Coast to Coast Walk

Wainwright's Classic Walk across England's Finest Landscapes

For all hikers or walkers, this is the one walk in England that you simply have to do. Devised by the legendary Alfred Wainwright, it passes through some of the finest scenery in England. Starting from the coast of the Irish Sea, you will pass through the mountains of the Lake District, then right across the spine of England to the green Yorkshire Dales and the open North York Moors, before reaching the North Sea coast at Robin Hood's Bay.




What's Included

  • Accommodation with breakfast for 15 nights in good quality guest houses
  • Door to door luggage transfer each day
  • Comprehensive Tour Pack with route notes, maps, and details on accommodation and transport

Optional Extras

  • We can adapt the itinerary to suit - Anything between 13 nights and 19 nights is quite common. Prices will vary more or less proportionately

Price - £1075.00 per person

For 2 people sharing a room for 15 nights - single occupancy supplement is £300.00

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Getting There

Trains run regularly to St Bees from either Carlisle or Lancaster on the main west coast rail line.


Itinerary (15 nights)

Total Distance - 191 miles, 307k
Longest Day - 19 miles, 31k
Average Day - 14.5miles, 23k

Itinerary can be adapted for shorter or longer walks each day
Available from April to end of September

Day 1 - Arrive and overnight in St Bees

Easy to get to from the West Coast Rail line

Day 2 - St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge - 14 mls, 22.5k

A great start for a coast to coast walk, with a climb onto the sea cliffs(now a nature reserve as an important habitat for seabirds), then upwards to Dent, with your fabulous views back, as far as the Isle of Man, and forward to get your first glimpse of the fells of the Lake District. - Overnight Ennerdale Bridge

Day 3 - Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite - 14.5 mls, 23k

Quite a remote stretch of the walk. You head along the shore of Ennerdale, then along the side of the River Liza, up and past Black Sail hostel, by Loft Beck and down to Honister Pass. Then some woodland walking to Rosthwaite. - Overnight Rosthwaite

Day 4 - Rosthwaite - Patterdale - 17.5 miles, 28k

A wonderful day in the fells, mostly on good hill paths, via Eagle Crag and Greenup Edge, and a lovely path down towards Grasmere. You bypass Grassmere (unless you feel like a break), and head uphill again to Grisedale Tarn, with a lovely descent on a good path to Patterdale. Overnight Patterdale

Day 5 - Patterdale - Burnbanks - 11 miles, 17.5k

A shortish day, but through quite remote countryside. After a steady climb, you pass the lovely Angle Tarn and on to the highest point (780m) of the whole walk at Kidsty Pike. Then an occasionally steep descent to a pleasant walk along the Haweswater Reservoir and Burnbanks. Overnight Burnbanks

Day 6 - Burnbanks - Orton - 13 miles, 21k

Easier walking, on good paths through limestone hills to Shap. A footbridge takes you over the M6, and you walk through beautiful open hill farmland, reaching the walled village of Oddendale. A short detour takes you off the walk to the pretty village of Orton. Overnight Orton

Day 7 Orton - Kirkby Stephen - 13 miles, 21k

Back onto the track near Sunbiggin Tarn. A bit of road walking past the prehistoric sites at Severals village and Giants Graves, then the delights of Smardale and Smardale fell and down to Kirkby Stephen.
Overnight Kirkby Stephen

Day 8 Kirkby Stephen - Keld - 13 miles, 21k

From Cumbria across the border to Yorkshire, and also across the watershed - everything flows to the North Sea from here on. The route splits at one point, and a noticeboard gives advice on the better route at any one time. Mainly farmland down to Keld. Overnight Keld

Day 9 Keld - Reeth - 11 miles, 17.5k

Another choice of route. Wainwright's route takes you higher, over high moorland, and some of the paths are quite hard to follow (especially in cloudy weather). But there is a good lower level option through the pleasant countryside of Swaledale. Overnight Reeth

Day 10 - Reeth - Richmond - 11 miles, 17.5k

A short and pretty gentle stage today, through woodland and pasture, and several small villages. A day for a bit of a dawdle, or time to spend enjoying the bright lights of Richmond. Overnight Richmond

Day 11 - Richmond - Danby Wiske - 14 miles, 22.5k

Mostly quite flat as you begin to approach the North Yorkshire Moors, with quite a long section (8 miles) of tarmac. Overnight Danby Wiske

Day 12 Danby Wiske - Ingleby Cross - 9 miles, 14.5k

Another level stage, and again relatively short to prepare your legs for the last stages. Overnight Ingleby Cross

Day 13 Ingleby Cross - Clay Bank Top - 12.5 miles, 20k

Into the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, as you head firstly through woodland, then with fabulous views as you head up onto the open moor, culminating in the unusual rock formations of the Wainstones on Hasty Bank, the last hill of your day's walk. Overnight Clay Bank Top (or short transfer to nearby village)

Day 14 Clay Bank Top - Glaisdale - 19 miles, 30.5k

The longest day of the whole walk, starting with a bit of a climb to Urra Moor. The rest of the day is mostly on open moorland, with fine views, and generally good paths and tracks. Overnight Glaisdale

Day 15 Glaisdale - Robin Hood's Bay - 19 miles, 20k

A fabulous final stage, with a huge variety of scenery. Leaving Glaisdale, you go through lovely woodland in the Esk Valley. Then you are on alternating sections of woodland, moorland and farmland before you reach the final coastal section on the cliffs above Robin Hoods Bay. Overnight Robin Hoods Bay

Day 16 Depart Robin Hoods Bay

Good rail and bus connections