The Coast to Coast Walk
) was devised by Alfred Wainwright in 1973
and is a route from St Bees Head on the Irish Sea coast
of Cumbria (Lake District) to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea coast.
The distance has been traditionally stated as 192 miles but, according
to recent re-measurings, the real distance of the route usually
undertaken nowadays is approximately 220 miles*
It passes through 3
National Parks and some of the most beautiful and varied scenery in
England including the rugged mountains and beautiful lakes of Cumbria, the rolling hills and pretty valleys of the Yorkshire Dales,
the beautiful Vale of Mobray & Cleveland Hills, and the expansive heather moorland of the North York
Moors - with some dramatic coastal scenery at each end. See detailed
physical map (840k) map
Whilst being enthusiastic Lake District fell walkers over many years, we had no previous
experience of long distance walks and so decided to thoroughly enjoy and concentrate on the walk
itself by using a company specialising in long distance guided walks.
We eventually chose
'North West Walks'
run by Dean and John Halsall. There were 6
walkers in our group plus John or Dean and everyone got on extremely
well - John and Dean ensured that the 13 days were extremely
enjoyable, informative, well organised and with first class B&B accommodation each
night plus luggage transfers.
The Coast to Coast walk proved to be one of the most challenging,
rewarding experiences of our lives.
* Ref: Wikipedia,
The Wainwright Society, & personal communication of GPS measurements from