Thanks everyone. I decided on Egton Bridge in the end. All booked up now, starting 23rd August; really can't wait. Seanaldo, enjoy your trip, you'll no doubt be heading of on your first day shortly.

Frustratingly in the past 6 months, 3 discs have slipped in my back so I feel like I'm forever in recovery. Walking certainly helps albeit I'm much slower than I'm used to. I shan't let it stop me from doing the walk but it does mean I won't be able to carry my own bags. Any recommendations for which is the best transfer service or is it a case of six and half a dozen?