- duration 17 days
- tour type Self-guided
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Self guided/Independent
- Across England on Wainwright’s Walk
- One of the World’s Great Walks
- Walking from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay
- English Lake District, Pennines and North York Moors
Walk the famous Coast to Coast trail from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay at a comfortable pace. As a result of popular demand, for people with more time, or who want to break up some of the longer days of the original two week tour, we have given you the option to increase Wainwright’s masterpiece by splitting a couple of the longer days. This is the quintessential English hill walking and long distance trail experience: 190 plus miles traversing three national parks and a lot of interesting landscapes, old towns and of course public houses in between! It is amazing to think that this most famous of routes, totally eclipsing the Pennine Way in terms of popularity and variety, is still not classified as a National Trail! Starting at the tiny Cumbrian seaside resort of St. Bees on the Irish Sea we head east, with the wind, into the Lake district to pass by some of its most famous lakes and cross some important passes, with options to extend days (with ascents of peaks such as Helvellyn). Then it is on into the Yorkshire Dales and over the mystical Nine Standards Rig, before following the beautiful River Swale for a couple of days into the old market town of Richmond. There follows a marathon section to link up with the North York Moors National Park from where we roller coaster around to the North Sea Coast to make a triumphant entrance into Robins Hoods 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, the charming little 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 and these, as well as the rich variety of the people that you meet enroute, reflect something of the great diversity of England.
The choice of B and B's, small inns and even the hostel at Kirkby Stephen were all wonderful, each with their own particular character but all with a warmth of hospitality and great breakfasts and always good food nearby for an evening meal. The adventure was given magical colour and life by the people that I walked with at times, These chance encounters gave opportunity to swap stories of life and of the experiences of each day. Helping hands when 'a bit off course' helping hands when crossing a beck and encouragement given to others was all part of the kaleidoscope that made this such a great way to spend two weeks exploring this wonderful country that is England. Among fellow walkers were Canadians, Americans and Australians who will all have returned home with great memories of what our small country has to offer.
Thank you for all that you contributed in the planning and for the very useful information and walk notes.”
Day 1 : Arrive St Bees
Day 2 : St. Bees to Ennerdale Bridge 23.5 km/14.5 miles, 6 h
Day 3 : Ennerdale Bridge to Borrowdale 26.5 km/16.5 miles, 7 h
Day 4 : Borrowdale to Grasmere 13.5 km/8.5 miles, 5-6 h via Helm Crag
Day 5 : Grasmere to Glenridding 12 km/7.5 miles, 5.5 h standard route
Day 6 : Glenridding to Shap 26 km/16 miles, 7-9 h
Day 7 : Shap to Kirkby Stephen 33 km/20.5 miles, 8 h
Day 8 : Kirkby Stephen to Keld 24 km/14.5 miles, 6 h or Thwaite 27 km/16.5 miles
Day 9 : Keld or Thwaite to Reeth 20 km/12.5km, 5 h or 18.5 km/11.5 miles, 5 h
Day 10 : Reeth to Richmond 20 km /12.5 miles, 5 h
Day 11 : Richmond to Danby Wiske 22.5 km/14 miles, 5 h
Day 12 : Danby Wiske to Osmotherley 16 km/10 miles, 3.5 h
Day 13 : Osmotherley to Clay Bank Top or Chop Gate 18 km/11 miles or 21 km/13 miles, 6 h
Day 14 : Clay Bank Top or Chop Gate to Blakey 11 km/7 miles or 11.5 km/9 miles, 4.5 h
Day 15 : Blakey to Egton Bridge or Grosmont 16 km/10 miles, 4 h
Day 16 : Egton Bridge or Grosmont to Robin Hood's Bay 25.7 km/16 miles, 7 h
Day 17 : Arrangements end after breakfast
- 16 nights accommodation in hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available
- Information pack including route notes & maps (1 pack per room booked)
- 16 breakfasts - Full English available most mornings
- One piece of luggage transferred from Inn to Inn, not exceeding 20kg
- 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
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Coast to Coast Walk - 17 Days tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.Payment
A deposit of 324 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 28 April 2020 full payment is required.Travel Insurance
Coast to Coast Walk - 17 Days tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Coast to Coast Walk - 17 Days tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.