Dales and Moors
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. 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.
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Get Ready For
- Stunning patchwork of sheep-dotted fields and dry stone walls
- Mingle with locals and enjoy a pint in warm cosy traditional pubs and inns
- Enjoy a friendly English welcome at our carefully chosen inns and B&Bs
- Wander wide moorland spaces past mysterious medieval stone markers
- Stroll through pretty valleys among a quintessential English landscape
- In late summer, delight in a vast carpet of purple flowering heathland flowers
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, the gateway to your Dales and Moors adventure.
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.
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.
Total ascent: 780m / descent 575m
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.
Total ascent: 838m / descent 911m via the higher route. Also 5 hours via the low route.
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.
Total ascent: 395m / descent 510m
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!
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.
Total ascent: 138m/ descent 213m
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.
Total ascent: 220m/ descent 120m
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.
Total ascent: 1130m/ descent 1015m
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.
Total ascent: 505m/ descent 375m
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
Total ascent: 265m / descent 616m
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.
Total ascent: 775m / descent 805m
A day to relax and enjoy your achievement of completing the Coast to Coast walk. Explore this charming little town, maybe walk the Cinder Track or just relax in the local pub and swap stories with fellow walkers!
After a leisurely breakfast feel free to check out 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’ – the trail meanders through backstreets and alleyways while you listen to tales of smugglers, sailors and shipwrecks.
- Hassle-free walking with exclusive use of RAW Travel’s specifically designed Coast to Coast navigation hiking app
- Pre-trip consultation from our Coast to Coast Team – added assurance to help you on your way
- 12 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)
- Coast to Coast guidebook
- Carbon offset for your trip and a native tree planted for every walker
- Single supplement from $780
- Travel insurance
finding your way
Our unique RAW Travel walking app has been designed to help you navigate easily on the Coast to Coast Path. Simply download your map with the unique link we send you and you’ll be able to follow your route with ease, showing your location in real-time without any internet connection needed or cumbersome pages of notes. The app has many great features: it shows the location of each night’s accommodation, weather forecasts localised for your overnight stops, plus important reminders, safety information, videos and emergency contact details. It also has a unique audio feature that can tell you about places and points of interest as you approach them on the trail.
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. You’ll have our use of our exclusive navigation app, which will help you find your way. 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. The freedom of a self-guided trip is something that, once experienced, is sought time and time again
Wainwright’s iconic Coast to Coast Path passes through glorious scenery in three of England’s best national parks – the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. There are countless small villages, majestic views and warm, welcoming pubs to break your journey. Find out all you need to know in our free Destination Guide bursting with inspiration, travel essentials, practical information and more!
Coast to Coast
Coast to Coast
Lakeland Ramble – Coast to Coast
- Relax and enjoy cosy B&Bs and pubs along the route
- Wander through charming lakeland villages
- Absorb the remote wilderness of the Lake District
- Listen for cuckoos in the Borrowdale valley
Coast to Coast
The Guided Trip – Coast to Coast
- Fully guided and pack-free with our qualified mountain guide
- Ramble through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Be charmed by quintessential English villages and pubs
- Rolling hills, pastures and the world’s most charming sheep
Coast to Coast
The Slow Walk – Coast to Coast
- Take your time, enjoy life in the slow lane
- Reconnect with nature, yourself or your walking buddy
- Enjoy the warmth of your character-filled accommodation
- Be captivated by woodlands, meadows and mountain views
Coast to Coast
The Self-Guided Trip – Coast to Coast
- Traverse northern England on Wainwright’s famous walk
- Discover dramatic lakeland panoramas
- Meander three of England’s most beautiful national parks
- Be charmed by quintessential English villages and pubs
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The Swift Walk – Coast to Coast
- Enjoy high fells, wild moorlands and deep lakes
- Fall in love with idyllic rural towns and historic villages
- Mingle with fellow walkers in cosy, centuries-old pubs
- Have fun as you challenge your fitness and stamina
TRIP date selection
when would you like to travel?
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