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. The 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. I had walked the Coast to Coast the year before in the reverse direction, so when three of my hiking friends heard about my adventure, they asked if I would do it again with them. It took me about 1 second to respond with a resounding, “Yes!! ” This time, however, we walked the traditional (west to east) direction which keeps the prevailing wind at one’s back and is taken by most hikers. 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.

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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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