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Coast-to-Coast walk gets new path

Posted 4 March 2011
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Coast-to-Coast walk gets new path
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A new permissive path has been created near the start of Alfred Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast, after the traditional route was affected by a landslide last month, potentially putting Ordnance Survey map users in danger.

The new route is a temporary one-year solution agreed between Cumbria County Council and the landowner while a longer-term solution is sought after subsidence made the traditional route unsafe.

Until the incident, walkers starting the 192-mile trek at St Bees would start off with a clifftop walk before heading inland towards the Lake District on the long hike to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire.

The path diverts the route slightly inland to ensure walkers are not exposed to danger, making a small difference to a route featuring a wide range of features as it crosses three national parks.

Two of these - the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales - are set to expand in size after a public consultation by Natural England revealed this week that 68 per cent of the public agree with plans to bring more areas within their boundaries.

It means more of the Coast-to-Coast walk will be inside national park land.