I cut this out of the January 2013 copy of a British Mag named, “Best of British.”
Now remember I am an ex-auditor. Auditors are VERY suspicious SOBs. If you get to be a partner in a major auditing firm it means you are a very serious SOB. So I was VERY suspicious as what is described by Mr. Sutcliffe as being doable. One way of checking it out (obviously) is to go and try it. The other alternative is to do a virtual tour.
I thought that the internet, being what it is, would make the exercise a doddle. Like all battle plans my battle plan failed on its first encounter with the enemy. There are billions of sites flogging you tickets you tickets which are worse than useless for what I wanted. To cut to the chase I finally did get it sorted.
The first stage is from London to Leeds. Below is a route map and a view of the rout from a satellite. The view from the satellite shows what the terrain looks like along the journey.
As you can see from the satellite pic there’s not much to see. From London to Leeds takes 2 hours 11 mins. Leave on the 7:03 am and you’ll arrive at 9:16 am – 169 miles covered.
The next section is quite short from Leeds to Carnforth.
Leeds to Carnforth takes 1 hpur 40 mins. I “took” the 10:18 am and arrived at 11.50 am. 55 miles covered, total miles so far 224 miles.
Next section is from Carnforth to Barrow-in-Furness, This is a very short section as you can see below:
Carnforth to Barrow in Furness takes 53 minutes if you take the 12.12 pm. It arrives in Barrow -in – Furness at 1.05 pm. 18 miles travelled making a total of 242 miles so far.
Next is from Barrow – in – Furness to Carlisle. This is VERY scenic.
From Barrow in Furness to Carlisle takes 2 hours 5 mins. The 1.16 pm from Barrow gets you to Carlisle at 3.46 pm. Journey is 55 miles making a total of 297 miles.
So far so good. Next from Carlisle back to Leeds. Again VERY scenic.
Carlisle to Leeds takes 2 hours 39 mins. Take the 4.18 pm and one arrives at 7.08 pm. 94 miles covered – 391 miles cumulative.
The last leg is from Leeds back to to London, Travel time 2 hours 11 mins. The 7.45 pm from Leedsw arrives in London at 9.59 pm.. Distance travelled is 169 miles making a total of 560 miles,
Not 600 miles but pretty close.
Am I going to try and do it? It’s added to the bucket list!