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Self-guided walking holiday Best of the Coast to Coast
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Highlights

  • Hike the best of the iconic Coast to Coast trail, one of Britain’s most renowned long distance walks
  • Enjoy spectacular walking through the dramatic mountains of the English Lake District
  • Stroll through the cobbled streets of the historic Yorkshire market town of Richmond
  • Breathe in the landscapes which inspired writers William Wordsworth and Alfred Wainwright
  • Relax in the finest accommodations from wellness spas to elegant country houses

Enjoy an amazing journey on the world-renowned Coast to Coast walk, devised by writer and passionate hiker Alfred Wainwright in 1973. Follow the hand-selected, most picturesque sections of the walk and stay in boutique country hotels and inns.

Start on the west coast by dipping your toes in the Irish Sea and pocketing a pebble from St Bees beach before heading along the high cliffs and into the dramatic mountain landscapes of the English Lake District. Breathe in spectacular vistas of beautiful lakes, discover hidden “tarns” (small mountain lakes) and explore the charming small villages of Rosthwaite, Grasmere and Glenridding. The natural and tranquil atmosphere show why this area inspired so many writers and poets.

Transfer to the Yorkshire Dales and enjoy a change of scenery to rolling green landscapes dotted with peacefully grazing sheep and stone-built villages. Continue to the wild, open landscapes and enchanting woodlands of the North York Moors before finally arriving in the ancient smugglers haunt of Robin Hood’s Bay and dipping your toes in the North Sea.

Day 1: Arrive Carlisle and transfer to Cleator

A private transfer brings you from Carlisle Railway Station to the small village of Cleator (1hr).


Cleator is situated close to the official start point of the Coast to Coast walk in St. Bees, here you will spend your first night relaxing in the gorgeous Ennerdale Country House Hotel. Enjoy a delicious meal in their restaurant overlooking landscaped gardens and retire to the cozy lounge for some drinks before resting your head.


Dinner & Overnight: Cleator


Day 2: Walk from St Bees to Cleator

A quick 10 minute transfer brings you to the start of the Coast to Coast walk in St Bees. Tradition dictates that you should dip your toes in the Irish Sea and pop a pebble into your pocket before setting off. Breath in the fresh sea air as you enjoy a cliff-top walk, keeping an eye out for the nesting seabirds, such as puffins and terns. The path soon heads into the countryside and open fields, and passes a series of “kissing-gates” before arriving back in Cleator. These small gates (a common sight in the English countryside) allow people but not cattle to pass through, and come with the romantic idea that the first person to pass through has to close the gate to the next person, and demand a kiss in return for entry!


Walk: 9 miles / 14 km, 892 ft ascent, 718 ft descent


Dinner & Overnight: Cleator


Day 3: Walk from Rosthwaite to Grasmere

Todays walk is a Lake District classic, beginning with an ascent up to Greenup Edge (1,970 ft), followed by an exhilarating but not overly challenging ridge walk along the summits of Calf Crag (1,760 ft), Gibson Knott (1,384 ft) and Helm Crag (1,328 ft) - known locally as the "Lion and the Lamb". Enjoy the most breathtaking vistas of the beautiful Lake District spread out far below you, looking down onto the glistening Easedale Tarn, the “Silver Hows” hills behind you, and the mighty Helvellyn mountain beyond.


Descend from the hills to the lovely “Poets Walk”, a tranquil lane where Wordsworth often composed his verses. Finally arrive in Grasmere, one of the Lake District’s prettiest and most bustling little villages, which Wordworth called “the fairest place on earth”.


Walk: 9 miles / 14 km, 2034 ft ascent, 2106 ft, descent


Overnight: Grasmere


Day 4: Walk to Glenridding

Another exciting day of walking through the Lake District mountains awaits today. Head out of Grasmere on a gently ascending footpath to reach the atmospheric Grisedale Tarn (a small mountain lake often shrouded in mist) located at the head of three valleys. It’s clear to see where Wainwright drew his inspiration as you take in the soaring mountain landscapes surrounding you, from the great Dollywagon Pike to the north to the Fairfield mountain to the south. An energetic climb leads to St. Sunday Crag to drink in yet more stupendous views, before descending slowly to the village of Glenridding on the shores of Lake Ullswater. On arrival take a trip on one of the lovely Ullswater “Steamers”. These iconic old boats cruise up and down England’s most beautiful lake throughout the day offering wonderful views of the surrounding fells from the water.


There is an easier valley route—also very pretty— available from Grisedale Tarn for those that would prefer to take a more mellow option, but we do highly recommend the higher route if you have the energy!


Walk: 9 miles / 14 km, 2618 ft ascent, 2342 ft descent


Dinner & Overnight: Glenridding


Day 5: Transfer to the Yorkshire Dales, Walk Keld to Reeth

After enjoying a hearty breakfast, a private transfer will take you from the dramatic mountains and lakes of the Lake District to rolling green hillsides and tranquil wooded valleys of the Yorkshire Dales.


Begin the day’s walk strolling along the beautiful Swaledale Valley. Passing through quaint traditional stone villages such as Muker, while taking your time to enjoy the sounds of nature and wild-life spotting, such as heron, ducks and possibly even otters.


Arrive in Reeth and enjoy sipping on a pint of “real ale” as you sit in one of the cozy country pubs overlooking the village green—the perfect way to end the day!


Walk: 10 miles / 17 km, 1404 ft ascent, 1876 ft descent


Dinner & Overnight: Reeth


Day 6: Walk to Richmond

Make your way to Richmond through predominately rural landscapes highlighted by quiet woodlands, pastures dotted with grazing sheep and a few charming small hamlets. Founded in 1071, this elegant market town is the largest town on the Coast to Coast and is a great place to explore and experience a quintessentially English town. Explore the impressive castle, stroll around the cobbled streets, or enjoy a pint in one of the many pubs brimming with atmosphere.


Walk: 10 miles / 16 km, 853 ft ascent, 1036 ft descent


Overnight: Richmond


Day 7: Transfer to North York Moors, Walk to Osmotherley

Enjoy a change of scenery today, a private transfer takes you to Danby Wiske, from here walk across more level terrain to the edges of the North York Moors National Park. The tiny village of Danby Wiske, with its 11th century Norman church and picturesque village green, is worth exploring before you cross the river to walk on quiet tracks and backroads through a series of farms and kissing gates (with a brief section negotiating some busier roads) to Osmotherley.


This delightful little village is a lovely place to spend the night, featuring a pretty market cross and what is believed to be Britain’s oldest Methodist chapel, constructed in 1754.


Walk: 11 miles / 18 km, 603 ft ascent, 187 ft descent.


Overnight: Osmotherley


Day 8: Walk to Whitby along the Esk Valley

A 1hr transfer brings you to Glaisdale, set high above the beautiful Esk Valley in the heart of the North York Moors. Passing the terraced slate-roof cottages originally built for workers from nearby ironstone mines, continue to the picturesque stone “Beggars Bridge” and enter ancient woodlands filled with hazel and oak trees. Following the peaceful Esk river to Egton Bridge.


Often referred to as one of the prettiest villages on the whole Coast to Coast, take your time to explore its grand houses, the stepping stones over bubbling streams, and St. Hedda’s Church, named after a 7th century saint. From here, our route takes a brief diversion from the main Coast to Coast route to follow a beautiful trail along the Esk Valley to Whitby.


Another option for today if you want to take it easy, is to take a trip on the Esk Valley Railway, a scenic railway line which links the North York Moors to the fresh sea air of Whitby. Either way end your day breathing in the salty sea air and perhaps trying some traditional “fish and chips” by the pretty harbor.


Walk: 11 miles/ 18 km, 505ft ascent, 1017 ft descent


Overnight: Whitby


Day 9: Walk to Robin Hood’s Bay

Finish your Coast to Coast journey with a exciting walk past small beaches and towering sea cliffs to the old smuggler’s haunt of Robin Hood’s Bay, where you finish your walk by dipping your toes in the icy waters of the North Sea. The one-time thriving fishing community and smuggling harbor’s narrow streets provide a perfect setting to mingle with fellow “Coast to Coasters”, celebrating your fantastic achievement.


Walk: 7 miles/ 12 km, 775ft ascent/descent


Overnight: Robin Hood’s Bay


Day 10: Onward Travel

After a leisurely breakfast check out and you will be transferred to Scarborough Railway Station for onward travel connections. Alternatively, ask your Macs specialist about arranging extra nights to explore more of the area.

Accommodation

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodations. We have hand-selected the best hotels along the route to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. You will be staying at a fantastic variety of boutique country hotels and inns, all of which offer a very warm welcome.


The accommodation we normally use is detailed below. We may sometimes have to use alternative hotels subject to availability but if this is the case we will always let you know when confirming your booking.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if requested, and a single supplement applies. This trip is also available to solo walkers, and a supplement is again payable (as some costs are not shared). However, we recommend that solo walkers undertaking this tour are experienced and confident hikers.


Meals

9 Breakfasts are included. Breakfast tends to be a hearty affair ranging from a selection of cereals and pastries, to a full cooked English breakfast with eggs, sausages, bacon and much more—the perfect fuel for a day on the hills!


Dinner is included at your hotel on the nights in Cleator, Glenridding and Reeth where there are not many other options. On the other nights they are not included so you are free to choose from the available options which include traditional country pubs serving delicious hearty food! Typical English specialties include such delights as “fish and chips”, “steak pie” and a “Yorkshire Roast Dinner” consisting of roasted meat, potatoes and accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding, vegetables and gravy.



 

 

 



	Ennerdale Country House Hotel - Cleator



Ennerdale Country House Hotel - Cleator

A beautiful old listed building which quietly nestles in five acres of landscaped gardens. Enjoy dinner in their Fountain Room Restaurant serving delicious meals made from fresh local produce.


 

 

 


 

 

 



	Wordsworth Hotel & Spa - Grasmere



Wordsworth Hotel & Spa - Grasmere

This enchanting Lake District hotel nestled in the heart of Grasmere offers a truly elegant retreat after a day’s walking. Relax in the beautiful grounds, enjoy the finest cuisine and perhaps enjoy one of the fantastic spa treatments available.


 

 

 


 

 

 



	Inn on the Lake - Glenridding



Inn on the Lake - Glenridding

With a beautiful location on the shores of Lake Ullswater, the Inn on the Lake is a very special place to stay. Enjoy dinner in their award-winning lake-view restaurant with a strong emphasis on local produce and drinks in The Orangery with 360 degree views.


 

 

 


 

 

 



	The Burgoyne Hotel - Reeth



Burgoyne Hotel - Reeth

This charming late Georgian country house is a small haven tucked away in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Standing on the village green, with wonderful views over Swaledale Moor, it is the perfect spot to relax and unwind.


 

 

 


 

 

 



	Frenchgate Hotel & Restaurant - Richmond



Frenchgate Hotel & Restaurant - Richmond

An award-winning hotel and restaurant set in the quaint surroundings of an exquisite Grade II listed former Georgian Gentleman’s residence, perfectly positioned in the heart of the original and historic town of Richmond.


 

 

 


 

 

 



	The Three Tuns - Osmotherley



The Three Tuns - Osmotherley

A traditional country inn where the restaurant serves high quality, hearty meals prepared from fresh local produce, complimented by a comprehensive list of fine wines and traditional cask-conditioned ales.


 

 

 


 

 

 



	The Victoria Hotel - Robin Hood's Bay



The Victoria Hotel - Robin Hood's Bay

Built in 1897, the grand Victoria Hotel is a traditional old hotel offering good old-fashioned service and tasty Yorkshire cuisine.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start this walking tour anytime between April and September, subject to availability. We recommend booking as far in advance as possible as the Coast to Coast is a very popular walk and the accommodations fill up quickly.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if requested, and a single supplement applies. This trip is also available to solo walkers, and a supplement is again payable (as some costs are not shared). However, we recommend that solo walkers undertaking this tour are experienced and confident hikers.


Grade & Terrain

This tour has a moderate grading. The Lake District in particular includes some substantial elevation gains (up to 2,600 ft) and losses (up to 2,100f t), and therefore this trip is most suited to experienced walkers. You will be walking on a mixture of paths, tracks and some minor roads. There are occasional busier roads that are necessary to cross with great care, but will always highlight this in our route notes. Some of the paths, particularly around the North York Moors and Pennines sections, can become very muddy and boggy and so progress can become slow in wetter conditions.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

Some of the trails will be way-marked and we do provide route notes and other navigational information. You can also navigate using the Macs Adventure Navigation Smartphone App, so you can simply download the GPX tracks for offline use and follow the route with your phone with the assurance that you will not get lost.


Baggage Transfers

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 44lbs per person.


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance helps protect your travel investment, your
belongings and most importantly you, from unforeseen circumstances that
may arise before or during your trip. For more information, please visit
our travel insurance page by clicking this link


General Information

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/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm
and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing
for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Cleator

The most convenient airport to fly into is Manchester Airport. From here you can take a train to Carlisle (2hrs).  Other convenient airports to fly to are also Glasgow or Newcastle Airports. From Newcastle, it takes approx 2h (with 1 change in the city centre) to get to Carlisle. Or from Glasgow Airport, hop on a shuttle bus to the city centre (15min) before taking a train to Carlisle (1h). You can also make your way from London by train to Carlisle (3h15m). In Carlisle, a private transfer will collect you and take you to your hotel in Cleator (1hr). 


Getting from Robin Hood's Bay

From your hotel in Robin Hood’s Bay, a private transfer will take you to the nearby town of Scarborough (30min). From here jump on a train back to Manchester (2.5hrs) or London via York (3hrs).


 

Included

  • 9 nights in hand-selected boutique country hotels and inns
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • Private transfers to walks as per itinerary
  • Luggage transfers
  • Private transfer from Carlisle Train Station to Cleator
  • Private transfer from Robin Hood's Bay to Scarborough Railway Station
  • Cruise on Lake Ullswater
  • Information pack, GPX tracks, access to the Macs smartphone app
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Carlisle and from Scarborough Railway Station
  • Lunches and 5 Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
  • Single room supplement if required
  • Solo walker supplement if required

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Coast to Coast is extremely popular. If booking at short notice, we will always try and accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour has a moderate grading. The Lake District in particular includes some substantial elevation gains (up to 2,600 ft) and losses (up to 2,100f t), and therefore this trip is most suited to experienced walkers. You will be walking on a mixture of paths, tracks and some minor roads. There are occasional busier roads that are necessary to cross with great care, but will always highlight this in our route notes. Some of the paths, particularly around the North York Moors and Pennines sections, can become very muddy and boggy and so progress can become slow in wetter conditions.

What 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.


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