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Location

Departs Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

Difficulty

5-6

Challenging

Length

12

Trip Cost

from $1850 pp
twin share

Overview

  • Walk the quiet pathways of two of England’s most-loved national parks
  • Discover the fascinating and mysterious Nine Standards Rigg
  • Meet the locals in traditional pubs and inns
  • Enjoy a warm English welcome at our carefully chosen inns and B&Bs
  • Eat locally sourced produce and sample regional ales and ciders
  • Explore the almost 1000-year-old Richmond Castle

The beautiful patchwork of fields and drystone walls will surely evoke lingering memories of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small. The Coast to Coast path leads you into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. Enjoy a pint of local ale or cider in cosy, sometimes centuries-old pubs and wonder at the diverse landscape of meandering rivers, rolling farmland, pretty woodlands and acres of wild moorland.

Make sure you explore the small market town of Kirkby Stephen, famous for its cobbled market square and historical buildings. The town sits in the beautiful Eden Valley near the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Beauty (AOB) and the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales National Park, gateway to your Dales and Moors adventure.

The Dales are famous in their own right for their destination villages and picturesque walking trails. This is rural England with gentle sheep-dotted hills and pretty tree-lined streams. Marvel at the incredible drystone walls, a construction technique dating back to Neolithic times. Stroll past tiny villages and picture-book farmland. Enjoy every stile you climb and kissing gate you pass through.

The gorgeous wild beauty of the North York Moors may surprise you. The incredible wide open moorlands encourage striding out; who knew walking towards the far-off horizon could be so satisfying. This is joy, and all the more so when the scent of late summer and early autumn heather lingers in the air.

What makes our trip different?

  • Specialist advice from our dedicated Coast to Coast team
  • Hassle-free walking with exclusive use of RAW Travel’s specifically designed Coast to Coast navigational hiking App
  • 24/7 support from locally UK based RAW Travel team
  • Flexible custom-made arrangements available
  • A unique choice of country inns and character-filled accommodation personally chosen by us
  • Trailblazer Coast to Coast guidebook and waterproof polyethylene Harvey maps
  • Comprehensive travel pack
Extend Your Holiday – City Breaks

Double your holiday experience by including a stopover on your journey! A city break is a great way to explore another place, indulge in some extra shopping, dining or sightseeing and is a great way to break up a long flight. Our fabulous array of RAW Travel city breaks can be tailor made to your requirements and usually include an arrival transfer, 2 nights accommodation and a city sightseeing tour.

Read more about our city breaks.

Are you a first-time or solo traveller?

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Itinerary

This self-guided walking tour requires individuals to use problem-solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!). Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking the locals for help is all part of the adventure.

If this is your first self-guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of it as the vast majority of our first-time travellers attest. Please be assured that our written material issued to you for route finding is updated regularly and we provide a 7-day service hotline in the event of any problems. Using directions and maps can be more difficult for solo travellers as often two heads are better than one when it comes to finding your way. There is a certain level of the unknown that comes with self-guided trips; however with a methodical approach, potential problems will be averted. The freedom of a self-guided trip is something that, once experienced, is sought time and time again.

Day 1: Arrive Kirkby Stephen

Make your way to the pretty market town of Kirkby Stephen on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Kirkby Stephen is famous for its many historical buildings, most notably the church built from distinctive red sandstone that dates back to 1220.

Day 2: Kirkby Stephen to Keld (21km)

You’re in for a treat today as you cross the Pennine Hills from Cumbria into Yorkshire. The romantically named (we think) Pennines are a range of small mountains with the northern fells designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Your day begins with pleasant walking along quiet country lanes before reaching Hartley Fell where you make a choice from three signposted seasonal routes. Wainwright’s original route climbs the fell and passes a collection of towering 800-year-old cairns called the Nine Standards. At the summit there are wonderful views to enjoy before making your way along the recently built (2017) flagstone path that protects you from the worst of the unavoidable bog as you descend to the famous ‘Ravenseat’ farm. There’s no way to keep your boots and socks totally dry, so just go with the flow and enjoy the Yorkshire Dales at their finest.

6 hours
Total ascent: 780m / descent 575m
Meals: B

Day 3: Keld to Reeth (18.5km)

The locals will tell you to take the much prettier low route to Reeth, and we agree. You’ll not only walk beside the happily bubbling River Swale, but the route will take you close to the delightful village of Muker and the best cream teas on the Coast to Coast! It’s one of the joys of slow walking that you can take your time and enjoy these simple pleasures. On the path again, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the lovely pastureland and meadows nestled within wonderful drystone walls. The walls offer an intriguing array of ‘gateways’ which we like to call ‘ancient BMI indicators’ – breathe in! Providing you’ve been able to pass through the stone wall doors and make it to Reeth (one of our favourite villages on the trail) can we suggest an ice-cream on the green or ale at the pub.

5 hours
Total ascent: 838m / descent 911m via the higher route. Also 5 hours via the low route.
Meals: B

Day 4: Reeth to Richmond (17km)

Today you’ll understand why the Yorkshire Dales is such a much-loved walking destination. After leaving Reeth, the River Swale meanders reassuringly beside you providing company as you stride out on wide easy pathways to Marrick Priory. This once Benedictine nunnery, now an outdoor education centre, was in use from 1140 to 1160 and is considered one of the best preserved in the UK. From here the path follows the Nun’s Steps through gorgeous woodland and lush farmland to charming Marske where wildflowers seem to peek from every village garden. On your way to Richmond also note the changing geology as you pass by some of the limestone cliffs for which the Yorkshire Dales is famous.

5 hours
Total ascent: 395m / descent 510m
Meals: B

Day 5: Rest day in Richmond

Richmond is the perfect place to put your feet up, finish laundry or book a massage. Although you may be more enticed to discover its winding streets, cobbled market place and Norman castle for which it is famous. You can also shop for artisan gifts or sample local produce such as cheese, honey and fudge at ‘The Station’, the town’s former railway station. There’s also ‘The Noted Pie Shop’ in the market square, which comes highly recommended by the Coast to Coast team at RAW Travel and the British Pie Association – don’t miss it!

Meals: B

Day 6: Richmond to Danby Wiske (22km)

It’s probably fair to say that Alfred Wainwright put Danby Wiske, with its population of just over 300, on the map. This tiny village is the halfway point between the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors and is the lowest point on the Coast to Coast path. The River Swale is your companion again as you leave Richmond for the agricultural fields of the Vale of Mowbray. There’s the pretty church at Bolton-on-Swale where you can buy refreshments and ponder your journey. Also look for the monument of local man Henry Jenkins who reputedly lived to age 169! From here it’s a gentle stroll along quiet country lanes and fertile pastured fields before a warm friendly welcome from the villagers at Danby Wiske.

5.5 hours
Total ascent: 138m/ descent 213m
Meals: B

Day 7: Danby Wiske to Ingleby Cross (14.5km)

The Cleveland hills beckon tantalisingly in the distance, but there’s no need to rush. Enjoy a relaxing walking pace along back country roads while enjoying the sights and sounds of rural England. Treat yourself to coffee and cake at the Joiners Shop Cafe in the idyllic village of Ingleby Arncliffe before settling in for the night to prepare yourself for tomorrow’s stunning climb to the gorgeous North York Moors.

4 hours
Total ascent: 220m/ descent 120m
Meals: B

Day 8: Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top (20km)

You’ll follow the Coast to Coast path through Arncliffe Wood before a steady climb brings you to the stunning expanses of the North York Moors. If you’re walking in late summer you’ll enjoy a beautiful carpet of purple heather. Watch out for shy grouse who live among the moorland. There’s a long ascent to Live Moor and Carlton Bank but the scenery is so lovely you’ll barely notice. Break your journey at the delightful and much loved Lord Stones Café, a local landmark specialising in locally sourced produce. After a succession of hilly climbs, you’ll enjoy the wonderful views back over the Pennines and through to the North Sea. Once you arrive at Clay Bank Top your hosts for the night will transfer you to nearby Great Broughton or Chop Gate.

6 hours
Total ascent: 1130m/ descent 1015m
Meals: B

Day 9: Clay Bank Top to Blakey Ridge (14km)

This short easy walking day over heath covered grassland has been carefully considered because we think everybody should have the opportunity to spend a night at the remote Lion Inn. The family owned inn sits atop the moors at Blakey Ridge surrounded by heathland wilderness. Built in 1553, the pub is cosy, rustic and oozes history. The low beamed ceilings, wide open fireplaces and ancient stone walls will charm the pants off you, plus the food is great and the views are spectacular.

4.5 hours
Total ascent: 505m/ descent 375m
Meals: B

Day 10: Blakey Ridge to Grosmont (22km)

High on Blakey Ridge you can take in the surrounds as you stroll down the Esk Valley past the medieval stone markers of Young Ralph and Fat Betty. There are numerous myths and legends around Fat Betty including that the cross marks the place where two nuns from nearby Rosedale Abbey lost their lives on the misty moors. As you head towards Glaisdale Moor and the village of Egton Bridge and Grosmont, the wide unenclosed vista inspires you to stride out with an unbound sense of freedom and adventure

6 hours
Total ascent: 265m / descent 616m
Meals: B

Day 11: Walk Grosmont to Robin Hood’s Bay (24km)

One of the best last days of any walk! Before you begin your climb out of Grosmont look out for steam trains at the vibrant village station. You can catch glimpses of Whitby Abbey in the distance. if your steps start getting slower as you move towards Robin Hood’s Bay, we completely understand – you won’t want this special walk to end. But there’s much to look at on your final walking day, including the last of the captivating moorlands and pretty Little Beck Woods. Enjoy morning tea or lunch at the delightful Falling Foss Tea Gardens before, finally, meeting the North Sea and stunning cliff-top views as you walk the last few kilometres and head straight to Robin Hood’s Bay and Wainwright’s Bar to celebrate your achievement.

8 hours
Total ascent: 775m / descent 805m
Meals: B

Day 12: Depart Robin Hood’s Bay

After a leisurely breakfast feel free to check out any time before 10am. If you have time, explore the fascinating nooks and crannies of Robin Hood’s Bay on the ‘Original Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk’ whose trail meanders through backstreets and alleyways while you listen to tales of smugglers, sailors and shipwrecks.

Meals: B

Dates

Self-guided trips offer flexibility, independence and choice. Set your own agenda while someone else worries about the logistics. Our self-guided walking holidays are fully flexible which means you can normally start your walk on any day during the season and customise by adding extra days for resting or sightseeing. As you’re walking independently, you’re free to follow the trail at your own pace. You set your own speed as you are not limited by the constraints of group travel.

Note that if booking for a trip that leaves in 30 days or less, please be aware we cannot guarantee that your departure will be possible unless we have confirmed this via email first.

 

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Inclusions

  • Hassle-free walking with exclusive use of RAW Travel’s specifically designed Coast to Coast navigational hiking App.
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in character-filled warm country inns and B&Bs – hand-selected by our team
  • Fresh fruits, yoghurts, cereals or a traditional hearty English breakfast to support you each day on the trail
  • Pack-free walking with daily luggage transfers to your accommodation (20kg per person)
  • Local 24/7 UK support from RAW Travel staff
  • Comprehensive information pack with full Coast to Coast guidebook and map booklet
  • Our Coast to Coast team know and love this path, which is why a pre-trip consultation provide added assurance to help you on your way

Not Included

  • Single supplement $400
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights

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Reviews

Andrew and Gabrielle Tagg, East Killara (NSW) – June 2019
I just wanted to say that Gabrielle and I both agreed this Coast to Coast walk is fabulous and is arguably the best walk we have done to date. The scenery and the joy of walking in such secluded, pristine, beautiful and ever-changing vista, constantly reminded us how fortunate we were to be there. We were lucky with the weather, plus no injuries or blisters. The locals and fellow walkers we met and with whom we chatted were amazing and the places in which we stayed were always cosy, inviting, welcoming and a joy to be there. We both agreed at the end we could have easily continued walking such were the delights this walk evokes within you.

Sarah Beadman, Suffolk Park (NSW) – June 2019
Great way to see England’s countryside. The locals so welcoming and keen to help you. Challenges you mentally and physically. Didn’t want it to end.

Maureen Baker, Redcliffe (QLD) – May 2019
We just wanted to thank you for your great organisation of our Coast to Coast walk across England. Absolutely everything went like clockwork. We had good weather – no driving rain. Yes, at times it was cold but that is to be expected. All hosts were lovely. Plenty of food, especially the lunches. One lunch between two of us was more than ample. I would recommend RAW Travel to anyone interested in the Coast to Coast walk.

Julie Kidd, Bunyip (VIC) – June 2018
A truly wonderful experience of walking in remote parts of England.

Dave & Kerry Stevenson, Glendale (NSW) – May 2018
All went well. The weather was almost perfect; it only rained at night. A very minor issue was the ‘breeze’ up on Kidsty Pike – let us say it was strong enough to blow you away if you were not careful. The accommodation was excellent all the way along the trail. The different B&B hosts were great and added good memories to the experience. Packhorse was flawless in moving our luggage around. The trail was a little harder underfoot than we expected with more rock hopping than we trained for, but a lot less mud. I only made one navigation error of note at Kidsty Pike in the cloud and wind but that was quickly corrected using a GPS app on my phone. I recommend the GPS app as a cheap alternative to getting a proper GPS like a Garmin Etrex. Although one lady we met used one and said it made navigation a breeze. At each decision point on the trail she knew within about 10m if she was on the right track or not. She said she hired it in Amsterdam for about 40 euros for the trip. Maybe there is somewhere in Australia that may hire GPS units, I certainly never thought of it. With Coast to Coast done and dusted we are looking forward to the Camino from Portugal. Thanks for your help with the trip and also to Ros and the rest of the team.

Matthew & Catherine Gibney, Invermay (VIC) – August 2017
Brilliant trip! One of our best ever holidays. Invigorating and relaxing at the same time. Lovely scenery, lovely people on the way, well organised with good accommodation. We loved the challenge and the interaction with locals and other travellers. We often took the harder ‘high road’ as we are all very fit. This was wonderful.

Joanne Ham, Windermere (VIC) – August 2017
We had a great walk, varied scenery and excellent accommodation.

Jane McInnis, Glen Iris, VIC – May 2017
I am so glad to have had the experience of walking Coast to Coast – it gave me the life space I was after, in a most wonderful series of natural spaces. I walked every day at my own pace, except for the 3 days guided in the Lakes District. Guide Neil was spot on in terms of the kind of person you would hope to have in this role. I would not have been without this aspect of my walk – I gained confidence, learnt key compass skills, and got answers to a wide range of questions (plants, animals, geology, local lives etc), and it enabled me to experience climbing Helvellyn and clambering down Swirral Edge – brilliant! There was a blend of old style and more funky accommodation – all absolutely fine. Lots of climbing up and down, big skies, hillsides of bluebells, babbling streams, swathes of native garlic in the woods. Rain, fog, mist, cloud, sun and wind! Rockwalls, kissing gates, latches of all kinds and ingenuity, and so much more. Thank you.

Jenny Fessl, St Leonards, NSW – May 2017
Thanks Sandra for all your help and organisation so that I was able to do this wonderful walk. The last day into Robin Hood’s Bay was a long but very rewarding day. It was a very special moment when we reached the North Sea and wet our boots and threw the stone into the sea. The achievement of what we had done was well rewarded at the pub afterwards.

Perry Shears
The service was absolutely first class. It was an absolute treat  to know that a new host awaited me at the end of each day… I cannot recommend your company enough and have sold its praises to everyone who has asked me about the walk.

Barbara Durmanic
The trip was excellent. Everything worked brilliantly, including accommodation and bag drop off. I really enjoyed the mix of B&Bs and hotels – all welcoming and of a high standard. Well done.

What our Clients Say

This Coast to Coast walk is fabulous and is arguably the best walk we have done to date. The scenery and the joy of walking in such secluded, pristine, beautiful and ever-changing vista, constantly reminded us how fortunate we were to be there.

Andrew and Gabrielle Tagg, NSW – June 2019

Great way to see England's countryside. The locals so welcoming and keen to help you. Challenges you mentally and physically. Didn't want it to end.

Sarah Beadman, NSW – June 2019

We just wanted to thank you for your great organisation of our Coast to Coast. Absolutely everything went like clockwork. All hosts were lovely. Plenty of food. I would recommend RAW Travel to anyone interested in the Coast to Coast walk.

Maureen Baker, QLD – May 2019

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Challenging