- Crossing from the West to the East Coast of Britain on an alternative to Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk.
- Visiting the lovely old towns and villages of Arnside, Inleton and Richmond.
- Admiring the impressive sights and sounds along the route, from the striking Ribblehead viaduct to the remote expanse of the North York Moors.
This alternative to Wainwright's classic route offers a gentler way to walk across England from coast to coast. The route runs across the country from Arnside on the shores of Morecambe Bay to Saltburn-by-the-Sea on the North Sea coast. Between the two it passes through some wonderful scenery - the sheep-grazed limestone hills and ancient woodland of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the pastoral valleys and stone-built villages of the Yorkshire Dales and the purple heathery hills and green dales of the North York Moors.
From the genteel Victorian seaside resort of Arnside, the Alternative Coast to Coast Walk heads for the picturesque market town of Kirkby Lonsdale through a landscape of lush pastures, little wooded hills and sleepy, unspoiled villages. It meanders through the sheep-grazed valleys of the Yorkshire Dales visiting the attractive settlements of Ingleton, Hawes, Sedbusk, Askrigg, Aysgarth, Castle Bolton, Grinton and Reeth before reaching the historic town of Richmond , with its magnificent castle, vast cobbled market place, Georgian buildings and narrow wynds lined with stone cottages. Then it crosses the rich farmland of the Vale of Mowbray to the pretty village of Osmotherley on the edge of the North York Moors. From here the route follows the western edge of the moors to the sleepy seaside resort of Saltburn-by-the Sea past Mount Grace Priory, ancient wayside crosses and the superb viewpoints of Captain Cook's Monument and Roseberry Topping.
Breathtaking viewpoints, the 'Devil's Bridge', the majestic 24-arched viaduct at Ribblehead, ancient packhorse tracks, Roman 'roads', the home of Yorkshire's most famous cheese, the imposing fortress of Bolton Castle, the 'Cathedral of the Dales', the waterfalls of Wensleydale, the melancholy remains of Swaledale's lead mining industry, a Benedictine nunnery and England's oldest theatre add to the interest of this delightful walk.
Additional Tour Details
||Manchester airport, then rail Manchester Piccad. to Arnside train station (approx 1 hour 20 min).
||Saltburn-by-the Sea train station to Manchester Piccad. (approx 3 hours). Fly out of Manchester airport.
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||Add $41 per night for a single room; solo travelers add $72 per night
||Stopover Hotels: Rest days can be added at any of the overnight stops: $103 per person per night, based on double occupancy.
||9 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail