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.
Day 1 – St. Bees to Ennerdale Bridge
Days 2 – 17 to be completed.