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Coast to Coast Walk - 18 Days & 17 Nights

18 Days & 17 Nights 4.7 Read 235 reviews
  • Walking Alfred Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast
  • 3 National Parks - Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors
  • Passing through some of England’s finest villages, such as Grasmere
  • Wonderful camaraderie between fellow “coast to coasters”
  • Finish in Robin Hood’s Bay feeling exhilarated and rewarded
Alfred Wainwright, famous for his pictorial guides to The Lakeland Fells, stitched two coasts, three national parks and 200 miles of footpath together to create the ultimate long distance walk in England. The Coast to Coast gives the perfect snapshot of England and some of her most picturesque villages, lakes, mountains and moors. Starting on the Irish Sea Coast under the cliffs of St Bees the Coast to Coast soon enters the picture perfect landscape of the English Lake District, which Alfred Wainwright described as “paradise on Earth”, and when it comes to walking we certainly can’t argue. Rolling hills and immaculate farmland soon bring you to the Pennines and the outstanding scenery and rich heritage of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A welcome flat section hurries you into the North York Moors, a special place encompassing a huge variety of landscapes. All too quickly you will find yourself walking along the cliffs above the North Sea and down into the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.
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What To Expect

If you are looking for a world class walk that doesn’t pull any punches and will continue to delight and inspire you throughout, then the Coast to Coast is for you. This is our most relaxed itinerary but is still a great challenge! .

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

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.

Navigation

The route is waymarked sporadically so at least one of your party needs to be able to navigate using a map and compass. We will provide you with a Coast to Coast Guidebook and a Harvey map to assist you. You will also have access to our Macs Adventure App, allowing you to follow the route on richly detailed mapping on your smartphone.

Accommodation Information

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.

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 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.

Included
  • 17 Nights in 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
  • Extra nights

When To Go

The Coast to Coast Walk is available from April to October.

Getting to the Start

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 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.

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.

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive St Bees Day 2 St Bees to Ennerdale 15 miles / 24 km Day 3 Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite 16 miles / 26 km Day 4 Rosthwaite to Grasmere 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 5 Grasmere to Patterdale 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 6 Patterdale to Shap 16 miles / 26 km Day 7 Shap to Orton 8 miles / 13 km Day 8 Orton to Kirkby Stephen 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 9 Kirkby Stephen to Keld 14.5 miles / 23 km Day 10 Keld to Reeth 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 11 Reeth to Richmond 14 miles / 22 km Day 12 Richmond to Danby Wiske 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 13 Danby Wiske to Ingleby Cross 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 14 Ingleby Cross to Great Broughton 12 miles / 19 km Day 15 Great Broughton to Blakey Ridge 8.5 miles / 14 km Day 16 Blakey Ridge to Glaisdale 8.5 miles / 14 km Day 17 Egton Bridge to Robin Hood's Bay 19.5 miles / 31 km Day 18 Onward Travel

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