Walking from Coast to Coast

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The world famous Coast-to-Coast is an exhilarating long-distance walking route which takes you from Cumbria’s St Bees, on the shores of the Irish Sea, to the picturesque fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire. You pass through three national parks in northern England – the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors – and witness some of the most spectacular and beautiful scenery in the country.

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All about the Walking from Coast to Coast.

The world famous Coast-to-Coast is an exhilarating long-distance walking route originally described by the writer Alfred Wainwright in his book of the same name. First published in 1973, the book has grown in renown and today is as popular as ever, with the walk itself featuring on the bucket list of all keen walkers.
At nearly 200 miles in length, the route takes you across country, up fells and down dales, from Cumbria’s St Bees, on the shores of the Irish Sea, to the picturesque fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire, passing fabulous landscapes at every turn.
The tour runs through three national parks in northern England – the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors – and features some of the most spectacular and beautiful scenery in the country.
The walking is challenging and recommended for experienced fell walkers and confident map readers only, but the sense of achievement and camaraderie when you encounter fellow coast to coasters makes it all worthwhile.
Your accommodation each night is in carefully picked B+Bs, with either ensuite or private facilities, where friendly smiles and warm welcomes to weary walkers are guaranteed!
Please note that GPX tracks and a routes and maps guide are provided on this trip, along with our usual maps. This replaces our usual turn by turn route directions

  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in St Bees

    Check into your B+B, a convenient short walk from St Bees railway station.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: St. Bees - Ennerdale Bridge 23km/14.5mi/6hr

    Before setting off this morning, follow the tradition of all coast to coast walkers, and collect a stone from the beach in St. Bees, which you will carry to Robin Hoods Bay on the North Sea. Then set off along the coast before turning inland towards the village of Sandwith. Once youve passed through the sleepy villages of Moor Row and Cleator, you reach the first climb of the trip Dent Fell – before arriving at the small village of Ennerdale Bridge.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite 23km/14.5mi/7.5hr or 24km/15mi/8hr

    You’re now in the Lake District National Park and the day starts with a walk along Ennerdale Water with superb views of the approaching fells. From here, you have a choice: either go high up to Red Pike and over High Stile onto the iconic Haystacks and past Inominate Tarn (where Wainwrights ashes were scattered) or follow a gentler route up to Black Sail Youth Hostel and then up Loft Beck. Both routes take you to Honister Slate mine the last working slate mine in England – before a descent into the village of Rosthwaite.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Rosthwaite to Grasmere 15km/9.5mi/6hr

    A shorter stage today, but the ascent to the day’s only peak, Greenup Edge, is steep and demanding. The view from here is another iconic picture of the unique and beautiful landscape of the Lake District. Overnight in pretty Grasmere where there is lots to explore including the Wordsworth Museum and the poets former residence, Dove Cottage.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Grasmere to Patterdale 14km/9mi/6hr or 17km/10.5mi/8hr

    All walkers climb up to Grisedale Hause with gorgeous views back towards Grasmere. From here, you have the option to go even higher and up the famous Helvellyn peak or onto St Sunday Crag with far reaching views as far as Ullswater before coming down Grisedale into Patterdale. Alternatively, take the direct route down Grisedale to the village.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Patterdale to Bampton 19km/12mi/7hr

    The day starts with another climb and impressive panoramic views across to Fairfield, Helvellyn, Hartsop and Kirkstone Pass. You continue beside Angle Tarn, across the old Roman path of High St and onto Kidsty Pike at 780m, the highest point on the Coast to Coast Walk, from where there are amazing views down to Haweswater and Riggindale. Descend to Haweswater formed in the 1930s to provide water to the cities of the North West for an undulating onward walk into the charming village of Bampton.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Bampton to Orton 21km/13mi/6hr

    There is less climbing today than the previous two days. Set off through fields to Shap Abbey, the ruins of a monastery founded in the 13th century. The monks abandoned it to Henry V111 in 1540 and since then it has served as a memory of a bygone era. After passing through the small town of Shap, the route crosses into the Westmorland Fells in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. From here, the vistas change from dramatic granite rocks to an open limestone landscape as you continue to the tiny village of Orton.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Orton to Kirkby Stephen 20km/12.5mi/6hr

    Today’s stage takes you through open countryside with occasional villages, remote houses and secluded farms – and a wide panorama towards the distinctive Howgills and the distant Pennines (tomorrows challenge!). Pass Smardale Bridge, a stunning piece of Victorian architecture from a long-gone railway. Then its on into the small yet lively town of Kirkby Stephen, with its welcoming pubs, cafes and restaurants, in the heart of the lovely Eden Valley.

  9. Day 9 Day 9: Kirkby Stephen to Keld 19km/12mi/6hr

    Leave Kirkby Stephen via the picture postcard village of Hartley, then the route gets hillier once again as you climb up and over the Nine Standards – a very distinctive feature on the fell, where Cumbria crosses into Yorkshire and the watershed between the Irish Sea and the North Sea meets. End the day in peaceful Keld, a former lead-mining village.

  10. Day 10 Day 10: Keld to Reeth 19km/12mi/5.5hr

    Today you have the choice between a route over the high fell or the lower route along the valley. The former crosses a remote landscape of grouse moors, dotted with ruins from the lead-mining era; the latter takes you via Swaledale, with its traditional stone barns and drystone walls. Whatever you choose, you arrive in Reeth, another quintessential Dales village with cosy pubs.

  11. Day 11 Day 11: Reeth to Richmond 19km/12mi/5hr

    Today’s more leisurely stage takes you across verdant meadows and through pretty villages. Take time to explore Marrick Priory, a 12th century Benedictine nuns monastery, abandoned during the 16th-century religious wars. Overnight in the pretty market town of Richmond, with its quaint cobbled streets and imposing Norman Castle.

  12. Day 12 Day 12: Richmond to Danby Wiske 22km/14mi/6hr

    An easier, flatter walk again today, taking you across the Vale of Mowbray, through fertile farmland and along quiet country lanes, via Bolton-on-Swale and its 14th century St. Mary’s Church. Your final destination is Danby Wiske, a cluster of pretty houses huddled around the village green.

  13. Day 13 Day 13: Danby Wiske to Ingleby Cross/Osmotherley 15km/9.5mi/4.5hr or 18km/11mi/5hr

    Continue your approach towards the North York Moors National Park and its hills! – along flat footpaths and farm tracks, passing brightly coloured rapeseed fields and sleepy livestock. Depending on accommodation availability, you overnight in either Ingleby Cross or Osmotherley.

  14. Day 14 Day 14: Ingleby Cross/Osmotherley to Clay Bank Top 19km/12mi/5hr or 21km/13mi/5.5hr

    Walk through woodland then head uphill for superb views back to Richmond and ahead towards the North Sea. You are finally in the North York Moors National Park with its wide expanses of heather covered moorland, contrasting with the distinctive rocky crags of the Wain Stones. There is a short transfer at the end of todays walk to your accommodation for the night.

  15. Day 15 Clay Bank Top to Blakey Ridge 16km/10mi/5hr

    After you are dropped off back at Clay Bank Top, it feels like you are on a high mountain, but the North York Moors is only 4-500m above sea level. Today’s stretch brings you across the plateau, along the route of an abandoned mine railway to The Lion Inn pub. Originally a 16th-century hunting lodge, its the third highest pub in England and the only building for miles around.

  16. Day 16 Day 16: Blakey Ridge to Grosmont 22km/14mi/6hr

    Todays route is mainly flat and downhill beside Great Fryup Dale and into Glaisdale. Theres one sting in the tail to get up and down into Egton Bridge before you end the day in peaceful Grosmont (pronounced Growmont), one of the stops on the famous North York Moors steam railway.

  17. Day 17 Day 17: Grosmont to Robin Hood's Bay 25km/15.5mi/7hr

    Start the day with a steep road climb up onto the moor before descending into beautiful Littlebeck but not before catching a glimpse of the sea and the breathtaking Whitby Abbey! Through Falling Foss woods with its hidden follies, walk over the last section of the Moors. The final stretch takes you from High Hawsker along the top of the Jurassic cliffs with stunning coastal scenery and the sight of a dolphin if youre lucky. There are gorgeous vistas of Robin Hoods Bay as you descend to this beautiful old fishing village. On arrival, dont forget to throw your St Bees stone into the North Sea. Congratulations – You’ve crossed England!

  18. Day 18 Day 18: Leave Robin Hood's Bay
Where you stay
The Manor
This simple yet comfortable B+B is used to welcoming walkers setting off on the Coast to Coast Walk! It comes with a restaurant and bar – with beer garden – which sells a varied selection of cask ales. The B+B is a convenient walk from St Bees’ railway station.
Fox and Hounds Inn
This traditional Lakeland inn is situated in the centre of pretty Ennerdale Bridge village. There is a pub here with beer garden as well as the recently refubished, spacious ensuite bedrooms.
Yew Craggs B+B
Yew Craggs is a family run B+B in Rosthwaite, the heart of Borrowdale, on the banks of the Stonethwaite Beck. It has fabulous views over the surrounding fells – High Spy, Yew Crag and Castle Crag. All food here is homemade from local ingredients and accompanied by award-winning breads, teabreads and preserves.
Heidi’s Grasmere Lodge
This pretty little B+B with a fully licensed cafe in the centre of Grasmere comes with lovely views over the Cumbrian mountains. It is one of Grasmere’s original tea rooms and dates back to the 1850s – although in those days, alcohol wasn’t served and it was known for years as a Temperance House!
Crookabeck Farm
Crookabeck is a 40 acre working farm overlooking the impressive Helvellyn mountain range and Striding Edge.The farm breeds Angora goats and Herdwick sheep and it has a shop where you can buy its mohair and wool products. Rooms are comfortable with a shared lounge – complete with DVD player and dining area – for all guests to enjoy.
The Crown and Mitre
This lovely traditional inn is nestled on the edge of the north eastern fells in the village of Bampton. Rooms here are comfortable and spacious with wonderful views over the surrounding open countryside. The homemade food here is of some repute locally and the ales are from the local Bowness Bay Brewery.
The George Hotel
This traditional village inn comes with a lovely beer garden and cosy bar serving real ales and home cooked food with local products sourced from within a 20 mile radius of the hotel. There are just 8 cosy ensuite rooms
Redmayne House
Butt House
The Manse in Reeth
Willance Guest House
Serin House
Park House
The Buck Inn
The Lion Inn
Grosmont House
Lee-Side
Inns and bed and breakfasts
We use well selected bed and breakfasts or traditional village inns, that are HH or HHH rated and which are generally family owned and with lovely views over the surrounding fells and dales. Many come with their own restaurant, cafe or pub; otherwise options for refreshments and dinner are available locally. All are comfortable, with ensuite or occasionally private facilities, with your hosts well accustomed to welcoming weary coast to coast walkers! Hearty English breakfasts are included as standard.
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