Hello, I'm contemplating doing a C2C either late may/early June of 2016 or mid-July 2016 and I would like to know what the best time is in terms of weather but also in terms of crowds? Thank You for your advice.
There isn't really a best time for weather, although late May early June might be the better option and would give you the spring flowers, the Swaledale flower meadows are lovely then. As far as the walk is concerned I don't think you need to worry too much about crowds as far as walking is concerned but again May/June as a whole is quieter (July is the start of school holidays)which means it is easier to book accommodation.
I agree with Jenny. May/June avoids school holidays (not that there will be hordes of families doing the walk, but prices are cheaper), the days are long, and everything is 'fresh'. Whilst the C to C is a popular walk, there won't be crowds along it. When I did it, two years ago, I met people (in fact made a good friend) but never was the route busy. All that said, nothing wrong with going in July. The weather is completely unpredictable any time. I hope you go ahead, and enjoy the experience. Do keep us posted.
Thank You so much for your replies. I would prefer doing the C2C end of May, beginning of June when everything is "fresh" but my oldest daughter will only have a week of holiday then so I will probably have to wait until she's off mid-July.
I have another question, although I have enjoyed walking all my life and I have done many hikes in the past (mostly out west in Arizona and also in France where I'm from originally) this would be my first "big" walk. My other daughter will be 13 next year, she's a very good walker but she doesn't necessarily "see the point" in walking for hours on if you know what I mean... Unfortunately, my husband shares her attitude. However, both say they want to do the C2C.
What would you advise me to do? Will they see the point once we get going or is this going to be a nightmare for everyone?
That's a difficult one to answer. There's lots of good and varied walking and scenery but, inevitably with such a long walk, there are some boring bits when the less enthusiastic might not see the point. When we did the walk we met a couple of professors from Philadelphia and were talking to them over dinner at the end. They had done a lot of long distance walking previously, including the Sierras from the Mexican to the Canadian border! I asked them what had been their best walk. After some thought they said the Coast to Coast as it was the most varied. The three national parks it goes through, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorks Moors are all very different.
If you want to do it staying at B&Bs with a baggage carrying company I suggest you contact www.c2cpackhorse.co.uk/ who can advise you on stops and book accommodation for you. As well as transporting your baggage each day they are happy, if it helps, to transport anyone who is unable to walk on the odd day. This might help if you all go for it and one of the less enthusiastic wants a break from walking.
Unless things have changed, Packhorse is the only C to C company able (i.e. insured) to transport people as well as baggage. The walk is as Jenny says, varied. Personally, I would not describe any of it as boring - I found all of it an adventure, loved the whole thing and would do it again. But we are all different. Impossible to say whether your husband and daughter would 'see the point' once they had started. Bad weather wouldn't help. Perhaps the key (apart from being sure that the walk is within the ability of the walkers - or can be done using transport if/when needed) lies with answering the question why someone who doesn't see the point of walking for hours wants to do the walk (which will require many days of walking, with several hours each day).