How a 309km walk across the UK countryside in 13 days ignited a passion

by Freeman McCall

Dad and I arrived in England in mid-July to begin a 13-day walk across the width of the country and it was a typical UK summer.

The sky was grey and gloomy, and the trains were on strike.

The Coast to Coast is a long-distance footpath from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire that fell-walker Alfred Wainwright planned. The story goes that he didn’t get on well with his wife so he did a lot of walking.


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