Coast to Coast Walk

Coast to Coast Walk

The Coast to Coast walk is an unofficial long-distance trail in the North of England. Devised by notorious fellwalker and grumpy old man Alfred Wainwright, the 192 mile route stretches from the Irish Sea at St. Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea.

The walk was voted the 2nd best long-distance trail in the world and is a thing of unparalleled beauty. It passes through three of the UK’s most scenic national parks – the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and The North York Moors – and route takes approximately two weeks to complete.

The Coast to Coast is generally walked West to East, and many walkers follow the well-worn ritual of carrying a pebble from Irish Sea with them for the duration, and throwing it into the North Sea upon completion of their hike.

Read on for a detailed account of my 2014 Coast to Coast hike, with photos and some advice on how to walk the Coast to Coast yourself!

    • Location: Northern England, UK
    • Length: 192 miles (309 km)
    • Western Terminus: St. Bees, Irish Sea
    • Eastern Terminus: Robin Hood’s Bay, North Sea
    • Highest Point: High Stile, 807m, (2648 ft)
    • Lowest Point: Sea-level
    • Elevation Change: 1560 m, (5120 ft)