St Bees

Upgrade of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast to National Trail

The Lake District National Park Authority is one of the six authorities working with Natural England to upgrade Wainwright’s Coast to Coast to a National Trail.

The trail was first described by Wainwright in his book first published in 1973. At around 192 miles in length, and often frequently tackled as a continuous two-week journey, the route traverses through three National Parks across some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery from St Bees (Cumbria) to Robin Hood’s Bay (North Yorkshire). It’s widely believed to be the UK’s most popular long-distance path.

The project, led by Natural England, formally started on the 1 Nov 2022, and is due to be completed (and the route declared a National Trail) by October 2025.

The project will upgrade, formalise and enable some improvements to the Coast to Coast route and will mean this route will gain the status and recognition as a National Trail.

We will update this page as work progresses.

For more info please contact Jo Willmott Project Ranger (Coast to Coast National Trail) by email