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the coast to coast footpath from St Bees Head to Robin Hoods Bay

The Route

This route contains a few changes from Alfred Wainwright's original, mainly due to changes in land layout and slight shifts in boundaries. This isnt such a bad thing as A.W. didn't expect walkers on the route to stick ridgedly to his routes anyway.

Prepare yourself for the best long distance path in the British Isles. Taking in the three National Parks of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Moors. The scenery is mostly stunning and amongst the best Britain has to offer.

The length of the route is 190 miles from coast to coast, it should take two weeks to complete for the average walker. The halfway point is Keld for those wishing to split the walk into two week long expeditions. A few of the hills in the Lake District are challenging, but don't fear as alternative paths are available for those not wanting to climb the mountains.

The Start point is St.Bees and the end point is Robin Hoods Bay. Some people prefer to do the route the other way around, this way means the Lakes are at the end of the walk, which personally speaking, makes a better ending to the trek.

The route is split into 12 main sections.

1. St. Bees to Ennerdale Bridge 14.25 miles
2. Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite 14.25 miles
3. Rosthwaite to Patterdale 17.75 miles
4. Patterdale to Shap 16.00 miles
5. Shap to Kirkby Stephen 20.00 miles
6. Kirkby Stephen to Keld 12.75 miles
7. Keld to Reeth 11.25 miles
8. Reeth to Richmond 10.50 miles
9. Richmond to Ingleby Cross 23.00 miles
10. Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top 12.25 miles
11. Clay Bank Top to Glaisdale 18.75 miles
12. Glaisdale to Robin Hood's Bay 19.00 miles


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