Walk­ing The Coast To Coast Walk St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay Terry Marsh

Trail (UK) - - Base Camp - Re­view by Jenna Mary­niak

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!

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