Coast to Coast Walk East
- Walk the east section of the Coast to Coast from Kirkby Stephen over the Pennines
- Picture perfect villages in the Yorkshire Dales speckled with country pubs
- Enjoy the exhilarating, endless vistas on the wild and rugged North York Moors
- Overnight in cosy B&B accommodation and walk past famous historic landmarks
- Complete this rewarding challenge in the seaside town of Robin Hood’s Bay
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Kirkby Stephen and overnight
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.
A warm welcome awaits you in this Grade 2 Listed Georgian Townhouse. The house dates from 1750 and has retained much of its original charm and character with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The owners have decorated and furnished each of the four bedrooms in a style to complement the house without compromising on comfort to make you feel at home. All the rooms have a digital TV, tea, and coffee facilities, hairdryers and free WIFI. Each room also has a foot spa and complimentary toiletries from The Bath House, a local company from Sedbergh. Following a long day walking why not sooth those aching feet with a foot spa containing lemongrass bath salts.
Lockholme is a warm and welcoming B&B offering stunning views, delightful rooms and a very warm atmosphere. The owners aim to make your stay extra special, in a relaxing friendly atmosphere. Their rooms have shower en-suites, are beautifully decorated, reflecting the Victorian character and charm, and they are well equipped with a hairdryer, free WIFI throughout, tea and coffee making facilities and luxury complimentary toiletries from The Bath House, Sedburgh. Upon arrival you can look forward to delicious homemade cake with tea or coffee and relax either in your room, the Guest Breakfast Room, with a real coal fire and fabulous views of the fells and The Nine Standards Rigg, or the sunny private rear garden, knowing that any wet boots and clothes will be taken care of!
Built in 1833, Fletcher House is a double fronted Grade II listed building in the centre of Kirkby Stephen. To match the fine-looking exterior of the house, the interior has many original features. All rooms are en-suite with walk in shower, WC, and basin. There is also a hairdryer in each room. They also have an extra "Pamper Bathroom" which any guest may use with large roll top bath, WC and basin. There is a separate guest lounge with tv and book swap library to exchange books. Complementary drinks available from the dining room from the coffee machine or a selection of teas and decaf options.
Leaving Kirkby Stephen, cross the Eden River and continue to Hartley village. A long ascent takes you to Hartley Fell and up to the ancient Nine Standards cairns. The trig point here marks the watershed divide across England. From here there are multiple options down to Keld depending on what time of year it is.
- Green Route - Ascent: +495m (1625ft) / Descent: 345m (1135ft)
- Blue Route - Ascent: +490m (1610ft) / Descent: 345m (1135ft)
- Red Route - Ascent: +495m (1625ft) / Descent: 345m (1135ft)
Butt House pride themselves on warmly welcoming walkers after a long day's trekking. They provide drying and laundry facilities, packed lunches, home cooked food, along with a fully licensed bar. All rooms have TVs, hairdryers, tea & coffee making facilities and fabulous views of the area. On the ground floor there is a drying area for boots and coats, a lounge with open fire, dining room, and bar/reception area, where, in the height of the season, you can enjoy a pint of Black Sheep Ale, available on tap.
A warm welcome awaits you at Keld Lodge. This former shooting lodge is now a comfortable hotel and restaurant. You can enjoy the amazing views from the conservatory dining room, lounge, and many of the bedrooms. They place an emphasis on doing the simple things well.
Frith Lodge is a 300-year-old Swaledale farmhouse which has been lovingly restored and refurbished. They have 3 doubles and 2 twin bedrooms which are all en-suite, have tea and coffee making facilities include fresh milk and homemade biscuits and each bedroom has FreeSat TV, hairdryer, welcome guide and breathtaking views from every window. Their guest lounge has stunning views and is the perfect place to rest and relax after a day walking. Check-in time is 15:30
You have two options when walking Keld to Reeth. Unlike the other days where the high route is significantly more challenging, today, both are generally comparable in difficulty so don't be fooled into going the lower route, assuming it's the easier choice!
The higher route between Keld and Reeth is a unique walk which most hikers choose not because it is more beautiful than the low route (though it does provide splendid views), but because it navigates between long-gone lead mines and infrastructure that shaped the Swaledale we see today. Lead mining peaked in this area during the 18th and 19th centuries and the paths that today bustle with walkers would once have been frequented by miners. The lower route between Keld and Reeth has generally been deemed the more attractive option of the two, as it weaves through the lush Swaledale Valley with splendid views for the majority of your walk. It also has options for lunch
- High Route - Ascent: +530m (1740ft) / Descent: -650m (2135ft)
- Low Route - Ascent: +330m (1085ft) / Descent: -465m (1525ft)
Ivy Cottage is a stylish B&B situated in a lovely position overlooking the renowned Green in the centre of Reeth. All of their rooms have comfortable beds, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, colour TV, complimentary WiFi and central heating.
The owners extend a warm welcome, and are wholly dedicated to providing a high level of service with a distinctly personal edge. Their 5 bedrooms are all extensively equipped and benefit from breath-taking, south-facing views of the expansive Swaledale countryside.
This traditional village inn dates back to 1734 and is affectionately named the "Middle House" because of its position overlooking the village green. This family friendly inn is renowned for its locally sourced seasonal food, traditional cask ales, roaring log inglenook fire, and comfortable en-suite rooms. Guests will benefit from a warm, and welcoming atmosphere. The olde-worlde Inglenook Bar and Dining Room provide a popular meeting place for great breakfasts, lunches, and evening meals.
Leave the Pennines behind today as you walk along lovely woodland tracks on this relatively short and rural stage. This gives you plenty of time to explore the charming villages you pass en route and the remains of an old priory before ending your walk in Richmond. Richmond is a fantastic old market town with plenty of bustling pubs and cafes. A place to stock up on supplies for the next few days!
Ascent: +355m (1165ft) / Descent: -420m (1375ft)
The owners offer you a warm and friendly welcome at Willance House. On arrival, relax in the comfortable guest lounge with its original oak beams, Georgian fireplace and exposed floorboards while enjoy a complimentary pot of tea or coffee after your long journey. They have three individually decorated rooms with king sized beds (that turn into twins) to ensure your complete comfort and all their rooms are continuously refurbished to the highest standards. A laundry service is available until 4pm on the day of your arrival for a small fee.
The Frenchgate Guest House is a Victorian townhouse situated within short walking distance of Richmond's historic market place. Each room has been specially decorated to create a cozy atmosphere, perfect for ensuring a restful and relaxing night’s sleep. Refreshments are available in each ensuite room. A hint of modern life is introduced with TVs in each room and complimentary wifi for all your devices.
The Castle House is situated in the shadow of the famous castle, overlooking the historic town square. The house has been lovingly renovated while maintaining the original features. In all rooms there is a choice of biscuits, teas & coffee, the en-suites have luxury soap, shower gel and shampoo. Fresh towels and dressing gowns are also provided and delicious chocolates are left on the outside of the room door handle every evening. All rooms have hairdryers, flat screen TV's with freeview, and free wifi.
One of the flattest days yet, traversing the Vale of Mowbray. Make a quick stop for lunch in Danby Wiske with it's 11th century Norman Church before continuing across the Vale of Mowbray with distant views of the Cleveland Hills. Quiet farm tracks and lanes lead you to Ingleby Cross, the last place where you may find any services for a couple of days.
Ascent: +60m (200ft) / Descent: -125m (410ft)
A warm welcome awaits you at Ingleby House with with a traditional cream tea. All rooms are en-suite and have tea & coffee making facilities. They offer a full cooked English breakfast or a choice from their extensive menu. They also have a laundry service for those days where the weather hasn’t been too kind!
Elstavale offers clean and comfortable accommodation for walkers. All their guests are greeted with a homemade real cream tea upon arrival. Breakfast is served in the conservatory overlooking the garden, where you are welcome to relax and enjoy the views. Josephine is passionate about food because of her career as a chef for several years and, where possible, she focuses on local or home-grown produce.
The Blue Bell Inn is actually mentioned in your guidebook and Wainwright himself stayed here whilst he was undertaking his Coast to Coast Walk. They offer comfortable accommodation in a quite annex of the pub and the rooms have all the amenities you require, they provide excellent hospitality and good quality bar meals.
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 from where you will be picked up and transferred to Great Broughton or you may take a slight de-tour to a hotel in nearby Chop Gate.
Ascent: +825m (2710ft) / Descent: -645m (2115ft)
The Buck Inn is located in South Chop Gate. The owners extend a warm, friendly welcome at the Buck Inn. Set amidst the rugged splendour of Bilsdale, the Buck Inn offers all the traditions of an English country tavern. The inn provides comfortable accommodation, all guest rooms are situated on the ground floor with private access to the large car park to the rear of the building.
Combining the service and facilities of a Silver Award Winning three-star hotel with the atmosphere of a Yorkshire country inn. The Wainstones provide a friendly and comfortable stay for walkers.
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. Reach Blakey Ridge and the Lion Inn (the fourth-highest inn in Britain!), one of the most charming country pubs on the Coast to Coast! From Blakey Ridge, stroll down the Esk Valley, passing through the iconic English countryside. Glaisdale is set above the Esk Valley and its terraced houses were originally built for workers from the nearby ironstone mines.
Ascent: +285m (935ft) / Descent: -400m (1315ft)
Beggars Bridge offer comfortable accommodation with two en-suite double rooms with TV/ DVD and tea & coffee making facilities. There is also a comfortable residents lounge. The conservatory, where a full English breakfast is served, overlooks the pretty garden that leads down to Beggars Bridge and the river Esk.
The Arncliffe Arms is a traditional public house offering B&B in the small picturesque village of Glaisdale. They have 6 comfortable en-suite bedrooms, all with individual characteristics and views of the countryside. They use fresh, local and seasonal ingredients for their simple, honest home-cooked meals.
Red House Farm is an award winning B&B in a quiet unspoilt valley in the North York Moors National Park. They no longer operate as a farm but do run a small-holding and have cows, hens and ducks. The guest rooms, whilst having a traditional feel, contain the amenities of modern life, with central heating, flatscreen TV’s and wifi. The owners have had the house since 1987 and have renovated it to a high standard while maintaining and enhancing the original features such as stone flags, beamed ceilings and original woodwork. You are welcome to dry clothing and other wet articles in their drying room on those unfortunate wet weather days!
Shortly after beginning your walk today, you will reach Egton Bridge, one of the prettiest villages on the whole of the Coast to Coast, with its grand houses 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 a 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.
Ascent: +720m (2365ft) / Descent: -850m (2790ft)
The Villa was built in 1892 as a lodging house, the first of its kind, at the top of Bay Bank. This Victorian property has been lovingly restored retaining all its original features; servant bells, original cast iron fireplaces in all bedrooms and a cast iron range in the kitchen.
A large detached Victorian House in Robin Hood's Bay, built-in 1897 by Captain Jacob Storm. Lovingly restored with many original features and located a short stroll away from the beautiful cobbled streets which wind down to the sea, passing a variety of local restaurants, pubs and shops.
This B&B offers high-quality accommodation and a warm and friendly welcome from the owner. The two guest rooms have lovely sea views and have all amenities you require for a comfortable night’s stay. Please ensure you check in before 6 pm and pick up a key (to get back into the property) before entering the town centre of Robin Hood's Bay in the evening.
Enjoy one last hearty Coast to Coast Breakfast before checking and making your way to the closest train station or airport for onward travel.
Other InformationIs it for me?
This Coast to Coast itinerary is only the East Section from Kirby Stephen to Robin Hoods Bay. The trail meanders through vast open spaces as it winds through the Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors National Parks. The 8 walking days are lengthy in their distance, but worth every step. If you have already completed the west section through the Lake District this itinerary completes the full Coast to Coast National Trail from the Irish Sea to the North Sea.
Classic Routes | If you’re the active, outdoorsy type, who’s interested in taking on the great routes of the world or looking for a challenge, then our Classic Routes are for you. We’re talking the West Highland Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc and the Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path, to name but a few!
Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years
This holiday is graded moderate.
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.
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.
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 in 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.
The route is waymarked sporadically on the Coast to Coast but navigation is straightforward using the Macs Adventure Smartphone App which has maps, GPS tracks and daily route information. Simply download the GPS tracks for offline use and follow the route on your phone with the assurance that navigation on this tour will be made simple and you cannot get lost.
You will find more information on downloading the app in your Macs Adventure Account.
- Hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotel accommodation
- Door to door baggage transfer
- Access to maps, GPX tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure app
- All your trip documents provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our UK office
- Extra nights
The Coast to Coast Walk is available from April to September.
PLEASE NOTE: around early June (3rd to the 9th June 2021) the Appleby Horse Fair takes place in Appleby and it is extremely difficult to book any accommodations Kirby Stephen during this period. Similarly, we have difficulty booking accommodation on the 11th, 12th and 13 June in Robin Hood's Bay due to a Folk weekend.
Getting to Kirkby Stephen
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 to Robin Hood's Bay are 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.
You can read more detailed information on travelling to and from the Coast to Coast walk on our blog here.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation.
At Macs Adventure, we work in partnership with many luggage transfer providers who set a limit on how many bags/suitcases they will transfer per person, and also the weight of the bag/suitcase. Your booking includes transfer of 1 bag per person. It is very important that you read the luggage information specific to your tour before departure. If you do not adhere to these limits, there is a great possibility that you will be charged locally both for extra bags or if they are too heavy. This limitation can be a challenge, especially as airlines generally have limits that are higher. However, our luggage providers have reasons for these limits (usually due to the Health and Safety of their employees), which we must respect.
The Coast to Coast is England's most popular national trail and booking accommodations along the way can be tricky all year round during the walking season (April to October). This means that in some cases you may have to get return transfers to neighbouring towns and villages in order to make the trip work. To avoid transfers we recommend booking well in advance of your proposed start date.
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.
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 daypack.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Coast to Coast
Alfred Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk is one of the greatest walking routes in England. This video takes you through the technicalities and shows you the reasons why you should get on your boots and take to this trail. With stunning scenery, charming villages and a wonderful sense of achievement at the end, the Coast to Coast is waiting for you.
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- Walk through the English Lake District
- Overnight in the Lakeland village of Grasmere
- The attractive market town of Kirkby Stephen
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- The Roman Town in Corbridge.
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- Watch the Thames change from stream to large river
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