OVERVIEW

The Coast to Coast is an iconic long-distance walking route devised by the legendary British fell-walker and guidebook writer, Alfred Wainwright, in 1973. It traverses some of the finest ground in England as it takes you from the Irish Sea at St Bees to the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay – a distance of 192 miles (309 km). The walk takes you through 3 major national park areas – the famous Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors – with a preference for higher ground & the avoidance of urban areas where possible. Note that this is not an easy pub-to-pub walk, and will be more challenging than you might first anticipate (especially the first few days through the Lake District), but with a bit of preparation, the Coast to Coast walk is very achievable by most walkers. While it’s not the shortest way across northern England, nor the longest, it is most definitely one of the loveliest!

Highlights

  • Walk the Coast to Coast track end to end with detailed walk notes for both the stunning high routes for good weather days and the easier low-level alternatives for those inclement weather days
  • Picturesque country villages, farms and old churches with stunning stained-glass windows
  • Stay in charming B&Bs or iconic country pubs, enjoy real local ales and real country hospitality.
  • Walk through the Grasmere Valley which the poet Wordsworth famously called, ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’
  • Fabulous fell walking in England’s glorious Lake District with the added security of our comprehensive walk notes so you won’t get lost
  • Rolling green hills, drystone walls, and fluffy sheep in the Yorkshire Dales and lose yourself in the magical mists on the moors
  • Walk to the summit of the Nine Standards Rigg with its enigmatic, drystone cairns
  • Neolithic standing stones, medieval stone crosses & old estate boundary markers on the North York Moors
  • Option to ride with your luggage rather than walk if the weather is not cooperating
  • Benefit from walking with a company that has actually walked the track and has nearly 30 year of expertise in crafting walking notes and walking itineraries
  • Hearty English home-cooked breakfasts (or lighter, healthier options if you prefer!) and all lunches bar one.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
19 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 3055

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 895

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17
  • Day 18
  • Day 19

DAY 1
Getting to St Bees

Arrive at St Bees at your own leisure and check into your accommodation. Enjoy a stroll on the beach or explore the lighthouse and the Priory founded in 1020AD. Or simply take the opportunity to wander around the very pleasant township and relax in one of the many pubs in preparation for the first days walk.

Accommodation: St Bees in an ensuite room

DAY 2
St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge

Starting out along the cliffs at St Bees (great views of nesting seabird colonies in spring and early summer), the walk takes you through the agricultural landscapes around the villages of Moor Row and Cleator, before the ascent of Dent Fell Hill (353 m) for some grand views of the coast now behind you. Descend to the beautiful gorge of Nannycatch Gate and continue easily to Ennerdale Bridge Village.

Walks: Moderate to challenging / 23 km / 8 hrs
Ascent: 1105 m / Descent: 1005 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Ennerdale Bridge in an ensuite room

DAY 3
Ennerdale Bridge to the Borrowdale Valley (Seatoller, Rosthwaite & Stonethwaite Villages)

Today we enter the Lake District National Park, starting with a delightful walk along the southern shores of Ennerdale Water. A long forest road leads through conifer plantations to the famous Black Sail Hut. This is a nice spot to pause for lunch and marvel at the fantastic glacier-carved valleys all around. A steep climb along the line of Loft Beck takes you to a high saddle with extensive vistas that feature many famous peaks and lakes of the area. The old Moses Trod path then brings you to the Honnister Slate mines where we meet the winding road down to the Borrowdale Valley and today’s destination.

Walks: Moderate to challenging / 23 km / 8 hrs
Ascent: 715 m / Descent: 730 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Borrowdale Valley in an ensuite room

DAY 4
Borrowdale Valley to Grasmere via Greenup Edge

A gentle start through Stonethwaite Valley following the beck of the same name. Eagle Crag looming up on the far side of the valley. The gradient increases for the push to the rocky outcrop of Lining Crag. You’ll definitely deserve a break here to catch your breath and take in the views of Scafell Pike (England’s highest peak at 978 m) and more. Easier gradients follow to Greenup Edge and on, to the head of the Far Easedale Valley. From here, take either the good weather High Route over Calf and Helm Crags (add 1 hr but no additional climbing), or continue down towards Grasmere following the line of Far Easedale Beck. Grasmere was home to the poet Wordsworth for many years. He described this valley as, “the fairest place on earth”.

There are many things to see here, including Wordsworth’s famous Dove Cottage, now a museum. Perhaps consider a day off to spend some time in Grasmere. It’s well worth it!

Walks: Moderate / 15 km / 5 ½ hrs
Ascent: 622 m / Descent: 672 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Grassmere in an ensuite room

DAY 5
Grasmere to Patterdale-Glenridding via Grisedale Hause & Tarn

Both options today take you up the delightful valley of Tongue Gill to Grisedale Hause. From here, either continue down Grisedale Valley to Patterdale-Glenridding following the line of the beck that drains the tarn, or, in good weather, consider the high ridge walk via Saint Sunday Crag.

Patterdale-Glenridding is also a good option for a rest day, especially if you are keen to climb Helvellyn via the Classic Route, going up via Striding Edge and descending again via Swirral Edge.

This day offers two options – a low & high route

Direct (low) route via Grisedale Valley
Walks: Moderate / 14 km / 4 hrs
Ascent: 580 m / Descent: 490 m

High route via Saint Sunday Crag
Walks: Moderate to challenging / 14 km / 5 hrs
Ascent: 850 m / Descent: 760 m

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Patterdale – Glenridding in an ensuite room

DAY 6
Patterdale-Glenridding to Bampton-Bampton Grange

A demanding leave-taking of the Lake District via Angle Tarn and Kidsty Pike (784 m), the Coast to Coast’s highest point. A steep descent from the high plateau via Kidsty Howes takes you towards Haweswater. The walk continues ‘undulating’ across the slopes above the lake to Burnbanks village. From there, a few last km along easy country lanes to arrive at Bampton or Bampton Grange village and your accommodation for the night.

Beyond the village of Shap, you enter the limestone country of the Yorkshire Dales. The area includes some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK. Each valley (dale) has its own distinct character and is set against expansive heather moorland ‘tops’.

This day offers two options – a low & high route. This overview is for the high route via Kidsty Pike

Walks: Moderate to challenging / 20 km / 6-7 hrs
Ascent: 1100 m / Descent: 1010 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Bampton or Bampton Grange in an ensuite room

DAY 7
Bampton-Bampton Grange to Shap and Orton

Today takes us through the fields, following old public rights of way along the River Lowther, to the ruins of Shap Abbey (founded in the late 12th Century). Heading up to the village of Shap where there is a small supermarket and café, before continuing over the busy M6 via a pedestrian footbridge. Then over the moors through one of England’s “Empty Quarters” where overgrown stone circles and burial mounds are evidence of a time when this area was far more densely populated.

Walks: Moderate / 19.5 km / 5-6 hrs
Ascent: 405 m / Descent: 350 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast only
Accommodation: Orton in an ensuite room

DAY 8
Orton to Kirkby Stephen

The onwards route crosses the base of an upland area of limestone (the Orton Scar) before continuing over the moors towards Sunbiggin Tarn. In spring, this area is dotted with limestone-loving wildflowers and the skies are filled with birdsong. These wild, windswept moors were also once home to thriving communities as attested by the Severals village complex (not excavated) and enigmatic “pillow mounds” near Smardale Bridge. A gentle climb up and over the fells brings you to the old market town of Kirkby Stephen. Granted a market charter in 1351, this vibrant town boasts numerous cafes, restaurants, pubs, and even a few outdoor gear stores!

Walks: Moderate / 20 km / 5-6 hrs
Ascent: 335 m / Descent: 395 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Kirkby Stephen in an ensuite room

DAY 9
Kirkby Stephen to Keld

This is a real red-letter day in which you cross that backbone of the British Isles known as the Pennines. In doing so, you also cross an important division of watersheds. From here, all rivers flow east to drain into the North Sea. It’s downhill all the way from here then? Unfortunately not! In clear weather, ascend on country lanes then boggy tracks to the summit of the Nine Standards Rigg (ridge) which features a series of large drystone cairns thought to be at least 800 years old. Beyond this lies a notorious area of peat hags (bogs) that might easily trap the unwary walker in wet years. Happily, the paths here are finally being reinforced with flagstones. In poor weather, an easy lower-level route is the better option.

Walks: Moderate / 18 km / 5-7 hrs
Ascent: 640m / Descent: 470m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Keld in an ensuite room

DAY 10
Keld to Reeth

High route via the moors & old industrial ruins

A hill walk over the moors via an evocative landscape dotted with ruins of former mining activities.  Mining reached its peak here in the late 18th and early 19th century, employing thousands of people. Most of the remains encountered today, such as ruined smelt mills, chimneys, flues, old mine shafts, spoil heaps, and modified watercourses, date from this time. The industry collapsed towards the end of the 19th century.

Alternative low route via the Swale River

Sometimes described as the “Royal Road to Reeth”, this low-level route features a cornucopia of riverside loveliness. In spring and early summer, the meadows are lush with wildflowers. If the clouds are low over the hills, this is definitely the path to take.

This day offers two options – a low & high route

High route via the moors & old industrial ruins
Walks: Moderate / 18 km / 5-6 hrs
Ascent: 640 m / Descent: 775 m

Alternative low route via the Swale River
Walks: Moderate / 19 km / 4-5 hrs
Ascent: 260 m / Descent: 395 m

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Reeth in an ensuite room

DAY 11
Reeth to Richmond

An easy section, but one abundantly endowed with variety and beauty. Broadly following the line of the Swale River, today’s walk features pastures, meadowlands, woodlands, and country lanes. Taking you past the old priory at Marrick (now an outdoor adventure centre), through the small village of Marske with its lovely old church, and Whitcliffe Wood, to Richmond. Historic Richmond, dominated by the ruins of its famous old castle (dating from 1071), is the largest town on the C2C. Richmond is well-worth exploring, and would be a good place for a rest day.

Walks: Easy to Moderate / 17 km / 5 hrs
Ascent: 400 m / Descent: 475 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Richmond in an ensuite room

DAY 12
Richmond to Danby Wiske

Easy walking through the Vale of Mobray. This area is known for its fertile agricultural land and hedgerows. During the morning, the walk continues along the River Swale, but beyond the village of Bolton-on-Swale, you will strike out across the fields towards Danby Wiske. When Wainwright originally did this walk, there was no option but to walk along the country lanes for this last section. Now, thanks to landowners honouring the public rights of way and supporting the C2C, we have a lovely alternative. Consider stopping at historic Kiplin Hall for a traditional cream tea on the way!

Walks: Moderate / 23 km / 7-8 hrs
Ascent: 175 m / Descent: 270 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Danby Wiske in an ensuite room

DAY 13
Ingleby Arncliffe-Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top

A shorter day today, across the last of the Vale of Mowbray to the foot of the Cleveland Hills via which you will climb up onto the North York Moors. A day to relax and prepare mentally for the challenges to come on the North York Moors. If continuing to the nearby village of Osmotherley, a slightly longer day will be required.

North York Moors

A wild area of open, virtually-uninhabited, high moorland studded with heather, some of which is protected by the national park. Ancient standing stones, medieval crosses, and old 18th century estate boundary markers are frequently encountered.

Walks: Easy / 14.5 km / 4-5 hrs
Ascent: 110 m / Descent: 75 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Ingleby Arncliff or Ingleby Cross in an ensuite room

DAY 14
Ingleby Arncliffe-Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top

This is an exhilarating walk which begins with a steep climb up through Arncliffe Wood. Continue onto the wild upland moors covered with heather, with grand views over the Vale of Mowbray now far below. On a clear day, you can see back to the Pennine Hills, or even catch a glimpse of the North Sea! The remains of ancient burial sites abound here. Just look for the word tumulus or howe on your map. The Lord Stones Café, ingeniously built into the hillside, offers a nice spot for a coffee or lunch. A last push over the Wain Stones at Hasty Bank to descend to the road at Clay Bank Top, the end of the walk for today. You will be transferred to your accommodation.

Walks: Moderate / 18.5 km / 6 hrs
Ascent: 775 m / Descent: 570 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Broughton, Urra or Chop Gate in an ensuite room

DAY 15
Blakey Ridge-Lion Inn to Glaisdale

An easier day but one that begins with a steep climb to the top of Urra Moor. From there, follow the wide track over this upland heath-covered plateau. Keep your eyes peeled for ancient carved stones and old estate boundary markers. Part of the walk today is along the trail of the former Rosedale Ironstone Railway which used to serve the nearby mines over 150 years ago. With views on a clear day over the pretty Farndale valley, you will soon arrive at the road by Blakey Ridge and the historic Lion Inn. This is a great place to stay if they have room for you. This funky rustic establishment has been offering refreshments and accommodation to travellers for centuries! At the very least, have a break and enjoy a hot or cold beverage. You will be transferred to your accommodation if not staying at the Lion Inn.

Walks: Easy / 14 km / 4 hrs
Ascent: 310 m / Descent: 180 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Blakey Ridge in an ensuite room

DAY 16
Blakey Ridge-Lion Inn to Glaisdale

A short walk along the road from the Lion Inn brings you past a prehistoric standing stone to Young Ralph’s Cross, the medieval stone marker featured on the emblem for the North York Moors National Park. Turning off onto a quiet country lane, you pass the squat white “wheel cross” known affectionately as Fat Betty, which may also be medieval, or far older. It is traditional for travellers to leave a food offering here. Make sure it’s not a muesli bar though – the grouse often use this cross as a feeding table! Easy moorland walking with views over the beautiful Great Fryup Dale (the name is a derivation of the Old Norse for the goddess Freya and hop meaning valley), along Glaisdale Rigg, and finally down into the village of Glaisdale.

Walks: Moderate / 16 km / 4-5 hrs
Ascent: 110 m / Descent: 410 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Glaisdale in an ensuite room

DAY 17
Glaisdale to Littlebeck

A lovely day of walking through the Esk Valley featuring cosy English villages nestled in gentle bucolic hills. For sheer charm, only the Lake District villages come even close. Through the village of Egton Bridge to Grosmont, home of the North York Moors Railway. Run by volunteers as a non-profit organisation, the steam trains here were some of those featured in the Harry Potter movies. Perhaps take a ride on one to the nearby village of Goathland and walk back to Grosmont along the rail trail. There are good cafés here too. Continuing on, there’s a last steep climb up to the top of Sleights Moor where you’ll get great views of the North Sea. You’re almost there!

Walks: Easy / 13 km / 4 hrs
Ascent: 370 m / Descent: 320 m
Meals:Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation:
Littlebeck in an ensuite room

DAY 18
Littlebeck to Robin Hood’s Bay and end of the C2C

Your last day on the Coast to Coast and it’s a spectacular one. From Littlebeck, walk through leafy woodlands to the Falling Foss Falls near Midge House Tearooms. Continue along the merry stream of May Beck before meeting up with country lanes for the gentle ascent to the top of the Graystone Hills moor. Then along a few more country lanes to the village of High Hawsker before reaching the tall sea cliffs north of Robin Hoods Bay. What a finale! Only a few km more, until finally, as you come over the last rise, your destination is revealed before you. Continue down through the village to the Bay Hotel at the very bottom to the sign proclaiming the official end point of the Coast to Coast – 192 Miles from St Bees (309 km). What an achievement and what an adventure!

Walks: Moderate / 18.5 km / 6 hrs
Ascent: 435m / Descent: 550m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Robin Hood’s Bay in an ensuite room

DAY 19
Robin Hood's Bay and away

After breakfast the trip officially ends. This is a beautiful place to rest and take some time out. There’s also the opportunity to wander through the cobbled streets or take a beach walk.

Meals: Cooked breakfast

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Walk the entire iconic Coast to Coast track, end to end, pack free
  • Walk in 3 major national park areas – Lake District, Yorkshire Dales & North York Moors
  • 18 nights accommodation in character filled English B&Bs and pubs
  • Excellent English home cooked breakfast daily and walkers lunches (except for one day)
  • Stunning high routes for good weather days and low level routes for those bad weather days
  • The glorious Lake District, Yorkshire dales and beautiful North York Moors
  • Grasmere Valley, ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’ according to Wordsworth
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with our comprehensive track notes
  • 24/7 support with our local partner network on the ground

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

A real highlight on this walk is staying in the traditional English Bed and Breakfast and pub accommodations along the way. Be prepared to be spoiled with a warm welcome each day from your hosts who in many cases own the accommodation, and subsequently provide a much more personable experience. Most of your hosts have intimate knowledge of the history of the Coast to Coast track, some of them have walked it numerous times. All the properties are clean and comfortable and offer all the local hospitality that the English are renowned for, including crisp clean local ale.

After a big day on the track enjoy a warm shower, a comfortable bed and cooked dinner (we’ve left this to you as there are many choices on offer). We do however include all the breakfasts and all the lunches (except for one).

All the accommodations listed below are our’ go to’ accommodations but on some occasions we may have to swap out one accommodation for another of equal quality due to lack of availability.

Night 1: Stonehouse Farm (or in an equivalent accommodation)
This bed and breakfast is a large modernised Georgian farmhouse with a warm, friendly atmosphere. It is situated in the centre of the St Bees village; basically turn right out of the train station and walk 50 metres, that’s how central it is. It is a 10 mins walk to the beach and a few more minutes to the 11th century Priory one of the finest buildings in Cumbria. The rooms have ensuites and are in character as is the rest of the building inside and out.

Night 2: Thorntrees Bed and Breakfast (or in an equivalent accommodation)
This B&B is located right on the Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk in the picturesque Village of Ennerdale. This is another small accommodation with only 6 rooms but lovely all the same. Well cared for and family run and undoubtedly English. All the rooms have ensuites or private bathroom.

Night 3: Glaramara Centre (or in an equivalent accommodation)
Glaramara Hotel is a privately owned hotel of 25 rooms managed and operated by an experienced and professional team. The location of the property is particularly striking with commanding views of the Borrowdale Fells. Of course there is easy access to some of the best routes in the Lake District, including the Coast to Coast walk. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 4: Raise View Guesthouse (or in an equivalent accommodation)
Grasmere is a quaint and peaceful Lake District Village and also once home to Wordsworth who praised this area in poetry. Raise View is ideally located, in the heart of the town and boasts breathtaking views of the hills and the surrounding area. The garden at Raise View is the perfect place to enjoy the sun set over Helm Crag. The rooms are excellent and have ensuites.

Night 5: Oldwater View B & B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
A walkers inn, situated in the delightful village of Patterdale and at the heart of the Lake District National Park, located on the famous Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walking route. A favourite with Alfred Wainwright, there is a memorabilia board on display. Guests are automatically booked in for dinner in the restaurant. The staff are very friendly and ready to help you with all your requirements. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 6: Crown and Mitre (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The Crown & Mitre is located in Bampton Grange near Haweswater in Cumbria. This character filled Inn is an historic free house nestled on the edge of the North Eastern Fells. There are several walks directly from the Inn that can be accessed at your leisure. There is an amazing amount of wildlife nearby including red squirrels in the church yard opposite, red deer on the local fells nearby and if you are lucky the otters in the local river. All rooms have ensuites.

Night 7: The George Hotel (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The George is a traditional Inn set in the picturesque village of Orton, on the border of the Howgills and the Eden Valley. As a family run business, you will always find a very warm welcome at any time of the year. With Kennedys Fine Chocolates located just across the road you’ll be able to enjoy a cup of coffee and sample chocolate at the end of the days walk. All the rooms have ensuites.

OR

Primrose Cottage B&B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
A small family run B&B with 3 luxurious rooms. It is ideally positioned to access the Lake District, Yorkshire dales, Howgill hills and the Durham dales. Located in Tebay, all Coast to Coast walkers will be collected and dropped off the following day to resume the walk. The rooms are well appointed and have quality soft furnishings, bed linen and of course have ensuites.

Night 8: Bollam Cottage B&B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
This is a small friendly family run “home away from home” B&B in Kirkby Stephen. Once a traditional toll cottage it now offers accommodation and all the warmth and charm of a bygone era. The property has the character and ambience one would expect from a period property with beams, flagged floors and beautifully crafted bespoke features. Walkers are warmly welcomed with refreshments on arrival served in the guest lounge with wood burning stove and spectacular views of the surrounding country side. All rooms have ensuites.

Night 9: Keld Lodge (or in an equivalent accommodation)
Keld Lodge Hotel was originally built as a shooting lodge in 1860. Keld Lodge has been open as a hotel and restaurant since 2007. Set in magnificent moorland countryside of Gunnerside Estate, at the head of Swaledale, Keld Lodge sits at the crossroads of three renowned long distance hikes. The Coast to Coast, The Pennine Way and The Herriot Way. So there plenty of other walks to do if you are up for it. Keld is officially half way along the Coast to Coast. All rooms have ensuites.

Night 10: Ivy Cottage B&B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The B&B is in an idyllic location overlooking the renowned Green in the heart of Reeth. The village itself is in the heart of The Yorkshire Dales National Park and on the famous Coast to Coast walk route. What better way to end a day’s walking than to relax in the tea room and enjoy homemade and locally sourced produce. The rooms are traditional and comfortable and have ensuites.

Night 11: Frenchgate Guesthouse (or in an equivalent accommodation)
Touted as having the best view in Richmond Frenchgate Guesthouse is a lovely place to rest and relax after your day on the Coast to Coast track. This is a homely guesthouse, each room has been specially decorated in a plush period and cosy atmosphere, perfect for ensuring a restful and relaxing night’s sleep. The breakfast conservatory boasts impressive panoramic views over Richmond Castle, Easby Abbey and the River Swale. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 12: White Swan Inn (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The White Swan Inn was originally built around the 17th century. This traditional village inn lies directly on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk and marks 66 miles left to Robin Hood’s Bay. The Inn was voted North West Yorkshire CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2012 and featured in the Good Beer Guide 2013 and offers a comprehensive selection of local real ales, a real cider and pub meals. They have up to 5 real ales during the walking season, a great place for beer lovers. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 13: Ingleby House Farm B&B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
Another warm welcome awaits you at Ingleby House Farm. The B&B is located in the quiet rural village of Ingleby Arncliffe nestling at the North Western edge of the North York Moors only 300 yards from Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk track. Guests enjoy a traditional cream tea on arrival and all the normal comforts are available. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 14: Wainstones Hotel (or in an equivalent accommodation)
This is a gorgeous English building and an excellent place to relax in house after your walk on the Coast to Coast track. Named after an outcrop of rocks on the hills, overlooking the picturesque village of Great Broughton, the Wainstones Hotel has gained an enviable reputation for quality and comfort. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 15: Lion Inn (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The Lion Inn on remote Blakey Ridge is a 16th Century freehouse owned and run
by the Crossland family since 1980. Located at the highest point of the North York Moors National Park, it stands at an elevation of 400 metres offering breathtaking views over the valleys of Rosedale and Farndale. The original low beamed ceilings add to the friendly atmosphere and with open fires burning all day in the ancient fireplaces you’re sure to be warm on arrival. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 16: Beggars Bridge B&B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The B&B is situated on Wainwrights famous coast to coast walk, overlooking the romantic Beggars Bridge in the attractive village of Glaisdale. The location in the North York Moors National Park is ideal for walkers. The conservatory, where a full English breakfast is served, overlooks the pretty garden that leads down to Beggars Bridge and the river Esk.
All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 17: Intake Farm (or in an equivalent accommodation)
Located almost by itself in a little hamlet of Littlebeck in the stunning North Yorkshire Moors National Park. This is as remote as it gets accommodation wise on the walk. Wainright explains as follows “then follows a descent to this tiny hamlet, set in a secluded and sheltered valley amid scenery of bewitching beauty; a heaven on earth in exquisite miniature. Here a path is taken amongst the trees, with sparkling stream as companion to the higher reaches of the valley.” Say no more of course all the rooms have ensuites and it is small and books out quickly.

Night 18: The Villa B&B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The Victorian Villa was built in 1892 as a lodging house, the first of its kind, at the top of Bay Bank, Robin Hood’s Bay. The property has been lovingly restored retaining all its original features, servant bells, original cast iron fireplaces in the bedrooms and a cast iron range in the kitchen among other things. There’s central heating and en-suite rooms have been tastefully incorporated into the Villa. It’s also very close to the sea and a good place to take a stroll from, on the beach or through the town.

GENERAL INFO

WHY CHOOSE AUSWALK FOR THE COAST TO COAST

For starters we’ve actually walked the track and take the time to curate what we actually offer. The Coast to Coast follows clear walking tracks throughout but there are lots of tracks going in all directions. In areas like the Lakes District National Park, walking tracks are not signposted at all, it is apparently against their “ethos”. Not to worry, our very comprehensive day-by-day walking notes that we’ve created, together with our marked copy of a detailed walking map, will ensure that you can walk the Coast to Coast with full confidence, and no fear of becoming lost, even when if is foggy and misty.

AVAILABILITY OF THE COAST TO COAST WALK

The walk is available from March to October. Outside that time please check with us.

August is one of the best months in which to walk the Coast to Coast. The weather is often relatively stable, the heather is in flower, and it is often less busy at this time than one might expect! However we also recommend spring and autumn as the best time to walk the Coast to Coast track as the weather is pretty good for walking and the if you choose spring the heather is in flower!

WALKING

19 days is the recommended minimum amount of time in which to do this walk. This means no days are longer than 25 km, or much shorter than 15 km. We can also adjust this schedule to include rest days or, you could walk the Western Half to Kirkby Stephen, or the Eastern Half from Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay as another option.

The track conditions range, but all of the walk  is passable, no scrambling required.  There is some incline but where not talking about anything significant. The United Kingdom is prone to having rain, no surprise there, so there may be some boggy sections but this entirely depends on the time of year and the prevailing conditions. Our advice is to prepare and bring the right gear and you’ll have a fabulous walk. See gear advice in FAQ’s

HOW TO GET THERE AND GET AWAY

We offer this walk from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay, from west to east so the walk starts in  St Bees. The closest airports to the St Bees are Manchester and Newcastle, then it’s a 4 hour train ride from there. Of course London is the most popular entry route into the UK . You can take a train which takes 5 to 6 hours from Euston Station central London northwards to St Bees (via Carlisle).

If you are thinking of driving please be aware that there are very limited parking facilities at St Bees, other than near the beach. Sometimes the B&B’s have parking available at a small fee per night. Please speak to us about helping you facilitate this.

Getting away from Robin Hood’s Bay.  The closest airports are again either Newcastle or Manchester. Please check National Rail or the Trainline website for timetables. You will have to catch a bus to Scarborough, a 45 minute journey and then a 4 hour train ride to London (or 3 hours to Manchester).

If you left your car in St Bees you would need to take a bus from Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough and from here take a train via Manchester and Carlisle to St Bees (approx. 6 hrs).  Again, please check National Rail or the Trainline website for timetables.

WEATHER ON THE COAST TO COAST WALK

This walk is not available from November to February. See the United Kingdom Met office or the United Kingdom Meteorological Service  for information about the weather and average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

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INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $3055

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $895
  • 1 Mar 2020 - 31 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $3155

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $995
Overview

OVERVIEW

The Coast to Coast is an iconic long-distance walking route devised by the legendary British fell-walker and guidebook writer, Alfred Wainwright, in 1973. It traverses some of the finest ground in England as it takes you from the Irish Sea at St Bees to the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay – a distance of 192 miles (309 km). The walk takes you through 3 major national park areas – the famous Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors – with a preference for higher ground & the avoidance of urban areas where possible. Note that this is not an easy pub-to-pub walk, and will be more challenging than you might first anticipate (especially the first few days through the Lake District), but with a bit of preparation, the Coast to Coast walk is very achievable by most walkers. While it’s not the shortest way across northern England, nor the longest, it is most definitely one of the loveliest!

Highlights

  • Walk the Coast to Coast track end to end with detailed walk notes for both the stunning high routes for good weather days and the easier low-level alternatives for those inclement weather days
  • Picturesque country villages, farms and old churches with stunning stained-glass windows
  • Stay in charming B&Bs or iconic country pubs, enjoy real local ales and real country hospitality.
  • Walk through the Grasmere Valley which the poet Wordsworth famously called, ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’
  • Fabulous fell walking in England’s glorious Lake District with the added security of our comprehensive walk notes so you won’t get lost
  • Rolling green hills, drystone walls, and fluffy sheep in the Yorkshire Dales and lose yourself in the magical mists on the moors
  • Walk to the summit of the Nine Standards Rigg with its enigmatic, drystone cairns
  • Neolithic standing stones, medieval stone crosses & old estate boundary markers on the North York Moors
  • Option to ride with your luggage rather than walk if the weather is not cooperating
  • Benefit from walking with a company that has actually walked the track and has nearly 30 year of expertise in crafting walking notes and walking itineraries
  • Hearty English home-cooked breakfasts (or lighter, healthier options if you prefer!) and all lunches bar one.

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
19 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate

Grade 3 – Moderate

Short, steep hill sections. Moderate active lifestyle and some walking experience recommended.

PRICE FROM
$ 3055

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 895

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

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Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17
  • Day 18
  • Day 19

DAY 1
Getting to St Bees

Arrive at St Bees at your own leisure and check into your accommodation. Enjoy a stroll on the beach or explore the lighthouse and the Priory founded in 1020AD. Or simply take the opportunity to wander around the very pleasant township and relax in one of the many pubs in preparation for the first days walk.

Accommodation: St Bees in an ensuite room

DAY 2
St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge

Starting out along the cliffs at St Bees (great views of nesting seabird colonies in spring and early summer), the walk takes you through the agricultural landscapes around the villages of Moor Row and Cleator, before the ascent of Dent Fell Hill (353 m) for some grand views of the coast now behind you. Descend to the beautiful gorge of Nannycatch Gate and continue easily to Ennerdale Bridge Village.

Walks: Moderate to challenging / 23 km / 8 hrs
Ascent: 1105 m / Descent: 1005 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Ennerdale Bridge in an ensuite room

DAY 3
Ennerdale Bridge to the Borrowdale Valley (Seatoller, Rosthwaite & Stonethwaite Villages)

Today we enter the Lake District National Park, starting with a delightful walk along the southern shores of Ennerdale Water. A long forest road leads through conifer plantations to the famous Black Sail Hut. This is a nice spot to pause for lunch and marvel at the fantastic glacier-carved valleys all around. A steep climb along the line of Loft Beck takes you to a high saddle with extensive vistas that feature many famous peaks and lakes of the area. The old Moses Trod path then brings you to the Honnister Slate mines where we meet the winding road down to the Borrowdale Valley and today’s destination.

Walks: Moderate to challenging / 23 km / 8 hrs
Ascent: 715 m / Descent: 730 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Borrowdale Valley in an ensuite room

DAY 4
Borrowdale Valley to Grasmere via Greenup Edge

A gentle start through Stonethwaite Valley following the beck of the same name. Eagle Crag looming up on the far side of the valley. The gradient increases for the push to the rocky outcrop of Lining Crag. You’ll definitely deserve a break here to catch your breath and take in the views of Scafell Pike (England’s highest peak at 978 m) and more. Easier gradients follow to Greenup Edge and on, to the head of the Far Easedale Valley. From here, take either the good weather High Route over Calf and Helm Crags (add 1 hr but no additional climbing), or continue down towards Grasmere following the line of Far Easedale Beck. Grasmere was home to the poet Wordsworth for many years. He described this valley as, “the fairest place on earth”.

There are many things to see here, including Wordsworth’s famous Dove Cottage, now a museum. Perhaps consider a day off to spend some time in Grasmere. It’s well worth it!

Walks: Moderate / 15 km / 5 ½ hrs
Ascent: 622 m / Descent: 672 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Grassmere in an ensuite room

DAY 5
Grasmere to Patterdale-Glenridding via Grisedale Hause & Tarn

Both options today take you up the delightful valley of Tongue Gill to Grisedale Hause. From here, either continue down Grisedale Valley to Patterdale-Glenridding following the line of the beck that drains the tarn, or, in good weather, consider the high ridge walk via Saint Sunday Crag.

Patterdale-Glenridding is also a good option for a rest day, especially if you are keen to climb Helvellyn via the Classic Route, going up via Striding Edge and descending again via Swirral Edge.

This day offers two options – a low & high route

Direct (low) route via Grisedale Valley
Walks: Moderate / 14 km / 4 hrs
Ascent: 580 m / Descent: 490 m

High route via Saint Sunday Crag
Walks: Moderate to challenging / 14 km / 5 hrs
Ascent: 850 m / Descent: 760 m

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Patterdale – Glenridding in an ensuite room

DAY 6
Patterdale-Glenridding to Bampton-Bampton Grange

A demanding leave-taking of the Lake District via Angle Tarn and Kidsty Pike (784 m), the Coast to Coast’s highest point. A steep descent from the high plateau via Kidsty Howes takes you towards Haweswater. The walk continues ‘undulating’ across the slopes above the lake to Burnbanks village. From there, a few last km along easy country lanes to arrive at Bampton or Bampton Grange village and your accommodation for the night.

Beyond the village of Shap, you enter the limestone country of the Yorkshire Dales. The area includes some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK. Each valley (dale) has its own distinct character and is set against expansive heather moorland ‘tops’.

This day offers two options – a low & high route. This overview is for the high route via Kidsty Pike

Walks: Moderate to challenging / 20 km / 6-7 hrs
Ascent: 1100 m / Descent: 1010 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Bampton or Bampton Grange in an ensuite room

DAY 7
Bampton-Bampton Grange to Shap and Orton

Today takes us through the fields, following old public rights of way along the River Lowther, to the ruins of Shap Abbey (founded in the late 12th Century). Heading up to the village of Shap where there is a small supermarket and café, before continuing over the busy M6 via a pedestrian footbridge. Then over the moors through one of England’s “Empty Quarters” where overgrown stone circles and burial mounds are evidence of a time when this area was far more densely populated.

Walks: Moderate / 19.5 km / 5-6 hrs
Ascent: 405 m / Descent: 350 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast only
Accommodation: Orton in an ensuite room

DAY 8
Orton to Kirkby Stephen

The onwards route crosses the base of an upland area of limestone (the Orton Scar) before continuing over the moors towards Sunbiggin Tarn. In spring, this area is dotted with limestone-loving wildflowers and the skies are filled with birdsong. These wild, windswept moors were also once home to thriving communities as attested by the Severals village complex (not excavated) and enigmatic “pillow mounds” near Smardale Bridge. A gentle climb up and over the fells brings you to the old market town of Kirkby Stephen. Granted a market charter in 1351, this vibrant town boasts numerous cafes, restaurants, pubs, and even a few outdoor gear stores!

Walks: Moderate / 20 km / 5-6 hrs
Ascent: 335 m / Descent: 395 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Kirkby Stephen in an ensuite room

DAY 9
Kirkby Stephen to Keld

This is a real red-letter day in which you cross that backbone of the British Isles known as the Pennines. In doing so, you also cross an important division of watersheds. From here, all rivers flow east to drain into the North Sea. It’s downhill all the way from here then? Unfortunately not! In clear weather, ascend on country lanes then boggy tracks to the summit of the Nine Standards Rigg (ridge) which features a series of large drystone cairns thought to be at least 800 years old. Beyond this lies a notorious area of peat hags (bogs) that might easily trap the unwary walker in wet years. Happily, the paths here are finally being reinforced with flagstones. In poor weather, an easy lower-level route is the better option.

Walks: Moderate / 18 km / 5-7 hrs
Ascent: 640m / Descent: 470m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Keld in an ensuite room

DAY 10
Keld to Reeth

High route via the moors & old industrial ruins

A hill walk over the moors via an evocative landscape dotted with ruins of former mining activities.  Mining reached its peak here in the late 18th and early 19th century, employing thousands of people. Most of the remains encountered today, such as ruined smelt mills, chimneys, flues, old mine shafts, spoil heaps, and modified watercourses, date from this time. The industry collapsed towards the end of the 19th century.

Alternative low route via the Swale River

Sometimes described as the “Royal Road to Reeth”, this low-level route features a cornucopia of riverside loveliness. In spring and early summer, the meadows are lush with wildflowers. If the clouds are low over the hills, this is definitely the path to take.

This day offers two options – a low & high route

High route via the moors & old industrial ruins
Walks: Moderate / 18 km / 5-6 hrs
Ascent: 640 m / Descent: 775 m

Alternative low route via the Swale River
Walks: Moderate / 19 km / 4-5 hrs
Ascent: 260 m / Descent: 395 m

Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Reeth in an ensuite room

DAY 11
Reeth to Richmond

An easy section, but one abundantly endowed with variety and beauty. Broadly following the line of the Swale River, today’s walk features pastures, meadowlands, woodlands, and country lanes. Taking you past the old priory at Marrick (now an outdoor adventure centre), through the small village of Marske with its lovely old church, and Whitcliffe Wood, to Richmond. Historic Richmond, dominated by the ruins of its famous old castle (dating from 1071), is the largest town on the C2C. Richmond is well-worth exploring, and would be a good place for a rest day.

Walks: Easy to Moderate / 17 km / 5 hrs
Ascent: 400 m / Descent: 475 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Richmond in an ensuite room

DAY 12
Richmond to Danby Wiske

Easy walking through the Vale of Mobray. This area is known for its fertile agricultural land and hedgerows. During the morning, the walk continues along the River Swale, but beyond the village of Bolton-on-Swale, you will strike out across the fields towards Danby Wiske. When Wainwright originally did this walk, there was no option but to walk along the country lanes for this last section. Now, thanks to landowners honouring the public rights of way and supporting the C2C, we have a lovely alternative. Consider stopping at historic Kiplin Hall for a traditional cream tea on the way!

Walks: Moderate / 23 km / 7-8 hrs
Ascent: 175 m / Descent: 270 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Danby Wiske in an ensuite room

DAY 13
Ingleby Arncliffe-Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top

A shorter day today, across the last of the Vale of Mowbray to the foot of the Cleveland Hills via which you will climb up onto the North York Moors. A day to relax and prepare mentally for the challenges to come on the North York Moors. If continuing to the nearby village of Osmotherley, a slightly longer day will be required.

North York Moors

A wild area of open, virtually-uninhabited, high moorland studded with heather, some of which is protected by the national park. Ancient standing stones, medieval crosses, and old 18th century estate boundary markers are frequently encountered.

Walks: Easy / 14.5 km / 4-5 hrs
Ascent: 110 m / Descent: 75 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Ingleby Arncliff or Ingleby Cross in an ensuite room

DAY 14
Ingleby Arncliffe-Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top

This is an exhilarating walk which begins with a steep climb up through Arncliffe Wood. Continue onto the wild upland moors covered with heather, with grand views over the Vale of Mowbray now far below. On a clear day, you can see back to the Pennine Hills, or even catch a glimpse of the North Sea! The remains of ancient burial sites abound here. Just look for the word tumulus or howe on your map. The Lord Stones Café, ingeniously built into the hillside, offers a nice spot for a coffee or lunch. A last push over the Wain Stones at Hasty Bank to descend to the road at Clay Bank Top, the end of the walk for today. You will be transferred to your accommodation.

Walks: Moderate / 18.5 km / 6 hrs
Ascent: 775 m / Descent: 570 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Broughton, Urra or Chop Gate in an ensuite room

DAY 15
Blakey Ridge-Lion Inn to Glaisdale

An easier day but one that begins with a steep climb to the top of Urra Moor. From there, follow the wide track over this upland heath-covered plateau. Keep your eyes peeled for ancient carved stones and old estate boundary markers. Part of the walk today is along the trail of the former Rosedale Ironstone Railway which used to serve the nearby mines over 150 years ago. With views on a clear day over the pretty Farndale valley, you will soon arrive at the road by Blakey Ridge and the historic Lion Inn. This is a great place to stay if they have room for you. This funky rustic establishment has been offering refreshments and accommodation to travellers for centuries! At the very least, have a break and enjoy a hot or cold beverage. You will be transferred to your accommodation if not staying at the Lion Inn.

Walks: Easy / 14 km / 4 hrs
Ascent: 310 m / Descent: 180 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Blakey Ridge in an ensuite room

DAY 16
Blakey Ridge-Lion Inn to Glaisdale

A short walk along the road from the Lion Inn brings you past a prehistoric standing stone to Young Ralph’s Cross, the medieval stone marker featured on the emblem for the North York Moors National Park. Turning off onto a quiet country lane, you pass the squat white “wheel cross” known affectionately as Fat Betty, which may also be medieval, or far older. It is traditional for travellers to leave a food offering here. Make sure it’s not a muesli bar though – the grouse often use this cross as a feeding table! Easy moorland walking with views over the beautiful Great Fryup Dale (the name is a derivation of the Old Norse for the goddess Freya and hop meaning valley), along Glaisdale Rigg, and finally down into the village of Glaisdale.

Walks: Moderate / 16 km / 4-5 hrs
Ascent: 110 m / Descent: 410 m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Glaisdale in an ensuite room

DAY 17
Glaisdale to Littlebeck

A lovely day of walking through the Esk Valley featuring cosy English villages nestled in gentle bucolic hills. For sheer charm, only the Lake District villages come even close. Through the village of Egton Bridge to Grosmont, home of the North York Moors Railway. Run by volunteers as a non-profit organisation, the steam trains here were some of those featured in the Harry Potter movies. Perhaps take a ride on one to the nearby village of Goathland and walk back to Grosmont along the rail trail. There are good cafés here too. Continuing on, there’s a last steep climb up to the top of Sleights Moor where you’ll get great views of the North Sea. You’re almost there!

Walks: Easy / 13 km / 4 hrs
Ascent: 370 m / Descent: 320 m
Meals:Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation:
Littlebeck in an ensuite room

DAY 18
Littlebeck to Robin Hood’s Bay and end of the C2C

Your last day on the Coast to Coast and it’s a spectacular one. From Littlebeck, walk through leafy woodlands to the Falling Foss Falls near Midge House Tearooms. Continue along the merry stream of May Beck before meeting up with country lanes for the gentle ascent to the top of the Graystone Hills moor. Then along a few more country lanes to the village of High Hawsker before reaching the tall sea cliffs north of Robin Hoods Bay. What a finale! Only a few km more, until finally, as you come over the last rise, your destination is revealed before you. Continue down through the village to the Bay Hotel at the very bottom to the sign proclaiming the official end point of the Coast to Coast – 192 Miles from St Bees (309 km). What an achievement and what an adventure!

Walks: Moderate / 18.5 km / 6 hrs
Ascent: 435m / Descent: 550m
Meals: Cooked breakfast and walkers lunch
Accommodation: Robin Hood’s Bay in an ensuite room

DAY 19
Robin Hood's Bay and away

After breakfast the trip officially ends. This is a beautiful place to rest and take some time out. There’s also the opportunity to wander through the cobbled streets or take a beach walk.

Meals: Cooked breakfast

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Walk the entire iconic Coast to Coast track, end to end, pack free
  • Walk in 3 major national park areas – Lake District, Yorkshire Dales & North York Moors
  • 18 nights accommodation in character filled English B&Bs and pubs
  • Excellent English home cooked breakfast daily and walkers lunches (except for one day)
  • Stunning high routes for good weather days and low level routes for those bad weather days
  • The glorious Lake District, Yorkshire dales and beautiful North York Moors
  • Grasmere Valley, ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’ according to Wordsworth
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with our comprehensive track notes
  • 24/7 support with our local partner network on the ground
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

A real highlight on this walk is staying in the traditional English Bed and Breakfast and pub accommodations along the way. Be prepared to be spoiled with a warm welcome each day from your hosts who in many cases own the accommodation, and subsequently provide a much more personable experience. Most of your hosts have intimate knowledge of the history of the Coast to Coast track, some of them have walked it numerous times. All the properties are clean and comfortable and offer all the local hospitality that the English are renowned for, including crisp clean local ale.

After a big day on the track enjoy a warm shower, a comfortable bed and cooked dinner (we’ve left this to you as there are many choices on offer). We do however include all the breakfasts and all the lunches (except for one).

All the accommodations listed below are our’ go to’ accommodations but on some occasions we may have to swap out one accommodation for another of equal quality due to lack of availability.

Night 1: Stonehouse Farm (or in an equivalent accommodation)
This bed and breakfast is a large modernised Georgian farmhouse with a warm, friendly atmosphere. It is situated in the centre of the St Bees village; basically turn right out of the train station and walk 50 metres, that’s how central it is. It is a 10 mins walk to the beach and a few more minutes to the 11th century Priory one of the finest buildings in Cumbria. The rooms have ensuites and are in character as is the rest of the building inside and out.

Night 2: Thorntrees Bed and Breakfast (or in an equivalent accommodation)
This B&B is located right on the Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk in the picturesque Village of Ennerdale. This is another small accommodation with only 6 rooms but lovely all the same. Well cared for and family run and undoubtedly English. All the rooms have ensuites or private bathroom.

Night 3: Glaramara Centre (or in an equivalent accommodation)
Glaramara Hotel is a privately owned hotel of 25 rooms managed and operated by an experienced and professional team. The location of the property is particularly striking with commanding views of the Borrowdale Fells. Of course there is easy access to some of the best routes in the Lake District, including the Coast to Coast walk. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 4: Raise View Guesthouse (or in an equivalent accommodation)
Grasmere is a quaint and peaceful Lake District Village and also once home to Wordsworth who praised this area in poetry. Raise View is ideally located, in the heart of the town and boasts breathtaking views of the hills and the surrounding area. The garden at Raise View is the perfect place to enjoy the sun set over Helm Crag. The rooms are excellent and have ensuites.

Night 5: Oldwater View B & B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
A walkers inn, situated in the delightful village of Patterdale and at the heart of the Lake District National Park, located on the famous Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walking route. A favourite with Alfred Wainwright, there is a memorabilia board on display. Guests are automatically booked in for dinner in the restaurant. The staff are very friendly and ready to help you with all your requirements. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 6: Crown and Mitre (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The Crown & Mitre is located in Bampton Grange near Haweswater in Cumbria. This character filled Inn is an historic free house nestled on the edge of the North Eastern Fells. There are several walks directly from the Inn that can be accessed at your leisure. There is an amazing amount of wildlife nearby including red squirrels in the church yard opposite, red deer on the local fells nearby and if you are lucky the otters in the local river. All rooms have ensuites.

Night 7: The George Hotel (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The George is a traditional Inn set in the picturesque village of Orton, on the border of the Howgills and the Eden Valley. As a family run business, you will always find a very warm welcome at any time of the year. With Kennedys Fine Chocolates located just across the road you’ll be able to enjoy a cup of coffee and sample chocolate at the end of the days walk. All the rooms have ensuites.

OR

Primrose Cottage B&B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
A small family run B&B with 3 luxurious rooms. It is ideally positioned to access the Lake District, Yorkshire dales, Howgill hills and the Durham dales. Located in Tebay, all Coast to Coast walkers will be collected and dropped off the following day to resume the walk. The rooms are well appointed and have quality soft furnishings, bed linen and of course have ensuites.

Night 8: Bollam Cottage B&B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
This is a small friendly family run “home away from home” B&B in Kirkby Stephen. Once a traditional toll cottage it now offers accommodation and all the warmth and charm of a bygone era. The property has the character and ambience one would expect from a period property with beams, flagged floors and beautifully crafted bespoke features. Walkers are warmly welcomed with refreshments on arrival served in the guest lounge with wood burning stove and spectacular views of the surrounding country side. All rooms have ensuites.

Night 9: Keld Lodge (or in an equivalent accommodation)
Keld Lodge Hotel was originally built as a shooting lodge in 1860. Keld Lodge has been open as a hotel and restaurant since 2007. Set in magnificent moorland countryside of Gunnerside Estate, at the head of Swaledale, Keld Lodge sits at the crossroads of three renowned long distance hikes. The Coast to Coast, The Pennine Way and The Herriot Way. So there plenty of other walks to do if you are up for it. Keld is officially half way along the Coast to Coast. All rooms have ensuites.

Night 10: Ivy Cottage B&B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The B&B is in an idyllic location overlooking the renowned Green in the heart of Reeth. The village itself is in the heart of The Yorkshire Dales National Park and on the famous Coast to Coast walk route. What better way to end a day’s walking than to relax in the tea room and enjoy homemade and locally sourced produce. The rooms are traditional and comfortable and have ensuites.

Night 11: Frenchgate Guesthouse (or in an equivalent accommodation)
Touted as having the best view in Richmond Frenchgate Guesthouse is a lovely place to rest and relax after your day on the Coast to Coast track. This is a homely guesthouse, each room has been specially decorated in a plush period and cosy atmosphere, perfect for ensuring a restful and relaxing night’s sleep. The breakfast conservatory boasts impressive panoramic views over Richmond Castle, Easby Abbey and the River Swale. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 12: White Swan Inn (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The White Swan Inn was originally built around the 17th century. This traditional village inn lies directly on Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk and marks 66 miles left to Robin Hood’s Bay. The Inn was voted North West Yorkshire CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2012 and featured in the Good Beer Guide 2013 and offers a comprehensive selection of local real ales, a real cider and pub meals. They have up to 5 real ales during the walking season, a great place for beer lovers. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 13: Ingleby House Farm B&B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
Another warm welcome awaits you at Ingleby House Farm. The B&B is located in the quiet rural village of Ingleby Arncliffe nestling at the North Western edge of the North York Moors only 300 yards from Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk track. Guests enjoy a traditional cream tea on arrival and all the normal comforts are available. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 14: Wainstones Hotel (or in an equivalent accommodation)
This is a gorgeous English building and an excellent place to relax in house after your walk on the Coast to Coast track. Named after an outcrop of rocks on the hills, overlooking the picturesque village of Great Broughton, the Wainstones Hotel has gained an enviable reputation for quality and comfort. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 15: Lion Inn (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The Lion Inn on remote Blakey Ridge is a 16th Century freehouse owned and run
by the Crossland family since 1980. Located at the highest point of the North York Moors National Park, it stands at an elevation of 400 metres offering breathtaking views over the valleys of Rosedale and Farndale. The original low beamed ceilings add to the friendly atmosphere and with open fires burning all day in the ancient fireplaces you’re sure to be warm on arrival. All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 16: Beggars Bridge B&B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The B&B is situated on Wainwrights famous coast to coast walk, overlooking the romantic Beggars Bridge in the attractive village of Glaisdale. The location in the North York Moors National Park is ideal for walkers. The conservatory, where a full English breakfast is served, overlooks the pretty garden that leads down to Beggars Bridge and the river Esk.
All the rooms have ensuites.

Night 17: Intake Farm (or in an equivalent accommodation)
Located almost by itself in a little hamlet of Littlebeck in the stunning North Yorkshire Moors National Park. This is as remote as it gets accommodation wise on the walk. Wainright explains as follows “then follows a descent to this tiny hamlet, set in a secluded and sheltered valley amid scenery of bewitching beauty; a heaven on earth in exquisite miniature. Here a path is taken amongst the trees, with sparkling stream as companion to the higher reaches of the valley.” Say no more of course all the rooms have ensuites and it is small and books out quickly.

Night 18: The Villa B&B (or in an equivalent accommodation)
The Victorian Villa was built in 1892 as a lodging house, the first of its kind, at the top of Bay Bank, Robin Hood’s Bay. The property has been lovingly restored retaining all its original features, servant bells, original cast iron fireplaces in the bedrooms and a cast iron range in the kitchen among other things. There’s central heating and en-suite rooms have been tastefully incorporated into the Villa. It’s also very close to the sea and a good place to take a stroll from, on the beach or through the town.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

WHY CHOOSE AUSWALK FOR THE COAST TO COAST

For starters we’ve actually walked the track and take the time to curate what we actually offer. The Coast to Coast follows clear walking tracks throughout but there are lots of tracks going in all directions. In areas like the Lakes District National Park, walking tracks are not signposted at all, it is apparently against their “ethos”. Not to worry, our very comprehensive day-by-day walking notes that we’ve created, together with our marked copy of a detailed walking map, will ensure that you can walk the Coast to Coast with full confidence, and no fear of becoming lost, even when if is foggy and misty.

AVAILABILITY OF THE COAST TO COAST WALK

The walk is available from March to October. Outside that time please check with us.

August is one of the best months in which to walk the Coast to Coast. The weather is often relatively stable, the heather is in flower, and it is often less busy at this time than one might expect! However we also recommend spring and autumn as the best time to walk the Coast to Coast track as the weather is pretty good for walking and the if you choose spring the heather is in flower!

WALKING

19 days is the recommended minimum amount of time in which to do this walk. This means no days are longer than 25 km, or much shorter than 15 km. We can also adjust this schedule to include rest days or, you could walk the Western Half to Kirkby Stephen, or the Eastern Half from Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay as another option.

The track conditions range, but all of the walk  is passable, no scrambling required.  There is some incline but where not talking about anything significant. The United Kingdom is prone to having rain, no surprise there, so there may be some boggy sections but this entirely depends on the time of year and the prevailing conditions. Our advice is to prepare and bring the right gear and you’ll have a fabulous walk. See gear advice in FAQ’s

HOW TO GET THERE AND GET AWAY

We offer this walk from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay, from west to east so the walk starts in  St Bees. The closest airports to the St Bees are Manchester and Newcastle, then it’s a 4 hour train ride from there. Of course London is the most popular entry route into the UK . You can take a train which takes 5 to 6 hours from Euston Station central London northwards to St Bees (via Carlisle).

If you are thinking of driving please be aware that there are very limited parking facilities at St Bees, other than near the beach. Sometimes the B&B’s have parking available at a small fee per night. Please speak to us about helping you facilitate this.

Getting away from Robin Hood’s Bay.  The closest airports are again either Newcastle or Manchester. Please check National Rail or the Trainline website for timetables. You will have to catch a bus to Scarborough, a 45 minute journey and then a 4 hour train ride to London (or 3 hours to Manchester).

If you left your car in St Bees you would need to take a bus from Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough and from here take a train via Manchester and Carlisle to St Bees (approx. 6 hrs).  Again, please check National Rail or the Trainline website for timetables.

WEATHER ON THE COAST TO COAST WALK

This walk is not available from November to February. See the United Kingdom Met office or the United Kingdom Meteorological Service  for information about the weather and average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this link. Get an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $3055

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $895
  • 1 Mar 2020 - 31 Oct 2020
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $3155

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $995

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