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Northern England: Coast to Coast Path (East)
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Northern England: Coast to Coast Path (East)

Northern England: Coast to Coast Path (East)

From Kirby Stephen to Robin Hood's Bay

  • 2 National Parks: The Yorkshire Dales & The North Yorkshire Moors
  • Memorable mix of valleys, plains, mountains, dales and moors
  • Historical elements such as Nine Standards Rigg or Richmond Castle
  • Optional ending point in Whitby
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Start: Kirby Stephen Finish: Robin Hood's Bay

Day 1: Arrival in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
Day 2: Keld to Reeth
Day 3: Reeth to Richmond
Day 4: Richmond to Ingleby Cross / Osmotherley
Day 5: Ingleby Cross/Osmotherley to Clay Bank Top
Day 6: Cay Bank Top to Blakey
Day 7: Blakey to Grosmont
Day 8: Grosmont to Robin Hoods Bay
Day 9: End of programme

Day 1:    Arrival in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

Arrival in Kirkby Stephen by train (routes available from all major airports- not included) or car. Kirkby Stephen, located in the Eden Valley is just before the halfway point of the Coast to Coast and where your adventure begins!

Day 2:    Keld to Reeth

You have the choice between a route over the mountain or a 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: 19km, approx 5,5hrs, 459 m ascent/ 573 m descent

Villages along the way: Muker, Gunnerside, Healaugh, Reeth

Day 3:    Reeth to Richmond

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: 19km, approx 5hrs, 290 m ascent/ 344 m descent

Villages along the way: Marrick, Richmond

Day 4:    Richmond to Ingleby Cross / Osmotherley

The day starts with a transfer across to Danby Wiske to shorten the distance walked today to a comfortable 18km. It is a gentle flat walk today, taking you across the Vale of Mowbray, through fertile farmland and along quiet country lanes towards the North York Moors National Park – and its hills! Depending on accommodation availability, you overnight in either Ingleby Cross or Osmotherley.

Challenge: 18km, approx 5hrs, 232 m ascent/ 102 m descent

Villages along the way:  Danby Wiske, Ingleby Arncliffe, Ingleby Cross/ Osmortherley

Day 5:    Ingleby Cross/Osmotherley to Clay Bank Top

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 4-500m above sea level.

Challenge: 18km, approx 5-6hrs, 633 m ascent/ 528 m descent

Villages along the way: Ingleby Cross / Smortherley, Clay Bank Top

Day 6:    Cay Bank Top to Blakey

After an initial climb up from Clay Bank Top, today's stretch brings you across the plateau, along the route of an abandoned mine railway to The Lion Inn pub. Originally a 16th-century hunting lodge, it’s the third highest pub in England and the only building for miles around.

Challenge: 14km, approx 3,5hrs, 238 m ascent/ 114 m descent

Villages along the way: None

Day 7:    Blakey to Grosmont

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. Does Harry Potter ring a bell? 

Challenge: 22km, approx 6 hrs, 127 m ascent/ 488 m descent

Villages along the way: Glaisdale, Egton Bridge, Grosmont

Day 8:    Grosmont to Robin Hoods Bay

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!

Alternative Option to Whitby

From High Hawsker, instead of heading south along the coastal path you can head north and come into the historic and bustling fishing port and easide resort of Whitby. Famous for it’s Abbey and Castle, along with its Dracula connections. 

Challenge: 24/25km, approx 7hrs, 521 m ascent/ 548 m descent

Villages along the way: Grosmont, Littlebeck, Hawsker, Robin Hood's Bay/ Whitby

Day 9:    End of programme

After breakfast, your trip comes to an end.

'standard' hotels

There is a variety of accommodation along the route ranging from bed and breakfasts, lodges, pubs and small hotels. They are run by walker friendly hosts offering en-suite or private facility rooms with a tasty breakfast to get you ready for the walk ahead. Further facilities such as washing and drying facilities, packed lunches and packed lunches are available in some accommodations, you will be advised on your listing of what is available.

If a certain accommodation is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.

Redmaine House
Redmaine House (Kirby Stephen)

A large Georgian property that has been lovingly refurnished


The Manse
The Manse (Reeth)

The Manse is an elegant period property with spacious airy rooms and lovely hosts


Cordilleras House
Cordilleras House OR Wiiliance House OR Strawberry House (Richmond)

Depending on availability, you will be staying in a beautiful family-run B&B in the town. All have their own delightful character.




The Golden Lion
The Golden Lion (Osmortherley)

The Golden Lion is an 18th century stone inn, overlooking the market cross of Osmotherley, gateway to the Moors. A village as unspoilt as any in the North York Moors National Park. Inside you will find a cosy, welcoming atmosphere enhanced by candlelit tables and flowers on the window sills.


The Buck Inn
The Buck Inn (Chopgate)

Located in the villages around Clay Bank Top


The Lion Inn
The Lion Inn (Blakey Ridge)

The Lion Inn is a family-owned 16th century free-house located at the highest point of the North York Moors National Park. At an elevation of 440m it is the third highest pub in England offering breathtaking views over the valleys of Rosedale and Farndale. The bar is well known for its good selection of quality real ales and an extensive menú.


The Geall Gallery B&B
The Geall Gallery B&B (Grosmont)

The Geall Gallery B&B is situated in the centre of the Grosmont providing high quality accommodation. Breakfast is served in the large spacious lounge/kitchen area which has a communal seating area, leading to a balcony which overlooks the Murk Esk. Using fresh and locally sourced produce, your breakfast is prepared in front of you


Lee Side
Lee-side (Robin Hood's Bay) OR The White Horse and Griffin (Whitby)

Located in Robin Hoods Bay town, Lee-side,a large Victorian sea captain's house. Breakfast, made fresh with local ingredients, is served in the elegant breakfast room.


The White Horse and Griffin is a stylish gastro-pub with beautifully furnished rooms.


practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between the end of March and mid October. However, 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 airport is Manchester (MAN), although you can also arrive by public transport from Glasgow (GLA) or Edinburgh (EDI) airports

Arrive in Kirby Stephen

You can get to Kirkby Stephen via train or car. You can use the main line from any of the airports. Most customers travel to Manchester airport then take the train to Kirkby Stephen by changing at Carlisle. 

NOTE: It is wise to book your bus tickets in advance, especially for arrivals and when travelling in summer or on Friday afternoons. You can buy your bus tickets through https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Departure from Robin Hood's Bay OR Whitby

When you reach Robin Hoods Bay, you can take a taxi or a bus to nearby Scarborough to access the trainline. 

There is a train station in Whitby with connection to the main cities and airports

NOTE: It is wise to book your bus tickets in advance, especially for arrivals and when travelling in summer or on Friday afternoons. You can buy your bus tickets through https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

By car to Kirby Stephen

The alternative is to travel via car to Kirkby Stephen and use the car parking available.

From Robin Hood's Bay

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.



  • 8 nights accommodation, breakfast included
  • Luggage transport on Days 2 to 8
  • Transfers on Day 4 to Danby Wiske
  • 24-hour telephone assistance, just a phone call away
  • Detailed route notes and maps in English

Not Included

  • Lunches: pack lunches can be ordered at the accommodations or bought directly in village shops
  • Dinners
  • Flights and public transportation
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program


  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional night/s can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way, at any other nearby destination, such as the cities of Glasgow or Edinburgh
  • Transfers from/to the airport on arrival/departure (prices on request)
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