In 2013, it will be the 40th anniversary of the publication of A Coast to Coast Walk. The Society has secured the agreement of the local authorities to waymark the route. There are two main aims for The Coast to Coast Challenge.
The first is to walk the entire route as 48 separate challenges, and raise funds for our Coast to Coast project, which includes waymarking and the provision of information boards at each end of the walk. Any funds remaining after these are completed will be donated to Mountain Rescue Services connected with the Coast to Coast route.
The second aim is to monitor the route for access problems in order to report these to the relevant local authority. Route monitoring is part of the Society’s responsibility as the designated Responsible Organisation for the Coast to Coast Walk. Challengers will be asked to walk a section of the route and report any access difficulties encountered to the Society. A form will be provided for recording this information.
Challengers may complete their section as part of a circular walk, a ‘there and back’ walk, or may join with another group in order to have vehicles at each end of the walk. As there are a smaller number of challenges than is usual, up to two members can register separately for each challenge.
The challenges at each end of the route (St Bees and Robin Hood’s Bay) will be Society walks led by Caroline Nichol. Members will be asked to make a separate, small donation towards the Challenge for participating in these two walks.
The Society is planning to publish a book of the Challenge. This will be in a different format to previous books. We are asking members to submit four photographs of their walk and provide longer captions (up to 30 words) for each photograph. Members will not be asked to write a report this year. The book will be a photographic record of the walk, together with selected quotations from Wainwright’s Coast to Coast guidebook.
To visit the Coast To Coast Challenge home page then click here