Coast to Coast - Yorkshire Dales
The Coast to Coast walk is one of the world’s great walks and is certainly the most popular long-distance trail in Britain.
The brainchild of Alfred Wainwright, famous for his pictorial guides to The Lakeland Fells, the walk encompasses two coastlines, three national parks and 190 miles of footpaths and quiet country lanes and the walk’s first guide was published in 1973.
From the Irish Sea at St Bees Head in the west, it winds its way across Northern England crossing the Lake District, the Pennine watershed, the Yorkshire Dales, the Vale of Mowbray and the North Yorkshire Moors to its destination at Robin Hoods Bay in the east.
For sustained beauty, variety and interest the Coast to Coast puts another iconic UK long distance walk, the Pennine Way, to shame.
Walking at a steady pace and in reasonable weather, the walk usually takes 14 days to complete and the countryside traversed is beautiful almost everywhere, yet extremely varied in character with mountains and hills, valleys and rivers, and heather moors all combining in a pageant of colourful scenery.
There is much to interest the geologist and industrial archaeologist/historian throughout.
4 days / 3 nights