19-Day COAST TO COAST SELF-GUIDED WALK: St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay

COAST TO COAST: St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay

A wonderful and inspiring route that ranks with the world’s finest long distance walks.


TRIP LENGTH: 19 Days/18 Nights - GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2 - MEALS: 18 Breakfasts

TRIP GRADE: Moderate to Challenging - OTHER: Daily luggage transfer

PRICE FROM: GBP 1,950 per person, twin share - SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: GBP 850



The Coast to Coast is a classic long distance walk of some 304 km, crossing the north of England from St Bees on the shores of the Irish Sea, to the North Sea at Robin Hood's Bay on the Yorkshire Coast.

It traverses the country passing through three National Parks and across a real cross-section of England's finest landscapes - the route is renowned for its variety of beautiful scenery. It begins in the rugged mountains and beautiful lakes of the Lake District before crossing the rolling hills and pretty valleys of the Yorkshire Dales.

Shorter days occur early in this route where steep ascents are encountered in the Lake District. Longer days occur later where the terrain is much easier.


Accommodation is a combination of carefully selected Bed & Breakfast Guest Houses, Inns and Hotels with en-suite facilities.


Day 1/Night 1
Arrival Day St Bees

Arrive at St Bees on the shores of the Irish Sea and spend the evening at your first nights’ accommodation.

Day 2/Night 2
Ennerdale Bridge 22.5km

Your journey from coast to coast begins by following a footpath along the impressive sandstone cliffs of St Bees Head before it turns inland and over farmland. There are fine views from the summit of Dent before you descend to Ennerdale Bridge and the edge of the Lake District National Park.

Day 3/Night 3
Rosthwaite 23km

You begin today by following a lovely path along the shores of Ennerdale Water. The route takes you through forest to reach remote Black Sail Youth Hostel, situated in one of the most dramatic and awe-inspiring locations in the Lake District. From here climb up steeply to Honister Hause (1900ft) and you are truly surrounded by Lakeland peaks before descending to picturesque Borrowdale, considered by many to be England’s finest valley.

Day 4/Night 4
Grasmere 14.5km

A short day allows you time to savour the beauty of the Lake District as you cross over the fells from Borrowdale to Grasmere. Grasmere is a really charming village situated right in the heart of the National Park. Visit Dove Cottage, the best-known home of William Wordsworth, the school where Wordsworth once taught, now home to a famous Gingerbread Shop and St. Oswald's church, the last resting place of the Wordsworth family.

Day 5/Night 5
Patterdale 14.5km

From Grasmere there is a lot more climbing to do - the route lies over the Helvellyn range either over the pass at Grisedale Tarn (2000ft), or for the more adventurous, via the summit of Helvellyn, England’s 3rd highest mountain. The route drops down to Patterdale on the shore of Ullswater.

Day 6/Night 6
Shap 26km

The route takes you up to the ridge of a peak called High Street before going over Kidsty Pike, the last Lakeland summit on this route. This involves the largest daily ascent and descent of the walk, reaching 770m at Kidsty Pike. The path then follows the lake to the dam above the tiny village of Burnbanks, before continuing to Shap along grassy riverbanks, through parkland and across pastures.

Day 7/Night 7
Orton 13km

From Shap the scenery of limestone cliffs, moorland, pasture and scattered farmsteads is quite different from any other stage of the walk. Your destination today is Orton, a pretty village with a welcoming pub and a chocolate factory.

Day 8/Night 8
Kirkby Stephen 21km

Beyond Sunbiggin Tarn, the route takes you into Smardale, a delightful valley through which a railway once passed and an impressive viaduct can still be seen. Then it's over Smardale Fell and a descent into the quaint market town of Kirkby Stephen.

Day 9/Night 9
Keld 19.5km

The route today takes you over the Pennines. The 'normal' route is over the summit of Nine Standards Rigg but be prepared for substantial seasonal diversions. These diversions are due to excessive erosion on the original Wainwright route and the presence of grouse-shooting close to the public footpath in Ney Gill.
The view here is wide ranging with the hills of the Lake District behind you and the route ahead into Yorkshire close at hand. You enter the Yorkshire Dales National Park as you descend to Keld, approximately the half way point of your Coast to Coast walk.

Day 10/Night 10
Reeth 18km

There is a choice of routes on offer today. Either follow the official Wainwright route which keeps high above the valley following old lead mining trails, or the valley route that follows the River Swale through the meadows with their stone barns and unspoilt villages. There are pubs along the valley route at Gunnerside and Low Row where you can stop for lunch.

Day 11/Night 11
Richmond 17km

Enjoy a short walk today through pretty Swaledale to the bustling, market town of Richmond, the largest settlement on the route. On the way you will pass the ruins of Marrick Priory and the pretty village of Marske. You should have ample time to explore the town in its delightful setting above the River Swale. There is plenty to see, not least the impressive Norman castle and the ancient cobbled market square with its wonderful shops.

Day 12/Night 12
Richmond EXTRA DAY

Day 13/Night 13
Danby Wiske 22km

Today you make your way across the Vale of York between the Dales and North York Moors National Parks.
The route is a mixture of quiet country lanes and footpaths, across the fields, where the going is slower. Danby Wiske has a great pub built in the 1600’s.

Day 14/Night 14
Ingleby Cross 14km

The hills of the North York Moors are getting closer as you approach the end of today's walk, in the village of Ingleby Cross.

Day 15/Night 15
Clay Bank Top 19km

Beyond the arable farmland of the Vale of York are the heather moorlands of the North York Moors. After visiting the delightful village of Osmotherley, the route takes to the hills again and enters the North York Moors National Park, with many ascents and descents over the Cleveland Hills.

Day 16/Night 16
Blakey 14km

The walk from from Clay Bank Top to Urra Moor the highest point on the North York Moors is relatively easy. This is the best stage to enjoy easy walking combined with long vistas and purple moorland during late August.

Day 17/Night 17
Egton Bridge 19km

As you approach the end of the journey you follow the valley of the River Esk, through pleasant woodlands to Egton Bridge.

Day 18-Night 18
Robin Hood's Bay 26km

This is the final leg of the journey and one to savour and enjoy with some sustained ascents and then the route takes you across heather moors. The last section is three miles of magnificent cliff-top footpath along the coastal cliffs overlooking the North Sea. This leads you to the finish in the very steep old fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay, a really quaint place that deserves time to explore.

Day 19 
Robin Hood's Bay
The trip finishes today after breakfast.

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