Alternative Coast to Coast

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Start: Walney Island
Distance: 200 miles (320 km)
Grid Ref: SD 17601 68225
Climbing: 9,500 metres
Walk time: 90-110 hours
Days: 12-16

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Alternative Coast to Coast begins on an island in the Irish Sea and finishes on an island in the North Sea. Beginning on Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness the walk leads into the Lake District and on its route some Lakeland peaks are climbed, a few delightful Lakeland villages are visited and some tarns and lakes are seen. Indeed the full length of Ullswater is walked along the way just before the Lake District is exited. Next between the towns of Penrith and Hexham, the route crosses the North Pennines before Hadrian's Wall is visted before crossing Northumberland with the Cheviot Hills featuring. The Alternative Coast to Coast finishes by crossing the North Sea by the famous Pilgrim's tidal path to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on the east coast. (Note: check tide times for the island crossings or you will have to wait a while to start and/or finish the route)

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