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Coast to Coast Fundraising Trek – Stage 4

The time has com again for our special fundraising trek, this time we are doing things a little differently. We aim to reduce costs wherever possible ant that has come down to the organisation of this years trek.  We started at St Bees back in 2013 and have completed 3 stages of the trek since […]

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The time has com again for our special fundraising trek, this time we are doing things a little differently. We aim to reduce costs wherever possible ant that has come down to the organisation of this years trek.  We started at St Bees back in 2013 and have completed 3 stages of the trek since then over challenging terrain but with breath-taking views of the Lake District National Park leading us to the lovely village called Orton. From here on in things get a little easier terrain wise as we continue onto Kirkby Stephen and then Keld in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


All funds donated will be used to support our projects in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The projects – Sisonke School in Port St Johns and a community Development Project in Amasame Libode – are located in very deprived areas with very high levels of unemployment, malnutrition, poor health (including HIV/AIDS) and poor sanitation with unsafe water supplies. PEPE is supporting these projects through life-skills training and innovative education where emphasis is placed on promoting self-confidence and esteem whilst learning an appropriate skill to reduce dependency on money for food and shelter. This is the only way to change things for the long-term, empowering communities to uplift themselves.
The money will be used to support training costs, provide seeds for organic food production, support irrigation systems and on occasions support small stipend payments and school fees for the school whilst helping to develop sustainable funding.



Day 1: We all assemble at 9:30am for a 10am start on the Saturday morning outside the chocolate factory in Orton. From Orton we will walk 13 miles to Kirkby Stephen via Sunbiggin, Brownbar and Smardale Gill and fell before arriving at Kirkby Stephen. This is a place of ancient settlements dating back to the Iron Age but thankfully now it’s a pleasant market town with plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants which are ideal to get a meal and a few beers after a good day of trekking.

Day 2: On the Sunday morning we ask that you are ready to go at 9:30am at the agreed meeting place (to be confirmed in the week before the trek), ready for the second and more challenging day but the next 13 miles will be very rewarding as we cross the Pennines and have a change in watershed where all rivers now run to the East coast. We will leave Kirkby Stephen via Franks Bridge over the river Eden and make a steady climb up through Hartley and Hartley Fell as we make our way to the summit of Nine Standards Rigg. Then depending on weather and ground conditions we will either head down East towards Whitsun Dale at the base of Ravenseat Moor, crossing the river Swale at Hoggarths, or we return back down the west side of the Rigg and head south to pick up the B6270 before heading East to Keld. The walk along this single track road reveals stunning views of the river, its waterfalls and the surrounding moors especially as you get closer to Keld!



There will be participants who have walked this leg of the C2C before and others who have expedition leadership experience to help lead us as a group, however, as always we  recommend that for your comfort and safety you ensure you have

suitable equipment and clothing for the trek

a good pair of waterproof boots to protect your ankles over uneven or wet terrain

waterproofs to protect in extreme circumstances



You will need to make and pay for your own travel arrangements and accommodation prior to the trek, however, a number of us have already committed to joining so please mention if you would like help to try and arrange a car share or to make a booking at the same campsite or hotel as others. You could consider encouraging a group of your friends or work colleagues to participate and car share that way, helping to keep your travel costs to a minimum and helping us raise more money for the projects.
We will also help organise the picking up of cars from Orton, Kirkby Stephen and Keld at the start and finish of each days trekking and we may be able to assist with pick-ups and drop-offs from the local train stations if close to our own travel route. So please advise us if that is something you need support with.
We aim to camp at the Pennine View Caravan Park which is on the opposite side of the road to the Stainmore Railway Company on Station Road. This is approximately 1 mile south of Kirkby Stephen Centre and has excellent facilities although it does have some traffic noise being close to the road.
Room prices for B&B start from approximately £50 but more details can be found here:



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Please click on the link above if your are interested in coming along.  Fill out the form on page 11 and send to  The document also has more info on recommended things to bring, how the money is spent and past successes.
There is a one-off registration fee of £35 to book your place on the trek committing to raising at least £275 for the projects PEPE supports in Rural South Africa. Then please complete the Appendix c – Application form and email to
You can go to to make your registration payment of £35. Please consider authorising gift aid if it is applicable to your personal circumstances as an additional 25% will be added to your payment for free by HMRC.


If you have any questions regarding the trek please do not hesitate to contact Dave at or by mobile 07968 589659.

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