/ Coast to Coast
I used an updated edition of the AW guide in conjunction with the 2 Harveys strip maps. Backpacked it over 10 days. It's a great walk.
Sounds good thanks. Harveys Strip maps??
These are the Harvey maps: http://www.harveymaps.co.uk/acatalog/Coast_to_Coast_Path.html
It shows the route and a couple of km either side; they were sufficient when I did it.
Yes, if you merely need to know the route, then the strip maps are perfectly sufficient in themselves. I enjoyed complementing the maps with AW's narrative, too. As the originator of the route, his words gave things a bit of an extra dimension.... As did the words of Hemingway. I read Death in the Afternoon when I walked the C2C. I could have done without that particular narrative; especially when I found myself passing through a field of bulls in west Cumbria.
>>sniggers<< are you recommending that as C2C reading material?
> Yes, if you merely need to know the route, then the strip maps are perfectly sufficient in themselves.
You may wish to consider the larger area given by the OS maps? I've come across quite a few 'navigationally challenged' parties well off-route but still trying to make their surroundings fit their strip map. It's also useful to have a broader picture of the surroundings in case you need to make a detour eg bad weather escape routes or search for accommodation (can be thin on the ground in parts).
I enjoyed complementing the maps with AW's narrative, too. As the originator of the route, his words gave things a bit of an extra dimension.
Yes, I did that too. Wonderful writer...
Stick with the two Harvey maps. You've got around 5km on either side of the route for most of the way. They give much the same information as the OS maps including the fp & bridleway information anyway, so smallish detours are still possible and you are not going to be that far out on your nav are you?
Just remember to turn left up Loft Beck after Black Sail, plenty don't ;-)
I am a C2C veteran, done it several times, some long 12 day crossings and others short speed routes.
Let me provide you with some sound advice - never use strip maps. We are blessed in this country to have O/S, hence why would you not use them. Te best guide book is by Martin Wainwright (no relation) and can be bought here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Coast-Walk-Recreational-Path-Guides/dp/1845134672/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid... (there seems to be a price error on screen, however you know which one to look for elsewhere).
The book contains O/S maps for the routes and the high-level alternative routes should you fancy them.
Should you need any advise on route, schedule, places to stay or eat then by all means let me know.No point all this experience going to waste :-)
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