A Coast to Coast Walk was devised by Alfred Wainwright himself, and set out in his 1973 guidebook to the route.
According to Wainwright’s Coast to Coast guidebook, the route is a 190-mile walk across Northern England. It passes through three contrasting national parks: the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park. The route starts at St Bee’s head which is just a short journey up the coast from us and makes Shepherds Views the ideal base from which to stay and start your journey.
Wainwright suggested a way of breaking the walk miles into stages, each of which to be completed in a day. With one or two rest days, this makes the route fit into a two-week holiday. However, Wainwright explicitly stated that he did not intend people to necessarily stick to these stages or even to his route: for example, by reducing day-lengths to 10 or 12 miles, the walk becomes a much easier three-week trip with time to ‘stand and stare’.
In 2004 the walk was named as the second best walk in the world according to a survey of experts.