If Lauren is still speaking to me at the end of this day, I will be one thankful Momma. In truth, it will be something of a red-letter day. We'll cross the Pennines (the so-called backbone of the British Isles) and in doing so, will also cross the watershed on the Coast to Coast. From the summit at Nine Standards Rigg (a bitch by all counts), all rivers flow eastwards to drain in to the North Sea.
Secondly, we will pass from Cumbia into Yorkshire. At day's end, we will be halfway through our adventure!!! But before we claim that achievement, we'll have to negotiate the peat bogs most of the day. Bring out the waders! There are actually three routes over the moors that we will chose from depending upon the water level and weather. No exaggeration that waders are a requirement for the day. Short of a miracle, we will find ourselves up to our thighs in bogs at least once today!
I'm sure we'll arrive in Keld looking road-weary and in desperate need of a bath. Keld means "spring" in Norse and the Swale River, dyed brown by the peat, rushes past the village. There are several impressive waterfalls or cascades (locally known by the Norse word "forces") that I'd like to see but after 14 miles on the trail, it's likely all we'll see in Keld is our dinner table and our bed.
We spend the night at Keld House and we better sleep well because tomorrow.....it's another 14 miles to Reeth! Come one Lauren! One foot in front of the other!
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.