A summary of the Coast to
A Coast to Coast Walk was devised by Wainwright
himself, and set out in his 1973 guidebook to the
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.
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.
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.
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.
To download a printable PDF of this map click
Reeth and District Community
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.
grows for Coast-to-Coast national trail bid
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
Merkel receives walking guides from Prime Minister
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
to make Coast to Coast walk a National Trail is
launched by Richmond MP
The Northern Echo
A trail popular with hikers since it was devised
43 years ago could be on its way to becoming an
accredited national route...