Wainwright’s “A Coast to Coast Walk”

Walking Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk

I recently completed this tremendous long distance path. Devised by Alfred Wainwright in the early 1970s, it traverses some beautiful parts of northern England. Traditionally completed from west to east, it stretches for around 190 miles from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay and takes in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire National Parks.

Wainwright described it as ‘A’ Coast to Coast walk, rather than ‘The’ as he wanted to encourage other walkers to devise their own cross country routes. Nonetheless, the trail today follows Wainwright’s original pretty closely, and walking it you can see why – he created a very attractive route. For what such things are worth, it was voted second best long distance walk in a survey carried out by Country Walking magazine.

We started on a Friday, so I’m going to start posting a trip report from tomorrow.

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