Lady Dike Head - Birkdale Common
The path around Lady Dike Head, was, until recently, hardly discernible most of the time, and once off it, is difficult to retrieve. The gullies have a way of steering you away from the path and are difficult and hazardous to cross. The correct clothing is absolutely essential, even in good weather, and as the risk of losing one's way is significant, you should always carry safety supplies in your rucksack, including spare food, warm clothing, a torch and a whistle. We made the mistake of relying on a smart phone to navigate with OS maps and the phone's GPS signal. The cold and wet caused the phone to "die" and we had to navigate to an escape route. Please do not make that same mistake if you are considering such an adventure. We will forever take with us a backup paper map, suitably wrapped in waterproof plastic.
As you will see from the photograph below, taken in 2018, the path around Lady Dike Head has, since our visit in 2016, been entirely upgraded and is now paved and clear to follow.
Lady Dike Head path improvements
These all eventually drain into the Birkdale Beck and the Whitsundale Beck, which in turn drain into the River Swale. This is a walk not to be missed. Don't be put off by the description above, but be well prepared.
Coast to Coast eBook
The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path
The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path is designed both as a trail guide, and as an informative and adventurous travelogue. Written by Roy David McKee, this is a must-read for anyone contemplating the walk.
The book is available from the iBooks store and has been digitally enhanced.
Features of the Book:
- Route described in detail
- Large scale detailed digital Maps of the route
- Hundreds of colour photographs that can be expanded to full page
- Photo-galleries of particular areas of interest.
- Research notes of Historic and Interesting places on the path.