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Coast to Coast Self Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Walking England's Coast to Coast from west to east.
  • Dramatic upland scenery in the English Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.
  • Passing through some of England’s finest villages, such as Grasmere.
  • Wonderful camaraderie between fellow “coast to coasters”.
  • Finishing in Robin Hood’s Bay feeling exhilarated and rewarded.

The Coast to Coast is one of the world’s great walks and encompasses two coasts, three national parks and 199 miles of footpath to create a perfect snapshot of northern England.

Created by Alfred Wainwright, this long distance walk takes you through picturesque villages, rolling hills, immaculate farmland and mountains in the Pennines, the English Lake District and the North Yorkshire Moors.

As you walk you will meet fellow “coast to coasters” and enjoy the incredible camaraderie as you bump into the same walkers along the trail and in the charming B&B’s at day’s end. This dramatic and rewarding trail will stay forever in your memory.

For some Coast to Coast inspiration, visit Huffington Post's blog on Walking Wainwright's Coast to Coast for a tale of friendship and adventure.

As a specialist in English Coast to Coast walks we offer a huge range of itineraries to suit every walker. Each itinerary we offer is detailed day by day on the right and the stages that make up the coast to coast are described in more details below.


This brief description of the Coast to Coast covers the main sections of the walk and each itinerary we offer details your overnight stops and daily distance walked.


Starting Point: St Bees

The attractive village of St Bees is served by regular trains to Carlisle and Barrow-in-Furness, from where you can connect to all UK destinations. Journey time from London is between 4h30 and 5h30. Parking is very limited.


Stage 1 - St Bees to Ennerdale - 15 Miles

After dipping your toes in the sea and pocketing a pebble from St Bees beach a delightful day of walking awaits. High cliffs, quiet country lanes and distant views of Lakeland.


Stage 2 - Ennerdale to Shap - 49 Miles

Three of four days of walking on arguably the finest fifty miles of trail England has to offer will take you through the best of the Lake District. Overnight stops at the Lakeland towns of Rosthwaite, Patterdale and perhaps Grasmere are a welcome respite from the hilly terrain.


Stage 3 - Shap to Kirkby Stephen - 20 Miles

Having left the lakes behind you are now in rolling farmland, without the steep ascents and descents of the last few days. Limestone crags and open pasture are a feature of this section, as are several prehistoric sites.


Stage 4 - Kirkby Stephen to Richmond - 41 Miles

Predominantly in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the two or three days it takes to walk this section will take you across the Pennines, the great watershed of England. Wild moorland and expansive views reward you for your efforts as you walk across this enchanting landscape. Richmond is a busy fortified market town which grew up around the castle.


Stage 5 - Richmond to Ingleby Cross - 23 Miles

The flattest section of the Coast to Coast traverses the no mans land between the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. A fairly uneventful stage but pleasant none the less.


Stage 6 - Ingleby Cross to Glaisdale - 31 Miles

The wild open spaces of the North York Moors have a unique atmosphere that feeds the spirit and lifts the soul. Delightful villages and remote inns welcome you at the end of each days’ walk.


Stage 7 - Glaisdale to Robin Hoods Bay - 20 Miles

Many walkers consider this varied section of the walk the very best of the Coast to Coast. Enchanting woodland, open moors and cliff top walking bring you to the charming village of Robin Hood’s Bay and the end of your journey.


Stage 8 - Departing Robin Hood’s Bay

Scarborough is a 30 minute taxi or 60 minute bus journey from Robin Hood’s Bay and regular trains connect to York and other UK destinations.


For some Coast to Coast inspiration, visit Huffington Post's blog on Walking Wainwright's Coast to Coast for a tale of friendship and adventure.

Accommodation

We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We always try and book your accommodation as close as possible to the trail.


Additional Nights

Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk to sample more of the wonderful walking and attractions available on the Coast to Coast. Rosthwaite is a good choice as there are many walks around Borrowdale and you could visit Keswick which is close by. There is plenty to do in the busy village of Grasmere or if you prefer somewhere quieter Patterdale is a good option. Richmond is also a popular stop with its cobbled streets and market place.  Some people like to have an extra night in Robin Hood’s Bay at the end of the walk to relax and enjoy the satisfaction of having finished this iconic walk.


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the tour itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


We welcome solo walkers on the Coast to Coast, although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs or restaurants.



 

 

 



Abbey Farm - St Bees



Abbey Farm - St Bees

Abbey Farm is a great B&B located at the start of the Coast to Coast in St Bees. Janet and Steve Pearson offer a very warm welcome to Coast to Coast walkers.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Shepherds Arms - Ennerdale Bridge



Shepherds Arms - Ennerdale Bridge

Shepherds Arms is a gem of country house hotel and inn offering home cooked produce and real ales and comfortable rooms.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Royal Oak - Rosthwaite



Royal Oak - Rosthwaite

The Royal Oak is an old 18th Century farmhouse and offers a homely atmosphere with snug bar and sitting room with open fire along with rooms with unique and individual charm.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Old Water View - Patterdale

Old Water View has been welcoming visitors for over 100 years and was one of Wainwright's own personal favourites. It offers comfortable accommodation with lots of extra little personal touches.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Brookfield House - Shap

Brookfield House offers comfortable accommodation with spectacular views across the fells. They are renowned for their personal attention.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Barn House - Orton

Barn House is a friendly, family-run Bed and Breakfast situated just outside Orton who cater very well for walkers.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Old Croft House - Kirky Stephen

The Old Croft House is a Grade II listed Georgian town house situated in the market town of Kirkby Stephen in the beautiful Eden Valley.It is full of character and is somewhere a little bit special and different to stay.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Keld Lodge - Keld

A warm welcome awaits you at Keld Lodge.Their philosophy is based on the traditional values of welcoming the hungry, sometimes weary traveller, with warm hospitality, good wholesome food, and an exceptionally high standard of bed & breakfast.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Cambridge House - Reeth



Cambridge House - Reeth

This 5 star guest house offers clean and high quality accommodation in a fantastic setting with views over Swaledale and a short walk away from Reeth village. They also offer tea and cake to welcome all guests on arrival and there is a boot room/drying room.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Frenchgate Guest House - Richmond



Frenchgate Guest House - Richmond

The Frenchgate Guest House is a Victorian era townhouse situated within short walking distance of Richmond's historic market place. They pride themselves on quality of their service.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Park House - Ingleby Cross

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you with large, comfortable rooms and a roaring fire in the lounge. The spacious gardens offer breathtaking views across the Vale of Mowbray and you may see lots of wildlife whilst relaxing after a hard days walking.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Wainstones Hotel - Great Broughton

You'll be guaranteed a warm welcome at this 3* Hotel which has great service and facilities. All of the 24 rooms offer high quality and comfortable surroundings.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Red House Farm - Glaisdale

Award Winning Cottages and Bed & Breakfast in a quiet unspoilt valley in the North York Moors National Park. Red House Farm is located in Glaisdale Dale just 400m from the village of Glaisdale.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Clarence Dene B&B - Robin Hood's Bay

Clarence Dene offers offers a very high standard of accommodation and comfort with panoramic views over the picturesque bay.


 

 

 

Availability

The Coast to Coast Walk is available from March to September.


On the Coast to Coast accommodations are now getting busy for
2017, so if we cannot secure a reservation for you in towns and villages that are
actually on the trail, we will book you into accommodations close by and then
provide transfers. On the Coast to Coast, in busy times, this may mean up to 2
or 3 transfers on the longer itineraries. These transfers will be at an
additional cost of your holiday.


Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded anywhere between moderate to strenuous depending on which itinerary you choose. It is most suitable for those walkers with previous long distance experience.


The route is a mixture of paths, tracks and minor roads. Some of the paths can become very muddy and boggy where progress can often be slow.


Navigation

The route is way marked sporadically so at least one of your party needs to be able to navigate using a map and compass.  We will also provide you with a Coast to Coast Guidebook and a Harvey map to  to assist you.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.  Please ensure that you do not bring more than one bag of 20kg, as if this occurs, the luggage transfer company will ask you to pay an additional fee (approx. £8.00 per day, per bag). This additional payment, should it be necessary, needs to be made locally to the driver and in cash. All bags need to be labelled, as do any additional bags, as if they are not labelled we cannot guarantee that they will reach you at the next accommodation.


If you are travelling from far afield and do have more than one bag it is possible to arrange for the extra luggage to be stored whilst you are on the tour for a fee of £25 per bag. These additional bags would be picked up from your accommodation at the start point (St Bees or Kirkby Stephen) and dropped off wherever you finish depending on the itinerary you choose to do. Please contact us if you are interested in this option.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.


Walking Direction

Due to baggage transfer restrictions we can only offer this walk from West to East.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to St Bees

The closest airports to the start of the walk are Manchester and Newcastle.From both airports, the travel time by train is approximately 4 hours. You can also fly into any of the London Airports and take a train north from London Euston to St Bees (via Carlisle). There are also alternative trains going via Preston and Barrow-in Furness.


If you are thinking of driving please be aware that there are very limited parking facilities. The only free public parking is available at the railway station (only 18 spaces available) but is not intended for C2C walkers. Many B&B’s have parking available at a small fee per night.


Getting from Robin Hood’s Bay

The closest airports are again either Newcastle or Manchester, both of which are just over 4 hours from Robin Hood’s Bay bus and train. Please check the Traveline website for timetables. You can catch a bus to Scarborough and from here a train to Newcastle, Manchester or London in order to make your onward journeys


If you left your car in St Bees you would need to take a bus from Robin Hood's Bay to Scarborough and from here take a train via Manchester and Carlisle to St Bees (approx. 6 hrs). Again, please check the Traveline website for schedules.

Included

  • Hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotel accommodation
  • Door to door baggage transfer.
  • A detailed information pack, guidebook and map
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.

Excluded

  • Travel to St Bees
  • Travel from Robin Hood's Bay
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you wish to skip a stage
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment

Extras

  • Single room supplement
  • Solo Walker Supplement
  • Extra nights

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Wainwright's Coast to Coast is extremely popular especially over April/May and September. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

We offer a range of itineraries so you can choose your preferred daily distance so hopefully you will find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.

When is the best time of year?

Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. Although any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport, bus or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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macs adventureCoast to Coast Walk
 
4.7

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Pros

  • Well organised (165)
  • Great accommodations (132)
  • Fun (130)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (105)
  • Challenging (6)

Cons

  • Exhausting (24)
  • Poor accommodations (5)
  • Weather (3)

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  • Holiday (113)
  • Trying something new (101)
  • Relaxation (42)
  • Thrill seeking (31)
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    • Reviewer Profile:
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5.0

Yes.

By The Kiwis

from New Zealand

About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • A criticism re Shap Hotel-no drying room
  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Coast to Coast Walk:

    Great holiday- everything except no drying room at Shap was great.

     
    5.0

    Coast to Coast Walk.

    By Kevvie

    from Perth, Western Australia

    About Me Occasional Traveller

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Everything went as planned by Macs
    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Macs provided top class service. From that
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • Exhausting

    Best Uses

    • Thrill Seeking
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Coast to Coast Walk:

    Thank you Macs for doing everything you said you would do. Very professional.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rewarding !!!!

    By Holmsy

    from Cleveland

    About Me Regular traveller

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • Exhausting
    • Weather

    Best Uses

    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Coast to Coast Walk:

    From start to finish the whole thing has been amazing. From the moment we booked service was 100%. Walking from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay was a mixture of all emotions , from strenuous to exhausting then almost relaxing in places . From meeting fellow walkers along the way from all corners of the world to the characters in the various accommodation, which I may add was excellent made the whole thing one of the best experiences and one I'm very proud to of completed. Myself and my partner cannot recommend this walk and company highly enough.

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    5.0

    Great accommodation faultless luggage transfers.

    By Mal

    from Kesgrave Suffolk

    About Me World Traveller

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    Pros

    • Great Accommodations
    • Long time personal goal.
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Tailor made travel adventures
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Coast to Coast Walk:

      From day 1 when i contacted Macs Adventures I knew I was dealing with a company I could trust, honest swift replies to emails. Once the Itinerary had been agreed it was plain sailing ( or walking in my case) the accommodation and luggage transfers worked perfectly. The C2C was easier than I had predicted and on reflection I could have cut a day or two from the stop-overs and continued walking for an extra 8-10 miles on somedays but that was my choice. If you are thinking of doing the C2C Macs Adventures are worth giving a call.

       
      4.0

      Great experience

      By Jay

      from New Orleans, Louisiana. USA

      About Me World Traveller

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      Pros

      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Coast to Coast Walk:

        I travelled solo. All the arrangements were taken care of and I felt that I could always count on the support from people at Macs

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great walk!

        By Hiking girl

        from Boulder, Colorado USA

        About Me Avid Adventurer

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        Pros

        • Fun
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Holiday
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Coast to Coast Walk:

          Four of us finished the C2C last week. We just loved it! Using a GPS on an I phone and the maps provided, we never got lost. We recommend doing what someone else suggested--make copies of the maps in the book and buy a waterproof holder for them. Our accommodations ranged from great to ok. Most were very nice. Our biggest surprises were how steep the mountains were in the Lake District and how great the food was at night. The worst thing about the trip was walking through the bogs. The scenery is beautiful, especially in the national parks. The British people are super friendly. This was a great trip. We highly recommend it.

           
          5.0

          Professional efficient service.

          By Mal

          from Kesgrave Suffolk

          About Me World Traveller

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Accommodations
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Personal Goal

            Comments about macs adventure Coast to Coast Walk:

            The whole Macs Adventure experience was faultless. Everything from the quality of the Accommodation to the daily moving of luggage was just spot on.

             
            4.0

            Terrific personalized service, followup and arrangements

            By Mr. Tortuga

            from Seattle

            About Me World Traveller

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            Pros

            • Excellent luggage transportation
            • Great Accommodations
            • Well Organised

            Cons

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              • Treking holiday

              Comments about macs adventure Coast to Coast Walk:

              All logistics were handled professionally, excellent maps and support materials, lovely mix of accommodations from hiker hotel to top of line B&B.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wonderful Coast to Coast experience

              By Haandog

              from Edinburgh

              About Me Occasional Traveller

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              Pros

              • Fun
              • Great Accommodations
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Well Organised

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Trying Something New

                Comments about macs adventure Coast to Coast Walk:

                Absolutely wonderful experience made all the more amazing by the organisation of Mac Adventures.

                Solo travelling as an independent traveller has never been made more safe and reassuring! Thank you all xxx

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I wish I were back on the C2C!

                By Linda

                from Clarkesville, GA

                About Me Occasional Traveller

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun
                • Great Accommodations
                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                • Well Organised

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Holiday
                  • Trying Something New

                  Comments about macs adventure Coast to Coast Walk:

                  I just completed the C2C, with the help of MacsAdventure. I'm 67 years old and have always dreamed of doing the C2C. The first day about did me in but I was determined and stuck with it, each day getting stronger and stronger. The accommodations were charming, clean, extremely friendly hosts, and helpful. Kayleigh Morrison of MacsAdventure was extremely prompt in responding to my many questions prior to the walk and everything went smoothly throughout this journey. I have nothing negative to say about any aspect of this undertaking either prior or during my walk. I HIGHLY recommend having MacsAdventure help plan your C2C walk. My friend and I did the C2C over the maximum number of days (18 days with two built in rest days). At my age, I'm glad we did it this way.

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