A Northern Coast to Coast Walk: From St Bees Head to Robin by Terry Marsh

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By Terry Marsh

This guidebook follows the Coast to Coast or C2C stroll, popularised through Wainwright, which runs from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay on Yorkshire's east coast. At 178 miles (300km), this well known long-distance jogging course could be simply walked inside a two-week vacation.

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