This enticing walk in northern England runs from St. Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea, crossing through three distinct national parks: the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors. I had walked the Coast to Coast (C2C) Path the year before in the reverse direction, so when three of my friends heard about that adventure, they asked if I would do it again with them. It took me about one second to respond with a resounding “Yes!” This time, however, we walked the direction (west to east) taken by most hikers and which places the prevailing wind at the hikers’ backs. The hike’s official length is 192 miles, although we took a few side trips (planned or otherwise) and ended up at 206 miles. With no rest days and at a leisurely pace, we stretched a 13-day walk to 17 days. An abundance of pleasant places to take tea-breaks and charming B&Bs added to the ambiance of the experience. In the evenings, the cozy pubs often found hikers sharing their day’s adventures over a pint. A bonus of this hike’s popularity is that you see the same people day after day, and, by the end of the hike, we had gained several lifelong friends! I highly recommend this walk to “get your feet wet” (and they will get wet) in the world of long-distance walking.

Day 1 – St. Bees to Ennerdale Bridge

Day2 – Ennerdale Bridge to Borrowdale

Day 3 – Borrowdale to Grasmere

Day 4 – Grasmere to Patterdale

Day 5 – Patterdale to Bampton

Day 6 – Bampton to Orton

Day 7 – Orton to Kirkby Stephen

Day 8 – Kirkby Stephen to Keld

Day 9 – Keld to Reeth

Day 10 – Reeth to Richmond

Day 11 – Richmond to Danby Wiske

Day 12 – Danby Wiske to Osmotherley

Day 13 – Osmotherley to Great Broughton

Day 14 – Great Broughton to Blakey Ridge

Day 15 – Blakey Ridge to Glaisdale

Day 16 – Glaisdale to Littlebeck

Day 17 – Littlebeck to Robin Hood’s Bay

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