    Day 14 was super special. I woke from a wild camp and walked up and over Greenup Edge. I descended into Rosthwaite, but not before stopping to help four Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award students with my thoughts on erosion, Lake District tourism and litter.


    After cheesy crumpets and a brew I proceeded through

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  • 04:33
    11.6 mi
    2.6 mph
    1,250 ft
    3,125 ft

    Mission accomplished! A brilliant last leg to home from my wild camp on Whiteless Pike, with a surprise kind gesture waiting for me so close to home!

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    209 mi
  • Duration
    77:00 h
  • Elevation
    32,125 ft

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