We did it, and within the planned time. Yes it was hard at times, mainly when we had long days over 20 miles with rain. At the end of each day, especially during those days in the Lakes, we all felt tired and looked forward to a hot bath/shower, a good meal and then bed. We didn't spend much time reflecting on the days walk, our thoughts were on the next days walking and what we were likely to see coupled with how far, and what was the weather going to be like.
The wildlife was wonderful with hay meadows full of beautiful wild flowers, a real treat to see no matter how wet and or tired we felt.
The views in the Lakes will stay with me for ever. Walking in the Yorkshire Dales was so different, but just as beautiful even when it was chucking it down with rain. I shall particularly remember the walk into Reeth on a very wet Saturday afternoon, arriving at our B&B (Walpardo), dripping water everywhere, when our hosts took it in their stride and dried all of our clothes for us. They were/are a great couple.
One cannot talk about the c2c without mentioning the Yorkshire Moores, they are so vast, and you can see the weather coming for miles, it gives you plenty of time to get your wet gear on before it arrives.
Such elation and celebration when we finally arrived at Robin Hood's Bay on that Thursday afternoon. We dipped our boots, threw our stones into the North Sea, and headed for the pub and I celebrated by buying the group a drink and had my first G&T of the whole walk, I was trying to avoid a migraine!
We overnighted at Clarence Dean B&B and a dear friend along with his wife (Don & Carolyn) came and collected us for the long drive home.
Next time I do the c2c I shall take longer and do shorter walks so that I can see more of the countryside, concentrating on the navigation was my main focus especially trying to be off the hills when the clouds came down.