Mark Sandamas – Managing Director
Coast to Coast Packhorse

Oct. 17, 2017

“Of course it’s up that 33% hill – that Wainwright was a sadist” was our instruction from a Grosmont resident as we neared the end of our epic 190 mile run across Britain.

A run that brought us into close contact with the best of the British countryside. Over the course of it we formed deep friendships and gained many new ones, sampled refreshing tasty local ales, stayed in lovely welcoming places, had close encounters with the timeless way of the Lakes and Dales, got sunburnt and hit by the heaviest deluges of the summer, nearly struck by lightening, took over 2000 photos and fortunately had no blisters!

MARK SANDAMAS, ROB SUTTON AND CHRIS ORD CELEBRATING AT THE FINISH IN ROBIN HOOD’S BAY

More than anything though we discovered how the essence of the Coast to Coast is in the journey – how it constantly changes, how you are part of the landscape as well as a visitor to it, in awe to the forces of nature that shaped the land leading to the stunning delights of the Lakeland peaks and lakes, the boggy moors between Kirkby Stephen and Keld, the Jurassic coast with thousands of fossils waiting to be discovered by Robin Hood’s Bay, the purple heathland and grouse moors.

The characters we met are legendary – whether it be in those who are now on TV or written books, through the artists who have made their home along it, the 73yr old who had run it in 60hours earlier in his life, and those walking it for the 10th time.

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