United Kingdom : Northumberland

Walking from Coast to Coast East

Trip code: W11LY

Self-guided walking

11 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+ & 3

12.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • Follow in the footsteps of Wainwright through the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moor National Parks
  • 2 nights in the pretty market town of Richmond: 11th century Norman castle, evocative abbey ruins, Georgian theatre
  • Heather clad moorland, quintessential Yorkshire villages, traditional cosy pubs, panoramic rocky crags, ancient hilltop cairns
  • Based on our popular 17 night, Walking from Coast to Coast

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • GPS tracks and maps
  • Guide book with route information

TRIP DESCRIPTION

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.

This 11 night trip follows the route from the lively market town of Kirkby Stephen in the Yorkshire Dales to the pretty fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea coast. Inbetween you head up hill and down dale, over the Pennines and heather covered moorland, passing through lush meadows and quintessential pastoral landscapes, dotted with ancient stone barns and sleepy hamlets.

The walking is recommended for experienced walkers, as the route will take you over remote moorland which can at times be boggy, but the sense of achievement when you arrive in Robin Hood's Bay makes it all worth while.

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

Terrain

The walking is on a mixture of tracks, paths and country roads, with sections through open moorland which can become boggy. There are some long ascents and descents and a head for heights is necessary on the final coastal section.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Kirkby Stephen

There's time to explore this pretty market town before your briefing.

Day 2: 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.

Day 3: 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.

Day 4: 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.

Day 5: At Richmond

A day off from walking today so there's plenty of time to explore Richmond with its quaint cobbled market place, historic winding alleyways, 12th century abbey and imposing Norman Castle - which will celebrate its 950th birthday in 2021!

Day 6: 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.

Day 7: 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.

Day 8: 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 today's walk to your accommodation for the night.

Day 9: 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, it's the third highest pub in England and the only building for miles around.

Day 10: Blakey Ridge to Grosmont 22km/14mi/6hr

Today's route is mainly flat and downhill beside Great Fryup Dale and into Glaisdale. There's 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.

Day 11: 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 you're lucky. There are gorgeous vistas of Robin Hood's Bay as you descend to this beautiful old fishing village.

Day 12: Leave Robin Hood's Bay

You stay at Inns and bed and breakfasts.

hotel details

Inns and bed and breakfasts, Coast to Coast


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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REVIEWS

Excellent communication!!!
Very attentive professional service👍

5 May 2024

Very helpful service. Good to talk to a real person.

24 Jan 2024

Thank you for all your wonderful help.

3 Oct 2023

Prompt efficient helpful friendly

Tessa Goodchild, 9 Sep 2023


Self-guided walking

11 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2+ & 3

12.0Kg CO2e

 

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