The rising costs of airline tickets have forced me to try to find economies. Given a 17 day walk in a foreign country, sleeping each night in a hostel/farmhouse/B&B, eating 3 squares, cold pints, afternoon tea and biscuits, trains and buses from Manchester airport to our starting point/from our ending point...that's not an easy task. Its a given that we have to sleep under a roof each and every night and we need plenty of chow to fuel ourselves for the next day. (I must maintain my fighting weight, don't cha know?)
I had what I thought was a brilliant idea! I've asked several companies to sponsor our walk in the form of a pair of free hiking boots, rain gear, backpacks, trail food, etc. I've actually received positive feedback from SCARPA North America and semi-positive feedback from Columbia. It gives a girl motivation to keep pressing.
I think we're a unique team (Mother 44/Daughter 13) on a unique journey. 200 miles in 17 days in a foreign country on a poorly marked trail with nothing more than a guide book and a compass to find the way across mountains and through the boggy moors. What a great opportunity for a company to field test hiking equipment for the average joe! Tell me please, who is more average than this team??!!?
Keep your eyes and fingers crossed that at least one company will see fit to sponsor us in one way or another. If not, we'll be in flip flops and swim suits....perhaps a wet suit would be helpful?
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.