Alfred Wainwright's world-famous 190-mile walking route across all the best bits of England has finally been officially recognised as a National Trail.
Thousands of baggy-shorted, knobbly-kneed, sun-burnt (or rain-drenched) walkers every year* make the two-week crossing from the Irish Sea, through the Lake District, down Swaledale, over the Vale of Mowbray and then across the North York Moors to the North Sea. Now the paths they use will be better maintained, better signposted, and - presumably - definitively marked with National Trail status on Ordnance Survey and other maps.
This is great news for anyone planning to do the Coast to Coast; great news too for B&B owners and campsites in Richmondshire, and great news for cafes and pubs in Richmond itself, where walkers traditionally take a mid-walk one-day break.
(* Apologies to any Coast-to-Coasters whose knees aren't knobbly and whose shorts aren't baggy.)
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