July 29th 2015

Come with us on one of the best scenic hikes in the world. Fell walker, author and illustrator Alfred Wainwright devised the Coast to Coast route across his beloved northern English countryside. His walk is 190 miles of stunning views through the fells, dales and moors of three National Parks, from St Bee’s Head on the west coast to the North Sea on the east. But Wainwright intended his legacy to be a walk that could be split into stages, to be enjoyed by anybody and everybody, and our Coast to Coast Adventure cherry-picks the highlights of the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors – some of the most beautiful areas to be found anywhere in the British Isles. From the charming Edwardian resort of Grange-over-Sands to our celebratory drink on the beach at Sandsend, near Whitby, we seek out the best elements on the way. CTC2-15-CHARLES-BARQUIST shoot We see the homes of Lakeland poets and stride across wild, heather-covered moors, the home of grouse and plover. We pass Richard III of York’s home at Middleham Castle and cross a river on stepping-stones. We even stay in a castle – the magnificent Swinton Park Hotel, ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton. We cross the Vale of York and marvel at the great, ruined abbey at Rievaulx. CTC2-15-CHARLES-BARQUIST rievaulx There’s a ride on a steam train, local cheeses to taste and ale to and everywhere, those amazing views. As ever, we take care of everything, so all you have to do is lace up the boots and enjoy this Level 5 Walk. It’s up to 15 miles on the trail each day, on well-laid out, though sometimes rocky paths, with some brisk hills and walks along hillsides, bluffs and valleys. We leave you with Wainwright’s first thoughts when he, a lad from an industrial northern mill town, first saw Lakeland: 'I was totally transfixed, unable to believe my eyes. I had never seen anything like this. I saw mountain ranges, one after another, the nearer starkly etched, those beyond fading into the blue distance. Rich woodlands, emerald pastures and the shimmering water of the lake below added to a pageant of loveliness, a glorious panorama that held me enthralled. I had seen landscapes of rural beauty pictured in the local art gallery, but here was no painted canvas; this was real. This was truth. God was in his heaven that day and I a humble worshipper.' Read more about our Walk on our website and join us on our Adventure this fall. Thanks to Wayfarer Charles Barquist who provided the photographs from our recent Walk Coast to Coast.

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