Consultation launched on Coast to Coast National Trail

The Coast to Coast route.

Richmondshire residents are being invited to take part in a consultation on plans to develop a National Trail that passes through the region.

Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route passes through the Lake District, North York Moors, and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

Beloved by walkers for decades, the 197-mile route was given National Trail status in 2022.

There are 17 designated National Trails in England and Wales, which are long-distant footpaths and bridleways that take in some of the UK’s most stunning landscapes.

The Coast to Coast path was first developed by outdoors enthusiast and writer Alfred Wainwright in 1973, but until 2022, the path was unofficial and did not have signposts or other infrastructure.

It is set to officially open as a National Trail in 2025, with £5.6 million invested to make improvements. This will include making the path more accessible to people of different abilities, the inclusion of circular routes for those wanting shorter walks, and high-quality signage and path surfaces for the length of the trail.

Kendal-based charity the Lake District Foundation, together with Natural England, is leading a consultation aimed at maximising benefits of the path for local communities.

The aim is for the trail to be an asset to people who live and work nearby, with local perspectives sought to help shape its development.

The consultation is hoping to hear from residents, community groups, business owners, land managers and farmers.

Liv Allport, programme manager at the Lake District Foundation, said: “We’re calling on the people of Richmond and the Dales to get involved and suggest how the development of this National Trail can benefit your area.

“You are experts on your local area, and we would love to hear from you. Other National Trails have positively impacted towns and villages around the path with increased tourism and other economic benefits. What can this National Trail do for your region?”

To take part in the consultation go to www.lakedistrictfoundation.org/national-trails or contact research coordinator Emily Hicks on emily.hicks@lakedistrictfoundation.org

4 Comments

  1. Please make a footbridge over the A19 your first priority. This was a wonderful walk, but this road crossing was terrifying.

    • Mr wainwright did not develop the coast to coast become a national trail we should respect his wishes

  2. Can there be a Coast to Coast path passport. With stamp boxes along the way. (Same as Offas Dyke and Hadrians Wall) please

  3. The bridge is essential if the trail is officially designated a National trail. Motorists hoot at pedestrians and it’s terrifying and dangerous to cross

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