Beautifully simple, beautifully defined and providing a complete spectrum of northern England, Wainwright`s Coast to Coast Walk is 190 miles that have become one of the classic long-distance challenges of the British Isles - a challenge that now faces Julia Bradbury.
In the 1960s thousands of railways across the country were closed. Many of these old branch lines, and the spectacular scenery they pass through, are now treasured by ramblers. Julia follows these old tracks, overgrown cuttings and ancient viaducts of Britain`s lost rail empire, as well as visiting the disused lines across England, Scotland and Wales.
Cameron walks from Rubha Hunish at the northern tip of the Trotternish Ridge on Skye, to Broadford, visiting the Quiraing, the Storr, the Braes, Sligachan, Loch Coruisk, Bla Bheinn and the lost villages of Boreraig and Suisnish.
We accompany Julia on four of Wainwright`s 214 illustrated walks, as she climbs to the top of the legendary fell walker`s final resting place,Haystacks; shimmies along Sharp Edge to reach the summit of Blencathra; absorbs the rugged beauty of Castle Crag; and takes on Wainwright`s ultimate challenge, the tallest mountain in England, Scafell Pike.
We follow Julia on six of Wainwright`s walks as she tackles Helvellyn via Striding Edge, one of the Lake`s most famous challenges; ascends the "perfect family" fell Catbells; and succeeds in conquering Wainwright`s "best ridge mile" and two peaks in one day, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell. She also surmounts the true summit of Helm Crag which Wainwright himself never succeeded in reaching; learns of the sadness of Mardale while climbing High Street encountering its many twists and turns; and experiences the drama of what Wainwright called the most handsome crag in Lakeland, Pillar.
In this second collection Cameron climbs the Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Coe; Ben Starav in Glen Etive; Braeriach in the Cairngorms; Beinn Tianavaig on the Isle of Skye; Beinn Alligin in Torridon; Schiehallion in highland Perthshire; Creag Meagaidh on the Lochaber/Badenoch boundary; Stuc an Lochain in Glen Lyon and A`Chailleach in the Monadh Liath on snowshoes!