After having spent two nights in Shap, we should be able to sleep through today's short 8 mile walk to Orton, which is an undiscovered treasure of a village!
As we leave Shap, we first cross rail then two roads that funnel through north-west England. Thankfully, they'll soon be a forgotten memory as we skirt the isolated, walled village of Oddendale and past some ancient concentric stone circles, most likely an old burial ground. From there, we turn north-east and pass Robin Hood's Grave, which is a large cairn in a shallow fold in the moor. It has nothing to do with a man in tights...
Eventually, the trail drops down past a quarry, traces a road until we drop down again past a well preserverd limekiln above Broadfell Farm. From here we can see the white church steeple (dating back to 1293) of Orton and we'll head on down the hill into the tiny village.
We'll spend the night at the Mostyn House, first grabbing a hot meal and a few pints next door at the New House Farm. The next morning....we're bound for Kirky Stephen!
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.