1. Coast to Coast Walk

One of the most well-known walks in the United Kingdom, Coast to Coast has a bit of a deceiving name. Starting at Cumbria at St Bees on the Irish shore, this walk stretches from the Lake District National Park on the west shore of England over to the North York Moors. The last third of this walk crosses through the national park itself. People tend to hike sections, usually in no more than 24 kilometers (15 miles) at a time. While it lacks the vistas you might expect, the Coast to Coast walk snakes through gorgeous scenery filled with mirrored lakes and lush hay meadows. The trail also takes you along historic villages and archaeological sites.

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Hiking from the Irish Sea, you’ll head west for 300 kilometers before finishing in Robin Hood’s Bay in North York Moors.

How to hike the Coast to Coast trail

You’ll need to be an intermediate hiker to do the entire walk, but smaller parts can be hiked by beginners. The total Coast to Coast thru-hike crosses England for around 300 kilometers (190 miles) from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. Most people hike an average of 20 to 23 kilometers (12–14 miles) per day. Word of the wise, hike the Coast to Coast in the warmer months when it’s more likely to have clear sunny days.

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