Starting beside the Irish Sea at St Bees Head, the walk takes you through the wonderful mountains of the Lake District,
across the Pennines and down into Swaledale. The North York Moors await you and beyond them the east coast and the end point at Robin Hood's Bay.
The route is 192 miles long, which works out at an average of 14.5 miles per day and is usually done west to east as Wainwright intended.
The walk begins with a breathtaking stroll along the sea cliffs near St Bees Head on the west coast into farmland then valley into start of Lakeland at Ennerdale Water and the valley of Borrowdale. The route then goes through what many people consider the finest part of the walk, up mountainous climbs such as Helvellyn and St Sunday Crag and into the Yorkshire Dales
with its limestone scenery of crags, pavements and cave systems. This section includes Shap, Kirkby Stephen, the boggy moorland of Swaledale and country towns and small villages such as Reeth, Keld and Richmond.
The North York Moors
offer another contrast in terrain with expanses of grass-covered moorland, wooded areas and coastal plains and clifftops. The final section goes through the Vale of Mowbray, joins part of the Cleveland Way
and then follows the River Esk to the old smuggling town of Robin Hood's Bay.
Ordnance Survey maps included:
OS Explorer Map OL4 and OL 5 - The Lake District: NW and NE areas
OS Explorer Map OL19, OL26, OL27 and OL30 Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley, North York Moors Eastern and Western areas, Yorkshire Dales: North and Central areas
OS Explorer Map 303 and 304 - Whitehaven and Workington, Darlington and Richmond