Type “Coast to Coast walk” into Google news and especially in these warmer summer months, the listings bring up countless results of people embarking on this challenge to raise money for charities
The route, the rise in popularity of walking, the rise in people wanting to take on challenges to raise money and the continuing rise of one of the most famous walkers in the UK, Alfred Wainwright has made this 192 long distance walk the one everyone knows about.
But embarking on the Coast to Coast walk, which unlike the C2C cycleway is actually an unofficial route, is also done by people simply wanting to enjoy a walking holiday and especially with those travelling from abroad. What a magnificent way in which to see the north of England and the diversity of landscape this route takes walkers through.
The tough start to this walk, over the Lake District fells, is more than made up by the views along the way and the places in which to stay although with the route taking walkers across the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and parts of the Cleveland way, the whole route is a pleasure to admire.
Almost half way when doing the Coast to Coast in 15 days is the village of Orton and this is a very popular place to stopover. Orton signals the end of Cumbria and the beginning of the Yorkshire Dales as it was before the boundaries were changed. The typography though is evident in the change in counties. Orton being a village which offers a variety of facilities is another reason this location is so popular with C2C walkers. A short distance away is the Westmorland Hotel that welcome C2C walkers and this hotel has a bar and restaurant for refuelling as well as Tebay Services where the ultimate next day packed lunch can be purchased. Hit Orton on the second Saturday of any month and walkers can amble around the farmers market if their legs will allow with over 35 local farmers, growers, producers having stalls.
So for whatever reason a long distance walk is being done for, the Coast to Coast sees the best of two completely different regions and sides of the UK with the thought that walkers are retracing the footsteps of the extraordinary AW.