Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk

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A world-famous walk from St. Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay across the breadth of northern England.

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All about the Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk.
  • A world-famous walk from St. Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay across the breadth of northern England.
  • Walking through the magnificent scenery of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, and watching the landscapes change along the way.
  • Dipping your feet in the Irish Sea at St Bees at the start of the walk, and then in the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay at the end.
  • Visiting the array of charming villages and welcoming towns scattered along the rout

This 15 night self-guided walk traverses the entire 190 miles of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay. The trail crosses the breadth of the North of England, continuing on through the mountainous Lake District and the rolling Yorkshire Dales before entering the fragrant, heather-clad North York Moors.

Though this trail is challenging in places, the sense of achievement you feel upon completing it will stay with you forever.

Important information

Due to a lack of accommodation in some of the small, rural villages and in particular, Claybank Top, it may be necessary to accommodate you elsewhere along the trail.

Where this is the case, we will arrange transfers to collect you from the trail, take you to your accommodation and return you to the trail the following morning. All transfers are pre-arranged and included in the cost of the holiday.

All information regarding transfers will be included in your holiday final departure packet, but if you would like more information prior to booking, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 15 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a packing list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
What is not included in this tour?

Trail Facts

Total distance: 190 miles (304 km).
Duration: 16 days/15 nights, 14 days walking
Minimum/maximum daily distances: 8.5 miles (13.5km)/23 miles (37km)
Waymarking: The trail is easy to follow with the assistance of the guidebook and maps provided.
Season: Start on any Saturday from March 14 to October 10 (other days of the week on request)
Tour Starts: St Bees.
Tour Ends: Robin Hood’s Bay.
Nearest Available Airport: Manchester or London.

  1. Day 1 Arrive in St Bees.

    Travel to St Bees where your first night’s accommodation has been booked. St Bees, often locally pronounced ’bears’, is a mispronunciation of Bega, the name of an Irish princess who fled here after being unwillingly betrothed for political reasons in her homeland to a Norwegian.

  2. Day 2 St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge. 14 miles (22.5km)

    An exhilarating hike along sea cliffs takes you then across farmlands, through small towns recovering from industrial collapse. Continuing out over a minor fell you enter a secret valley and the gates of Lakeland.

  3. Day 3 Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite. 14.5 miles (23km)

    Today you pass a lonely lake and continue to a high pass with ravishing mountain views to Honister slate mine and finally into the lovely valley of Borrowdale.

  4. Day 4 Rosthwaite to Grasmere. 9 miles (14.5km)

    Begin today with a prolonged meander upstream, the graveled track fringes woodland, and if you are quiet and lucky, you may see red squirrels. The waterfalls get better and better as you pass Sonethwaite.. Continue uphill over a pass surrounded by outstanding mountain walking, climbing from Borrowdale to Wordsworth’s Grasmere.

  5. Day 5 Grasmere to Patterdale. 8.5 miles (13.5km)

    From Grasmere you pass the cliffs of Helvellyn to the quiet southern shores of the small scenic Ullswater lake.

  6. Day 6 Patterdale to Burnbanks(T). 11 miles (17.5km)

    The stage to Burnbanks is marked by the great expanse of the High Street range that stands between the town and Burnbanks at the end of Haweswater Reservoir. The way up is demanding on the first half of this day but relaxing on the second half when you walk most of the time along the shore of Haweswater Reservoir to Burnbanks.

  7. Day 7 Burnbanks(T) to Orton. 12.5 miles (20km)

    From Burnbanks you’ll walk up to Shap and leave the Lakeland District behind and its ruggedness to enter Limstone Country, heralding Yorkshire Dales ahead. The route is now less demanding than the lakeland.

  8. Day 8 Orton to Kirkby Stephen. 12.5 miles (20km)

    Today you will come across sites of archaeological significance since this area was inhabited since prehistorical times. Keep an eye out, as this stage also is abundant in wild life especially birds.

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

    First up up are wide views over the moorlands before a path leading down to the river Swale that accompanies you most of the rest of the day right into the small village of Keld.

  10. Day 10 Keld to Reeth. 11 miles (17.5km)

    A scenic route along the banks of the river Swale, with ample opportunities to enjoy nature (and rural pubs) along the way.

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

    A fairly relaxing day, the river Swale and its wooded valley are never far off, while occasional lush meadows and peaceful villages provide a welcome change of the terrain.

  12. Day 12 Richmond to Ingleby Cross. 23 miles (37km)

    A traverse today of heavily farmed, flat land and a calm atmosphere unique to this stretch of the trail.

  13. Day 13 Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top(T). 12.5 miles (20km)

    An exhilarating switchback along the Cleveland escarpment, dips down to quiet villages before striding back up to the heather moors and panoramic views. You’ll have your first glimpse of the second sea.

  14. Day 14 Clay Bank Top(T) to Glaisdale. 18.5 miles (29.5km)

    Heading to Glaisdale over Blakey Ridge and the Danby High moor. Classic views of green valleys and a rich heritage of carved stones await.

  15. Day 15 Glaisdale to Robin Hood's Bay. 19 miles (30.5km)

    Walking today on a long descent to the North Sea, alternating through smaller forest sections and over trickling brooks with the lovely waterfall by Falling Foss as a highlight.

  16. Day 16 Depart from Robin Hood's Bay after breakfast

    The quaint town of Robin Hood’s Bay got its name from the legend that its namesake chose this bay as a retreat in times of heavy pursuit by the King’s men.

    This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

    The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

    Transfers allow your holiday to go ahead when accommodation directly on the route is unavailable. Local taxi operators (or your hosts for the night) will pick you up from a suitable location near the trail and take you to your night’s stay; then, the following morning they’ll drop you back off right where you were picked up so you can continue your walk.

    Since we foot the extra bill for transfers, you can rest assured that we’ll get you on the trail whenever we can.

    Important information

    Due to a lack of accommodation in some of the small, rural villages and in particular, Claybank Top, it may be necessary to accommodate you elsewhere along the trail.


Picture of Jolly Farmers Guest House
Jolly Farmers Guest House in Kirkby Stephen

15 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected guesthouses, inns and hotels and B&B’s.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

Singles: Add $62 per night for a single room; solo traveler add $72 per night.

Suggested Extra Options:

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the villages and old market towns along the trail, catch up with writing postcards or to simply relax and give those weary legs a rest.

Rosthwaite is a good choice for a rest day. There are many lovely walks in the hills around Borrowdale or you could catch a bus into the bustling little town of Keswick.

There is also plenty to see in Grasmere, particularly for fans of literature. Here you can visit Dove Cottage, the best-known home of William Wordsworth, the school where Wordsworth once taught, now home to Sarah Nelson’s famous Gingerbread Shop and St. Oswald’s church, the last resting place of the Wordsworth family.

If you prefer somewhere quieter, we suggest taking a rest day in Patterdale. A terrific walk here starts by taking one of the iconic Ullswater Steamers across the lake and returning along the lakeshore path. Alternatively, Orton is a charming and peaceful village.

The old market town of Kirkby Stephen is also a good place to take an extra night. Don’t miss the unusual ‘Bound Devil’, a figure of Satan chained and horned in the ancient church of St. Stephen.

In the Yorkshire Dales, Reeth offers many short walks from the centre of the village and the Swaledale folk museum is fascinating. Richmond, with its cobbled streets and market place, Norman castle, unusual church, Georgian theatre, museums and shops is also a popular stop.

Finally, on completing your walk, a popular location to celebrate your achievement and rest your weary legs is Robin Hood’s Bay, which is within easy reach of Whitby, its abbey, the Captain Cook Museum and St Mary’s church. The interior of this intriguing church was altered in 1612 to resemble the lower deck of a wooden sailing ship.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard) add $114.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Grasmere) add $123.00 per person / per night

There is a rail station at the start of the trail (St Bees). Train from Manchester airport to St Bees (via Carlisle) approx 4 hours 15 min. London Euston to St Bees (with change at Carlisle) approx 5 hours.

The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Robin Hood’s Bay) is either Whitby (about 6 miles) or Scarborough (about 20 miles away). Bus/taxi from Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough rail station. Train from Scarborough to Manchester airport (via York) approx 3 hours. Train from Scarborough to London Kings Cross approx 3 hours.

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