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Coast to Coast:
Across England’s North Country
Explore England's North Country in Classic Fashion

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We offer this walk in classic Coast to Coast fashion.  From the Irish Sea to the North Sea - St. Bees to Robin Hood's Bay. The Coast to Coast Walk passes through some of the most magnificent and varied scenery that England has to offer - rugged mountains and crystal clear lakes culminating with beautiful coastal scenery. 

Please note: There is a minium of 6 people on this tour. Please do not purchase non-refundable airfare until you've received confirmation that the minimum partcipants has been met.

 

Some of the highlights of this tour include:

  • 17 scenic fully guided days walking; 18 dinners and 16 lunches
  • A high quality hotel or inn to return to every night offering a warm welcome, excellent food and a comfortable bed in which to rest and recover
  • St. Bees Head with its rugged cliffs and soaring sea birds- the start of this wonderful walk
  • Peaceful and isolated Ennerdale valley with its lake, woodland and remote Blacksail hut a place to relax and soak up the view
  • Stunning Lake District views from high mountain passess
  • Rolling green fields, ancient stone circles and settlements and pack horse routes
  • The mysterious Nine Standards sat atop the high Pennine hills
  • The enchanting Yorkshire dales with its field barns, open moors and industrial heritage
  • Yorkshire moors- open roling moorland, wooded valleys, sleepy villages and steam trains.
  • Robin Hood's Bay- a timeless village with cobbled streets and brooding cliffs and the end of this fantastic walk

England's Coast to Coast walk has to be on any walkers "To Do" list. This route is often considered one of the best hikes in the world! This is a very challenging tour, so please be aware of the mileage for this tour. The tour is supported by our bus and on many days it is possible to meet the bus and have a ride if you are tired. Your guide will advise you each day about where this is possible, but there are a few days where this is not possible.

You can choose to do 1/2 of this walk and come back next year for the other 1/2.

 

Please note: There is a minium of 6 people on this tour. Please do not purchase non-refundable airfare until you've received confirmation that the minimum partcipants has been met.

 

Day 1:  Arrive Cockermouth (D) Manchester is the most convenient airport to begin this tour. Ramblers arriving on the 21st are advised to take the train from Manchester to Penrith station and plan your arrival for the afternoon. 

 

Day 2: St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge 14 ¼ miles (B, L, D)
We start this fantastic journey on the West Coast in the small village of St Bees. After touching the sea we follow the coastal footpath along the cliff tops through fields as it rises and falls before heading inland on a quiet lane to the village of Sandwith. From here we travel on paths and farm tracks and the old railway bed to our lunch stop at Moor Row (7 ½ miles) We then continue on tracks to the village of Cleator. This signals the start of our first real climb on our walk. We climb on farm and forest tracks to the summit of Dent fell 1155ft a climb of 1000ft in 1 ½ miles. The summit provides fantastic views of the Lakeland Fells ahead and the walk we have already undertaken. The path across the summit and down into the beautiful Nannycatch Valley, which can be wet underfoot and the descent is steep 400ft in less than ½ a mile. We now follow the valley gently up to Kinniside Stone Circle before descending on a good path to Ennerdale Bridge.


Day 3: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite 14 ½ miles (B, L, D)
The day starts by walking along the road to the foot of Ennerdale Water. We then follow a narrow stony path along the lakeshore which involves a short rocky section over Anglers Crag. At the head of the lake we then head into the forest following gravel forest tracks. Here we will stop for lunch (7 miles) We emerge at the head of the valley at the remote Black Sail Youth hostel. A good place for a rest before we start the big climb of the day. We follow a narrow stoney mountain path to Loft Beck, here we climb steeply up hill to a pass at Brandreth (2000ft) a climb of 800ft over ½ a mile. From here we follow a mountain path down to HonisterPass a descent of 800ft over 1 ½ miles. We continue to descend into the beautiful Borrowdale Valley a further 700ft over 1 ½ miles. We now enjoy a walk through ancient oak woodland to the village of Rosthwaite.


Day 4: Rosthwaite to Grasmere 9 ½ miles (B, L, D)
We leave Rosthwaite and head up the valley towards Lining Crag on a broad stony track which follows Stonethwaite Beck. A number of streams are crossed as we ascend the valley which can be made more difficult in heavy rain. We eventually come to the head of the valley a climb of 1000ft over 3 miles. We now have a steep climb up the side of Lining Crag on a rocky path 400ft over ¼ of a mile. We now follow a wet and muddy path over Greenup Edge; a good place to have lunch (4 miles); before our descent on a stony path to the head of Wyth Burn 500ft over ¾ of a mile. Here we have to cross the stream and cross wet and muddy ground to the head of Far Easdale. The path now improves to a stony mountain track as we descend Far Easdale down towards Grasmere. The path becomes a track and then a road as we get towards our final destination. A descent of 1200ft over 4 miles.


Day 5:  Grasmere to Glenridding 9 miles (B, L, D)
Another day passing from one beautiful Lakeland valley to another. We leave the village of Grasmere and get onto a bridal track after a short steep climb 200 ft in ½ a mile. We now follow this track up the side of Tongue Gill heading for Grisedale Pass. The final approach to the pass is steeper and on a stony/rocky mountain path. The pass is our high point for the day with a total of 1700ft of ascent over 3 ½ miles. From here we pass the remote Grisedale tarn on a mountain path heading for the top of the Grisedale valley. We now start our descent to Glenridding, passing the Brothers Parting Stone and Ruthwaite Lodge. We follow a stoney/rocky path down the valley to Lantys Tarn. 800ft of descent over 4 miles. From just beyond the tarn we get a fantastic view over Glenridding and beautiful Ullswater. We make a short descent of 200 ft through the woods into the village to our hotel.


Day 6: Glenridding to Shap 16 ½ miles (12 ½ using the bus as suggested) (B, L, D)
This is probably the hardest and certainly the longest day on the walk. We have our last major Lakeland ridge to cross before we say goodbye to the grandure of the Lake District mountains. We leave Glenridding and walk through Patterdale and then start the first of two major climbs of the day. We follow a stony track up to Boredale Hause 800ft over 1 mile. We now follow a mountain path past Angle Tarn and then start our second major climb to Kidsty Pike via The Knott. This climb is on a stony track and takes us to the highest point on the whole walk 2560ft. The climb is 700ft over 1 ½ miles. Our summit gives fantastic views in to the remote and wild Riggindale. However, what goes up must come down and the descent is steep in places as we loose 1800ft over 1 ¾ miles. The route follows the shore of Haweswater to the village of Burnbanks, however a better option may be to walk to the head of the lake and catch the bus to the end of the lake. This saves 3 miles walking on a path/track that rises and falls as it makes its way down the lake. The view changes little and is soon tired of on this section. From the village of Burnbanks we follow riverside paths and walk through farm land making small ascents and descents as we go. We now head for Shap Abbey and the end of our walk. For those keen not to miss a step out of the journey it is possible to walk up the hill into the village of Shap and our nights accommodation. 150ft over 1 mile, for most riding the bus is the preferred option.


Day 7: Shap to Sunbiggin Tarn 10 ½ miles (B, L, D)
We leave the mountains of the Lake District for the farmland and open moors. We walk across fields to gain a moorland track. Here we might meet the Red Grouse a bird we will see again in the Yorkshire Dales and Moors National Parks. We cross the moor on old paths and tracks as we head over Crosby Ravensworth Fell towards Orton Scar; an ascent of 400ft over 6 miles. The limestone outcrops known as scars are what the area is famous for. From on top of the scar we descend on a track towards the village of Orton. We then follow farm tracks and wander through fields following the valley towards Tarn Moor and our final destination of Sunbiggin Tarn.


Day 8:   Sunbiggin Tarn to Kirkby Stephen 9.5 miles (B, L, D)
Today we head for Kirkby Stephen. From Sunbiggin tarn we cross Ravenstonedale Moor on a track which can be wet underfoot to start with. Once across the moor we follow a path through fell pasture as it makes its way past the ancient village settlement known as the severals. We now descend to cross Scandale Beck via the old packhorse bridge. As we climb up the hill on the other side we get great views into Smardale and its famous railway viaduct, now a cycle / walking route since the demise of the railway. We cross Smardale Fell, our biggest climb of the day 300ft over 1 mile before descending on minor paths through farmland to our final destination.


Day 9:  Kirkby Stephen to Keld 12 ¾ miles (B, L, D)
Leaving the market square we cross the River Eden and start our major climb of the day to the summit of Nine Standard Rigg 2170 ft. Our climb starts by following the road up above Hartley Quarries. From here we then follow a well made track up the hill. As we reach the final stone wall on the fell we say goodbye to this track and head off on a smaller mountain path. This takes us to the prominent features of the Nine Standards, an odd collection of stone Cairns just below the summit of Nine Standard Rigg. We then follow a vague path over wet and muddy moorland to the summit. 1570 ft of ascent over 5 ½ miles. From here we follow the vague path along the broad mountain ridge trying to avoid getting too wet and muddy. We eventually reach a good track which we follow for a short distance before this again turns to a wet and muddy path which follows the small river down to Ravenseat . Here we walk on the road for a short distance before heading through wet and muddy fields as they make their way down into Swaldale and our final destination of Keld. This small sleepy village is HALF WAY!


Day 10: Rest Day (B, D) End of first half, begin second half
Today we have chance for a late breakfast followed by the chance to take a short driving tour in the local area with the opportunity for a café lunch (not included) stop as well as time to do some shopping and just relax! For those doing the half tour you will depart after breakfast. Tonight we say hello to those joining us for the second half of the walk to Robins Hood Bay; now just 95 miles away!


Day 11: Keld to Reeth 11 ¼ miles (B, L, D)
Today we will explore the fascinating mining history of this dale. We leave Keld on a track and head to Crackpot Hall. From here we head to the ruins of Swinnergill mine along a narrow rocky miners track, we now follow the track uphill; wet and muddy in places; up the stream to arrive on a well made 4x4 track used for the grouse shooting on the moor 800ft of ascent over 2 miles . We follow this track across the moor before leaving it for a mountain path which goes steeply down hill to Gunnerside Beck and the remains of Blakethwaite Smelt Mill. We now have to climb back up onto the moor as we head for the Old Gang Mines, a climb of 300ft over 1 mile. The miners paths give way to another 4x4 track which we follow down along Mill Gill past the Old Gang Smelt Mill. We now follow a wet path then track through rough pasture to then descend an ancient walled lane down into the village of Reeth.


Day 12: Reeth to Richmond 10 ½ miles (B, L, D)
A contrast today as we leave behind the high moors and industrial past and head into the lush green fields, stone walls and field barns synonamus with the Dales. We follow the quiet country lanes to walk past Marrick Priory. From here we walk through woodland, across farm fields and eventually down a country lane into Marske 400 ft of ascent over 2 miles. We follow the lane through this pretty village before we make our final short climb up to Applegarth Scar where we follow a track and path along the side of the valley before entering into Whitcliffe wood. As we leave the wood we get our first glimpse of the ancient market town of Richmond, as well as the walk ahead across the Vale of Mowberry to the Yorkshire Moors! We follow the road down the hill into the market square and our finish point for the day.


Day 13: Richmond to Redhouse Farm 11 ½ miles (B, L, D)
We leave the market square and head down to the River Swale. We now follow the river as it leaves the dale. We pass through Catterick Bridge and on to Bolton on Swale. We use a mixture of sidewalks, farm tracks and footpaths to get here. We will stop to see the grave of Henry Jenkins who was said to be 169 when he died! From here we follow footpaths through farm fields and roadside verges to finish our day at Redhouse Farm. Today is relatively flat with a chance to recover after the Yorkshire Dales.


Day 14: Redhouse Farm to Ingleby Cross 11 ½ miles (B, L, D)
Today we are heading for Ingleby Cross and the start of our journey through the North York Moors National Park. But today we can enjoy more farmland walking and relatively flat terrain again. We will pass through the village of Danby Wiske and Oaktree Hill sight of a battle betwwen the English and the Scotts. Today we have two obsticles to cross; the railway and the A19; which will require us to use all our senses. Once we have crossed the latter we walk into Ingleby Arncliffe with its unusual Arts and Crafts water tower. From here it is just a short downhill walk to Ingleby Cross. As we get closer to the end of our walk the Cleveland Hills/Yorkshire Moors get bigger.


Day 15: Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top 12 ¼ miles (B, L, D)
Once again we are back on the hills and so today is a day of ups and downs. We start by walking uphill through Arncliffe Wood on a forest track which brings us to Beacon Scar. This viewpoint offers us great views across to the Yorkshire Dales and our last two days walking. 600 ft of ascent over 2 ½ miles. We now follow the path over Scarth Wood Moor before dropping down to Scarth Nick. We walk through the woods into Scugdale before we climb once more on to Live Moor 1033ft an ascent of 633 ft over 1 mile. The well made path crosses Holey Moor and onto our high point Carlton Moor 1338 ft. From this vantage point we drop down 300 ft to Carlton Bank. The way ahead is clear as we climb once more up Cringle End onto Cringle Moor 417ft over 1 mile. But what went up must come down so we descend the same height before once more climbing to the summit of Cold Moor 1317ft, an ascent of 300 ft over ½ mile. We now see our final summit of the day but first we must descend 300ft before making the final 300ft of ascent over ½ mile to the summit of Hasty Bank. We now have our final descent of 400ft to Clay Bank Top for a well deserved rest!


Day 16:  Clay Bank Top to White Cross (Fat Betty) 11 miles (B, L, D)
After yesterdays ups and downs today we enjoy time on the high moors. The day starts with our only major climb to Round Hill 1489 ft. We follow a good path / track as we climb 500 ft over 2 miles. The track then descends to meet the old Rosedale Ironstone Railway Line. We now follow this old track bed as it winds its way around the head of Farndale to Blakey Ridge. Once at Blakey Ridge we leave the railway and walk along the verge as we make our way to White Cross a strange monument at the head of Rosedale.


Day 17: White Cross (Fat Betty) to A169 Road 14 miles (B, L, D)
Today we say goodbye to the high moors and head down into the beautiful Eskdale valley. Our walk starts along the road across Danby High Moor but we soon turn off this and onto a track across Great Fryup Head. We then descend into the viallage of Glaisdale via Glaisdale Rigg. We pass Beggars Bridge before enjoying woodland walking to Egton Bridge with its interesting church. The route now follows an old toll road to Grosmont where steam trains can still be seen using the line. Now comes a big climb as we leave the Eskdale valley. The climb is on the road so the walking is easy but steep. 800ft and 1.75 miles later you are at the top! But the climb has allowed you to see the sea and you know you are close to the end! We cross Flat Howe to reach the road and the end of our penultimate day.


Day 18: A169 Road to Robin Hood’s Bay 13 miles (B, L, D)
Our last day of walking! We descend over Sleights Moor on a track and then down the road to Littlebeck 500ft over 1.25 miles. We now enjoy some beautiful woodland walking along Little Beck where we will visit the old hermitage and perhaps stop for tea and scones at Falling Foss tea garden. We continue to enjoy the woods as we follow May Beck until it is time to leave this beautiful valley. We now climb over our final hill as we cross Sneaton Low Moor 200 ft over 0.75 miles. We cross wet moorland on a path before entering an ancient walled track which brings us onto the road. We follow the road down to the village of Hawsker. From here we have two choices we can follow the coastal path as it climbs and falls its way to Robin Hood’s Bay or we can follow the track bed of the former railway as it too follows the coastline to our final destination. On reaching Robin Hood’s Bay we have the final descent down to the sea through the tiny fishing villages streets. On reaching the sea it is time to celebrate! You have MADE IT!!!! This evening we will have chance to relax, have a final meal and reflect on the fantastic achievement of walking from Coast to Coast!


Day 19: Depart after Breakfast. Please speak with one of our travel advisors regarding the best way to depart the Coast to Coast tour.

Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself. Please note: There is a minium of 6 people on this tour. Please do not purchase non-refundable airfare until you've received confirmation that the minimum partcipants has been met.

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  • 16 scenic guided hikes with lunch daily
  • All accommodations with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
  • Double-occupancy room with private bath
  • All sightseeing visits
  • Luggage transported between inns

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  • All of the long days will have rendezvous points with our vehicle.
  • There is a 6 person requirement for this tour departure.



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“I've traveled to many different countries and this trip ranks as one of the best. Spectacular! We're planning to return with ELR. I've been recommending you to all my friends and colleagues.”
J Ambrozaitis    Waterbury, CT

“The walks were a good mix of gentle and challenging. Spectacular countryside and fascinating villages. The meals were delicious. I enjoyed all the inns! The whole trip, down to the smallest detail, was admirably organized.
V Macy     Somerville, MA

“The walks and hikes were wonderful! From the lovely, craggy hills to the villages! When you work indoors at a desk job all day, it’s breathtaking (sometimes literally!).
V Richard     Tulsa, OK

 


Best Time to Go

May through September

Convenient Airport

Manchester Airport (MAN)

Traveling By Rail

From Manchester Airport- TransPennine Trains and Virgin Trains offer direct service from Manchester Airport to Penrith, which makes the journey to this point by public transport very straightforward. However there is no rail continuation from Penrith to Cockermouth, and the alternatives would be an infrequent bus service or a taxi.

From London- city center at Euston Train Station in central London. At Euston Station take the service operated by Virgin Trains, which may take you directly to Penrith, or you may have to change to a local train at Preston or Lancaster; if in any doubt, enquire either at Euston Station or on board the Virgin Train. 

For rail information including reservations, time schedules and current fares please refer to BritRail in the USA at (800)677-8585. Or visit www.britrail.com, or www.nationalrail.co.uk. Another resource is The Train Line at www.thetrainline.com

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