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Take a map, coast-to-coast walkers advised

Posted 6 September 2012
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Take a map, coast-to-coast walkers advised
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People setting out to take on Alfred Wainwright's coast-to-coast walk may have been busy kitting themselves out with waterproofs, backpacks and hiking boots, but one issue they must not neglect is navigation.

Press and publicity officer for the Wainwright Society Derek Cockell noted it is vital for walkers to take Ordnance Survey maps and not just rely on the late author's guidebooks, Grough reports.

Mr Cockell spoke out after one group recently got lost and needed rescuing twice in one day as they passed through the Lake District section of the route.

He said: "Although Alfred Wainwright professed not to know how to use a compass, he regarded a map as essential."

The society, established after the author died in 1991 to commemorate his life and works, recently warned its members that part of the path has been affected by recent heavy rain in Cumbria.

A bridge was washed away near the start of the walk at St Bees' Head and a diversion is in place through Seacote Caravan Park.