It has been announced that one of the most popular long-distance walking trails in Britain is set to have a £5.6 million upgrade.
The amazing Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk in the North of England is a 197-mile walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay and it is set to become a National Trail.
Watch the 190 mile walks over 14 days below:
Starting in Cumbria it heads through the Lake District and Yorkshire’s two stunning National Parks the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
Devised by Alfred Wainright, who it is named after, it is a challenging but extremely rewarding walk that showcases some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery such as Iron Age hill forts and medieval castles along with the natural beauty of the high fells and heather moorlands.
Around 6,000 people complete the route each year and the new investment will include upgrades to surfaces and signage making it accessible to people of differing abilities, and the addition of shorter circular routes which is set to be complete by 2025.
There will also be more promotion to encourage domestic and international tourism.
TV presenter Julia Bradbury, who was an advocate in pushing it to be a National Trail described the walk as “just stunning” saying “I’m so pleased that this well-trodden route is to become an official national trail.”
Chairman of the Wainwright Society Eric Robson said: “This is a very exciting and important step and we look forward to working with partners along the route to establish the walk as one of the UK’s great National Trails.
“As Alfred Wainwright said of the walk he devised, ‘Surely there cannot be a finer itinerary for a long-distance walk’.”