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The Coast to Coast Walk

The Coast to Coast Walk: Campaign for a National Trail

The Wainwright Society is supporting a new campaign to have the Coast to Coast Walk upgraded to National Trail status. The campaign was launched by Rishi Sunak, the MP for Richmond, N. Yorkshire, in April. Read the full story 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 rdctransport@hudsonhouse.info

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.

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.

Diversion of the Coast to Coast route at Catterick Bridge
From 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 there will be a variation to the Coast to Coast route west of Catterick Bridge whilst major road works are in operation on the A1. During this time, the footpath passing underneath the A1 will be closed.

A signed diversion will direct walkers south of the Coast to Coast route. Click image below for larger map.

‘There is an alternative route available for the section of the Coast to Coast route that has had to be closed. For this at grid reference SE 2121 9944 turn south-east and walk approximately 1 kilometre to meet the A6136 Catterick Road, continue on the wide footway for another kilometre and continue to follow the road over the A1. When you reach the eastern side of the A1 continue for approximately another 100 metres before turning north-east on to the dismantled railway, which will cross the River Swale. After crossing the River Swale from the south, turn east along the public footpath to join back up to the Coast to Coast route.’

The detailed Order can be read here

Heading north to pass New May Beck Farm, the Coast to Coast takes a new line across Sneaton Low Moor to bypass a notoriously boggy section. After passing the farm, turn east and follow the revised line of the footpath to a gate. Here turn north and follow the wall to meet the B1416.  A new footpath has been created to the south of the B1416.  Follow the path to a gate and cross the road to join the original route across Graystone Hills.  The amended route begins at NZ 89738 03390 and ends at NZ 90730 03965.

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


Coast to Coast 2nd editionA 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 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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