It only took about 20 hours here and there over the past five days but we now have reservations for each and every night of our walk. There are a couple of small problems left to be worked out. For example, I've booked a place and even paid in full via my credit card, which is rare because most of these establishments are so small that they only accept cash, but I can't figure out where the hell it is!! Or what it is!! All I know is that I've paid someone for a twin room, two evening meals, two breakfasts and two packed lunches for the next day. It would be great if I could figure out where the bloody hell it is. That might prove helpful at the end of a 14 mile day. I could be wrong.
I'm not sweating that small detail tonight. I am quite happy knowing we have a safe, warm and dry place to lay our heads and fill our bellies each night. So what if I don't know where one of those places is?
Then there's the small problem of getting from Manchester Airport to St. Bee's. The train's website won't allow reservations to be made this far in advance so please remind me in April to see to that or we'll be screwed come June 9th.
Our plan is to fly into Manchester June 8th and spend the night. We'll be jet lagged and only interested in a shower and bed. We'll sleep late, have a look around and then hop a train (hopefully) to St. Bee's on the 9th. It's only about a 3 1/2 hour ride so we'll arrive in plenty of time to wander around town, buy last minute supplies and have a couple of pints at the Coast to Coast Pub. Then on the morning of June 10th, our amazing adventure begins!!
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.