The Coast to Coast Walk as it's also known, is 190 mile walking route that starts at St Bees in Cumbria and finishes at Robin Hoods Bay in North Yorkshire.
Devised by Alfred Wainwright and published in 1973 as a book titled A Coast to Coast Walk, the route crosses the North of England from the coasts of the Irish Sea to the North Sea. The Walk crosses four National Parks, the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Pennines (barely) and North Yorkshire Moors. Along the way it crosses some of the finest landscape the North of England has to offer, from Lake District fells, to majestic Yorkshire Dales and over sweeping moors. Hardly surprising it's one the most popular long distance walks in the UK.
The route itself begins at St Bees in Cumbria, across to Ennerdale, Rosthwaite and Grasmere. It continues through some of the best scenery the Lake District has to offer, including the highest point of the walk at Kidsty Pike near Haweswater, towards Shap and Kirkby Stephen. Entering the Yorkshire Dales the route continues through Keld, Reeth and Richmond before reaching the North Yorkshire Moors. Crossing the moors via the Wain Stones and Grosmont, you eventually reach the North Yorkshire Coast enjoying a brief coastal walk before dropping down into Robin Hoods Bay.
Alfred Wainwright devised the walk carefully, splitting it into section that could be completed in a day. This meant the walk could be completed in two weeks, with a couple of rest days. In fact you can choose to plan the route to suit your walking speed. There are plenty of accommodation options available and along the way there lots of historical sights and places to take in. There are also sherpa services available to ferry your luggage to make the walk that much easier.
You may know the name Wainwright from his famous books on the Lakeland Fells. So well renowned was he within hiking community that each of the peaks he wrote about in his Lakeland fells books are now known as Wainwrights, and many people 'bag' them as a matter of course.