Reflecting on 40 years of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast

It’s hard to believe 2013 was the 40th anniversary of Wainwright’s most famous of published walking routes, the Coast to Coast.

It is an extremely popular walking route for a holiday, a personal goal and  to raise money for charity. The thought that you have walked from one side of the country to the other must be quite some feeling but an achievable and accessible one too.

Many walkers would love to walk the length of the UK I’m sure, Lands End to John O’ Groats but it is some serious undertaking in terms of time, money and endurance.

Walking seems to be more popular now that ever with first timers taking to the fells and paths, those experienced doing more and those who rekindling their love of it. It is such a great thing to do on a weekend for couples, friends and for families. Wainwright himself wanted it to be as accessible to all as possible and his books conveyed this excellently.

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Wainwrights Coast to Coast Walking Route

And as with so many activities, if they are televised then interest is made nationally. The Wainwright Coast to Coast series with Julia Bradbury did just that in 2009 with the Lakeland Fell series following on from that. It made people realise what they were missing out on and for most on their doorstep.

Back to the Coast to Coast and this 190 mile route commences traditionally by dipping your walking boots in the Irish Sea at St Bees in Cumbria concluding at the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea. The beauty, popularity and charm of this walk was rewarded in 2004 when it was rated the second best walk… the world no less! No real surprise when the route takes walkers through the heart of the Lake District fells, through the Yorkshire Dales, the Vale of York onto the North York Moors.

The 40th anniversary of this highly regarded, designated walking route has been marked by a special plaque at Robin Hood’s Bay, in the North York Moors.

As with any of these routes, ability and time available plays a large part in the duration of the walk. Self guided walking holiday specialists such as Mickledore Travel offer Coast to Coast walking holidays ranging from 12 to 17 days. Further information click here

So a big Happy 40th anniversary Coast to Coast! Here’s to another fantastic 40 years.