I'm going to offer a critical review because I haven't seen this type of information for the coast-to-coast walk. I should say upfront that I lasted 3 days in intense heat before inadequate socks and lots of sweating caused me 9 blisters that led to me coming home early. That said, here are a few cautions:
1. This was a guided walk, including 6 walkers who are in the UK Ramblers, so they walk regularly. That's fine, but for whatever reason, this wasn't a walk, or a hike. It was more like a forced march undertaken by an Army squad that needed to get to a battle ASAP. There was no identification of sites, flora or fauna along the way, and very little time even to take pictures. The main thing I saw was the 18" or so in front of my feet where, with luck, I would put my foot on the next bit of rock without slipping and breaking something. It's a beautiful area, the Lake District, but I could have seen more of it online, and much cheaper.
2. Each night I was hoping for a good meal and a cold beer, but neither one happened. And this is from someone who's been to the UK on other types of trips >25 times since the mid 70's. No Indian food on any pub menu (what's up with that?), bland overpriced food. And Grasmere had 2 restaurants that RAN OUT OF FOOD in July?? I mean really??
3. I could handle the walk itself: no sore muscles or heat exhaustion, the latter suffered by one of the other marchers. I stayed hydrated and had no stamina or endurance issues. So it's a feasible trip. But, other than saying you've done the whole thing, I can't see the appeal.
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