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The Coast to Coast East takes you through the peaceful rolling hills and moorland of the Yorkshire Dales, from the market town of Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay on the north east coast of England.
Created by Alfred Wainwright, this is one of the world’s great walks and on this particular itinerary you will complete the eastern section.
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.
Kirkby Stephen, a lovely market town, is a great place to begin your Coast to Coast East tour. Markets first began operating in this town in 1361 and it is dominated by its 13th-century church made of distinctive red sandstone.
Perhaps you would like to find a typical Yorkshire pub in which to try the local ale this evening.
Today you will be crossing the Pennines, the backbone of the British Isles and also passing from Cumbria into the county of Yorkshire. Expect to have to negotiate the peat bogs of the area and traverse moorland. After Ravenseat (where you can take some refreshment) the path heads south along Whitsundale Chasm before arriving in Keld, which sits at the head of Swaledale.
Walk: 14.5 miles
After a delicious and filling breakfast, you will head out today along the beautiful Swaledale Valley, passing through quaint and traditional villages, such as Muker (slightly off the route) and Gunnersdale. Cross moor and farmland , then drop down into Healaugh, before arriving in Reeth, another traditional Yorkshire village with a green flanked by a pub and a tearoom. If you arrive early enough you may like to visit the Swaledale Museum, which houses some interesting exhibits.
Walk: 12.5 miles
Today’s walk is fairly straightforward and will take you through pretty woodland and past a couple of charming villages and local farms.
Towards the end of the walk great views of Richmond come into view, a busy fortified market town which grew up around its castle.
Walk: 14 miles
Although this is the longest section of the whole tour, it is also the flattest and involves traversing the Vale of Mowbray and passing through a stretch of riverside woodland, hamlets, and villages, such as Danby Wiske.
Ingleby Cross is set between two busy roads so you will have to cross one of them today. However, the place itself is peaceful and you will sleep well tonight in your B&B after today’s long walk!
Walk: 23 miles
This stage takes you into the North York Moors National Park and through expansive swathes of heather, moorlands and exquisite, peaceful valleys. See the Wain Stones which are clearly visible on top of one of the moors and look like the decorations on top of a birthday cake! From here continue east to Clay Bank Top and steeply drop one more time before arriving into Great Broughton, your next overnight stop.
Walk: 12 miles
From Great Broughton you ascend up the final summit to the top of Urra Moor and pass Farndale, a paradise for its profusion of daffodils in the spring. From here stroll down the Esk Valley, passing through iconic and fine countryside.
Glaisdale is set above the Esk Valley and its terraced houses were originally built for workers from the nearby ironstone mines.
Walk: 18.5 miles
Shortly after beginning your walk today you will reach Egton Bridge, one of the prettiest villages on the whole of the Coast to Coast. It will be worth spending a bit of time to explore this delightful place with its grand houses, its bridge and St Hedda’s Church, named after a 7th-century saint who is buried in Winchester Cathedral.
The picture-postcard settlement of Grosmont comes next and you will need to regroup your strength for the final, but very rewarding section into Robin Hood’s Bay, which has few ups and downs along the way! Upon arrival, stride out along he blustery cliff tops alongside the North Sea and make your way down to the beach and the perfect place to finish your walk, Robin Hood’s Bay.
Walk: 19.5 miles
Make your way to Scarborough where you can board a train to make your onward journey home.
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.
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. Richmond is 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.
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.
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 East, although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo.
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
Here are some examples of the accommodations we use:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Situated in the quiet rural village of Ingleby Arncliffe nestling at the North Western edge of the North York Moors only 300 yards from the Coast to Coast path. A warm welcome awaits you at Ingleby House Farm Bed & Breakfast.
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.
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.
The Villa was built in 1892 as a lodging house, the first of its kind,
at the top of Bay Bank, Robin Hood's Bay. This Victorian property has been lovingly restored retaining all its original features such as: servant bells, original cast iron fireplaces in all bedrooms and a cast iron range in the kitchen.
The Coast to Coast Walk is available from April to September.
This holiday is graded moderate and 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. .
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 assist you.
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. Any additional bags need to labelled 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 at 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.
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.
Due to baggage transfer restrictions we can only offer this walk from West to East.
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.
The closest airports to Kirkby Stephen are Manchester and Newcastle. From Manchester Airport you can take a train to Kirkby Stephen via Carlisle. From Newcastle, it is a bit more complicated and time-consuming as you have to go via bus and train with a few changes. However it can be done and you would need to check the Traveline website for schedules. The Trainline is also a good resource.
It is also possible to travel by train from London via Carlisle, or via Leeds.
Parking in Kirkby Stephen is limited. There are some spaces in the Pennine View Campsite. The campsite is secure and you can leave it there for the duration of your walk.
The closest airports are again either Newcastle or Manchester, both of which are just over 4 hours from Robin Hood’s Bay by 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 did park your car in Kirkby Stephen we can arrange for a transfer from Robin Hood’s Bay to Richmond, and then onto Kirkby Stephen. However it is not possible to do it all in one day, so you will have to spend the night in Richmond (which we can also arrange) before being transferred from Richmond to Kirkby Stephen the next day. Please contact your Destination & Adventure Specialist for more information on timings and prices.
This tour is rated moderate and is most suited to those who have at least a little experience of long distance walking. 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.
The best way to travel to the start and finish of the Coast to Coast is by train. Our travel information page has further details on getting to and from the start/end of your walk.
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.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
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.
We recommend you walk from West to East as the guidebook is written in this direction and there are also luggage transfer limitations.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
You can use public transport, bus or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.