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Coast to Coast - Route Updates

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Coast to Coast gets National Trail Status (Aug 2022)

On 12 August 2022 The government announced that Alfred Wainwright's popular Coast to Coast Walk is to be made a National Trail.

The announcement last week followed several years of campaigning the Wainwright Society. The 197-mile trail will now undergo £5.6 million of upgrades to bring it to National Trail standards, with an expected official "opening" in 2025.

Wainwright's route has undergone several changes over the years, as some of it followed paths which were not Rights of Way. The "upgrades" will include creating a further 9.7 miles of new public footpath, 9 miles of new public bridleway and 5 miles of "re-alignment" of existing rights of way.

Many stiles will also be replaced by gates, and other stretches of path strengthened. It is estimated that over 6,000 walkers cross the entire route each year, bringing around £7 million into local economies.

Lord Benyon, Minister for Rural Affairs, said: "The Coast to Coast route passes through some of our most spectacular countryside, villages and natural habitats so I’m delighted to approve these plans and deliver on our manifesto commitment to develop the route into a new National Trail."

Check out the proposed route changes at Natural England here.

Section 7: Keld to Reeth. Page 47. Map 29. Keld to Gunnerside Moor. (Oct 2017. - 1st Edtn.)

The tricky climb up beside Swinner Gill has been flagged, courtesy of volunteers working with the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said the steepness of the gill and its designation as a site of special scientific interest meant that access to the path was difficult and any work needed to done in a limited time.

Swinner Gill improvements

After a day-and-a-half of airlifting flags by helicopter, rangers and volunteers laid 432 flags, built three large stone flag bridges, created two flights of steps with 19 steps in each, and constructed 12 cross channels.

Work started on 9 August and finished on 7 September. During the project 16 volunteers put in the equivalent of 68 days’ work.


Section 6: Kirkby Stephen to Keld. Page 43. Map 27. Nine Standards Rigg to Whitsundale. (March 2017. - 1st Edtn.)

The notorious boggy quagmaire just beyond Nine Standards Rigg, where the Blue and Red seasonal routes split, has at last been tamed. Almost 400 metres of stone flagging has been laid to cross the worst sections. This work by rangers from the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was officially opened in March 2017 when supporters and sponsers (including, we're proud to say, Skyware Press) gathered on a bright sunny day. The total cost of over £30,000 was raised through a crowdfunding scheme with generous donations from the British Mountaineering Council, HF Holidays, Tescos and the Wainwright Society, amongst others.

The notorious quagmire beyond Nine Standards Rigg, as was
The notorious boggy quagmire beyond Nine Standards Rigg in the good old days...
The fingerpost at the parting of seasonal paths, now safely flagged
The fingerpost at the parting of seasonal routes is now safely flagged
Supporters gather round the fingerpost at the official unveiling
Supporters gather round the fingerpost at the official unveiling
Approaching the head of Backstone Beck, formally the worst boggy section, now safely crossed by stone flags
Approaching the head of Backstone Beck, formally the worst boggy section, now safely crossed by stone flags

Section 6: Kirkby Stephen to Keld. Page 41. Map 25. Kirkby Stephen to Hartley Fell. (Sept 2016. - 1st Edtn.)

Some Coast to Coast walkers are getting confused following the route through Hartley. Kirkby Stephen Walkers Are Welcome have produced a helpful guidesheet based on our map. You can download it here as a pdf document.

Section 5: Shap to Kirkby Stephen. Page 33. (Aug 2016. - 1st Edtn.)

Newly extended Yorkshire Dales National Park and the c2c

The new extensions to the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks came into effect on August 1st 2016. This means almost the entire Section 5 of the walk between Shap and Kirkby Stephen - about 19 miles - now falls within the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Section 12: Glaisdale to Robin Hoods Bay. Map 53. Little Beck Lane to B1416 (Feb 2014. - 1st Edtn.)

New Boardwalk at May BeckBox 4: A new section of boardwalk has been installed over a muddy section alongside May Beck, just beyond Midge Hall and Falling Foss. This does not change the route.