Some friends and I did Robin Hood's Bay to St Bees off-road a few years ago. We took seven days and stopped in EVERY pub we passed. Waking up to a new day camped halfway up Helvelyn was one of the best feelings of my life. Beautiful.
Now you're talking- thats the true coast to coast route- Wainrights route I believe? great route indeed which I did in very early '90s on my Saracen. Similar thing, we broke it up into 4 weekends due to work and made the most of the pubs en-route. I lost a very very expensive Minolta SLR camera on that route-still makes me sick thinkng about it!