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Wainwright's Coast to Coast Pocket Guide
by A. Wainwright

The book that started it all.  After an arduous experience walking the Pennine Way in 1968, the legendary walker Alfred Wainwright decided to plan his own long-distance trail. More details


Coast to Coast Advice

Get help and advice from the professionals before you head off on the Coast to Coast. Our two long-distance walking experts are here to answer any of your questions.

Lou Wilkinson became a Sierra Club member in 1956, and used to lead the organisation's Coast to Coast guided walks. As well as England, he has extensive experience hiking in the American Southwest and Hawaii, and in other countries ranging from Mexico and China, to Switzerland and Ireland.

John Deighton, who has lived in the Yorkshire Dales most of his life, has been hillwalking for over 45 years. He also has experience in canoeing, mountain biking and mountaineering. John was one of the founders of the Richmond Walking and Book Festival. Every year he takes visitors on guided walks in Swaledale and Wensleydale, where they learn about local history, wildlife and the lead mining industry of old.

Here are ten of the most frequently asked questions that Lou and John receive from 'would-be' Coast to Coast walkers...

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1. What's the best time of year to walk the Coast to Coast?

2. What sort of training do I need to be in good shape when I arrive at St. Bees for the start of the trek?

3. Can you give me an idea of how much money I'll need to do the walk?

4. What about camping along the route?

5. Is it safe for a woman to do the Coast to Coast on her own?

6. What type of clothing and equipment do I need on the Coast to Coast?

7. Once I've planned everything and packed, how do I get to the starting point of the walk using public transport?

8. What kind of navigation skills will I need once I set out on the walk?

9. How should I carry money on the Coast to Coast Walk?

10. Any other miscellaneous useful tips?

Reading through these points may have stimulated you to come up with a few additional questions of your own. If this is the case, then why not email us at and we will do our best to provide answers.



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