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Wainwright Coast To Coast Walk – UK Lake District

Wainwright Coast To Coast Walk - Robin Hood's Bay

If you do just one long distance walk in the UK, you can’t do much better than the Alfred Wainwright coast to coast walk across the Lake District and northern England.

This coast to coast walk is 190 miles in distance, starting from St. Bee’s head in Cumbria, passing through the Yorkshire Dales and ending in Robin Hood’s bay in north Yorkshire.

Wainwright’s coast to coast walk presents possibly the best spectacular and flourishing landscape in England.

This long distance path crosses England from the Irish Sea in the west to the North Sea in the east and scaling some of the highest ground the country has to offer.

If you want an easy start to your coast to coast walk then start from east to west, from the easier eastern ground.

However, it may be more advisable to start do it from west to east in order to take advantage of prevailing winds and start with more dramatic scenery to give to more incentive to carry on.

If starting from the west, it won’t be long before you encounter the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District and any doubts you had about whether the long slog would be worthwhile are put to rest.

Wainwright Coast To Coast Walk Video

Wainwright’s coast to coast walk – 2012

A selection of moments from our walk along Wainwright’s famous coast to coast walk from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay across the north of England. 13 days compressed into under 3 minutes.

Although you will come across some lowland sections in the middle of the walk that can be somewhat of a plod, you have the splendid north York moors to look forward to.

The minimum time to allow for covering this 190 miles coast to coast path is twelve days.

There is plenty written about the Wainwright coast to coast walk. Here is the best video I could find on YouTube that gives you some idea of what it is like:

If you want to read more here are some useful resources:

  1. Wikipedia on the Wainwright coast to coast path
  2. The coast to coast path by the Wainwright Society

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