This beautiful walking path was originally designed by Alfred Wainwright and has a total length of 293km. It passes through three contrasting national parks; the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park.
The first section of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk will take you from St Bee’s on the Cumbrian coast and the Irish Sea through the Lake District to the foot of the Pennine’s and the market town of Kirkby Stephen. Initially, you will follow the coast along the cliff tops before making your way to the Lake District National Park. The Coast to Coast walk is one of the most popular of all the long-distance walks in the UK, and it was named the second-best walk in the world in 2004 according to a survey of industry experts.
St Bees Head
St. Bee’s Head is a headland on the North West Coast in the English county of Cumbria. This Site of Special Interest rises at 90 meters above the sea level. The red sandstone bluff is one of the most dramatic features of the Coast to Coast walk. The cliffs are composed of red Permian and Triassic sandstone ages about 200 million years old and offer a stunning view of the sea Also, it’s the only spot where you can view the only colony of Black Guillemot in England!
Invented in 1854 by Sarah Nelson, a Victorian cooker, who mixed and baked a spicy-sweet chewy concoction inside her cottage. The Grasmere gingerbread is a worldwide known treat! It’s not a biscuit, it’s not a cake, it’s something else. An amazing taste brings tourists of each county of England into her shop. Today the business is run by the third-generation!
This Premonstratensian monastic house, also known as Abbey Church of St Mary Magdalene or Shap Abbey, was founded in 1199. The Abbey was closed in 1540 and was sold to the Governor of Carlisle. Most of its ornament was robbed for the built castle or market hall. Today you can see the large tower of the monastery, an impressive rock.