Turns out a leprechaun wasn't necessary...when I pitched Lauren the idea of walking from the Irish Sea on Ireland's East Coast to the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast, she was all in. What a kid!
And so it begins. We will walk across Ireland during the summer of 2014.
It occurs to me that we walked from West to East across England so the wind/rain would be at our backs. I wonder if perhaps we should do the same in Ireland? I have lots of research to do, but that will certainly be one aspect of it. When one is walking 15+ miles/day over rugged terrain, it certainly does help to have the elements pelting the back as opposed to the face.
Whatever the direction, I am excited to begin planning our Next Big Adventure! Imagine carving a month out of your life to walk across The Green Isle...we'll spend our nights in B&Bs, pubs and working farms, just as we did in England, but the landscapes will be different, as will the accents, music and food.
Now that we have a plan, the day dreaming can commence!
I will begin a new blog about the adventure...I'll share it's location with you as soon as I have time to create it.
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.