That's the hike I wanted to do in 2001, but that was the year of the foot-and-mouth outbreak. It didn't hit that area but did hit areas I also wanted to visit (Lakes District and Hadrian's Wall). Germany (where I based) was really paranoid, as was Ramstein AFB where my son#1 was stationed, and I was worried (probably too much so) that I wouldn't be allowed back. I ended up taking a tour to Turkey instead, and, later in the trip, day-hiking parts of the Chemin du Stevenson in France's Cevennes.

I'm heading over to Trail Journals right now!
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey