Hike across England Wainwrights Coast to Coast
Double / Single
£1708 / £2994
How does this work?
Start any day February to November
Description of Twin/Double
- Most accommodation in Britain is charged on a Per Person basis (rather than per room basis). The price you see here for this tour is the Price per Person.
- If you request a Twin Room there are two single beds (usually 3 feet wide) in the room.
- If you request a Double Room there is one bed in which two people usually sleep (usually 4 feet 6inches wide).
- Both the Double and the the Twin room are sometimes available for Single Occupancy (one person in the room), usually with a supplement to compensate the provider who would normally have received payment from two people.
- If the accommodation offers Single rooms (one bed of 3 feet wide), this will normally be priced higher than half of a double or twin room. Unless space is limited in the village or accommodation we usually avoid these as the rooms tend to be older and less space to move about.
A fourteen centre inn-to-inn, self-guided hike in England along Wainwrights Coast-to-Coast Trail though the lakes district and Yorkshire in England. St. Bees on the west coast to Robin Hoods Bay on the east coast. 14 nights bed and breakfast, 13 days hiking, luggage transfer, guide book and maps. We suggest starting on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. This hiking tour should be booked at least 6 months or more ahead.
This hike follows Wainwrights Coast to Coast walk, linking together three of Englands finest National Parks, The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales, and The North York Moors. You start at St Bees on the west coast on the Irish sea and gradually work your way over the mountains and through the passes and the Striding Edge of the Lake District National Park. You hike through rugged Borrowdale, pretty Grasmere over striding edge to Patterdale before departing the park at Shap. Now you cross the Pennine Hills, the backbone of England to Kirkby Stephen and arrive in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Here you follow the River Swale to the market town of Richmond, with its Norman castle and then walk across the Vale of York. Your last National Park of the North York Moors is the remotest of the three parks and has some longer days because of the lack of accommodation. Your coast-to-coast hike eventually reaches Robin Hoods Bay, where you can dip your feet in the North Sea and savour the achievement of having walked all 195 miles across the England.
Catch the myriad of wild flowers in May and June or hillsides purple with heather in August or September. Moving on from inn to inn, each with its own character, gives you the chance to experience the varied gastronomic delights available in the different areas, from Cumberland sausage to Yorkshire lamb and Whitby cod.
Your luggage is transported between accommodation so it is only necessary to carry a small rucksack, but this is our most strenuous tour so you must be very fit.
The Coast to Coast Path links up existing footpaths across the country. It is the most popular long-distance path but is not maintained by local or national organisations. You will find very few signposts or waymarking as it twists and turns to try and keep a more-or-less straight line. You will need to pay close attention to the excellent guidebook and quickly learn to read the overmarked route on your maps. Without these two valuable resources you will quickly become lost and put yourself in danger from doing longer than required days, or travelling a long way from your intended destination (like the next valley, or heading the opposite direction!). We have a system in place, where if you do not arrive at your destination that night by 8pm, we will initiate a mountain rescue team search.
You stop in country hotels, guesthouses, farmhouses and inns along the way, where accommodation is available in twin, double or single rooms, most but not all with private facilities. 14 nights B&B, 1 dinner and luggage transfer between the overnight stays is included in the tour price. You will be issued with Wainwrights guide book and high scale Ordnance Survey maps (topo maps) suitable for remote travel.
DAY ONE: Arrival at St Bees. You may arrive anytime after 3pm. Dinner is usually served in the local pubs between 7pm - 9pm (not included in tour price). Overnight St Bees, Cumbria, England.
DAY TWO: Hike from St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge. 14.5 miles (23 km) and 1,200 feet of ascent. You walk across small hills from the IRISH SEA at St Bees Head to the edge of the Lake District National Park. Dinner can be taken at the nearby Inn (not included in tour price). Overnight Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria, England.
DAY THREE: Hike from Ennerdale Bridge to Borrowdale. 16.5 miles (23 km) and 2,000 feet of ascent. The first real day in the Lake District National Park, with the steep ascent up from Ennerdale Water to Black Sail Pass and the high fells. You then descend into the craggy Borrowdale. Dinner can be taken at the nearby Inn (not included in tour price). Overnight Rosthwaite, Cumbria, England.
DAY FOUR: Hike from Borrowdale to Grasmere. 8.5 miles (15 km) and 1,800 feet of ascent. You again ascend through the Lake District summits and finally descend into Grasmere, where once Wordsworth spent his time at Dove Cottage. Dinner can be taken at any of the nearby inns (not included in tour price). Overnight Grasmere, Cumbria, England.
DAY FIVE: Hike from Grasmere to Patterdale. 9.5 miles (15 km) and 2,000 feet of ascent. Weather permitting you will hike along Striding Edge from the summit of Helvellyn at 3,116 feet, the highest point of the walk. You descend to Glenridding and Patterdale on the shores of Ullswater. Dinner can be taken at the nearby inn or hotels (not included in tour price). Overnight Patterdale, Cumbria, England.
DAY SIX: Hike from Patterdale to Shap. 16 miles (26 km) and 3,500 feet of ascent. This is a long and tough day, but undoubtedly the grandest. You ascend onto the 2,700-foot high ridge known as High Street, once used as a road by the Romans. Then its up and down a couple of minor summits to descend at the end of the day to Shap. Dinner can be taken at the guesthouse or nearby inn (not included in tour price). Overnight Shap, Cumbria, England.
DAY SEVEN: Hike from Shap to Kirkby Stephen. 20.5 miles (32 km) and 1,500 feet of ascent. You leave the Lake District National Park behind now and start to cross the Vale of Eden. You may even have time to stop at a home-made chocolate factory. Dinner can be taken at any of the nearby inns (not included in tour price). Overnight Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.
DAY EIGHT: Hike from Kirkby Stephen to Keld. 15.5 miles (24 km) and 2,000 feet of ascent. Up alongside the 2,000-foot spine of England on the Pennine Hills and across heather moors. You follow the old High Way across a countryside on a grand scale, mountains and valleys with excellent long views. Dinner is taken at the guesthouse, as there is no nearby inns (included in the tour price). Overnight Keld, North Yorkshire, England.
DAY NINE: Hike from Keld to Reeth. 12.5 miles (18 km) and 1,000 feet of ascent. You move from the head of the River Swale up and over hills and dales to finish at the small drovers town of Reeth. Dinner can be taken at any of the nearby inns (not included in tour price). Overnight Reeth, North Yorkshire, England.
DAY TEN: Hike from Reeth to Catterick. 12.5 miles (17 km) and 1,000 feet of ascent. Your last day in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. You travel through Richmond, where the Norman Castle towers over the River Swale to Catterick also on the Swale. Dinner can be taken at any of the nearby inns (not included in tour price). Overnight Catterick, North Yorkshire, England.
DAY ELEVEN: Hike from Catterick to Osmotherley. 21.5 miles (37 km) and 200 feet of ascent. This is a long day crossing the Vale of York, mainly using quiet back lanes and roads. The route is flat with a welcome pub halfway! Dinner can be taken at any of the nearby inns (not included in tour price). Overnight Osmotherley, North Yorkshire, England.
DAY TWELVE: Hike from Osmotherley to Great Broughton. 15.5 miles (25 km) and 2,000 feet of ascent. Moving up onto the North York Moors National Park you cross areas once used for jet mining, and at the end of the day descend into the valley for your accommodation. Dinner can be taken at any of the nearby inns (not included in tour price). Overnight Great Broughton, North Yorkshire, England.
DAY THIRTEEN: Hike from Great Broughton to Glaisdale. 21.75 miles (35 km) and 1,000 feet of ascent. This is the toughest day, out across the open moors, but fortunately it mainly uses an old cinder railroad bed high across the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Dinner can be taken at any of the nearby inns (not included in tour price). Overnight Glaisdale, North Yorkshire, England.
DAY FOURTEEN: Hike from Glaisdale to Robin Hoods Bay. 19 miles (31 km) and 1,000 feet of ascent. Through the steam railway village of Grosmont, pass Littlebeck (just 3 houses!) and onto Robin Hoods Bay. Time to place those tired feet into the North Sea. Dinner can be taken at any of the pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire, England.
DAY FIFTEEN: Departure. The tour finishes after breakfast from Robin Hoods Bay.
RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to ST BEES (NOT included in tour price): St Bees is the nearest rail station. Trains run every hour from Carlisle to St Bees. Carlisle is served by hourly trains from London Euston. Presently the 08:07am train from London Kings Cross arrives St Bees at 14:56pm.
RAIL TRAVEL from ROBIN HOODS BAY to LONDON (NOT included in tour price): The coastliner bus service operates every hour from Robin Hoods Bay to Scarborough and takes about 1 hour. Scarborough is the nearest rail station, which is served by trains every two hours to London (Kings Cross), changing at York. Presently the 11:00am from Scarborough arrives London Kings Cross 14:43pm.
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GRADE B: Between 8.5 - 20.5 miles a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof hiking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds.
This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. On some days you may have up to 4500 feet of ascent and/or descent. You will be walking through Farms & on Trackless Moorland. You will start hiking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 6pm.
You MUST be very fit to achieve your goal to go Coast to Coast. You MUST also have good map reading skills because the route is not waymarked or, at times, very visible on the ground. The mountains can be shrouded in mist or rain, and you MUST be prepared for this.
For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to hike alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you hike for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.
These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.