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Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk

Travel / Historical Documentary

COAST TO COAST WALK 

Trekking England the Wainwright Way

Alfred Wainwright, in 1973, devised a walk across the north of England whereby the trekker could travel the entire width of England, from St Bees, in the west, to Robin Hood’s Bay, on the North Sea, and across three National Parks: Lake District, the  Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. This section of the walk, part 1, encompasses the western half, from St Bees to Kirkby Stephen, taking in the Lake District and  the Eden Valley. The great walk is begun by climbing up St Bees Head, a mirror image of Robin Hood’s Bay on the opposite coast. This quintessential English walking excursion leads the trekker into the very heart of the Lake District where the scenery is at its most rugged. Then before long the Lake District National Park is behind and the landscape of the Eden Valley offers a softer look with no great climbs or descents and glimpses of the moors in the distance.

Wainwright loved the lake country and his deep-felt affection is so patently contagious that he has drawn countless other walkers, keen to savour the unique landscape and to follow in his footsteps; alongside a lake, over a meadow and atop a mountain.

Wainwright once said, “The hills are eternal. Always there will be a lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits.” 

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Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk is a walk that is becoming more popular every year and has been described as one of the finest walks in the world taking the walker past old English villages, with quaint pubs and tea rooms, ancient abbeys, Neolithic monuments and medieval ruins.

This second half of the walk from Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay, part 2, begins atop the Pennine Range, on the border between Cumbria and to the North Yorshire Moors where the views are most panoramic. The River Swale leisurely glides along, leading the way eastward and growing in size as it heads towards the North Sea. The Swaledale region is a land shaped by glaciers, ten thousand years ago, comprising grey limestone crags and great gills looking down on green sweeping valleys interlaced with stone walls and dotted with stone barns. It is where copses of thickly grown trees stretch up to another boggy rise and a region that sets the pulses racing for those who revel in solitude.

Wainwright was quoted as saying when he finished the Coast to Coast Walk,

“I have finished the Pennine Way with relief and the Coast to Coast with regret.”

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Amazon Review:

January 20, 2015 -by Duncan Kravitz

This review: Coast to Coast Trekking England The Wainwright Way – Part 1 (DVD).

If you are planning to make this great hike, this show is a must to help with your planning. It will make you very keen to get there and get started. If you have already made the walk, then this will make a fine souvenir. Part 2 is beautifully made also. The videography and narration are first class and you really get the feeling of the beautiful scenery and the history of all the places en route. What it does not do is make the hike look easy, as some others do about this particular tough walk.

 St Bees to Kirkby Stephen:

St Bees

Coast to Coast Walk – St Bees

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Coast to Coast Walk – Lake District

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Coast to Coast Walk – Lake District

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Coast to Coast Walk – Lake District

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Coast to Coast Walk – Ennerdale Waters

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Coast to Coast Walk – Yorkshire Dales

Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay

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Coast to Coast Walk – Nine Standards Rigs

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Coast to Coast Walk – Nine Standards

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Coast to Coast Walk – Yorkshire Mores

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Coast to Coast Walk – Yorkshire Moors

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Coast to Coast Walk – Yorkshire Moors

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Coast to Coast Walk – Yorkshire Moors

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Coast to Coast Walk – Yorkshire Moors

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Coast to Coast Walk – Yorkshire Moors

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Coast to Coast Walk – Robin Hood’s Bay

RHB 2a

Coast to Coast Walk – Robin Hood’s Bay