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England's Coast to Coast - Self Guided
Classic British Walk

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Established by the immortal Alfred Wainwright, the Coast to Coast Walk is one of the classic British walks. It traverses the North of England from the Irish Sea at St Bees to the North Sea at Robin Hoods Bay, passing through some of the most beautiful and varied scenery in the country: the mountains and lakes of the Lake District, the majestic valleys of the Yorkshire Dales, the heather moorland of the North York Moors, and, by way of contrast, dramatic coastal scenery at the start and finish.

Highlights include:

  • One of the World’s Classic Walks
  • The Lake District
  • Yorkshire Dales
  • Irish Sea to the North Sea

13 Night Itinerary

Day 1 Travel to St. Bees, for your first nights accommodation.
Day 2 St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge. 14 miles (22.5km)
Day 3 Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite. 14.5 miles (23km)
Day 4 Rosthwaite to Patterdale. 17½ miles (28km)
Day 5 Patterdale to Shap. 16 miles (25.5km)
Day 6 Shap to Kirkby Stephen. 20 miles (32km)
Day 7 Kirkby Stephen to Keld. 13 miles (21km)
Day 8 Keld to Reeth. 11 miles (17.5km)
Day 9 Reeth to Richmond. 11 miles (17.5km)
Day 10 Richmond to Ingleby Cross. 23 miles (37km)
Day 11 Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top. 12.5 miles (20km)
Day 12 Clay Bank Top to Glaisdale. 18.5 miles (29.5km)
Day 13 Glaisdale to Robin Hood’s Bay. 19 miles (30.5km)
Day 14 Depart from Robin Hood’s Bay after breakfast

19 Night Itinerary

Day 1 Travel to St. Bees, where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2 St Bees to Cleator Moor. 8.5 miles (13.5km)

Day 3 Cleator Moor to Ennerdale Bridge. 5.5 miles (9km)

Day 4 Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 5 Rosthwaite to Grasmere. 9 miles (14.5km)

Day 6 Grasmere to Patterdale. 8.5 miles (13.5km)

Day 7 Patterdale to Burnbanks 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 8 Burnbanks to Orton. 13 miles (21km)

Day 9 Orton to Kirkby Stephen. 13 miles (21km)

Day 10 Kirkby Stephen to Keld. 13 miles (21km)

Day 11 Keld to Reeth. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 12 Reeth to Richmond. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 13 Richmond to Danby Wiske. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 14 Danby Wiske to Ingleby Cross. 9 miles (14.5km)

Day 15 Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top. 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 16 Clay Bank Top to Blakey. 9.5 miles (14.5km)

Day 17 Blakey to Glaisdale. 9 miles (14.5km)

Day 18 Glaisdale to Littlebeck. 8 miles (13km)

Day 19 Littlebeck to Robin Hood’s Bay. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 20 Depart from Robin Hood’s Bay after breakfast

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.

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April to October

$1,850/perperson/13 nights

$2,675/per person/19 Nights

$950/13 nights

 

$1300/19 nights

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“Meals at our hotel were superb, outstanding. Pub lunches were excellent. Our guide’s leadership was a high point of the trip — his knowledge of the region (topography, history, social and cultural characteristics), his overall concern for the group, his keen insight and well-developed sense of humor were magnificent.”
D Swoap     Clearwater, FL

“For the Cotswolds — an area steeped in history — one needs a guide who is steeped in the knowledge of it. Ours met this criterion to the max.”
J & C Tate     Malvern, PA

“It was a very friendly group — helping to make the tour an excellent experience. Meals were superb, both the quality of the food and the serving staff.”
A Matz     PA


Difficulty Of The Walk

Variable but essentially moderate to difficult due to the distances covered and terrain.

Best Time to Go

April to September

Convenient Airport

Manchester Airport (MAN)

Getting There

St Bee’s is the starting point and is easily accessible with public transport. Manchester airport is the easiest airport to reach St Bees from. It has flights from throughout the UK and Europe. It takes approx. 3 hours 30m to get to St Bees from Manchester via public transport.

Newcastle airport is also very easy to access St Bees from and also has flights from throughout the UK and Europe. It takes approx. 4.5 hours to get from Newcastle Airport to St Bees via public transport and does involve a couple of changes.

London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are probably the best options for those travelling from outside the UK. From the airport, travel to London Euston where trains leave approx. every hour to St Bees via Lancaster or Carlisle

Travel by Rail/Bus

From London Euston you can catch a train to St Bees via either Carlisle or Lancaster (approx 5hrs). From Manchester, you can catch the train via Carlisle (approx 3h 30m). From Newcastle, you can catch the train via Carlisle (approx 3h 30m).

Please note that the trains from Carlisle to St Bees do not operate on a Sunday, so in this case you will need to get the train to Whitehaven and then a taxi from there to St Bees From Robin Hood’s Bay:Robin Hood’s Bay is the final point of the Coast to Coast walk and a combination of buses and trains is the easiest way to get yourself to your onward destination.

TransPennine Trains and Virgin Trains offer direct service from Manchester Airport. For rail information including reservations, time schedules and current fares please refer to BritRail at (800) 677-8585 or www.britrail.com. In the UK call (08457) 484950, or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. Another useful resource is The Train Line at www.thetrainline.com.

There is no train station in Robin Hoods Bay. You must first of all catch a bus or taxi to Scarborough and then get the train from there. From Scarborough it is approx. 3h to London, 2h 30 to Manchester and Newcastle and 5h to Glasgow. Alternatively, Sherpa Van also run a daily bus to Darlington which leaves every day at 15:45.

Travel by Air

The closest airports to Robin Hood’s Bay are either Newcastle or Manchester which are both approx 4 hours away. Glasgow and London airports are between 5h and 5h 30 away from Robin Hoods Bay.

What To Take

Comfortable, well aerated clothes in keeping with the season. Always bring a sweater/fleece, good walking boots (already worn-in) and several pairs of cotton or wool socks. For your daily needs, you are advised to have a plastic bag to line your day-pack (to protect the contents from rain), rainwear, a sun-hat, sun glasses, sun block, a water bottle, plastic picnic boxes (for transporting your lunches), first-aid kit , camera and film, torch/flashlight.

Weather

Follow this link to the Meteorological Office for information on climate and rainfall averages and summaries.

 

 

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