Our last day, Sunday, down in the Lake District was another forecast of murky summits and showers over high ground but again we had a plan to avoid wet weather. On previous trips in the Lakes, looking at maps, we'd spotted the Cumbrian Coastal Way, a section of which travelled along the high sandstone cliffs of St Bees Head. This is also, incidentally, where Wainwright's multi day 'Coast to Coast Walk' across The Lake District and Northern England starts... or ends. It is also the only section of coastline on the west between Wales and Scotland to gain Heritage Coast status in England and always looked spectacular in any photos we had seen.
This link is from 2000... before the latest big business greed culture induced recession and well before the latest round of austerity cuts, although tellingly, a full ten years after the Thatcher era of similar cuts to the exact same things. Is the picture any different in 2015? Some events in life never change but I wish they would for the next generation ...or is this the best it gets forever?
When I first saw this video I couldn't believe it. I've seen other rock climbers making ascents of vertical cliffs without a rope attached but always in a calm, slow progression up the climb. This guy appears to have very little regard for his own life and it came as no surprise at all to learn he had died, albeit attached to a rope at the time. Even for the world's best... one slip or missed move and you die.
Here's another interesting short video that's worth a watch. Is this a hoax? If so it's a plausible one to any outsider, with a large following online and loads of different videos, especially given some of the other puzzling aspects of America that UK folk don't really understand, like its continuing determination to hang onto personal firearms, "for protection."