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Coast-to-coast book may inspire walkers

Posted 3 November 2011
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Coast-to-coast book may inspire walkers
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A new book about Alfred Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast walk has been published, which may inspire more walkers to put on their hiking boots and try it for themselves.

The book - A Beautiful Great Britain by Jeff Prestridge - is a pictorial guide of the 192-mile route from St Bees' Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire, with money going to the Brathay Trust.

Walkers inspired to have a go at the route in the next few months when the weather is colder may wish to invest in some thermal base layers to stay warm on chilly mornings.

The author said of his walk: "The journey lived up to expectation. The scenery never failed to captivate, starting with the walk alongside the Irish Sea and finishing with the triumphant march into Robin Hood's Bay and the North Sea."

However, the "comradeship" of his fellow walkers was the best feature of his 13-day adventure.

One factor that could help walkers complete the coast-to-coast route in colder weather is the avoidance of high mountains, with the highest spot on the crossing being the 2,172 ft summit of Nine Standards Rigg in the North Pennines.