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The Coast to Coast Walk, devised by Wainwright himself, stretches across 190 miles from St Bees Head on the East coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the West, passing through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. This Pictorial Guide, first published in 1973 and updated in 1992, contains Wainwright's original text and his hand-drawn black-and-white route maps f The Coast to Coast Walk, devised by Wainwright himself, stretches across 190 miles from St Bees Head on the East coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the West, passing through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. This Pictorial Guide, first published in 1973 and updated in 1992, contains Wainwright's original text and his hand-drawn black-and-white route maps for this much -oved walk.


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The Coast to Coast Walk, devised by Wainwright himself, stretches across 190 miles from St Bees Head on the East coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the West, passing through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. This Pictorial Guide, first published in 1973 and updated in 1992, contains Wainwright's original text and his hand-drawn black-and-white route maps f The Coast to Coast Walk, devised by Wainwright himself, stretches across 190 miles from St Bees Head on the East coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the West, passing through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. This Pictorial Guide, first published in 1973 and updated in 1992, contains Wainwright's original text and his hand-drawn black-and-white route maps for this much -oved walk.

56 review for A Coast to Coast Walk

  1. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    In less than 3 months, I'll be making this walk across England--192 miles from St. Bee's on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea. A. Wainwright, the author of this book, originated this walk and this book is his hand-written, illustrated account of it. Now I'll get to see what I'm in for! In less than 3 months, I'll be making this walk across England--192 miles from St. Bee's on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea. A. Wainwright, the author of this book, originated this walk and this book is his hand-written, illustrated account of it. Now I'll get to see what I'm in for!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Walden

    Back in the 70s, Alfred Wainwright wrote a book documenting a path across England, from "Coast to Coast", as it were. It proved a hit. Now hundreds of people walk it each year, perhaps even thousands. This is the second edition of that book, updated for a changing world, while retaining the voice and style of the original. What drew people to the original book wasn't so much the actual path itself (although the path itself is a quite excellent walking path, although as a path for backpacking it's Back in the 70s, Alfred Wainwright wrote a book documenting a path across England, from "Coast to Coast", as it were. It proved a hit. Now hundreds of people walk it each year, perhaps even thousands. This is the second edition of that book, updated for a changing world, while retaining the voice and style of the original. What drew people to the original book wasn't so much the actual path itself (although the path itself is a quite excellent walking path, although as a path for backpacking it's not particularly great -- at least, not by the standards of this well-traveled American backpacker). What made the book special was Wainwright's distinctive voice, which permeated the words describing the path and attractions along it, and the hand drawings he made to accompany it. As a work of art, this book is utterly fascinating. As a practical tool for actually undertaking the walk, however, it falls short somewhat. It doesn't really list the things a practical walker cares about: the places to stay, the places to eat meals, the places to purchase food for carrying while walking, the places most amenable to camping, and so on. It would change the character of the book to provide that information, I think. Yet without that information, I wouldn't recommend this book as the sole guide for someone considering a Coast to Coast Walk. Instead I'd recommend Coast to Coast Path: St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay, Planning, Places to Stay, Places to Eat as a better alternative, with more detailed maps to the path and far better information on practicalities along the way. But if you want a book to show people what you plan to do, or will do, this is absolutely a better book to get. If I were looking only for the art and warmth, this would be the perfect book to get. But I was also looking for the practical details, and on that the book falls short. So I rate this four stars rather than five.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brian Robbins

    Love the book in retrospect, having done the walk. Did try taking it with me and reading the appropriate section before doing the days walking - but gave that up after three days. He was like one of those irritating uncles who always knows best, and who you end up shouting "Will you just shut up for a moment!" at. Added to which I hate following a pre-planned route to the letter - even my own. I loved the drawings and the usual delightful sense of humour that underlies all his books, at least in Love the book in retrospect, having done the walk. Did try taking it with me and reading the appropriate section before doing the days walking - but gave that up after three days. He was like one of those irritating uncles who always knows best, and who you end up shouting "Will you just shut up for a moment!" at. Added to which I hate following a pre-planned route to the letter - even my own. I loved the drawings and the usual delightful sense of humour that underlies all his books, at least in parts.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    ühe matkaraja kirjelduse kohta aastast 1973 oli see nüüd küll ootamatult meeleolukas lugemine. muidugi ei viitsiks, kui ise ei ole seda matka teinud või ei plaani minna - aga vbla siiski võiks, sest need Wainwrighti käsitsikirjutatud ja iseillustreeritud matkaraamatud on fenomen omaette. (seda käsikirja on muidugi veits tüütu lugeda, aga samas oleks raiskamine midagi sellist tavalisse trükki panna, sest inimene on ikkagi vaeva näinud ja käekiri on tõesti hea.) meeleolukas on see siis ses mõttes, e ühe matkaraja kirjelduse kohta aastast 1973 oli see nüüd küll ootamatult meeleolukas lugemine. muidugi ei viitsiks, kui ise ei ole seda matka teinud või ei plaani minna - aga vbla siiski võiks, sest need Wainwrighti käsitsikirjutatud ja iseillustreeritud matkaraamatud on fenomen omaette. (seda käsikirja on muidugi veits tüütu lugeda, aga samas oleks raiskamine midagi sellist tavalisse trükki panna, sest inimene on ikkagi vaeva näinud ja käekiri on tõesti hea.) meeleolukas on see siis ses mõttes, et toimub ootamatuid neljanda seina purustamisi ja lugeja poole pöördumisi stiilis "noh, kuidas on, jääme siia või tuled edasi?" pluss paar hästisihitud mürgist noolt inimeste suunas, kes usuvad, et Maa on lame (kas need inimesed tõesti olid 70ndatel ka olemas?) ja siis veel natuke sarkasmi nii päevaturistide kui ülemäära püüdlike matjakate suhtes. segama jäi see, et tegu on millalgi 2000ndatel ületoimetatud väljaandega ja ma tahaks näha kuidagi selgemat vahet, et mida siis ikkagi ütles Wainwright ise ja mille on lisanud see hilisem toimetaja. (äkki nt lamemaalased on hoopis temalt? see oleks küll pettumus). aga muidugi põhirespekt Alfredile ikkagi selle eest, et ta sellise matkamarsruudi üldse välja mõtles ja läbi testis ja kirja pani. matka soovitan väga ja kui juba teha seda matka, siis kindlasti tuleks ka just seda raamatut lugeda, olgu siis enne või pärast või ajal :) päris ainsaks kaasavõetavaks kaardiks-rajajuhiseks ta ei sobi, aga korraliku Ordnance Survey kaardiga koos juba läheb küll.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paul M

    Purchased from Waterstones, Trafalgar Square prior to lunch with an old friend on 29/04/2003.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Allen Mcewan

    This is a most graceful and beautiful guidebook, while at the same time ultimately functional. I bought this trail guide for its unique design, then hiked the trail because I was enthralled by it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Theodore Kinni

    Read it section by section as we walked the Walk in Sept 2019. It's well worth hauling across England, so tuck it your pocket or pack. Read it section by section as we walked the Walk in Sept 2019. It's well worth hauling across England, so tuck it your pocket or pack.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    To physically follow an author on his adventure is an experience not to be missed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Stevenson

    Another lovely book from the master Wainwright. He has a great way of talking directly to you. The descriptions and historical info are all great, and he's frequently really quite witty. There's quite a few modifications needed to the original route now, due to things changing from when the book was written, which can be a little confusing. One thing to watch is that he is somewhat optimistic suggesting the walk can be done in 12 days, and this contradicts his suggestion that you should amble an Another lovely book from the master Wainwright. He has a great way of talking directly to you. The descriptions and historical info are all great, and he's frequently really quite witty. There's quite a few modifications needed to the original route now, due to things changing from when the book was written, which can be a little confusing. One thing to watch is that he is somewhat optimistic suggesting the walk can be done in 12 days, and this contradicts his suggestion that you should amble and take your time. 14 days is usually suggested as the minimum for most folk. If you like ambling along or want rest days, these would have to be added on as well. We were worried that our 13 days schedule (15th to 28th July 2012) was going to be a little too tough. It was just about OK, but 13 days is considered to be a little on the 'challenging' side, an it would have been nice to have time to check a few places out along the way. Stedman's 'Coast to Coast Path' is a highly recommended accompaniment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This guidebook to the long-distance route across England (west to east) made me want to go walk somewhere! Updated in 1994 with corrections to the original route, the book is filled with hand-drawn sketches illustrating the sights to be seen. The hand-written text also delivers friendly advice and encouragement.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pondering Pig Newton

    A friend gave this book me because he thought I'd enjoy the maps and hand-lettered text. I did, but I also thought, "That walk sounds like a terrific lot of fun." So the next summer I walked it with my wife and 15 year old daughter (plus her fourteen year old pal) and we had a great time and it was my first of several long distance walks and thank you very much, Mr. Wainwright. A friend gave this book me because he thought I'd enjoy the maps and hand-lettered text. I did, but I also thought, "That walk sounds like a terrific lot of fun." So the next summer I walked it with my wife and 15 year old daughter (plus her fourteen year old pal) and we had a great time and it was my first of several long distance walks and thank you very much, Mr. Wainwright.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ratchanee

    My ambition to follow the footsteps of the late Alfred Wainwright

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meeta

    A very entertaining book! Well written and full of great advice and dry wit on how to escape;) Outstanding maps and illustrations.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andy Weston

    An essential part of one's library,me specially if you live just a few meters off the route. An essential part of one's library,me specially if you live just a few meters off the route.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paul Williams

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heather Smith

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark Ames

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jack

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jevon Parker

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eduardo Minte

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cordelia

  22. 5 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

    ian barton

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  27. 5 out of 5

    MR PETER BRASTED

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Newton

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Schultz

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Roden

  31. 5 out of 5

    Alan

  32. 5 out of 5

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  34. 4 out of 5

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  35. 4 out of 5

    Mike Price

  36. 5 out of 5

    BookDB

  37. 4 out of 5

    Taffer

  38. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  39. 5 out of 5

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  42. 5 out of 5

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  45. 5 out of 5

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  47. 4 out of 5

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  48. 5 out of 5

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  49. 4 out of 5

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  50. 5 out of 5

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  54. 4 out of 5

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  55. 5 out of 5

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