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Marking 40 years of Wainwright’s walks

L-R Peter Linney, retired secretary of The Wainwright Society, Bernie McLinden, Head of Park Management, NYMNPA, Jill Renney, Information and Interpretation Manager, NYMNPA, Danny Norwell, Fylingdales Parish Council, Derek Cockell, Secretary, The Wainwright Society

L-R Peter Linney, retired secretary of The Wainwright Society, Bernie McLinden, Head of Park Management, NYMNPA, Jill Renney, Information and Interpretation Manager, NYMNPA, Danny Norwell, Fylingdales Parish Council, Derek Cockell, Secretary, The Wainwright Society

A new Coast to Coast information board has been unveiled at Robin Hood’s Bay by the retired secretary of The Wainwright Society on Saturday.

The information board was placed by the sea wall at Robin Hood’s Bay in a joint-project between Fylingdales Parish Council, the North York Moors National Park Authority and The Wainwright Society.

It complements a similar board installed at St Bees in May this year.

Robin Hood’s Bay is at the eastern end of Alfred Wainwright’s 190-mile Coast to Coast Walk, which begins at St Bees in Cumbria.

The unveiling was performed by Peter Linney, the first secretary of the society.

In his remarks, Peter noted the contrast between the Pennine Way, which Wainwright regarded as a ‘masculine’ walk and the Coast to Coast, which he regarded as ‘feminine’, a characteristic “all should love about the walk”.

Bernie McLinden, Head of Park Management for the North York Moors National Park Authority, spoke about the great popularity of the long-distance walk, which is completed by 7,000 walkers each year.

Wainwright wrote that the heather-clad moors of north-east Yorkshire form a fitting climax to the walk.

This year is the fortieth anniversary of the publication of the Coast to Coast guidebook and the society has decided to make the walk its main beneficiary in 2013.

Funds raised from the Society’s annual challenge and sales of its calendar are to be used to waymark the route and to provide information boards at each end of the walk. Any money remaining after funding Coast to Coast projects will be donated to Mountain Rescue Teams along the route of the walk.

The Society hopes that placing this board at Robin Hood’s Bay will bring the work of Alfred Wainwright to the attention of the public as well as providing a focal point for walkers completing the walk.

 

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