I've decided to change my walk from mid July to mid June in the hopes that it will be easier to find someone to cover my responsibilities at work whilst I trudge the trail and day dream. My daughter's last day of school is the 7th of June so I think we could easily be on our way by the 11th. Although we have great friends near London, it makes no sense to fly into Heathrow. Rather, we shall fly into Manchester and take the train. I'm still working the details but they will no doubt require a train and a bus from Manchester to deliver us to St. Bee's.
At this point, we are 5 months from our adventure and the time has come to buy hiking boots and begin to break them in. I hate spending money on things just for this walk but I recognize that boots are probably the most important item we'll take and they have to be of high quality or we will suffer and perhaps not finish our quest. Since not finishing is out of the question, I will spend whatever is needed to protect our little piggies.
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.