swaledale

Walking from Coast to Coast East

12 days
from
$1,649 USD
incl. taxes
Loading...
Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 12+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
W11LY
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Min age:
12

This 11 night trip follows the Coast to Coast route from the lively market town of Kirkby Stephen in the Yorkshire Dales to the pretty fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea coast. 

The world famous Coast-to-Coast is an exhilarating long-distance walking route originally described by the writer Alfred Wainwright in his book of the same name. First published in 1973, the book has grown in renown and today is as popular as ever, with the walk itself featuring on the bucket list of all keen walkers.

This 11 night trip follows the route from the lively market town of Kirkby Stephen in the Yorkshire Dales to the pretty fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea coast. Inbetween you head up hill and down dale, over the Pennines and heather covered moorland, passing through lush meadows and quintessential pastoral landscapes, dotted with ancient stone barns and sleepy hamlets.

The walking is recommended for experienced walkers, as the route will take you over remote moorland which can at times be boggy, but the sense of achievement when you arrive in Robin Hood's Bay makes it all worth while.

Your accommodation each night is in carefully picked B&Bs, with either ensuite or private facilities, where friendly smiles and warm welcomes to weary walkers are guaranteed!

Please note that GPX tracks and a routes and maps guide are provided on this trip, along with our usual maps. This replaces our usual turn by turn route directions

Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of Wainwright through the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moor National Parks
  • 2 nights in the pretty market town of Richmond: 11th century Norman castle, evocative abbey ruins, Georgian theatre
  • Heather clad moorland, quintessential Yorkshire villages, traditional cosy pubs, panoramic rocky crags, ancient hilltop cairns
  • Based on our popular 17 night, Walking from Coast to Coast

Key information

  • 11 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 2 star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • GPS tracks and maps
  • Guide book with route information
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom

What's included

  • 11 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 2 star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • GPS tracks and maps
  • Guide book with route information

What's not included

  • Hotel upgrades
  • Transfers to and from hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
  • Visas & vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

10

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

The walking is recommended for experienced walkers, as the route will take you over remote moorland which can at times be boggy.

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 19.0km/12.0miles
Day 3 19.0km/12.0miles
Day 4 19.0km/12.0miles
Day 6 22.0km/14.0miles
Day 7 18.0km/11.0miles
Day 8 21.0km/13.0miles
Day 9 16.0km/10.0miles
Day 10 22.0km/14.0miles
Day 11 25.0km/15.5miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

Kirkby Stephen
to
Robin Hood's Bay
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Kirkby Stephen

    There's time to explore this pretty market town before your briefing.

  • Day 2

    Kirkby Stephen to Keld

    Leave Kirkby Stephen via the picture postcard village of Hartley, then the route gets hillier once again as you climb up and over the Nine Standards - a very distinctive feature on the fell, where Cumbria crosses into Yorkshire and the watershed between the Irish Sea and the North Sea meets. End the day in peaceful Keld, a former lead-mining village.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Keld to Reeth

    Today you have the choice between a route over the high fell or the 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 Swaledale, with its traditional stone barns and drystone walls. Whatever you choose, you arrive in Reeth, another quintessential Dales village with cosy pubs.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Free Day in Richmond

    A day off from walking today so there's plenty of time to explore Richmond with its quaint cobbled market place, historic winding alleyways, 12th century abbey and imposing Norman Castle - which will celebrate its 950th birthday in 2021!

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Richmond to Danby Wiske

    An easier, flatter walk again today, taking you across the Vale of Mowbray, through fertile farmland and along quiet country lanes, via Bolton-on-Swale and its 14th century St. Mary's Church. Your final destination is Danby Wiske, a cluster of pretty houses huddled around the village green.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Danby Wiske to Ingleby Cross/Osmotherley

    Continue your approach towards the North York Moors National Park - and its hills! - along flat footpaths and farm tracks, passing brightly coloured rapeseed fields and sleepy livestock. Depending on accommodation availability, you overnight in either Ingleby Cross or Osmotherley.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    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. There is a short transfer at the end of today's walk to your accommodation for the night.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Clay Bank Top to Blakey Ridge

    After you are dropped off back at Clay Bank Top, it feels like you are on a high mountain, but the North York Moors is only 4-500m above sea level. 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Blakey Ridge 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Grosmont to Robin Hood's 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Leave Robin Hood's Bay

    Depart Robin Hood's Bay after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

Enjoy the local cuisine in quintessentially British pubs, cafes and delicatessens - The Lake District is home to many regional specialities including Cumberland Sausage, Kendal Mint Cake and Grasmere Gingerbread. However, there are also newer twists on traditional flavours to enjoy, with Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur and damson ketchup to name but a few.

Weather

Summers here tend to be slightly cooler and winters milder to what one might expect. The warmest months to visit are from June through to August, temperatures start to warm up around April and remain pleasant until October time. We advise you take waterproofs as showers can occur anytime of year.

Is this trip for you?

Walking Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
Average daily distance: 20km
No. of days walking: 10
Terrain and route: The walking is recommended for experienced walkers, as the route will take you over remote moorland which can at times be boggy, but the sense of achievement when you arrive in Robin Hood's Bay makes it all worth while.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

INNS AND BED AND BREAKFASTS, COAST TO COAST

We use well selected bed and breakfasts or traditional village inns, that are HH or HHH rated and which are generally family owned and with lovely views over the surrounding fells and dales.

Many come with their own restaurant, cafe or pub; otherwise options for refreshments and dinner are available locally.

All are comfortable, with ensuite or occasionally private facilities, with your hosts well accustomed to welcoming weary coast to coast walkers! Hearty English breakfasts are included as standard.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

Khor Virap Monastery Armenia

Like a journey through time, Europe is a fascinating fusion of historical relics, breathtaking natural beauty, delect

Have you been on this adventure? Tell others what it’s like by writing a review.

Dates & Prices

Trips you might also like

The Cotswold Way Walk

Walk the length of the Cotswold Way, from Chipping Campden to Bath

Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 12+
Activity level:
Moderate
10 Days from $1,779 USD
Self-Guided (Incl. Taxes)
View More Details

North East Wales Heritage Trail

Discover this region, rich in history with hill forts, castles, old quarries and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal

Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 8+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
7 Days from $1,499 USD
Self-Guided (Incl. Taxes)
View More Details