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Part of Coast-to-Coast trek closed after landslide

Posted 16 February 2011
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Part of Coast-to-Coast trek closed after landslide
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A section of Alfred Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast route has been closed after a landslip near its start in Cumbria.

The incident has seen a 40-metre section of path along the clifftop at South Head closed off to walkers for safety reasons, with the public urged to stay clear while inspections are carried out to assess the dangers of further landslips.

However, this does not mean those heading to Cumbria with their walking boots and Ordnance Survey maps will have to give up plans to walk the 192-mile trek.

While the vicinity of the clifftops at St Bees will have to be avoided, this should not stop walkers, who can pick up the route slightly inland and continue west towards the Lake District, the first of three national parks along the route.

The path also passes through the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks, although its highest point is not in any of them, as the 2,172 ft summit if Nine Standards Rigg is in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.