Coast to Coast Walking Holidays

This classic Coast to Coast walking route across England was originated and described by A. Wainwright, author of a well-known series of mountain-walking guidebooks on the Lake District. The walk starts on the Irish Sea coast of Cumbria near the huge red sandstone cliffs of St. Bees Head. You cross three National Parks before reaching the North Sea at the pretty fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay on the rocky coastline of the North York Moors.

Tradition has it that you dip your boots in the Irish Sea and take a pebble to deposit in the North Sea at the end of your Coast to Coast walk. That should confuse geologists a few thousand years hence. The first few days take you over some of the most rugged and beautiful terrain of the Lake District by way of the idyllic lakeland valleys of Borrowdale, Grasmere (Wordsworth lived here) and Patterdale, close to Ullswater Lake. You pass Helvellyn, England’s most popular mountain, and the mountain oddly named High Street, along which the Roman Legions marched on their way to Hadrian’s Wall.

After leaving the Lake District you cross a gentler landscape round Shap and Orton. Beyond the quaint market town of Kirkby Stephen you enter the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Two days are then spent walking through the long valley of Swaledale, with its dry stone walls and unspoilt villages. You reach the historic town of Richmond with cobbled streets, sloping market square and famous castle perched above the River Swale. Beyond the arable farmland of the Vale of York, you ascend onto the heather moorlands of the North York Moors, a region of long vistas and easy walking. After crossing the wooded valley of Eskdale you reach the dramatic cliffs of the North Sea Coast.

The last few miles of the Coast to Coast walk follow the scenic clifftop path to the red-roofed village of Robin Hood’s Bay. With an extra night here, you can relax on the beach or visit nearby Whitby with its ruined abbey (associated with the Dracula legend) and its Captain Cook Museum.


 

Local Knowledge of the Coast to Coast

We place great emphasis on researching, planning and crafting the best itineraries of the Coast to Coast trail to ensure you get the very best experience out of your trip. We believe relationships are important and have been working with our accommodation owners and local suppliers for years. This means that they know exactly what our travellers expect.

Great Value & Quality Coast to Coast Trips

Our active holidays along the Coast to Coast are well priced offering great value for money. Included in your package are comprehensive route notes, maps & guide books along with bag transfers and locally run accommodation. When you book, your walking or cycling trip will be fully organised by a dedicated member of our in-house team, so you will always know who you are dealing with. We take the stress out of organising your Coast to Coast trip.

Coast to Coast Walking Specialists

We have have been operating active self guided and small group walking holidays for over 45 years. We handle all the necessary logistics so that you can relax and explore England's Coast to Coast trail.

Guided Coast to Coast Walking Specialists

Walker's Britain has a number of highly trained and experienced walking guides that look after you on a selection of guided Coast to Coast walking holidays. Each of our carefully selected and licensed guides bring diverse experience in mountain/expedition guiding, adventuring and all things outdoors. Their enthusiasm and knowledge of Wainwright's famous trail bring to life the flora, fauna and history of the regions you walk through and they are also on hand to tailor the trip to your interests and ensure your holiday runs smoothly.


 

Supporting Local

In the regions that we travel tourism is the main source of income for many local people. We support them by only working with local family run hotels and suppliers so your money supports the community that hosts you.

Paddock to Plate

The paddock to plate across the UK and Europe is one we encourage by choosing to work with accommodations that source produce from local farms. This provides you with fresher meals and ensures your money directly assists local economies.





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Your safety is our number one concern. Our safety track record is exemplary thanks to careful management and thorough consultation with local partners. Our industry leading risk management procedures have become a skill that we continue to refine. Our leaders in the field are highly trained and have safety as their number one priority. Expert leaders, risk assessments, quality inclusions and your financial security all come standard when you travel with us. Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for updates on recent events, travel warnings and advice. We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, cancellations, etc. Insurance information is enclosed with your pre-departure information. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a quote for your trip duration. We suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements. Money and valuables should always be stored safely when travelling. Keep your passport with you at all times and do not leave it in your main luggage. You will need it to change money and check into hotels. Where safety deposit boxes are available, we recommend that you use them. Keep jewellery and valuables to a minimum.