HOW TO GET THERE AND GET AWAY
- Travelling to the Start of the walk
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 listed below; then it’s a 4-hour train ride from there. Of course, London is the most popular entry route into the UK. You can catch a train which takes 5 to 6 hours from Euston Station in central London northwards to St Bees (via Carlisle).
To make it easy we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.
By Air: The easiest option would be to fly into the UK, any of the major cities will suffice as the UK’s excellent train network will ferry you to St Bees. The main UK airports for international flights are Heathrow Airport www.heathrowairport.com, Gatwick Airport www.gatwickairport.com, and Manchester Airport www.manchesterairport.co.uk.
The nearest airports to St Bees are: Durham-Tees Valley Airport www.dtva.co.uk, Leeds Bradford Airport www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk, Newcastle Airport www.newcastleairport.com
By Ferry: International ferry services run to UK ports from France, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. There are also local ferry services that run from the Channel Islands, Isles of Scilly, Isle of Man and the Scottish Isles. Visit www.aferry.co.uk/ferryports.htm
By Rail: The easiest way to get to the start of the track from London is by train. St Bees has good train services. For easy train bookings in the UK (and beyond), we recommend using the LOCO2 website https://loco2.com/en. They have an excellent smartphone APP too. Just enter your station of origin, your destination, date of travel etc, and options will be presented (times, fares etc). You can pay online. Electronic tickets or ticket pick up at the station (from a dispenser machine). Trains from London connect with the Cumbrian Coast Line (Northern Rail) which services St Bees. There are several trains daily. Trains to St Bees from London will take approx. 5 hr, with 1 or 2 changes required.
If you would prefer not to change trains, consider going direct from London to Penrith and spending the night there before continuing to St Bees by private transfer.
By Coach: National Express Coaches link most major towns and cities in the UK. For details of departure times and to book tickets call 0871 781 8181 (or +44 (0) 871 781 8181 from overseas) or visit beta.nationalexpress.
By Bus: Various buses run to St Bees from nearby towns. Please visit http://www.traveline.info/ for up-to-date bus journey schedules.
By Road: If you have your own vehicle and are thinking of driving up to the walk then there is a free unrestricted car park at the north end of town and unrestricted parking in most side streets. Sometimes our accommodations have parking available at a small fee per night. If this appeals to you, please contact the Auswalk office about this as soon as possible. For advice on driving to St Bees, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.
- Travelling from the End of the walk
By Air: The nearest airports to Robin Hood’s Bay are: Durham-Tees Valley Airport www.dtva.co.uk, Leeds Bradford Airport www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk, Newcastle Airport www.newcastleairport.com
By Rail: The nearest train station is north of Robin Hood’s Bay at Whitby (10 km away) or Scarborough (32 km away). For easy train bookings in the UK (and beyond), we recommend using the LOCO2 website https://loco2.com/en.
By Coach: National Express Coaches link most major towns and cities in the UK. For details of departure times and to book tickets call 0871 781 8181 (or +44(0) 871 781 8181 from overseas) or visit beta.nationalexpress.
By Bus: You can get a bus from Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby train station which takes about 20 min (Arriva Bus Services) – route X93 or Scarborough train station which takes about 35 min. There are several buses a day. See http://getdown.org.uk/bus/bus/x93.shtml for the schedule.
By Taxi: Several local Robin Hood’s Bay taxi companies offer good deals for small groups to Whitby. Ask your accommodation for current contact details. Whitby and Scarborough’s stations are served by a taxi rank or a cab office. Check availability before travelling, and pre-book if necessary. For further information visit www.taxinumber.com
By Road: For advice on driving from Robin Hood’s Bay, visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.
- Returning to the Start of the Trail:
To return to the start of the walk, from Robin Hood’s Bay you will need to take a bus (Arriva Bus X93) to Whitby and from here take a train to St Bees (approx. 6.5 – 7.5 hrs). Please note that there are different options for this journey, depending on the date and time you wish to travel. We recommend visiting the LOCO2 website https://loco2.com/en.
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 walks are passable, and no scrambling is required. There is some incline but we’re 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