Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kissing Gates and Stiles – Wainwright Coast to Coast

Day 2: Kissing Gate Outside of St. Bees
Kissing Gate Outside of St. Bees
I’m still reviewing pictures from my recent Wainwright Coast to Coast walk and one thing I want to mention are the kissing gates and stiles. We passed through a lot of kissing gates, stiles, and gaps; a few are shown here. Why a kissing gate is called a kissing gate depends on who you ask. At johneckersley.wordpress.com a kissing gate is so called because “the gate merely ‘kisses’ (touches) the enclosure either side, rather than needing to be securely latched.” Okay, sounds reasonable. At the dating site kissinggates.com they invoke a legend to explain that “when the two are on either side of the gate, the person in front ‘refuses’ entry to the second person until presented with a kiss.” A little less reasonable in my mind, but it is a dating site. (No, we did not kiss when we went through the gate.)

The etymology of stile seems to be a little more straightforward. According to dictionary.com the origin is “before 900; Middle English; Old English stigel, derivative of stīgan to climb, cognate with German steigen.” (Yes, we climbed a lot using the stiles.)

In the event you cannot sleep with the meager information presented here, you can always consult the Gaps, gates and stile. Specification published by the British Standards Institute for something like £150.00. 

To match days indicated in the captions with dates and the itinerary, see Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk – Overview.

Day 2: Stile, Near Mirehouse
Stile, Near Mirehouse

Day 3: Stile, After Climbing Loft Beck Out of Black Sail Youth Hostel
Stile, After Climbing Loft Beck Out of Black Sail Youth Hostel

Day 5: Stile, Near Shap Abbey
Style, Near Shap Abbey

Day 6: Stile, East of Orton – Looking Down from the Top Step to Both Sides
Stile, East of Orton – Looking Down from the Top Step to Both Sides

Day 6: Gap, Outside of Orton Heading to Sunbiggin Tarn
Gap, Outside of Orton Heading to Sunbiggin Tarn

Day 7: Passage, Under the Train Tracks - South of Kirby Stephen Rail Station
Passage, Under the Train Tracks - South of Kirby Stephen Rail Station

Day 7: Stile, Under the Train Tracks – South of Kirby Stephen Rail Station
Stile, Under the Train Tracks – South of Kirby Stephen Rail Station

Day 7: Gap, Along the River Swale Heading to Muker
Gap, Along the River Swale Heading to Muker

Day 7: Gap, Outside of Muker
Gap, Outside of Muker

Day 9: Stile, Leaving Mount Grace Priory and Heading to Osmotherly
Stile, Leaving Mount Grace Priory and Heading to Osmotherly

Day 11: Kissing Gate, Church in Goathland
Kissing Gate, Church in Goathland

Day 12: Kissing Gate, On the Cliffs Above Robin Hood's Bay
Kissing Gate, On the Cliffs Above Robin Hood's Bay

1 comment:

  1. Hi,
    I'm writing on behalf of Aurum Press. We're currently working on a book on the Coast to Coast walk and would like to obtain permission to use your image, Day 6: Gap, Outside of Orton Heading to Sunbiggin Tarn. If you are interested please email me at assistant@aurumpress.co.uk.
    Thankyou,
    Emma Davidson

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