The rain just wouldn't stop pouring down but since we've been going, going, going for a week or so, the idea of just sitting around on our "day off" wasn't palatable so we hopped a bus to Penrith. It's a city by comparison to anywhere we've been since Manchester (which is kind of yucky grey and perpetually dirty wet).
We bought some gaiters to protect our legs from the onslaught of mud we're sure to encounter in the Moors. I found an incredible cheese shop and bought a few ounces of a local blue and some biscuits. We checked out some bookshops and gift stores and bought Lauren a souvenir or two. After a pint and a snack, we headed back to Margaret's house.
She was eager to hear about our day and fussed some more. We tried to share the computer and I snacked on some blue cheese. After a shower, we headed to the Greyhound one last time for some of the best restaurant-made lasagna I've ever had. We loved on Biscuit The Tabby Cat some more and headed home to Margaret. We knew she wouldn't go to bed until we were safely tucked in/lights out.
We repacked in anticipation for another day on the trail. Shap to Orton is an easy 8 miles and a good way to slide back into the walking-every-day routine. I slept the very best of any night since leaving home. It may have had something to do with the incredible feather ticks and high thread-count sheets on the bed or perhaps it had something to do with knowing that Margaret was guarding the door and standing by to baby us just a bit more.
I thanked Lauren again for being my walking mate and tried to tell her how much I appreciate and love her. My only wish is that Peanut and Dougie were with us. Within minutes, I was fast asleep. A happy girl to be sure.
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.