No-one is entirely sure when or why the Nine Standards were created. They may have been a boundary marker for historical counties, or they may be a more modern addition to mark the peak and viewpoint. The Coast to Coast route that passes them is an unofficial one was originally described by Alfred Wainwright in his 1973 book A Coast to Coast Walk, although there have been some changes and updates since. It goes from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay. in North Yorkshire.
This image was taken October 2020 by Peter Watson. He's a writer, photographer and professional adventurer, and his work has featured on The Telegraph, BBC Travel, The Independent, Lonely Planet, National Geographic and more. You can find some of his writing and photos on his website at peterjohnwatson.com, or read about his Coast to Coast walk on his blog Atlas & Boots.
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