- Walk England's Coast to Coast from west to east
- Dramatic upland scenery of the English Lake District and Yorkshire Dales
- Pass through some of England’s best villages, such as Grasmere
- Wonderful camaraderie between fellow “coast to coasters”
- Finish 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.
Devised 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'll meet fellow “coast to coasters” and enjoy 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.
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 detail 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 or 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Stonehouse Farm - St Bees
Stonehouse Farm is a friendly family run Georgian farmhouse in the centre of St Bees. It is only a 10 minute walk to the start of the Coast to Coast walk.
Thorntree's B&B - Ennerdale Bridge
Thorntree's have just recently opened up their traditional home to the Coast to Coast walkers, and promise a warm welcome, and provide guests with their own private dining room, and comfortable en-suite bedrooms.
Scafell Hotel - Rosthwaite
The Scafell Hotel is a wonderful Country House Hotel located in the very heart of Borrowdale, considered by many as England’s finest valley, surrounded by mighty fells, tranquil meadows and crystal clear waters. A paradise for the walker and a perfect centre from which to visit other parts of the Lake District.
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.
The George Hotel - Orton
The recently refurbished George Hotel is a traditional inn with a beer garden set in the picturesque village of Orton. All 8 guest rooms are warm and homely with comfy beds, ideal after a hard days walking.
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
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
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.
Ingleby Farm - Ingleby Cross
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.
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.
The Villa B&B - Robin Hoods Bay
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.
Great resources for the Coast to Coast
The Coast to Coast Walk is available from March to September.
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 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. 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.
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 daypack.
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.
- Hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotel accommodations.
- Door to door baggage transfers.
- A detailed information pack, guidebook and map.
- 24/7 telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.
- 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.
- 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 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.
Can I leave my car in St Bees? How do it get back to it?
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 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.
Can I leave my car in Kirkby Stephen? How do I get back to it?
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.
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.