Seems like weeks ago when I posted "only 7 weeks and 4 more days" but it was just earlier this week. Is time standing still or am I just growing impatient? As of today, our wonderful adventure begins in exactly 7 weeks!!!
Our waterproof pants, waterproof backpack covers, chilly pads and trail towels arrived yesterday from FroggToggs. What great people we dealt with. Will Fowler, their Director of Marketing, was so personable and generous. He acted like he's known us for years and did everything he could to get us what we needed for free or at a very discounted rate. Thanks Will!!! Lauren and I couldn't be more pleased.
I'm learning that I don't have everything as neatly organized as I've been bragging I did. Discovered yesterday that there's no train station in Robin Hood's Bay (where our walk will end on the North Sea). We'll have to find a couple different buses to make it back to one of the bigger towns we will have already walked through to find a train that will get us back to Manchester Airport in time for our flight home. I plan to figure out that mess today. This just adds more excitement, right? I mean, after walking 200 miles in 17 days, won't it be more fun if we have to schlep a few different local buses that stop at every farm and take 2 hours to go 25 miles rather than just getting on a train where we're standing that goes directly to Manchester Airport??! Of course it does. And I'm a size 4.
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.