After a wonderful breakfast and packing lunches, we're off to Kirkby Stephen. About a mile from the village is a stone circle I'm anxious to see and photograph. I'm still researching the significance of it but it's apparently quite large and intact.
This day's walk is full of stone-walled fields full of sheep and heather. Picturesque to say the very least. We will stumble upon two more historic sites that archaeologists are fascinated with. One is named "Giants' Graves" but again, I'm still researching. More on those. Suffice to say we'll be slowed down by investigating and photographing.
After 11 miles, we'll wander into Kirkby Stephen (pronounced "Kirby" without the k.) It is probably the second largest village on the walk but by all accounts still a lovely place with outdoor markets and churches and cobbled streets. It seems that the most popular tourist attraction is a 13th century church named "St. Hedda". I look forward to sitting by Frank's Bridge, a double-arched stone footbridge, which should be a peaceful place to sit by the grassy riverbank and watch the other tourists feed the nasty ducks. (Sorry but I've had bad experiences feeding ducks and find them quite a bother.)
This night will be spent in The Black Bull, a pub that doubles as a B&B. It will be nice to have bath/dinner/bar/bed all under the same roof! We just might get spoiled.
We wake to a challenging day...14 miles to Keld!!
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.