Coast to Coast Walk - 18 Days & 17 Nights
- Hike Alfred Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast
- 3 National Parks - Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors
- Hike through some of England’s finest villages, such as Grasmere
- Wonderful comradery between fellow 'coast to coasters'
- Follow the ancient paths which inspired Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter
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!
Ascent: +675m (2215ft) / Descent: -580m (1905ft)
Due to availability, when you arrive at Ennerdale Bridge you may be transferred back to Cleator by taxi for your overnight stay. A return transfer will take you back to Ennerdale Bridge in the morning.
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.
- High Route - Ascent: +1110m (3645ft) / Descent: -1125m (3690ft)
- Low Route - Ascent: +540m (1775ft) / Descent: -555m (1820ft)
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 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.
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.
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 the high route via Helm Crag. Grasmere is filled with bustling cafes and restaurants and a classic pretty Lakes village.
- High Route - Ascent: +680m (2230ft) / Descent: -705m (2315ft)
- Low Route - Ascent: +660m (2165ft) / Descent: -675m (2215ft)
Please note that if your stay in Grasmere falls on a weekend day you may be transferred to Patterdale for your accommodation due to limited availability of 1nt stays in Grasmere at the weekend. There will be a small supplement for the cost of the return taxi transfers.
The 200 year old traditional Cumbrian property has been furnished using local craftsmen and local materials and offers some lovely accommodation in Cumbria. Each of their 6 fabulous ensuite rooms has its own uniqueness with high quality furnishings. Each room has a flat screen TV, internet connection, underfloor heating, duck-down duvets and pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets and wool carpets.
Glenthorne is a long-established guest house, they offer comfortable accommodation, and delicious home-cooked meals in stunning surroundings. They are service orientated people who aim to make your stay as comfortable as they can. All rooms are individually decorated and have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay. For the evening meal they offer a wide choice of dishes, prepared by their resident chefs.
The Swan Inn is located in the timeless village of Grasmere in the Lake District. With a pub and restaurant open throughout the day, the Swan also provides a drying room for rainy days.
Grasmere to Patterdale, one of the shortest sections on the walk, is a classic stage where walkers can enjoy some great views back to Grasmere before walking 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.
- High Route (via St Sunday Crag) - Ascent: +830m (2725ft) / Descent: -730m (2395ft)
- Low Route (via Grisedale Valley) - Ascent: +525m (1725ft) / Descent: -435m (1430ft)
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 today's walk it is the distance which will leave you tired.
Ascent: +1115m (3660ft) / Descent: -1015m (3330ft)
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.
A nice short walk to the nearby village of Orton today with no notable ascents, making this a nice break to the challenges of the previous days. Orton is one of the lost villages of the Coast to Coast Walk, which is part of its appeal. It is off the beaten track and has recently been incorporated into the newly extended Yorkshire Dales.
Ascent: +210m (690ft) / Descent: -230m (755ft)
Due to the lack of options in Orton, you may be transferred to Tebay for your overnight stay. A return transfer will take you back to Orton in the morning.
This cottage has all one could wish for with regard to a comfortable overnight stay. You have sole use of the house which has one bedroom available which may be set up a as either a king sized double or a twin format depending on your preference. The cottage contains its own washing machine, a cooker, a fridge freezer and a microwave. There is a bathroom in the property.
The 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.
This cottage has all one could wish for with regard to a comfortable overnight stay. There are 3 bedrooms, made up of a double, a twin and a single. The cottage contains its own washing machine, a cooker, a fridge freezer and a microwave. The cottage is just 2 doors down from the village shop and only a minute’s walk from the pub. There is bathroom with a shower above the bath.
Having left the lakes behind you are now in rolling farmland. Limestone crags, open pastures 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!
Ascent: +230m (755ft) / Descent: -295m (970ft)
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.
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. 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!
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.
Often considered one of the less exciting stretches of the Coast to Coast adventure as you leave behind the Yorkshire Dales and make a bee-line across open countryside towards the Yorkshire Moors, the third National Park of the trip. While it may be uneventful when compared to the beauty and drama of the past days, today is still a very pleasant walk with a few kilometres beside the bubbling River Swale, across farmland and through enchanting woods. What’s more, it’s a great opportunity to cover some quick distance. By the end of the day, you’ll be in Danby Wiske; the hanging sign outside the pub proclaims in bold capitals that it is only 60 miles to Robin Hood’s Bay!
Ascent: +10m (35ft) / Descent: -110m (360ft)
Jean has been running this warm and friendly B&B for many years. It is directly on the Coast to Coast walk, and in the centre of the village of Danby Wiske. The B&B provides comfortable clean rooms with TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities, books and magazines. There is also a lounge and seating in the garden.
The White Swan was originally built around the 17th century. Since taking over Gill and Steve have undertaken renovations of the B&B accommodation. All of their food is home cooked and they try to use local produce as much as they can; where possible they meat comes from local farms and fruit and veg from local suppliers.
Inglenook is a quaint 17th century cottage in the middle of Danby Wiske village. They offer 2 lovely, quiet rooms with a TV and tea making facilities. The rooms overlook the village green and the B&B is only a short walk to the village pub.
A flat day that should be an easy walk offering an opportunity to recover before heading into the Yorkshire Moors. The route romps across farmland on footpaths, farm tracks, and a few minor roads. Such is the quirky nature of England’s unique footpath laws that at times you appear to be walking directly through the middle of farm courtyards, passing barns on one side and farmhouses on the other.
Ascent: +120m (395ft) / Descent: -80m (265ft)
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 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!
Ascent: +805m (2710ft) / Descent: -110m (360ft)
The Lion Inn is a 16th Century freehouse owned and run by the Crossland family since 1980. Located at the highest point of the North York Moors National Park, the B&B offers breathtaking views over the valleys of Rosedale and Farndale. Open fires burn all day in the ancient fireplaces. The original low beamed ceilings add to the friendly atmosphere of the inn. The bar is well known for its good selection of quality real ales and extensive bar menu. Guest rooms are simply furnished using traditional furniture and have all the amenities you need.
This delightful pub is set in picturesque surroundings and provides guests the very best in comfort and hospitality, with a warm welcome from the owners. The guest rooms are furnished with light and airy textures and colours and allow you to wake up to superb country views. Their restaurant and bar has a well-stocked bar, this free house serves cask conditioned ale as well as stout and lager. Fine home cooked food is always available.
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. Much of the walking is on minor roads and wide, rocky tracks, meaning navigation continues to be a simple affair. Until you lose much of your height, the blue swathe of the North Sea spans the horizon behind a few meagre hills and helps guide you towards the finish. Glaisdale, where you will spend the night, relied on agriculture until the mining boom of the 19th century. The slate-roofed terraces that housed these workers remain a distinctive feature of the village.
Ascent: +35m (115ft) / Descent: -285m (935ft)
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.
You will be guaranteed a warm welcome when you check into this accommodation. All rooms have TV, wifi and tea& coffe making facilites in the kitchen. Their loft room is en-suite and their double and single share the 1 bathroom on the landing.
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.
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.
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.
Other InformationIs it for me?
Stunning hiking across the whole of Northern England on this National Trail- the Coast to Coast. Charming rural villages, sheep covered mountains, historic villages. This is our longest itinerary breaking down the hiking into 16 more even and management hiking days. This is the most suitable complete Coast to coast itinerary for first time long distance hikers.
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.
This vacation is graded anywhere between moderate to strenuous depending on which itinerary you choose. It is most suitable for those hikers 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.
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 hikers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We strive to confirm local and family owned properties as they always offer the best service and local knowledge.
We will always try to accommodate you at the locations detailed in the tour itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, we have to overnight you in alternative accommodations which are not listed in the descriptions. The alternative will always be of the same or better standard than those listed.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you. A single room charge is payable.
We welcome solo hikers on the Coast to Coast. You must take extra care in the outdoors when hiking solo.
The route is waymarked sporadically on the Coast to Coast however, navigation is straightforward with the Macs Adventure App which has maps, GPS tracks and daily route information. Simply download the GPS tracks for offline use and follow the route on your cell 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 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
The Coast to Coast hike is available from April to October. You can start this hike on any day of the week subject to availability.
The accommodation in Rosthwaite and Grasmere have limited rooms for 1 night stays on Friday or Saturday nights. Therefore, if your itinerary falls in these places on these days, we include a return transfer to Keswick (for Rosthwaite) or Patterdale (for Grasmere).
PLEASE NOTE: The second week in June the Appleby Horse Fair takes place, 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 second weekednd in June in Robin Hood's Bay due to the Folk Weekend.
The first two weeks of September are also a popular period, so your itinerary may have to include some transfers if you are traveling at this time.
The closest airports to the start of the hike 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 driving you need to plan ahead for parking as facilities are limited. There is one free public car park 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 and you should consider this and book in advance.
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 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 public transport schedules prior to your journey.
You can read more detailed information on traveling 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 40 lbs. 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 traveling 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 wish to book this.
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 hiking gear such as good hiking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes, sun hat, suncreen and a day pack.
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
Watch Julie and Andy as they hike across the whole of Northern England from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea on one of England's most iconic walks - The Coast to Coast.
They hike through three National Parks, pass some of the loveliest English villages and experience countryside crammed with natural beauty and history.
HikingHow Many Days to Walk the Coast to Coast?2 Min Read16 January 2018
Hiking10 Reasons to Hike England's C2C9 Min Read29 May 2017
10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk3 Min Read08 April 2020
HikingHow fit should I be for walking the Coast to Coast?4 Min Read06 August 2020
HikingWhat to Pack for the Coast to Coast Walk2 Min Read06 August 2020
HikingEating and Drinking on the Coast to Coast4 Min Read15 October 2020
HikingWest or East on the Coast to Coast?2 Min Read15 October 2020
Riding Solo on the Coast to Coast West2 Min Read08 August 2022
HikingCoast to Coast West: A Culinary Trip through the Lake District2 Min Read07 August 2022
Meeting the people behind the scenery - Minna & Classic Routes2 Min Read01 February 2023
8 Days 7 NightsExperience the very best of the Cotswolds, staying at select country hotels and charming inns.Highlights
- Overnight in country hotels and charming inns
- Picturesque Cotswold villages and towns
- Abbeys, historic houses, churches and landmarks
8 Days 7 NightsHike along Hadrian's Wall, a historic Roman UNESCO site, across the whole of Northern England.Highlights
- Hadrian's Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Wild and beautiful landscapes.
- View forts, turrets and milecastles en route.
21 Days 20 NightsFollow footpaths through varying landscapes, from the Thames source in the Cotswolds to inner LondonHighlights
- Follow the Thames from its source to London
- Windsor Castle, Runnymede and Hampton Court Palace
- Contrasting landscapes of meadows and cityscapes