The most important task on the first day of the coast to coast walk was to dip our boots in the Irish Sea and to choose a special pebble. This hiker ritual symbolizes the start of our personal trek! How beautiful was the coastal scenery from the high cliffs, both looking back at the village of St Bees and the vistas ahead. As we turned towards the quiet country lanes the weather clouded in but the light rain did little to dampen our day. It was a magical surprise to be met by a flock of sheep in Nanny Beck. We made our way to Ennerdale despite our sore feet. Were we really up to this challenge? Did we train up enough for this undertaking? Time would tell.