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Coast to Coast walk through the largest inland county in England (2nd September 2014)

A new coast to coast path, The Cross Britain Way, from Boston in Lincolnshire through to Barmouth on the Welsh coast, is being launched this week. 57 miles of the long distance path will run through Shropshire - the most path miles of any of the counties on the route.

The 280-mile long-distance footpath has been designed to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, and was conceived as an alternative coast to coast path to Wainright's, which starts in St Bees in Cumbria and ends at Robin Hood's Bay on the North Yorkshire coast.

The Shropshire section of The Cross Britain Way takes in Brewood, on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border, Coalport and the Ironbridge Gorge, Much Wenlock and Wenlock Edge, Church Stretton, the Longmynd and Stiperstone, before heading into the Welsh borders via the Offa's Dyke path.

The path was created by Tim Brunton, to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.  He said the walk aimed to include less well known areas of the English and Welsh countryside, as well as embrace Britain's cultural and industrial heritage.  He has written a 10-chapter, 144-page guidebook with maps, photographs, and information on accommodation and places of interest to accompany the walk.

The Cross Britain Way is the latest in a network of Macmillan Ways, a catalogue of routes which all aim to support the cancer charity. The Macmillan Ways Association has raised over £350,000 for the charity since 1997, through sponsorship of walkers and profits from the sale of its publications. To buy the Cross Britain Way guidebook, or find out more about the Macmillan Way trails, go to www.macmillanway.org

There are lots more Shropshire walks at www.shropshirewalking.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday 2nd September 2014