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Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 8 nights in hotels and guesthouses
Meals
  • 8 Breakfasts

9 Days£1010GBP

Overview

Trip Code: WCK

Coast to Coast Walk Trip highlights


  • The stunning Pennine Hills and North York Moors National Park
  • Chance to see an ancient steam train pull out from Grosmont railway station
  • Start your day with a full English breakfast, guilt-free!
  • Stunning views over the Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the summit at Nine Standards Rigg
  • Arriving at vibrant Robin Hood's Bay to celebrate your achievement
  • Staying at cozy small hotels, guesthouses & traditional, English pubs

Rollup, rollup for the second half of Alfred Wainwright’s masterpiece! Starting about halfway, this section of the Coast to Coast walk has some long days and steep climbs & descents. You will be rewarded with great views.

Start your holiday with hiking from the Pennines AONB into the Yorkshire Dales and over the mystical Nine Standards Rigg summit. Follow the beautiful River Swale for a couple of days before reaching the old market town of Richmond. There follows a marathon section to link up with the North York Moors National Park from where you’ll roller coaster around to the North Sea Coast. Make a triumphant entrance into Robin Hood’s Bay where a celebratory pint, bottle of Champagne or ice cream whilst standing in the sea is in order.

Along the way you will be amazed at the variety of the dry stone walls, charming little English villages and just how much that you get to eat for a full English cooked breakfast. There are cozy small hotels, guesthouses and pubs to stay at on this tour. These, as well as the rich variety of the people that you meet enroute, reflect something of the great diversity of England.

The end of this part of the Coast to Coast has two long days, you can also opt for our 11-day version of this route that breaks up these days between Richmond and Blakey (trip code WCO). Scroll down to find an overview of all Coast to Coast walking options to choose from.

Countries:

England

Starting Point:

Kirkby Stephen

Finishing Point:

Robin Hoods Bay


Make your own way to Kirkby Stephen on the edge of the Pennine Hills. You should have time to explore this pretty old market town with St. Hedda’s Church containing the 8th Century Loki stone relating to Norse Mythology. Or we recommend adding an extra night if you like to enjoy this town more. | Accommodation: This is a fine looking guesthouse and the interior retains many of the delightful and original features. It has a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

Meals:  Nil

It's your first day of this second half of Wainwright's Coast to Coast! Climb out of town to the cairns of Nine Standards Rigg (661m / 2170 feet) with its array of obelisks. This is an ancient, possibly, boundary feature that no one has any real knowledge of. It marks the Watershed of England. Next you cross squelchy moors down to Keld in Swaledale. You might relish a scone & tea made on the farm at Ravenseat, where they akso breed prime rams. The moors then become increasingly gentler as you walk into Keld with its many waterfalls and old stone barns. /// The day’s total ascent 780m / descent 575m. | Accommodation: Keld - A medium-sized guesthouse with traditional Yorkshire fayre served in an attractively decorated dining room, and there are tea & coffee making facilities in all rooms.

Meals:  B

There are two options today. >> The first is the slightly longer & higher alternative over wild moorland with long-abandoned lead mines, a magnet for the industrial archaeologist. >> The second option is the pretty route via Swaledale, which is a lovely option if you have unfavourable weather or you just prefer a lower level walk. There is a really nice pub in Gunnerside on this second route. Your day finishes in Reeth, an attractive green village which flourished at the height of the mining age and today does well out of tourism, hence a collection of pubs and tea shops. // The day’s total ascent 838m / descent 911m (via the higher route). | Accommodation: Your accommodation tonight is the oldest surviving Inn in Reeth, dating from 1680.

Meals:  B

Your morning walk through pretty Swaledale is lined with limestone crags on either side and allows time in Richmond for shopping (note most shops closed Sunday) & sightseeing. The extremely picturesque North Yorkshire town of Richmond, with its cobbled market square and Norman castle, is an ever-popular destination for visitors. You can also follow the swale to Town Falls, which are quite impressive when the river is in spate. // The day's total ascent 395m / descent 510m. | Accommodation: The extremely picturesque North Yorkshire town of Richmond, with its cobbled market square and Norman castle, is an ever-popular destination for visitors. We use a number of guesthouses or pub accommodation in this busy town.

Meals:  B

This is the longest and flattest day on the classic Coast to Coast walk. It bridges the gap between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors National Parks. It will be a gentle rural day, walking out from Richmond beside the River Swale and across the fields to Catterick Race Course. Then thread your way to Brompton on Swale, which could be an ideal first lunch stop in the churchyard before trundling along beside tiny streams and quiet country roads reaching the village of Danby Wiske. Here, find a nice green and sole pub at 22.5 km/14 miles, 5 h, where a second lunch break is advised. From Danby Wiske it is primarily a road walk although there are cross-country sections. There are two hills towards the end, a short climb to what was East Harlsey Castle, and then with the North York Moors pressing ever closer, you'll have to carefully cross the main A19 road to take a lovely woodland footpath up the hill to Osmotherley. On the way, there's the option to visit Mount Grace Priory (1398) - a ruin that has seen restoration work and there are remaining duck ponds and drainage features. Osmotherley is a quaint hill village with 3 pubs to choose from, and Britain’s oldest functioning Methodist Church 1754, John Wesley came to preach here. // The day’s total ascent 375m / descent 292m. | Accommodation: Tonight's accommodation is set in this extremely picturesque village on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. All rooms are ensuite and have tea & coffee making facilities.

Meals:  B

Find yourself on a strenuous day with repeated ascents and descents in the Cleveland Hills, then across heather moors to Rosedale. This is a roller coaster walk. A steep stretch from Osmotherley introduces you to the North York Moors, sandy heather-clad hills with areas of forest. After coming off Scarth Wood Moor, there is a long ascent up Live Moor and Carlton Bank (408m) before descending to Lord Stones Café. It's almost hidden in an off road embankment and may come perfectly in time for coffee. There then follows the succession of Cringle Moor, Broughton Bank and White Hill all at or over 400m. You loose and then re-ascend 100-200m between each one. White Hill has an area of sandstone boulders called The Wainstones that you thread through on the way up. Great views in clear weather, incl. Roseberry Topping, Vale of Mowbray, and back to the Pennines. From the road at Claybank Top, you then follow a moorland ridge up over Round Hill (454m) and maintain your height as the path follows the line of the old dismantled Rosedale Railway line. The moor can be bleak and is punctured in places by standing stones, some marked with inscriptions. There are enticing views at times into the fertile upper valleys of Farn and Esk dales. Your arrival at the ancient Lion Inn at Blakey can be a great relief. // The day’s total ascent 1021m / descent 880m. | Accommodation: You'll stay at the Lion Hotel in this bleak moorland location. This pub hotel has been a refuge from the elements for 400 years or so, and very cosy it is too! Normally there are a large number of ales to reward yourself with and great dining in either the bar or the restaurant.

Meals:  B

After a bit of a road perambulation past a white cross called Fat Betty, you follow an easy undulating descent down to beautiful wooded Eskdale. You also get some views opening up to the sea. The latter part of today's walk follows a pretty path through the woodlands on the banks of the River Esk. You come across the ‘Beggars Bridge’ a parabolic stone structure that has a story of love lost and love refound! Egton Bridge features a church with relics of the Catholic martyr, Nicholas Postgate. A really pretty setting, the river is famous for fly fishing and has some interesting stepping stones, which enables you to hop between the two pubs faster than using the road. // The day’s total ascent 265m / descent 616m. | Accommodation: Egton Bridge or Grosmont - We use a variety of lovely guesthouses/B&Bs in either of these villages.

Meals:  B

You follow a delightful, private road to Grosmont, where you might want to try and get in time to see a steam train pull out for Pickering. You then follow a very steep pull up across heather moors with views down to Whitby and its Abbey. But the sea and journey’s end is still tantalizingly far as the route abruptly changes course to visit the May Beck valley with its Falling Foss waterfall. A last area of high moor brings you to the coast, where the last 5 km/3 miles are spent on the coastal cliff path to Robin Hood's Bay. It will appear almost by surprise as you near it. This is a village of red-roofed houses clustered around its harbour on the North Sea coast marking the end of this 190 odd-mile crossing of England. Celebrate the end of your walk with a drink at the Bay Hotel. // The day’s total ascent 775m / descent 770m. | Accommodation: Your final night is spent in an elegantly refurbished Victorian guesthouse with many original features. This is a popular seaside location so one of many similar B&B's may be used.

Meals:  B

Your Coast to Coast walking experience concludes in Robin Hood's Bay after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 8 nights accommodation on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred from Inn to Inn, not exceeding 18kg
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (1 pack per room booked)
  • Emergency hotline
  • GPX Files

  • Lunch, Dinner and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
  • Excess Luggage
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Guide - this is a self guided holiday

Accommodation


Suitability

moderate

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Some long days and steep climbs and descents. Generally however undulating. Mixed weather can be expected. We would not recommend the route for first time walkers. When walking early or late in the season, you need to be mindful of shorter daylight hours and be prepared for changeable weather conditions which may include snow.


Departure dates

Daily from 31 Mar to 7 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
11 day version available
DN2
Please note that minor changes to your 2024 itinerary may apply.

Priceper person from

£1010GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • Single Supplement 2024GBP£220
  • Solo Traveller Supplement 2024GBP£230
  • Single Supplement 2025GBP£240
  • Solo Traveller Supplement 2025GBP£240
*Prices listed are per person

Frequently Asked Questions

This is the second half (actually slightly more than half) of the original Coast to Coast itinerary. It differs from Wainwright's route only in the sense that you stay overnight in Osmotherley (rather than Ingleby Cross) which is slightly off his original route.

The Coast to Coast Path has become generally well signed on the lower sections, and there is a small dedicated waymark on sections of the trail, sometimes on gates or fingerposts. It is still possible to take a wrong term and people still make mistakes in bad weather so good maps, GPX and route notes are essential.

Please always carry maps / compass / guide book or route notes as well. We have seen GPS fail in heavy rain and you should be able to follow a map.

It was announced in 2022 that the Coast to Coast will become a UK National Trail in 2024. This should mean more funding for trail maintenance and signage. It is however unlikely that you will suddenly see a rash of waymarks across the higher levels of the walk such as in the Lake District.

Wainwright's Coast to Coast in the UK is a very popular trail. Most days throughout the season, individuals, couples and groups set off to walk the route. However you may find that no one starting on your start date will walk exactly the same speed so it is unlikely that you will all arrive at the end each evening at the same time and of course different people have different itineraries. Realistically there will be sections of the walk where you will be walking alone.

This makes sense in those places along the Coast to Coast where there is no shop. Otherwise you can choose to buy your own items at a shop or bakery. Some people find the packed lunches more than substantial, they may even contain more items than you require.

Your bags should be ready for collection at 08.30am each day. It doesn't mean that the bags will go exactly at that time, but depending upon schedules, the van driver may arrive at your accommodation first.

Robin Hood's Bay will be a good choice to add an overnight stay if you would like to visit Whitby.


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