Bridging The Gap

Wooden Bridge On Wainwright Coast to Coast

Coast To Coast:

The small wooden bridge above, is one of many on the Wainwright Coast to Coast walking route. The Coast to Coast Walk is a 192-mile (309 km) unofficial and mostly unsignposted long-distance footpath across Northern England. Devised by Alfred Wainwright, it passes through three contrasting national parks.


I want to encourage in others the ambition to devise with the aid of maps their own cross-country marathons and not be merely followers of other people’s routes: there is no end to the possibilities for originality and initiative.

Although unofficial, the Coast to Coast Walk uses public rights of way (public footpaths, tracks, and minor roads), permissive paths and access land; it is one of the most popular of all the long-distance footpaths in the UK.  In 2004 the walk was named as the second-best walk in the world.

The route begins at St Bees. It crosses the West Cumbrian coastal plain and the Lake District, and enters Yorkshire as it crosses the Pennines. It then crosses the Yorkshire Dales, the Vale of York and the North York Moors to reach the North Sea coast at Robin Hood’s Bay.