Region: Northern England
Length: 190 miles
This, I must say, is one of my favorite trails. It extends 190 miles from (Irish) Sea to shining (North) Sea, has plenty of relatively inexpensive lodging options and food supplies, and is saturated with enough sources for literary references to keep an English Literature major justified in her selection (hullo, Wordsworth and Wuthering Heights!).
The "Coast to Coast Walk" was devised by Alfred Wainwright, a British walker. It stretches from St Bees Head on the west coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the east, passing through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and North York Moors.
The official Coast to Coast Walk description and map: www.coast2coast.co.uk.
The Wainwright Society contains more information about the trail and its founder:www.wainwright.org.uk/coast_to_coast/. From the website, a description of its founder: "Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991) will always be known for his famous Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells which he compiled between 1952 and 1966. These handwritten and hand-drawn works of art have given inspiration to all true fellwalkers for the past forty years."