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England Coast to Coast in 16 days

England Coast to Coast in 16 days

From the Irish Sea at St.Bees Head to the North Sea

  • A walk crossing three National parks: The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales and The North Yorkshire Moors
  • Memorable mix of valleys, plains, mountains, dales & moors
  • Historical elements including St Bees Lighthouse, Honister Slate Mine,Ullswater Steam Ferry 
  • Lake District Stone Walls & Barns
  • Shap Abbey, Richmond Castle, Dove Cottage (Grasmere)
  • Vibrant walkers' towns Robin Hood’s Bay with its Jurassic Cliffs
  • 15, 17 and 18 Day options available as well as the western and eastern section
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UKSWWC6 England Coast to Coast
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Route

Start: St Bees           Finish: Robin Hood's Bay

Day 1: Arrival in St Bees
Day 2: St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge (23 km)
Day 3: Ennerdale to Rosthwaite (23 km / 24 km)
Day 4: Rosthwaite to Grasmere (15 km)
Day 5: Grasmere to Patterdale (14 km / 17 km)
Day 6: Patterdale to Shap (27 km)
Day 7: Shap to Kirkby Stephen (33 km)
Day 8: Kirkby Stephen to Keld (19 km)
Day 9: Keld to Reeth (19 km)
Day 10: Reeth to Richmond (19 km)
Day 11: Richmond to Danby Wiske (22 km)
Day 12: Danby Wiske to Osmotherley (18 km)
Day 13: Osmotherley to Blakey (33 km)
Day 14: Blakey to Grosmont (22 km)
Day 15: Grosmont to Robin Hood's Bay (25 km)
Day 16: End of programme

Day 1:    Arrival in St Bees

Arrival in St Bees via train – routes available from all major airports.
St Bees includes St Bees Head, the most westerly point of Cumbria, on the coastal strip between the Lakeland fells and the Irish Sea. It has a history going back over 1,000 years and has been a popular holiday destination for over 150 years.

Accommodation: we use several properties in St Bees. 

Day 2:    St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge (23 km)

Before setting off this morning, follow the tradition of all coast to coast walkers, and collect a stone from the beach in St. Bees, which you will carry to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea.
Set off along the coast before turning inland towards the village of Sandwith. Once you’ve passed through the sleepy villages of Moor Row and Cleator, you reach the first climb of the trip – Dent Fell - before arriving at the small village of Ennerdale Bridge.

Challenge: 23 km, 900 m ascent, 800 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the town.

Day 3:    Ennerdale to Rosthwaite (23 km / 24 km)

You are now in the Lake District National Park and the day starts with a walk along Ennerdale Water with superb views of the approaching fells.
From here, you have a choice: either go high up to Red Pike and over High Stile onto the iconic Haystacks and past Inominate Tarn (where Wainwright’s ashes were scattered) or follow a gentler route up to Black Sail Youth Hostel and then up Loft Beck. Both routes take you to Honister Slate mine – the last working slate mine in England - before a descent into the village of Rosthwaite followed by Stonethwaite (both located in the Borrowdale Valley).

Challenge: 23 / 24 km, 800 / 1300 m ascent, 825 / 1325 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the area.

Day 4:    Rosthwaite to Grasmere (15 km)

A shorter stage today, but the ascent to the day's only peak, Greenup Edge, is steep and demanding. The view from here is another iconic picture of the unique and beautiful landscape of the Lake District. Overnight in pretty Grasmere where there is lots to explore including the Wordsworth Museum and the poet’s former residence, Dove Cottage.

Challenge: 15 km, 650 m ascent, 670 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the town.

Day 5:    Grasmere to Patterdale (14 km / 17 km)

All walkers climb up to Grisedale Hause with gorgeous views back towards Grasmere. From here, you have the option to go even higher and up the famous Helvellyn peak or St Sunday Crag – with far reaching views as far as Ullswater – before coming down Grisedale into Patterdale. Alternatively, take the direct route down Grisedale to the village of Patterdale.

Challenge: 14 / 17 km, 640 m ascent, 560 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the town.

Day 6:    Patterdale to Shap (27 km)

The day starts with another climb and impressive panoramic views across to Fairfield, Helvellyn, Hartsop and Kirkstone Pass. You continue beside Angle Tarn, across the old Roman path of High St and onto Kidsty Pike – at 780m, the highest point on the Coast to Coast Walk. From here there are amazing views down to Haweswater and Riggindale. Descend to Haweswater – formed in the 1930’s to provide water to the cities of the North West – for an undulating onward walk through the charming village of Bampton and continuing past Shap Abbey, the ruins of a monastery founded in the 13th century. The monks abandoned it to Henry VIII in 1540 and since then it has served as a memory of a bygone era. A short distance to the village of Shap.

Challenge: 27 km, 1100 m ascent, 1000 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the town.

Day 7:    Shap to Kirkby Stephen (33 km)

The route from Shap crosses into the Westmorland Fells in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. From here, the vistas change from dramatic granite rocks to an open limestone landscape as you continue past the tiny village of Orton. Continue through open countryside with occasional villages, remote houses and secluded farms - and a wide panorama towards the distinctive Howgills and the distant Pennines (tomorrow’s challenge!). Pass Smardale Bridge, a stunning piece of Victorian architecture from a long-gone railway. Then it’s on into the small yet lively town of Kirkby Stephen, with its welcoming pubs, cafes and restaurants, in the heart of the lovely Eden Valley.

Challenge: 33 km, 570 m ascent, 650 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the town. 

Day 8:    Kirkby Stephen to Keld (19 km)

Leave Kirkby Stephen via the picture postcard village of Hartley, then the route gets hillier once again as you climb up and over the Nine Standards - a very distinctive feature on the fell, where Cumbria crosses into Yorkshire and the watershed between the Irish Sea and the North Sea meets. End the day in peaceful Keld, a former lead-mining village.

Challenge: 19 km, 600 m ascent, 450 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the town.

Day 9:    Keld to Reeth (19 km)

Today you have the choice between a route over the mountain or the lower route along the valley. The former crosses a remote landscape of grouse moors, dotted with ruins from the lead-mining era. The latter takes you via heather-clad Swaledale, with its traditional stone barns and drystone walls. Whatever you choose, you arrive in Reeth, another quintessential Dales village with cosy pubs.

Challenge: 19 km, 420 m ascent, 550 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the town.

Day 10:    Reeth to Richmond (19 km)

Today's more leisurely stage takes you across verdant meadows and through pretty villages. Take time to explore Marrick Priory, a 12th century Benedictine nuns’ monastery, abandoned during the 16th-century religious wars. Overnight in the pretty market town of Richmond, with its quaint cobbled streets and imposing Norman Castle.

Challenge: 19 km, 370 m ascent, 425 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the town.

Day 11:    Richmond to Danby Wiske (22 km)

An easier, flatter walk again today, taking you across the Vale of Mowbray, through fertile farmland and along quiet country lanes, via Bolton-on-Swale and its 14th century St. Mary's Church. Your final destination is Danby Wiske, a cluster of pretty houses huddled around the village green.

Challenge: 22 km, 140 m ascent, 240 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the town.

Day 12:    Danby Wiske to Osmotherley (18 km)

Continue your approach towards the North York Moors National Park – and its hills! Walk along flat footpaths and farm tracks, passing brightly coloured rapeseed fields and sleepy livestock. Depending on accommodation availability, you overnight in either Ingleby Cross or Osmotherley.

Challenge: 18 km, 280 m ascent, 150 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the area.

Day 13:    Osmotherley to Blakey (33 km)

Walk through woodland then head uphill for superb views back to Richmond and ahead towards the North Sea. You are finally in the North York Moors National Park with its wide expanses of heather covered moorland, contrasting with the distinctive rocky crags of the Wain Stones. It feels like you are on a high mountain, but the North York Moors is only 400-500m above sea level. Today's stretch brings you across the plateau, along the route of an abandoned mine railway to The Lion Inn pub.

Challenge: 33 km, 1075 m ascent, 840 m descent

Accommodation: The Lion Inn, originally a 16th-century hunting lodge, is the third highest pub in England and the only building for miles around. Alternative options are a short transfer in the surrounding area.

Day 14:    Blakey to Grosmont (22 km)

Today’s route is mainly flat and downhill beside Great Fryup Dale and into Glaisdale. There’s one sting in the tail to get up and down into Egton Bridge before you end the day in peaceful Grosmont (pronounced ‘Growmont’), one of the stops on the famous North York Moors steam railway.

Challenge: 22 km, 190 m ascent, 550 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the town.

Day 15:    Grosmont to Robin Hood's Bay (25 km)

Start the day with a steep road climb up onto the moor before descending into beautiful Littlebeck – but not before catching a glimpse of the sea and the breathtaking Whitby Abbey. Through Falling Foss woods with its hidden follies, walk over the last section of the Moors. The final stretch takes you from High Hawsker along the top of the Jurassic cliffs – with stunning coastal scenery and the sight of a dolphin if you’re lucky. There are gorgeous vistas of Robin Hood’s Bay as you descend to this beautiful old fishing village. On arrival, don’t forget to throw your St Bees’ stone into the North Sea. Congratulations - you've crossed England!

Challenge: 25 km, 730 m ascent, 750 m descent

Accommodation: we use several properties in the town.

Day 16:    End of programme

The tour finishes after breakfast at your accommodation.

practical info

This program can be booked any day between Late March and mid-October, subject to availability. We recommend that you start your walk between Saturday and Tuesday as many of the Lake District accommodations stipulate a minimum 2 night stay at the weekend.

The nearest international aiport to fly to is Manchester

Getting to St Bees

You can get to St Bees via train, you can use the main line from any of the airports. Most walkers travel to Manchester airport then take the train to St Bees by changing at South Lakes or Carlisle.
The alternative is to travel via car to Kirkby Stephen and use the free car parking available. You will then stay overnight in Kirkby Stephen rather than St Bees. A transfer will then leave the following morning to take you to the start of the route.

Return from Robin Hood's Bay

When you reach Robin Hoods Bay, you can take a taxi or a bus to nearby Scarborough to access the trainline. If you have parked in Kirkby Stephen, there is a transfer provided every afternoon to return you to your car. 

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 15 nights´accommodation (small hotels, lodges, pubs, and B&Bs)
  • 15 breakfasts
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred between your accommodation daily, not exceeding 20kg
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps
  • 24-hour telephone assistance
  • Routes in digital format (.gpx) for GPS or mobile devices

Not included

  • Dinner, lunch and drinks
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Admission fees
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s)
  • Solo traveller supplement
  • Passenger transfers
  • Car Parking
  • Airport transfers
  • Packed lunches, booked & paid for at accommodation
  • Extra nights
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