We are headed to England in early May 2013 to hike the Coast-to-Coast walk (from Chicago). We want to go to the Isle of Man beforehand, but it seems like a logistical nightmare.
Is there an easy way to get to St. Bees -- where the hike begins -- after leaving the Isle of Man? Or do we have to go back to Liverpool, then catch a 7-hour train. Perhaps there are private boats from the Isle of Man that can take us directly to St. Bees -- or nearby -- and then we can catch a taxi or bus?
We'd really appreciate any feedback,