The Wainwright Society tell me that permission has been granted to waymark the route of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk. The agreement follows discussions with local authorities that lie along the route between St Bees Head to Robin Hood’s Bay. Parts of the walk have been waymarked already, but a new marker, featuring Wainwright’s AW signature, will appear on finger posts where the route crosses a public road. The society hopes that the waymarking will be completed during 2013, which is the fortieth anniversary of Wainwright’s guidebook. It has been estimated that between 5,000 – 7,000 walkers complete the crossing from coast to coast, annually.
Wainwright’s original route was updated in 1994 to avoid sections where there was no public right of way. In 2010, Chris Jesty completed a major revision of the guidebook, updating the text and maps. It is not intended that the waymarks should mark every step of the way – the Coast to Coast crosses a number of remote areas of mountain and hill country and knowing how to use a map and compass is essential. A longer-term objective of the society is to have the route marked on Ordnance Survey maps and there will be further discussions with the relevant authorities once the Coast to Coast Walk has been waymarked.

Picture shows part of the Coast to Coast route where it crosses the road in remote Birkdale.

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