Coast to Coast Walk - 14 Days & 13 Nights14 Days & 13 Nights 4.8 Read 291 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
- Wonderful camaraderie between fellow “coast to coasters”
- Finish in Robin Hood’s Bay feeling exhilarated and rewarded
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Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.
This trip is suitable for:
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 10 Years
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Long-Distance Trails
Activity Level & Terrain
This holiday is graded strenuous. 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 however, navigation is straightforward as you can use 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.
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
- 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
- Extra nights
When To Go
The Coast to Coast Walk is available from April to October. You can start this walk on any day of the week subject to availability. However, please note that if your stay in Rosthwaite lands on a weekend day then we will have to transfer you to Keswick or Grasmere and include return taxi transfers due to limited hotels allowing 1 night stays at the weekend in Rosthwaite. Similarly, there is also limited availability for 1 night stays in Grasmere at the weekend. If your itinerary includes a stop in Grasmere and you land there at the weekend, we will need to transfer you to Patterdale and will include return taxi transfers.
PLEASE NOTE: around early June (9th to 15th June 2022) 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 during the 10th-12th June in Robin Hood's Bay due to a Folk weekend.
The first two weeks of September are also now very busy so your itinerary may have to include some transfers if you are travelling at this time.
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.
You can read more detailed information on travelling to and from the Coast to Coast walk on our blog here.
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 of up to 20kg. 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 I believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.
We recommend you walk from West to East as all the guidebooks are written in this direction and this is also our personal preference.
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 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.
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. The rooms are mostly en-suite, have tea & coffee making facilities and TVs.
This guest house offers a warm welcome and comfortable rooms all with a railway theme. They have three bedrooms available to let, which are Orient Express, Northern Bell & Flying Scotsman. There is a lounge and private dining room which is shared by the three rooms. In the morning, you can enjoy a lovely continental breakfast before setting off on your days walk.
The Manor is situated in the heart of the seaside village of St Bees. The location is ideal for walking the start of the Coast to Coast which leaves from the beach. Rooms have all the amenities you require along with flat-screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities and a private bathroom with either a bath or a shower and a selection of toiletries.
Kickstart your Coast to Coast adventure by leaving the shores of the Irish Sea behind, but not before a dramatic section along the cliffs of the St Bees Headland. The rest of the walk heads east towards the imposing peaks of the Western Lake District. There is a sharp ascent up Dent Hill, rewarded with great views, a taster of things to come!
The Shepherds Arms Hotel is a comfortable and friendly inn in Ennerdale Bridge. They have 8 bedrooms which are all en-suite or with private bathrooms (bathrobes provided). All are equipped with TV, hot drinks, toiletries and hairdryer. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and they offer good food & ales in the company of locals in their restaurant.
The Fox & Hounds in Ennerdale Bridge offers three spacious en-suite rooms with all the amenities you require. All their food is homemade and cooked to order, they have a choice of 5 locally brewed ales and a selection of wines and spirits are available to compliment your meal.
Parkside Hotel is a friendly hotel offering high levels of service, and individually decorated ensuite rooms. Their restaurant serves delicious food freshly prepared for you. They have a wide choice of meals and a varied selection of drinks, including real ale for those who enjoy a good pint of local beer.
Walk along the southern side of Ennerdale Water, enjoying an easy lakeside stroll. Keep on the lower path as you head towards the picturesque Borrowdale. The route takes you along the low level path past the summits of Red Pike, High Stile and Hay Stacks. If you have nice weather and are feeling energetic it is also possible to take a high route from which the views are simply breathtaking. Borrowdale is your destination, made up of three different settlements, Longthwaite, Rosthwaite and Stonethwaite.
Please note that if your stay in Rosthwaite falls on a weekend day you may be transferred to either Keswick or Grasmere for your accommodation due to limited availability of 1nt stays in Rosthwaite at the weekend. There will be a small supplement for the cost of the return taxi transfers.
The Hotel is situated almost at the foot of Great Gable and the Scafell Massif, and is regarded as one of the Lake District’s renowned headquarters for climbers and hill walkers. The rooms are decorated in a warm and rich Country House style with a ‘Contemporary Twist’ perfect for a peaceful and relaxing overnight stay in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley. The Scafell Hotel offers an efficient and friendly service, with an elegant restaurant.
The Royal Oak is a small family run hotel; the main house is a fine example of a Cumberland Longhouse and dates from around the year 1750. Formerly a farm and miner's tavern the dining room, lounges and bar retain and reflect this heritage. The hotel has a television lounge - with free wifi access and an efficient drying room.
Yew Craggs is a family run B&B in Rosthwaite, the heart of Borrowdale. Yew Craggs offers 3 quiet and comfortable en suite bedrooms and each is equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, WiFi and TV. The bathrooms come complete with soft towels, toiletries and hairdryer. The owners will also dry any wet items in their boiler room.
This stage is a Lakeland classic, taking you on a straightforward climb up past Lining Crag with fantastic views over towards Scafell Pike to Greenup Edge. Continue across the head of Wythburn Valley before you continue down the Easedale Valley. There is also the option to take high route via Helm Crag. Grasmere is filled with bustling cafes and restaurants and a classic pretty Lakes village. Enjoy some great views back to Grasmere as you head up over Grisedale and on to Patterdale via beautiful valleys and the lake of Ullswater glistening in the distance. This quiet village offers a couple of pubs as well as being home to a population of red squirrels.
Situated in the delightful village of Patterdale, and surrounded by some of Lakeland's most magnificent scenery, Old Water View has been welcoming visitors for over 100 years. All of guest bedrooms are tastefully decorated and furnished to a high standard. They offer comfortable, central heated accommodation, with all modern conveniences, including TV, CD player, hairdryer, and tea/coffee making facilities.
Crookabeck Farm offers B&B accommodation in a stunning farm location in Patterdale. The B&B is on a working farm owned and lovingly managed by the Bell family for three generations. It’s famous for Angora Goats and Helvellyn Herdwick sheep. In your room the linen and towels are 100% Egyptian cotton, you will have an en-suite bedroom, with guest lounge, TV Sky, a DVD player with a selection of DVDs, as well as a good range of books and magazines. They aim to source as much of the produce locally in Cumbria as they can.
School House is a lovely B&B in the centre of Patterdale. Each room has tea and coffee-making facilities, complimentary toiletries, wifi and spectacular views from every window. They also have a drying room just in case you encounter a bit of rain on your walk.
From the beautiful valley of Patterdale follow the path in the direction of Shap, leaving the Lake District behind you. Tackle the steep ascent out of Patterdale to Kidsty Pike and once out of the Lake District the wayfinding becomes easier and the gradients become gentler as you wind your way towards Shap. Don't let this fool you though, as on todays walk it is the distance which will leave you tired.
Brookfield House is a traditional B&B offering a warm welcome to walkers and wonderful uninterrupted views over the surrounding farmland. The accommodation is centrally heated throughout, and has ensuite rooms with flat screen TVs, digital radio alarms, hospitality trays, hairdryers, and free wifi. They also have a relaxing lounge and a well-stocked bar.
New Ing Lodge provides comfortable B&B accommodation; it used to be a working farm and has been a guest house since the 1820’s. They have a strong local/environmental policy, they know that buying local means fresh produce, and far better taste & superior quality. All the rooms are comfortably furnished and have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay.
A lovely old former farmhouse dating back in some places to the 1500's. You will find warmth and comfort here as well as a friendly welcome and a wonderful breakfast. All bedrooms have the amenities you need for a relaxing overnight stay including TV and tea & coffee making facilities. There is also a large sitting room where you can relax in the evening.
Having left the lakes behind, enjoy a short walk to Orton with no notable ascents, making the first part of today a nice break to the challenges of the previous days. Stop in the pretty village of Orton for lunch before continuing via limestone crags, open pasture and several prehistoric sites characterise this section. Finish in the town of Kirkby Stephen, a very walker friendly place with several great pubs enjoy a refreshing real ale in!
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.
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. All food from The Kings Arms Hotel's extensive menu is freshly prepared and cooked to order. 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!
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 your hotel in Great Broughton or you may take a slight de-tour to a nearby hotel in 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 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.
This B&B offers high quality accommodation along with 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. A selection of breakfasts are served in their modern, spacious dining room and our full English breakfast will make sure that your day gets off to the perfect start.
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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