Grassington to East Coast Walk
|Address:||Low Mill Cottages, GRASSINGTON, North Yorkshire, BD23 5BX|
|Web Site:||Bay to Bay Walk|
Publisher's information 2008
One of two Long Distance Walks from the middle of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, each walk is almost exactly 100 miles. Now available in two books so that you can do the walks in 7 days each or take your time and take 9 or 10 or 11 days. Each book describes every part of the route and plots it on the best Ordnance Survey Maps (1:25000 scale) which show all the paths and the field boundaries. There are also many colour photographs to help you recognise the way.
This is a new walk that takes seven days to cross from Grassington in the middle of Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales down into the beautiful Vale of Mowbray and then across the undulating ridges of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park to end at Robin Hood's Bay.
It follows an entirely new route east and slightly north. It also connects two popular walks - the Dales Way and the Coast to Coast.
The difficulty rating is fair to moderate, although in bad weather on some of the high ground it could be a little more testing.
The intention of the author was to devise a pleasant week out in lovely country, good exercise and the availability of good food along the way and a comfortable place to sleep at night.
Under the sky ...through dale, vale and moor ...and so to the sea.
…..The route is neither arduous or dull but a pleasure for walkers of any age or experience who want to spend a week in fresh air during the day and in a comfortable bed each night. The idea is to travel light and stay in the pubs and guest houses that are available along the way but there are no rules, do what you prefer or can afford.
The Grassington to East Coast walk is not a ‘natural’ route walked for centuries by monks or packhorses, in fact, until October 2000 it had never been walked from end to end. At that time a scary group of seven gathered, bleary eyed and without any dress sense, to look at the sky, eat butties and try to make conversation. None of us had done seven consecutive day’s of walking before but we now found ourselves committed and with no way out. We had it all to do and no certainty that we could do it.
….We eventually took commemorative photographs and turned our backs on the cobbles of Grassington Square to head up hill accompanied by the rustle of windproofs and the tinkle of fridge magnets falling off Perry’s economy size rucksack.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Paths Covered by this Publication:
|Bay to Bay Walks||307 km / 191 miles|
|Coast to Coast (Wainwright)||294 km / 183 miles|
|Grassington to East Coast Walk||154 km / 96 miles|