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.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

And then there was Doug...

With great excitement, I told Dougie that Lauren wants to Coast to Coast again.  He didn't look nearly as pleased and happy as I did.  In fact, one could say he looked rather grumpy.  Apparently, he doesn't like the idea of being left home "to babysit the dogs" for a month while Lauren and I trek across the UK having a grand old time.

I said he could walk with us - knowing he never would - and that didn't make him look any happier.  He's a grumpy old geezer sometimes.

I suggested he hook up with our friends from Winchester to see if they would schlep around during the day w/Doug doing touristy things (drinking in pubs) whilst Lauren and I scramble over mountains and across raging streams.  That seemed to put a little bounce in his step, so we'll see how things proceed.

In the meanwhile, Lauren and I are planning some adjustments to our route.  I'm already getting excited about another cross-country journey with the best walking partner ever!


  1. As I recall Doug always liked those English pubs, but I do not want to carry tales out of school:)

  2. I just finished reading your blog. Sounds exciting. Two years ago I walked across Spain on the Camino Del Santiago. You should try it.
    I have been thinking of walking the Coast to Coast could you tell be about what it coast? Excluding air fare and pack.

  3. Hi Wolf,

    Glad you enjoyed the blog. I'll check out your Spain walk...sounds interesting.

    Because I was walking with my 13-yr old daughter, we spent more than a lot of people do. Each night was spent in a B&B, pub or working farm. We didn't camp or stay in hostels, which would have cut down on costs by a LOT.

    Most nights cost between 60 and 90 GBP, including breakfast and a packed lunch. It took us 16 days to complete the walk, including two rest days that we really didn't need. We could have done it in two weeks. So figure we spent 1300 GBP on accommodations alone. If you're willing to camp or stay in hostels, it'll be less and if you're walking with an adult who is paying for their bed, even less.

    Dinners were about 15 GBP each per night, plus more for pints. Gotta have the pints.

    It was a life-changing experience and one I hope to repeat!

  4. Thanks, you had reservations were they needed? What guild book would you suggest? How did you find out about the hostels? Lots of questions but Thanks for any help.

  5. Yes, reservations are imperative or you'll find yourself homeless for the night. We walked in June and I had all of our reservations made by the end of January.

    Trailblazer makes a great C2C guidebook with great info on the trail, places to stay, food, gear, etc. Join http://www.sherpavan.com/trails/coast_to_coast.asp
    to get GREAT info and talk with people who've done the walk/are doing the walk/plan to do the walk.

    There are links to accommodations and a message board with so much information you need.

    Pls keep me (and my readers) posted on your adventure!!