Walking The Coast To Coast Walk St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay Terry Marsh
Despite not being an officially recognised National Trail, Wainwright’s Coast-to-Coast is one of the most popular long distance walking routes, crossing the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and Moors. Terry Marsh’s Cicerone guide really does provide everything you need to know to plan and undertake its 188 miles. First published in 1993, it is now in its fourth 2017 edition. Split into stage-by-stage accounts, the guide primarily describes Wainwright's original route, with a few optional variations. Of course, there are a multitude of routes to take, and not all are described in this book. For example, there are several great high-level options in the Lake District which can include peaks such as Haystacks or Helvellyn that are not described. The guidebook does however provide in-depth descriptions of the main route west to east, as well as east to west, providing useful and interesting tips on what to look out for. The itineraries and tables make it easy to plan a route to suit your needs, with all the information on places to stay in an appendix at the back. Possibly the best thing about this guide is the fact that you get two for one. There is a separate map book using OS maps, covering the entire route in a scale of 1:25,000, which provides all the mapping you will need unless you go seriously off-route!