The classic high-level walk from Irish Sea to North Sea Originally devised by the legendary Alfred Wainwright, the Coast-to-Coast Walk has steadily become one of Britain's most popular long-distance walks, and it is not hard to see why. Planned to seek out the most spectacular high ground across the country, it takes you from the sea in the west to the sea in the east via three of England's loveliest National Parks: the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. Its 192 miles, from the quiet Cumbrian village of St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay, are a substantial test of endurance that will take even a fit walker a fortnight to accomplish, but also a wonderfully varying walk, from sea cliffs to craggy mountains and lakes, then across rolling dales and finally heather moorland. For everyone who reaches Wainwright's Bar at journey's end on the North Yorkshire coast it will have been the walk of a lifetime.
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MARTIN WAINWRIGHT is the Guardian's Northern Editor and author of Aurum's successful A Mini Adventure: 50 Years of the Iconic Small Car and Morris Minor: A Biography. He is well-known for writing on northern and countryside topics including a biography of walking pioneer, Alfred Wainwright (no relation), and The Coast-to-Coast Walk, a guide to one of the UK's most popular long distance trails, also published by Aurum. Martin Wainwright is also the editor of A Lifetime in Mountains and A Gleaming Landscape: A Hundred Years of the Guardian's Country Diary. He was awarded an MBE in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to the National Lottery Charities Board in Yorkshire and Humberside and lives in Leeds.Review:
'Packed with colour photographs, detailed information and anecdotes as well as route directions, all in a very readable style. The text includes highlighted references to points featured in the OS maps, which makes it easy to link the two and provides plenty of detail.' Footsteps A practical companion fit for any keen rambler The Westmorland Gazette
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