Yup. Only 3 more weeks!
Just checked weather.com and it's still in the low forties in St. Bee's - our starting point. Remember, we're talking about northern England. It's a balmy 47 degrees in Robin Hood's Bay, which is where our walk ends. In the towns in between its been in low 50's. Perfect walking weather.
Oh, I neglected to mention the liquid sunshine. Yup, it's pouring. Buckets. Poor visibility. Fog. I don't mind at all. In fact, I think it's pretty damn exciting! Walking in 45 degrees in the rain over mountains and through peet bogs will be nice change from walking in 85 degrees with a hot sun and high humidity. Warm pints by a blazing fire will be that much more wonderful after a day of cold rain.
I've added 3 days of "bootcamp" each week to my training to build strength and endurance. It sucks. I'll leave it at that. I find my pint draining training much more to my liking.
My excitement is tempered only by the lack of excitement on Lauren's part. I guess she's decided that walking across England doesn't sound like fun after all. Crazy girl. It's gonna be the most amazing thing we've ever done together. Or else.
21 days and counting!!!
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.