The popular walking route from St Bees in Cumbria to Robins Hood Bay in Yorkshire has officially been awarded with new National Trail status. The 197 mile cross country walking route will improve access for all to nature and the great outdoors.
What is the Coast to Coast?
The footpath starts in the picturesque town of St Bees where it’s tradition for walkers undertaking the route to dip their toes in the Irish Sea, then once the route is finished, walkers can dip their feet in the North Sea at the end point, Robins Hoods Bay. It passes through three National Parks - the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors - making it one of the best and most scenic long distance hiking routes in the world.
The route was first devised by local legend and British fellwalker Alfred Wainwright who took the already established footpaths, bridleways and minor roads and linked them together to make the official route. It passes through quaint villages like Kirkby Stephen, Reeth and Glaisdale where you’ll be greeted with unique yet lovely scenery.
Why a National Trail?
At the end of 2022, it was awarded with National Trail status which will help boost the infrastructure of the footpath and make it more accessible for all. This could include removing stiles and making the gates more accessible where possible. The route will be properly waymarked and more circular walks will be developed along the route to encourage those who enjoy shorter walks. A significant investment of £5.6 million has been committed by the government in order for the upgrades to take place.
It’s certainly a win-win for those who enjoy nature and the outdoors and for those looking to get outside in 2023 and beyond.
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