What to expect on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk?

Tuesday 06 December 2016

What is it that makes a 190-mile trek across northern England attract visitors from across the globe?

Judging by this feedback from 2016 Coast to Coast Packhorse customers, the reasons are many and varied...

A spokesperson from Coast to Coast says "I have been pleasantly surprised by the numbers of overseas walkers and cyclists that have pitted themselves against Wainwright’s challenging route. Our guests have come from Australia, Canada, the USA and New Zealand, as well as from across northern Europe.

All these countries boast their own stunning landscapes and possess many trekking and cycling adventures of their own. But the Coast to Coast has a certain magical attraction – three beautiful and contrasting national parks, mountains, moorland, seascapes, cliffs, rivers, not to mention the arable landscape of the Vale of Mowbray. Wainwright’s “boring flat bit” has its own special charm.

Add to that the experiences of meeting fellow travellers along the route and exchanging tales of trial and tribulation, the changeable English weather and the variety of guest houses and owners you will have encountered, it is no wonder it continues to lure people from far and wide.

Our own challenge here at Packhorse is to ensure all our customers have a fantastic adventure freed from the burdens of carrying heavy packs and logistical planning."

“I had no idea that England possessed such varied and beautiful scenery. It is so GREEN!”

Image by Coast to Coast

“I enjoyed having everything organised ahead of time without having to worry about where we were staying next. I can honestly say that our two-week vacation was so memorable thanks to Packhorse”

Image by Steve Cadman

Packhorse can offer ‘cherry picking’ packages, enabling people to tick off missed stages and so rightfully claim their ‘I did the Coast to Coast’ tee shirts. But many people who have successfully completed the entire walk come back again……..and again and again and again. If you did it west to east, why not try the other way around? You’ll be super fit by the time you get to the hardest sections in the Lakes and make them look a doddle!

If you did the low route sections, why not set your sights higher? Helvellyn is a cracker and Mr Wainwright loved Haystacks so much his ashes are scattered there.

Image by Andrew Wilkinson

If you walked it, why not try the cycle route? Off or on road, the choice is yours and we can advise and guide you.

We see many familiar faces over the years, such is the pull of the C2C. One of our drivers tells me that in 2013 he spoke to one passenger on the way back from Robin Hood’s Bay who had completed his 14th successful crossing and had decided to call it a day at the age of 78!

That just highlights the walk’s lure and I’m sure Alfred Wainwright never envisaged how successful the Coast to Coast would be when he created it, but it has certainly turned out to be one the world’s most popular long-distance routes. 

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