Just discovered that our stay in Grasmere at the Town Head Cottage is well....not the place I thought I booked. It's a really cool old stone house built in 1688. Yeah, that's right. 1688! Amazing. I thought I booked a completely different place but it's okay. True, its an impressively old property but old properties are ummm...old! And old stone properties are old and cold!
It's just a cottage that up to 6 strangers can share at any one time. The property owner is not on site and breakfast is not provided. There is a decent kitchen though so we can cook our own dinner & breakfast, provided there's a place to buy provisions nearby. Haven't figured that out yet.
Here's the biggest surprise of all: It has one bathroom. That's gonna be interesting.... It's entirely possible that Lauren and I will have the whole place to ourselves or perhaps we'll be sharing it with other walkers. Either way, it's gonna be very cool. Maybe we'll encounter some old English ghosts!! I hope they bring their own pints.
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.