Coast to Coast Walk East9 Days & 8 Nights 4.5 Read 2 reviews
- Walk from Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood's Bay
- Picture perfect villages in the Yorkshire Dales.
- The wild and rugged North York Moors.
- Finish in Robin Hood’s Bay feeling exhilarated and rewarded
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
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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.
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.
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.
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 around Shap, Orton & 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.
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.
- 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 smartphone navigation app
- All your trip documents provided digitally through your online Macs “My Account”
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our UK office
- Extra nights
When To Go
The Coast to Coast Walk is available from April to October.
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 around Shap, Orton & 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 the Start
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.
Getting from the End
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. 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.
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.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Wainwrights 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.
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 cardiovascular exercise for at least six months before your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.
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 for a small fee per night. For up to date information about the parking available at St Bees, please see the St Bees Community Website. If you left your car in St Bees, you would need to take a bus from Robin Hoods 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.
Parking in Kirkby Stephen is limited. However, there are some spaces in the Pennine View Campsite. The campsite is secure, and you can leave your car there for the duration of your walk. It costs approximately £4 per car per day. 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. Alternatively, you can use public transport.
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.
Please be aware that 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 around Shap, Orton & 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.
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.
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.
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.
There are two variations of today's walk, a high and low level route. The low level route heads along the River Swale, whilst the high level option takes in the ruins of old lead mines with some fantastic views along the way.
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.
The Buck at Reeth was originally a Coaching Inn dating back to around 1760. There are many original features; the main bar features aged beamed ceilings adorned with an interesting array of horse brass and interesting door knockers. The excellent kitchen offers freshly prepared homemade meals using locally sourced ingredients.
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!
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.
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.
Christine and John welcome you to their lovely B&B. All rooms are en-suite and have freeview / DVD flatscreen TV's and basics such as alarm clocks, hair dryers and tea & coffee. There is also a lovely licensed guest lounge available complete with wood burning stove.
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.
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.
Sue & Andy offer excellent accommodation, delicious home cooking, high standards of comfort and cleanliness, combined with good value and a warm northern welcome. All rooms are en-suite and have a spacious bathroom with bath and a seperate shower unit.
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 iconic English countryside. Glaisdale is set above the Esk Valley and its terraced houses were originally built for workers from the nearby ironstone mines.
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.
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.
Fernleigh is an old Victorian Sea Captains house situated in Upper Robin Hoods Bay but just a 5 minute walk from the old cobbled streets of Lower Bay. All rooms are en-suite and complete with flat screen TV, free wifi, refreshments, comfortable beds, rainforest showers, heated towel rails, beautiful toiletries and soft fluffy towels.
Enjoy one last hearty Coast to Coast Breakfast before checking and making your way to the closest train station or airport for onward travel.
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