Gary Steps Out Coast to Coast

Gary gets set to walk for Leukaemia Busters in memory 
of his son Christopher Meech (pictured far left)

Retired paramedic Gary Meech begins his walking challenge of 190 miles over 14 days across northern England from St Bee’s in the west to Robin Hood’s Bay in the east on the 10th May. There’s a very special reason for Gary’s walk. He’s doing this in memory of his youngest son Christopher who died with leukaemia 24 years ago at the age of twelve.  Gary, who is a keen walker, is expecting to raise a substantial sum of money for Leukaemia Busters said;

This is a great opportunity to raise money for Leukaemia Busters whose research work centres on developing new and improved antibody based treatments for childhood leukaemia. This is a cause close to my and my wife Jane’s heart after the personal loss of our own youngest son Christopher. It means a great deal to us both.

– Gary Meech

Any parent who loses a child wants to keep their memory alive and Gary’s walk is doing just that. At the same time his efforts will raise funds that will directly support our potentially life-saving research work, something we both know Christopher would have whole heartedly approved of. We thank Gary and wish him all the very best and most importantly a safe journey from coast to coast.

– Dr David Flavell, Charity & Scientific Director at Leukaemia Busters 

We shall be following Gary’s daily progress in a blog that will form part of this article so please do come back and visit daily from the 10th May onwards for the latest news.

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Gary’s Coast To Coast Walk Itinerary and Blog

Gary's route

Here’s the itinerary for Gary’s Northern Coast to Coast 190 mile walk. We’ll put each days blog beneath each date so please do watch this space!

Mon 9th:

Arrived at St Bees late afternoon to be met with rain and strong winds. Following a nice meal and a couple of pints with my walking buddy Andrew, the forecast seems slightly better for tomorrow. Thanks to everyone for supporting me and Leukaemia Busters with your generous donations and kind words of encouragement. I shall take them with me and draw on them through the tough times. Until tomorrow .


Tues 10th: St Bee’s – Ennerdale Bridge (15 miles, 2,575ft ascent)

Day 1

Windy with intermittent light rain. Great walk today starting with a steep climb out of St Bees. 3 miles of coastal walking before turning east and heading into lake land. A stiff climb to the top of Dent fell at 660 metres and then an extremely steep descent. Gentle for the last few miles into Ennerdale bridge. 15 miles and 2,575 feet of ascent. Once again thanks for your support. Until tomorrow.


Weds 11th:  Ennerdale Bridge – Rosthwaite  (14.5 miles, 2,388ft ascent)

Day 2

 Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite. 15 miles we took the high ridge option,which took us up to Red pike at 756 m, then on to High stile at 806 metres, high crag at 744 m and Haystacks at 598 metres where you get the most wonderful view across Buttermere and Crummock water.(see pic)..We walked with lots of different people of various nationalities throughout the day. Today we actually did 4,773 feet of ascent,and it was possibly the best and hardest walk I have ever done.. Hugely satisfying and for a great cause also.Until tomorrow.


Thurs 12th May: Rosthwaite – Grasmere (9 miles, 1873ft ascent)

Day 3

 Another great walk with Andrew and Jim and Jen. A beautiful walk up the Stonethwaite valley , a stiff scramble over Lining crag and over greenup edge.  A short descent followed by a slight detour over calf crag, Gibson knot and helm crag. Great views of Grasmere (see pic ) .Once again thanks for the new donations. Until tomorrow.


Fri 13th May: Grasmere – Patterdale (8.5 miles, 1791ft ascent)

Day 4

Easier day today ,only about 9 miles. We were joined by Andrews son Alex ,who drove up from Warrington and is staying overnight. He was great company on todays walk. We set of from the beautiful Grasmere and headed up to Grisedale tarn.It was extremely windy and cold on top today ,but it eased as we walked down the Grisedal valley into Patterdale where we are staying tonight. Overcast all day ,but sunny now we have finished. Once again thank you all for your support. Until tomorrow.


Sat 14th May: Patterdale – Burnbanks  (11miles, 2785ft ascent)

Sun 15th:  Burnbanks – Orton (12.5 miles, 1302ft ascent)

Mon 16th: Orton – Kirkby Stephenn (13 miles, 1122ft ascent)

Tues 17th: Kirkby Stephen – Keld (13 miles, 1860ft ascent)

Weds 18th: Keld – Reeth (11 miles, 1680ft ascent)

Thurs 19th: Reeth – Richmond (10.5 miles, 1099ft ascent)

Fri 20th: Richmond – Ingleby Cross (22.5 miles, 902ft ascent)

Sat 21st: Ingleby Cross – Claybank Top (12.5 miles, 3064ft ascent)

Sun 22nd: Claybank Top – Glaisdale (18 miles, 1194ft ascent)

Mon 23rd: Glaisdale – Robin Hood’s Bay (19miles, 2192 ft ascent)

We really appreciate your support and Good luck Gary!