Upgraded section of Coast to Coast route now open

A part of one of the most famous walking routes in the world, Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, has been upgraded.

Having been voted the second best walk in the world back in 2004, it’s no surprise this trail attracts thousands upon thousands of walkers each year and not just from the UK but from abroad too as far away as Canada and Norway. The popularity of this route means certain stretches need maintaining or simply upgrading to make the walking experience more enjoyable, which is the case with the latest development on part of the route.

A new boardwalk has been installed in the North York Moors National Park through Sneaton Forest. The 65 metre wooden boardwalk has been constructed on the Falling Foss to Maybeck path which is part of the Coast to Coast route. The nature of this stretch being near the beck, the Falling Foss waterfall and a ford means parts become impassable or at the very least walkers have the pleasure of extremely muddy boots, possible wets socks and often muddy behinds!

This significantly large project was carried out solely by volunteers who have also managed to reinstate an old stone arch bridge which crosses the beck.

Wainwright’s Coast to Coast guide book celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and this route is more popular than ever. Wainwright wanted this route to be enjoyable and accessible to all which is just what it is and the new boardwalk fits perfectly with his ethos.  The 190 mile Coast to Coast walking route starts in the Irish Sea at St Bees in Cumbria and concludes at Robin Hoods Bay on the edge of the North Sea and can be done in durations from 12 days to 17 days.

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