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Our Coast to Coast path awarded National Trail status

Posted: 17/08/2022

Our Coast to Coast path awarded National Trail status


The world-famous 190-mile walking route, which passes right by The Old Vicarage, has been designated a National Trail.

Created by the renowned fell-walker and author Alfred Wainwright almost 50 years ago, the walk runs between St Bees in Cumbria and the North Yorkshire fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay, taking in some of the most spectacular landscapes in the North of England. It can be accessed directly from The Old Vicarage track.

The 10.5-mile ‘Reeth to Richmond’ section is particularly stunning, described by the author as “abundantly endowed with variety and beauty and interest.”

Winding out of Reeth along the Swale Valley, our local section takes in Marrick Priory and the famous Nun’s Steps, the pretty hamlets of Marrick and Marske, Clapgate Beck and finally Whitcliffe Wood on the outskirts of Richmond. You can walk as much or as little of the route as you like.

National Trail designation means the Coast to Coast route will receive more than £5m for path maintenance, signposting and promotion, which is great news for the thousands of walkers who make the journey each year, as well as for visitors to the area.

The Old Vicarage is a fantastic place to be based for a walking holiday, with plenty of walks from the doorstep and further afield in the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park. In the living room there are maps and guides for you to peruse and plan from.

Check out the WALKING THE DALES section of this website for inspiration!

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