17 Day Itinerary

Our walk begins in St. Bee's on the West Coast of Great Britain at the Irish Sea. Almost 200 miles later, we will find ourselves at the North Sea in Robin Hood's Bay.

Day 1 - Moor Row, 9 miles The Jasmine House
Day 2 - Ennerdale, 8 miles Low Cock How Farm
Day 3 - Seatoller, 14 miles Seatoller Farm
Day 4 - Grasmere, 10.5 miles Town Head Farm
Day 5 - Patterdale, 7.5 miles Grisdale Lodge
Day 6 - Shap, 16 miles Brookfield House
Day 7 - Orton, 8 miles The Westons
Day 8 - Kirby Stephen, 13.5 miles The Black Bull
Day 9 - Keld, 14 miles Keld Lodge
Day 10 - Richmond, 14 miles The Old Brewery
Day 11 - Danby-Wiske, 14 miles Old School House
Day 12 - Osmotherly, 12 miles 32 South End
Day 13 - Clay Bank Top, 11 miles The Maltkiln House
Day 14 - Blakley Ridge, 8.5 miles The Sevenford House
Day 15 - Grosmont, 14 miles The Station Inn
Day 16 - Robin Hood's Bay, 16 miles The Raven House

Of course, these distances don't account for getting lost and doubling back a few times, avoiding an aggressive herd of heifers or navigating the moors.... or wandering off in search of a pint.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Keeping Track of The Next Big Thing

I've started another blog to chronicle next summer's Grand Adventure!!

Keep track of our next big thing here:

Monday, July 8, 2013

Ireland It Is!!!

Turns out a leprechaun wasn't necessary...when I pitched Lauren the idea of walking from the Irish Sea on Ireland's East Coast to the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast, she was all in.  What a kid!

And so it begins.  We will walk across Ireland during the summer of 2014.

It occurs to me that we walked from West to East across England so the wind/rain would be at our backs.  I wonder if perhaps we should do the same in Ireland?  I have lots of research to do, but that will certainly be one aspect of it.  When one is walking 15+ miles/day over rugged terrain, it certainly does help to have the elements pelting the back as opposed to the face.

Whatever the direction, I am excited to begin planning our Next Big Adventure!  Imagine carving a month out of your life to walk across The Green Isle...we'll spend our nights in B&Bs, pubs and working farms, just as we did in England, but the landscapes will be different, as will the accents, music and food.

Now that we have a plan, the day dreaming can commence!

I will begin a new blog about the adventure...I'll share it's location with you as soon as I have time to create it.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Toying With The Idea...

I was beyond ecstatic when Lauren said she wanted to do the C2C again...never was I more proud of her maturity and wisdom about what's really important in life.  Sure, Disney is fun, but our idea of a "vacation" is so much more rewarding.  I happily set about planning for June 2014, knowing we could do it better the next time around.

I recently strayed from the plan and toyed with the idea of walking Brittany, France.  360 miles of coast land, 111 lighthouses along the way, but not a difficult walk by any stretch of the imagination.  The C2C was a significant physical challenge; Brittany would not be the same.  I knew The Breton Coastal Footpath it would be a good experience, but something seemed to be missing.

But then...something happened.

I discovered that by combining several individual walks in Ireland, it's possible to walk 350-370 miles from Dublin on the Irish Sea to Dingle on the Atlantic Ocean.  The walk encompasses every type of terrain imaginable and I'm confident I can book us in B&Bs/pubs along the way.  The walk will be a challenge, although not to the same degree as England, but a challenge none-the-less.

My Dad's parents came to the States from County Mayo and I've felt the need to visit Ireland for several years.  I probably don't need to tell you this, but going to a foreign country as a tourist is nothing like walking it for three or four weeks.  The experiences are nothing alike.  Walking allows you (forces you, actually) to take in the landscape, meet locals, taste real food (as opposed to hotel food that caters to travelers) and see things you'd never find from the window of a tour bus.

My heart says Ireland for many reasons, but I need to discuss the idea with my walking partner.  Whatever our destination, it has to be something we both want.  I need to find a leprechaun...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

June 2014 = C2C, The Rerun

Yup, you got that right; we're doing the sequel, but unlike most, this one will be a box office hit!

Lauren and I are doing the Coast to Coast (C2C) again in June 2014!!!  Here's the most amazing part: it was HER idea!!  How'd I get so lucky?

I'm already excited, in spite of the fact that it's 13 months away!  Lots of planning and training to do, and then there's that pesky little issue of money.  It's not cheap spending three weeks on the road in merry ole England, you know.  Lots of pints out there.  So, I began in earnest looking for a real job again.  Ugh.

There's no way I can sell enough books (patti.lavell.com and
http://confessionsofacatholicschooldropout.blogspot.com/) to fund our cross-country adventure.  It's just not possible, unless Oprah stumbles across my book when one of her minions tosses it aside on their way back from the lou.  They say miracles can happen (and look, we did the walk on our first try!), but I'm not holding my breath, so it's into the trenches I go.

Wish me luck and please recommend my book to a friend.  Or someone you don't like for that matter.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

And then there was Doug...

With great excitement, I told Dougie that Lauren wants to Coast to Coast again.  He didn't look nearly as pleased and happy as I did.  In fact, one could say he looked rather grumpy.  Apparently, he doesn't like the idea of being left home "to babysit the dogs" for a month while Lauren and I trek across the UK having a grand old time.

I said he could walk with us - knowing he never would - and that didn't make him look any happier.  He's a grumpy old geezer sometimes.

I suggested he hook up with our friends from Winchester to see if they would schlep around during the day w/Doug doing touristy things (drinking in pubs) whilst Lauren and I scramble over mountains and across raging streams.  That seemed to put a little bounce in his step, so we'll see how things proceed.

In the meanwhile, Lauren and I are planning some adjustments to our route.  I'm already getting excited about another cross-country journey with the best walking partner ever!

Friday, January 25, 2013


Last night Lauren said she wants to the Coast to Coast Walk again!  I couldn't believe my ears but she repeated herself and yup!  That's what she said.

Talk about unexpected.

We're talking about the summer of 2014.....stay tuned!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Radio Show

Lauren and I have been invited to talk about our exciting cross-country adventure on Kim Chesher's Girl's Night Out Radio Show!  Tuesday, January 15th sometime between 6pm and 7pm!

Lauren's not feeling terribly cooperative...but I hope she'll come around and realize how much fun it is and recognize what a great opportunity we've been given.

I'm very thankful!  What a great community we live in.