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articles > 2013

New Coast to Coast information board unveiled at St. Bees

A new Coast to Coast information board was unveiled at St. Bees by Wainwright Society Chairman, Eric Robson, on Sunday 26th May.

Over 60 people gathered on the promenade at St Bees where an information board, a joint-project by St. Bees Parish Council and The Wainwright Society, was unveiled on the, locally known, ‘Wainwright Wall’, the starting point of the Coast to Coast walk.

The information board replaces an earlier panel and features a copy of Wainwright’s map of the route together with biographical details and sketches of St. Bees and Robin Hood’s Bay, the starting and finishing points of the walk.

In his remarks, Eric Robson recalled that his one regret in making the television programmes with Alfred Wainwright, was that he was an old man and he wished he could have met the younger, Jack-the-lad, Wainwright of earlier years. Wainwright loved adventures and the Coast to Coast Walk was his ‘Adventure’. It was devised at a time when long-distance walking was not as popular a pastime as it is now.

This year is the fortieth anniversary of the publication of the Coast to Coast guidebook and the Society has decided to make the Walk its main beneficiary in 2013. Funds raised from the Society’s annual Challenge and sales of its Calendar are to be used to waymark the route and to provide information boards at each end of the walk. Any money remaining after funding Coast to Coast projects will be donated to Mountain Rescue Teams along the route of the walk.

The Society hopes that placing this board at St Bees will help bring the work of Alfred Wainwright to the attention of the public as well as providing a focal point for walkers starting the walk.

Photo: © Doug Sim

Derek Cockell
Secretary, The Wainwright Society