The Coast-To-Coast path is something quite unique, because it's hugely popular yet it is not an official National Trail. What marks it out for many walkers is it was devised by Alfred Wainwright who undertook the walk in 1972 and published his book of the trail in 1973. The other factor is, it is difficult - a real challenge! There are varying alternative routes along the way including a trip up Helvellyn, which means there is no official distance to the route although it is 198 miles from St.Bees on the west cumbrian coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the east coast in North Yorkshire.
In producing this poster infographic we wanted to highlight the both the major landmarks, the alternative routes and key landmarks and stop-off points regularly used by walkers. The diagram highlights the elevation of the route via metre markers of 25m increments. Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike and St.Sunday Crag can all be reached via alternative routes and so these appear as a separate colour key.
We hope the poster provides a nice reference point and reminder for those who have either completed the whole route or sections of it. And an incentive for those who have been meaning to accept its challenge!
If you are planning to take the walk we can recommend book Coast to Coast Path by Henry Stedman and Daniel McCrohan published by Trailblazer Publications. The path is only sporadically marked so this book and of course good old OS maps are very handy!