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The Coast to Coast Walk

A summary of the Coast to Coast walk

A Coast to Coast Walk was devised by Wainwright himself, and set out in his 1973 guidebook to the route.

According to Wainwright's Coast to Coast guidebook, the route is a 190-mile walk across Northern England. It passes through three contrasting national parks: the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park.

Wainwright suggested a way of breaking the walk miles into stages, each of which to be completed in a day. With one or two rest days, this makes the route fit into a two-week holiday. However, Wainwright explicitly stated that he did not intend people to necessarily stick to these stages or even to his route: for example, by reducing day-lengths to 10 or 12 miles, the walk becomes a much easier three-week trip with time to 'stand and stare'.

In 2004 the walk was named as the second best walk in the world according to a survey of experts.

In 2012 it was announced that a new waymarker, featuring Wainwright’s AW signature, will appear on finger posts where the route crosses a public road. The Society hopes that the waymarking will be completed during 2013, which is the fortieth anniversary of Wainwright’s guidebook, published in 1973. The Society is planning events to celebrate this anniversary in 2013. For more information read the Society's press release here.

Coast to Coast 2nd edition

A Second Edition of A Coast to Coast Walk was published in June 2010 by Frances Lincoln. The book was completely revised and updated by Chris Jesty, who had previously revised the seven Pictorial Guides and The Outlying Fells.

In this edition, the route is picked out in red for greater visibility on the page and the complete walk has been checked and updated where necessary.



Julia Bradbury and Eric Robson

The Wainwright Society Chairman Eric Robson filming with Julia Bradbury at St. Bees lighthouse for her series on the Wainwright Coast to Coast Walk. The programmes were first shown on BBC4 and BBC2 in the spring of 2009.

Coast to Coast Walk - Navigational Errors
From Ennerdale to Borrowdale

In response to a request from the Mountain Rescue Association, we have been asked to report that a number of Coast to Coast walkers are making serious navigational errors just beyond Black Sail Youth Hostel, and so fail to turn up at Loft Beck for the correct route. Mountain Rescue Teams have been called out on numerous occasions to respond to walkers getting into difficulty on this leg between Ennerdale Bridge and Rosthwaite. The following map serves to re-iterate the correct routing beyond the Black Sail Hut and walkers are advised to pay extra attention to this point of the walk.

Coast to Coast route advice from Mountain Rescue

To download a printable PDF of this map click here

Reeth and District Community Transport Limited

This local charity, based in Reeth can offer (best if pre-booked) transport for the Coast to Coast walkers, whilst in the vicinity of Swaledale, especially those who are doing the walk in stages.  They are happy to drive groups and meet the Number 30 service which now terminates at Reeth.  They also provide transport between bus times, if walkers would like to eat in Reeth before carrying on.

They can also offer pre-bookable days out if walkers are having a few days off by calling 01748 880021 or emailing [email protected]

The aim is to make visitors to the area feel very welcome and want to cater for their transport needs to ensure they enjoy their stay in Swaledale or beyond.

Coast to coast in the news

Listed below are a selection of Coast to Coast media articles. An archive of older items can be found by clicking here

The Wainwright Society has no control over any of the following sites, and as such accepts no responsibility for their content or accuracy.

Backing grows for Coast-to-Coast national trail bid
Cumbria Crack 14/12/2016
A path, described by the author Alfred Wainwright as a classic ascent route in the Lake District, is to be repaired with money raised by The Wainwright Society...

Angela Merkel receives walking guides from Prime Minister Theresa May
Grough 21/7/2016
Walkers exploring the hills of northern England or the peaks of Snowdonia shouldn’t be too surprised if they come across a familiar-looking German woman...

Campaign to make Coast to Coast walk a National Trail is launched by Richmond MP
The Northern Echo 6/4/2016
A trail popular with hikers since it was devised 43 years ago could be on its way to becoming an accredited national route...


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Coast to Coast Packhorse

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