Coast to Coast Walk Guidebooks

Coast to Coast Walk Guidebooks and Maps

RambleFest displays the best Coast to Coast Walk guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.

Click on an image below for more information and the option of buying:

First devised by Alfred Wainwright, the Coast to Coast Walk has emerged as a favourite among long-distance walkers. The route crosses three national parks – the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors – and is characterised by fantastic scenery, varied landscapes and great camaraderie among walkers.
We advise buying two different Coast to Coast Walk guidebooks. One will supplement the other in terms of clarity, additional information, etc. The cost of the additional guidebook is very little compared to the cost of the walk.

Especially recommended is the Trailblazer guide “Coast to Coast Path”, by Henry Stedman, which not only has excellent Wainwright-type maps at a whopping 1:20,000 scale, but is packed with information on accommodation, camping and where to eat and drink:

“The route is described from west to east and divided into 13 stages. Though each of these roughly corresponds to a day’s walk between centres of accommodation, it’s not necessarily the best way to structure your trek. There are enough places to stay – barring a couple of stretches – for you to pretty much divide the walk up however you want. This is even more true if you’re prepared to camp, in which case you can pitch your tent virtually anywhere, as long as you follow the guidelines on p69.
On pp34-5 are tables to help you plan an itinerary. To provide further help, practical information is presented on the trail maps, including waypoints (Wpt) and walking times, places to stay, camp and eat, as well as shops from which to buy provisions. Further service details are given in the text under the entry for each settlement. See box pp81-2 for navigation trouble spots.
The trail maps are to a scale of 1:20,000 (1cm = 200m; 31/8 inches = one mile). Walking times are given along the side of each map; the arrow shows the direction to which the time refers. Black triangles indicate the points between which the times have been taken. These times are merely a tool to help you plan and are not there to judge your walking ability.
Hopefully, after a couple of days you’ll know how fast you walk compared with the time bars and can plan your days more accurately as a result. See note on walking times in the box below.
The trail is shown as a dashed line. An arrow across the trail indicates the gradient; two arrows show that it’s steep. Note that the arrow points uphill, the opposite of what OS maps use on steep roads. A good way to remember our style is: ‘front-pointing on crampons up a steep slope’ and ‘open arms – Julie Andrews-style – spreading out to unfold the view down below’.”
Coast to Coast Path: St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay, by Henry Stedman (Trailblazer)

The second Coast to Coast Walk guidebook we recommend is the updated version of Wainwright’s original, “A Coast to Coast Walk (Second Edition)” by Chris Jesty:

“The first fully revised and updated edition of A. Wainwright’s pocket-sized guide to the classic Coast to Coast Walk. From St Bees Head on the Irish Sea by way of the Lake District, the Pennines, Swaledale and the North York Moors and ending at Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea, this 190-mile walk has over the years become one of the best-loved long-distance routes in the world. First devised in the early 1970s, the walk has prompted countless enthusiasts to lace up their walking boots and follow Wainwright’s example, and inspired TV series by Tony Robinson for Channel 5 and Julia Bradbury for BBC Four. This brand new edition of the Pictorial Guide contains Wainwright’s hand-drawn route maps and his inimitable commentary, with the route, maps and text completely revised and brought fully up-to-date by Chris Jesty.”
– Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk (Wainwright Walkers Edition)

Another worthy of consideration is the Cicerone guidebook, which includes an Ordnance Survey map booklet:

“Guidebook and Ordnance Survey map booklet to the Coast to Coast Walk. The route stretches some 188 miles (302km) from St Bees on Cumbria’s west coast to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. It is suitable for most fit walkers and can be comfortably walked in around a fortnight.
* The full Coast to Coast route is described from west to east in 13 stages of between 10 and 21 miles, with high and low-level alternatives for crossing the Yorkshire Dales and comprehensive route summaries for those preferring to walk the trail in the opposite direction.
* The guidebook comes with a separate map booklet of 1:25,000 scale OS maps showing the full route. Clear step-by-step route descriptions in the guide are illustrated by 1:100,000 OS map extracts. The route description links together with the map booklet at each stage along the way, and the compact format is conveniently sized for slipping into a jacket pocket or the top of a rucksack.
* A comprehensive trek planner offers a helpful overview of facilities on route, and full accommodation listings and useful contacts can be found in the appendices. There is also a wealth of background information covering geology, history, wildlife and plants, and a list of further reading.”
 – Coast to Coast Walk Guidebook (Cicerone)

Notes on Coast to Coast Walk Maps

Eight Ordnance Survey “Explorer” maps at 1:25,000 scale cover the route, but below we display two map booklets which cover the route. The Cicerone map booklet is included with the guidebook, or can be bought on its own.

“The A-Z Adventure Series of maps combines the best of OS and A-Z, creating the perfect companion for walkers, off-road cyclists, horse riders and anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors. The Coast to Coast Walk (C2C) is one of the most popular long distance footpaths in the UK. Devised by Alfred Wainwright, the 180 mile (290km) route starts at St. Bees, on the Irish Sea coast in Cumbria, and passes through three National Parks (the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and North York Moors) to finish at Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea coast. This A-Z Coast to Coast Walk Adventure Atlas features 72 pages of continuous Ordnance Survey Explorer* mapping providing complete coverage of the Coast to Coast Walk. This atlas includes a route planner showing distances between places and the amenities available, featuring: Information Centres, Hotels/B&Bs, Youth Hostels, Campsites (seasonal opening), Public Houses, Shops, Restaurants, Cafes (seasonal opening) and Petrol Stations. Also featured is advice on safety and security when walking and a selection of QR codes linked to useful websites, including regional information, map reading advice and weather reports. Unlike the original OS sheets, this A-Z Adventure Atlas includes a comprehensive index to towns, villages, hamlets and locations, natural features, nature reserves, car parks and youth hostels, making it easy to find the required location quickly. Each index entry has a page reference and a six figure National Grid Reference. With a book size of 240mm x 134mm it is the same size as a standard OS Explorer map when closed.”
– Coast to Coast Adventure Atlas

Ordnance Survey provide the service of online maps, which you can use on all your devices. Costs around £20 – £25 per year for all maps across the UK for a year. Great value. The Coast to Coast Walk is marked by name on the relevant “Explorer” maps. Click on the link:
Ordnance Survey Maps Online

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