I did this hike with a friend after graduating high school instead of the ever-so-popular "beach week." We learned a lot about independence, responsibility, perserverance, reading maps, patience, and determination.
It took us over two weeks (I suppose as non-regular hikers we should be grateful we made it considering some of the very difficult mountains, but I'm sure a professional would laugh about how slow we went). Our days ranged from 8 miles to 14 miles. We got lost once and side tracked into Pooley Bridge which was a lovely town.
We stayed at hostels and carried all of our things with us. There are services that will take your luggage from town to town if you are unable to carry - up to you. We wanted the BACKPACKING experience.
And we got it.
We did the trail backwards, ending in St. Bees. Our friendhip grew really strong over the trip, it showed a huge amount of trust from our parents in letting us have this adventure. And in the end, the picutres I have of me standing on top of a mountain, and my once-in-a-lifetime journal of experiences and drawings are way better than the average hangovers and shamecations that come from beach week.
I'm grateful to my parents every day for supporting me in this trip.
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