We are investing in a bag carrying service. For approximately 7 lbs per day per bag, a van will pick up our bags in the am and deliver them to our next stop by 4pm the same day. In my opinion, completely worth the price.
We will only need to carry on our backs the immediate necessities; rain gear, first aid kit, space blanket, flash light, water, snacks, cell, maps, compass, saline, contact case, extra contacts, toilet paper, tissues, extra layers, waders, bug spray and wine key...yeah, so what? I consider a wine key a necessity. You probably would too if you were walking 200 miles on a trail with very little to no markings.
Anyway, I feel much more confident about climbing through the Lake District knowing that the bulk of our things will be bumping along in the back of a van while we toil up and over the mountains. (Okay, the Brits call them "hills" but where we live in the tropics, these are definitely mountains!)
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.