Coast to Coast Walk Guided Walking Holiday

15 day holiday, 14 nights accommodation, 13 days walking, 190 miles, from £1095 per person



The Coast to Coast walk is a 190 mile route crossing the North of England. The route was devised by renowned walker and writer Alfred Wainwright and has become one of the most inspiring long distance walks in the world.

Our Coast to Coast guided tours are group walking holidays with a guide. You walk from west to east through stunning scenery, crossing the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks. Typically you travel to the village of St Bees on the Cumbria coast, meet your guide and fellow walkers in the evening, and overnight ready to start your walk the following morning.

The route follows the coastline before heading east and entering the Lake District National Park. The Lake District is home to spectacular lake and mountain scenery. Although not high the mountains are rugged with steep footpaths. From Shap the Coast to Coast route levels to cross the undulating farmland between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, where the high ground returns but with less exerting ascents. At Richmond you leave the Dales and walk across the low lying Vale of Mowbray to Ingleby Cross and the beginning of the North York Moors. From here the trail leads you on a roller coaster ride across the heather covered hills to the North Sea and Robin Hoods Bay.

Each night on the trail you stay in a different village along the route in selected accommodation, with full English breakfast provided. Your luggage is transferred to your next accommodation. The minibus service will also transfer you with your luggage if you are ill or injured.

The terrain on this trail is a diversity of rocky mountain paths, limestone plateau’s, country lanes, rolling hillsides and farmland. If you are contemplating the Coast to Coast walk and would like to gain a better idea of its landscapes and terrain please click on Coast to Coast photo diary.

This is a challenging route in parts, the valleys through the middle section, and the arable land in the eastern section make for straightforward walking, but the hills of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are rugged and gradients can be steep, so before you embark on this walk you must be physically fit, and equipped to meet it.

Guided Coast to Coast Walk Dates 2015

Date

Duration

Availability

Price

2nd May - 16th May

15 days

4 Places Available

£1095 per person

6th June - 20th June

15 days

1 Male Place Available

£1095 per person

20th June - 4th July

15 days

10 Places Available

£1095 per person

4th July - 18th July

15 days

6 Places Available

£1095 per person

18th July - 1st Aug

15 days

12 Places Available

£1095 per person

1st Aug - 15th Aug

15 days

11 Places Available

£1095 per person

29th Aug - 12th Sep

15 days

2 Places Available

£1095 per person

12th Sep - 26th Sep

15 days

8 Places Available

£1095 per person



Single travellers - we have a limited number of single occupancy rooms available on each tour for a supplement of £245 per person. However if you do not require single occupancy we will room you in a twin room (with two single beds) with a fellow traveller of the same gender, and therefore you will not be charged the single occupancy supplement.

Outline Itinerary


Day 1 St Bees:
Arrive at your accommodation in St Bees. Meet your guide and walking companions at the welcome meeting in the evening.

Day 2: St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge. Distance 14 miles
Following Coast to Coast walker tradition we go down to the beach to dip our boots into the sea. Initially our route heads north across the cliff tops, on a clear day you can see Scotland and the Isle of Man. The path heads in land and the landscape changes as we enter the Lake District National Park.

Day 3: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite. Distance 14 miles
The day starts along the banks of Ennerdale water. After joining a forest track the path climbs gradually through the trees to the bottom of Loft Beck, and a steep 300M ascent to our high point of the day at 600M. If the weather is clear there are wonderful views back to the sea. After crossing the fell we descend into Rosthwaite.

Day 4: Rosthwaite to Grasmere. Distance 10 miles
Although not a long day it is a strenuous but gradual walk to the top of Greenup Edge at 600M. We cross the high pass before descending into Easedale, and then arriving in the picturesque village of Grasmere; once home to the poet Wordsworth.

Day 5: Grasmere to Patterdale Valley. Distance 8 miles
A lunch time start today to allow you more time to explore Grasmere. The path rises gradually before a final steep ascent to Grisedale Tarn at 550M. The tarn sits in a dip between two of Lakeland’s highest peaks; Fairfield 873M and Dollywaggon 858M. From the tarn it is all down hill into Patterdale/Glenridding.

Day 6: Patterdale Valley to Shap. Distance 17 miles
There is a sharp steep walk to Boredale Hause at 400M from here the path rises, with the odd undulation to the summit of Kidsty Pike 780M. This is the highest point on the Coast to Coast route. Look back to take one last look at the serrated mountain skyline of the Lake District. From here the path descends steeply to Haweswater, and on to Shap.

Day 7: Shap to Kirkby Stephen. Distance 20 miles
A long day but less strenuous walking as we leave the Lake District Mountains behind and cross the limestone plateau and heather clad moors. The trail crosses undulating farmland, passing the fabled Robin Hoods grave and the ancient ‘Giants Graves’.

Day 8: Kirkby Stephen to Keld. Distance 13 miles
After leaving Kirkby Stephen we enter the Yorkshire Dales, the path rises steadily to the summit of Nine Standards Rigg 662M. The hill is named after the group of ancient cairns that mark its summit. The path falls gradually before joining up with the river Swale; swift flowing and broken with waterfalls.

Day 9: Keld to Reeth. Distance 11 miles
We are now in Swaledale. In the 18th and 19th Centuries the area was a hive of activity for lead mining, the disused workings are still visible today as we cross the moors.

Day 10: Reeth to Bolton on Swale (Richmond). Distance 17 miles
Early on the walk we pass the Benedictine ruins of Marrick Priory. We cross undulating farmland to Richmond, the biggest town on route. Richmond marks our departure from the Yorkshire Dales. To shorten the following days walk we continue along the banks of the river Swale to Bolton on Swale and then transfer back to Richmond.

Day 11: Bolton on Swale (Richmond) to Ingleby Cross. Distance 17 miles
In the morning we tranfser back to Bolton on Swale. Today’s path is almost level and generally easy going, on a mix of Country lanes and farmland. Bolton-on-Swale has a monument to Henry Jenkins who believe it or not died in 1670 at the age of 169.

Day 12: Ingleby Cross to Blakey Ridge. Distance 20 miles
This is the start of our crossing over the North York Moors. These are the Cleveland Hills, although there are some sharp ascents these hills are gentler than those we have crossed in the Lake District. For the last 8 miles the path levels and easy walking is found along the route of a dismantled railway line.

Day 13: Blakey Ridge to Grosmont. Distance 15 miles
From Blakey Ridge the path is level before gradually descending to the village of Glaisdale. Just after Glaisdale is the 17th century Beggars Bridge, a good spot for a photo. There is a short woodland walk to Egton Bridge, then the old toll road to Grosmont. Grosmont is home to several steam trains.

Day 14: Grosmont to Robin Hoods Bay. Distance 15 miles
The final day of the trail. A steep walk up the 1 in 3 road and the views to the sea open up. The route continues to follow country lanes, woodland paths and heather clad moors. You can smell the sea air. We are on cliff tops again, turning south to the seaside village of Robin Hoods Bay. Down to the beach and dip your toe in the sea once more. Your challenge is complete.Say farewell to your guide and reflect on your achievement.

Day 15: Robin Hoods Bay
After breakfast depart for home, but first you might like to take time to explore this picturesque once fishing village and reputed smugglers haunt.

Holiday Information


Duration of tour
15 days (14 nights)

Total distance
190 miles

Holidays include

  • Carefully selected walker friendly accommodation.

  • Full English breakfast each day.

  • Experienced Coast to Coast walk guide.

  • Luggage transfer between overnight accommodation.

  • Backup accommodation to accommodation transfer.

Start of tour
St Bees, Cumbria.

End of tour
Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire.

Group size
Maximum 12 people.

Grade

A challenging route walked at a steady pace and therefore a good level of fitness (stamina and cardiovascular) is required.

Terrain
The terrain varies from rocky paths (especially in the National Parks), to farmland and country lanes. The National Parks provide the challenge of some steep ascents and descents (perfect if you like walking in the mountains and hills).

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in selected comfortable B&B’s, Guest Houses, Hotels and Inns. Nearly all rooms are en-suite or have a private bathroom.

Extra nights accommodation
Additional nights accommodation can be booked on request for anyone wishing to arrive in St Bees or depart Robin Hoods Bay a day or two earlier/later. Price from £45 per person per night.

Single travellers
This group holiday is a good way to meet like minded people who share a passion to walk the coast to coast. Almost half our customers are single travellers. It’s a great way of meeting new people and making new friends. We have a limited number of single occupancy rooms available on each tour for a supplement. Alternatively if you do not require single occupancy we will room you in a twin room (with two single beds) with a fellow traveller of the same gender, and therefore you will not be charged the single occupancy supplement.

Meals
A full English breakfast is included.
Packed lunches can purchased from your overnight accommodation. Alternatively if you prefer, packed lunches can be prepaid and included in your holiday package for an additional supplement of £6.50 per day.
Evening meals can be purchased in pubs and overnight accommodation when a pub is not available.

Your Guide
Your experienced Guide will provide daily information about the route, and guide the way. Your Guide will provide information about your accommodation and places to eat in the evening, etc. Your Guide is emergency first aid trained.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the walk your luggage is transferred between overnight accommodation so all you need to carry is a day rucksack and its contents.

Support vehicle
We hope that everyone who joins us on the Coast to Coast route will complete their challenge, however illness and injury sometimes occur. For this reason we are supported by a daily transport service, which can drive you from accommodation to accommodation if needed.

Travel


By train
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at www.thetrainline.com Reduced price ‘Advanced tickets’ can be purchased from approx 12 weeks prior to departure. Prices can vary greatly and the cheaper tickets sometimes only become available approx 6 weeks prior to travel.
To St Bees
The train station in St Bees is a short walk from your accommodation. Approximate journey times – From Manchester Airport 4 hours. From London 5 hours.
To/From Kirkby Stephen (for coast to coast part 1 and 2 walkers)
The train station in Kirkby Stephen is a short taxi journey (1.5 miles) from your accommodation. Approximate journey times - Manchester Airport 3.5 hours. London 4.5 hours
From Robin Hoods Bay
Scarborough train station is a 40 minute bus or taxi journey from Robin Hoods Bay. Approximate journey times – To Manchester Airport 3 hours. To London 3 hours.



By Car
If parking and transfers are required please request at the time of booking.
Options available -
Parking in St Bees
Off road parking in St Bees. Price £3.00 per day.
Transfer from Robin Hoods Bay to St Bees - price from £90 per person (this transfer is over two days and therefore the price includes a night’s accommodation in Kirkby Stephen).
Alternatively taxi from Robin Hoods Bay to St Bees - price approx. £160.
Parking in Kirkby Stephen
Secure parking in Kirkby Stephen. Price £3.70 per day.
Transfer from Kirkby Stephen to St Bees - price £27 per person (depart 08:30 – arrive 10:15).
Transfer from Robin Hoods Bay to Kirkby Stephen - price £27 per person (depart 16:00 – arrive 18:15).

By Air
The most convenient major International airport with rail links is Manchester Airport.


Equipment List


Please remember to
1. Keep the weight of your day pack and walking/hiking equipment to a comfortable weight for you to carry

2. Keep your suitcase/luggage under the maximum transfer weight (Maximum: 20kg (44lbs)).

The following checklist is an aid to help you with your packing
Required
Walking/Hiking boots (worn in before your holiday)
Technical walking socks e.g. liner and thick outer socks
Trekking trousers (not jeans/denim)
Waterproof over trousers
Baselayer T-shirts and/or casual shirts
Fleece or warm jumper
Waterproof jacket
Spare warm layer (to carry in your rucksack)
Warm gloves
Warm hat
Sunhat
Rucksack (25 to 35 litres) and waterproof cover
Rucksack liner e.g. large plastic bag
Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
Basic First Aid Kit and personal medication
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Torch / flashlight
Whistle

Optional
Spare Laces
Gaiters
Shorts
Thermos flask for hot drinks
Antibacterial hand wash/wipes
Camera, film, batteries
Trekking poles
Sunglasses

Dossier


Northwestwalks Coast to Coast guided tours follow Wainwrights famous 190 mile long-distance route across the North of England. From St Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hoods Bay on the North Sea the route leads through spectacular scenery and contrasting landscapes, crossing the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks. There is a wealth of history along the route.

Initially the route follows the coastline around St Bees Head before turning east and entering the Lake District National Park. The Lake District is home to spectacular lake and mountain scenery. Although not high the mountains are rugged with steep footpaths. From Shap the Coast to Coast route levels to cross the undulating farmland between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, where the high ground returns but with less demanding ascents. At Richmond you leave the Dales and walk across the low lying Vale of Mowbray to Ingleby Cross and the beginning of the North York Moors. From here the trail leads you on a roller coaster ride across the heather covered hills to the North Sea and Robin Hoods Bay.



The Coast to Coast is a lengthy challenging 'trek' and should not be under estimated, the valleys through the middle section, and the arable land in the eastern section make for straightforward walking, but the hills of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are rugged and gradients can be steep, so before you embark on this walk you must be physically fit, and equipped to meet it. The terrain on this trail is a diversity of rocky mountain paths, limestone plateau’s, country lanes, rolling hillsides and farmland.

Our guided coast to coast holidays are group holidays with a guide. Each night on the trail you stay in a different village along the route in selected accommodation, with full English breakfast provided. Your luggage is transferred for you between overnight accommodation, the minibus service will also transfer you with your luggage if you need to miss a days walking.

Start point
St Bees, Cumbria

End point
Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire

Direction of walk
West to East

Group size
There will be a maximum of 12 people plus guide on your holiday.

Grade
A challenging route walked at a steady pace and therefore a good level of fitness (stamina and cardiovascular) is required.

Terrain
The terrain varies from rocky paths (especially in the National Parks), to farmland and country lanes. The National Parks provide the challenge of some steep ascents and descents (perfect if you like walking in the mountains and hills).

Included in the price of your holiday

  • 14 nights accommodation with full English breakfast

  • Experienced guide

  • Luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accommodation to accommodation transfer

Not included in the price of your holiday
Evening meals, packed lunches, drinks and snacks, travel insurance, travel to St Bees and from Robin Hoods Bay, souvenirs, etc.

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in a variety of selected comfortable B&Bs, Guest Houses, small hotels and Inns. Types and standards of accommodation vary from village to village, and room sizes and facilities vary within accommodation. Many properties are hundreds of years old, and although many rooms have been converted to ensuite (or have a private bathroom) it has not been possible to do so in some properties or rooms due to space limitations or buildings having listed status (a property preservation order). You can expect to share a bathroom (i.e. have non ensuite/private bathroom) for one or two nights of a full tour.

Single travellers
This group holiday is a good way to meet like minded people who share a passion to walk the coast to coast. Almost half our customers are single travellers. It’s a great way of meeting new people and making new friends. We have a limited number of single occupancy rooms available on each tour for a supplement. Alternatively if you do not require single occupancy we will room you in a twin room (with two single beds) with a fellow traveller of the same gender, and therefore you will not be charged the single occupancy supplement.

Guide
Your experienced Guide will provide daily information about the route, and guide the way. Your Guide will provide information about your accommodation and places to eat in the evening, etc. Your Guide is first aid trained.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the holiday your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation by a luggage transfer agent. Luggage allowance is 1 bag/person weighing not more than 20kg (44lbs).

Support vehicle
We hope that everyone who joins us on the Coast to Coast route will complete their challenge, however illness and injury sometimes occur. For this reason you are supported by a daily transport service, which can drive you from accommodation to accommodation if needed.

Meals
A full English breakfast is included.
Packed lunches can purchased from your overnight accommodation. Alternatively if you prefer, packed lunches can be prepaid and included in your holiday package for an additional supplement of £6.50 per day.
Evening meals can be purchased in pubs and overnight accommodation when a pub is not available.

Extra nights accommodation
You can add extra nights accommodation in St Bees or Robin Hoods Bay. Price from £45 per person per night.

Weather
The weather in Northern England is best described as changeable but we do get long dry warm spells. You should be prepared for all possibilities as weather, particularly in the mountains, can change quickly. Weather statistics are available from the Met Office at www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/

Clothing
Good outdoor clothing and waterproofs are essential.

Footwear
Comfortable walking boots which provide good grip on multiple terrain and ankle support are recommended.

Equipment
A suggested equipment list will be sent to you.

Laundrette
There is a laundrette in Kirkby Stephen.


Route description

The following is intended to provide some further information about the route and points of interest. Please note that all distances, timings and heights are approximate and along with all the other information are provided as an aid to describe the route. The time to cover the distance includes time spent walking and time for breaks. If further information is required please contact our office. Several guide books providing detailed route descriptions and information are also available.

Day 1 St Bees
Arrive at the accommodation

Meet your guide and fellow walking companions at the welcome meeting in the evening.

Day 2 St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge (village height above sea level 100M).
Distance 14 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 685m/2250ft – 7.5 hours

The seaside village of St Bees on the Cumbria (west) coast is the official starting point for Wainwrights world famous Coast to Coast walk.A plaque on the seafront marks the start of the route. Tradition says to dip your toe in the sea and then collect a small pebble to carry with you to the east coast. Initially our route heads north along the coastal path with views of Scotland and the Isle of Man. We leave the coastal path and head east towards the Lake District Mountains. The route passes through the villages of Sandwith, Moor Row and Cleator followed by a steep walk up Dent (352M), the high point of the day. Admire the views before continuing across the hilltop and descending steeply down a forest track to Nannycatch Beck. We follow the beck and then a roadside path to Ennerdale Bridge.

Day 3 Ennerdale Bridge (100M) to Rosthwaite (100M).
Distance 14 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 530m/1740ft - 8 hours

We follow the country lanes to Ennerdale Water then the rocky path along the banks of the Lake. At the far end of the Lake we take the forest track that climbs gradually along Ennerdale valley to the remote Black Sail Hut YHA (290M). From the YHA continue to the bottom of Loft Beck and a steep ascent to the high point of the day at 600M. The views back to the sea are spectacular. We follow the rocky path across the fell and descend to Honister (330M). Continue descending into the beautiful Borrowdale valley to the village of Seatoller (120M) then follow the footpaths to Rosthwaite.

Day 4 Rosthwaite (100M) to Grasmere (75M).
Distance 10 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 530m/1740ft - 6 hours

We take the track alongside Stonethwaite Beck then a rocky path climbing steadily alongside Greenup Gill. We walk steeply up the steps and rocks (a bit tricky but not technical) to the left side of Lining Crag (500M) and admire the views to the north and east. Continue to Greenup Edge, today’s high point at 620M, and then descend the rocky path to the head of Far Easedale. Your guide then considers several factors and decides to either follow the ridge walk across Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag before descending steeply into Grasmere or take the less arduous route down Far Easedale.

Day 5 Grasmere (75M) to Glenridding (150M).
Distance 8 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 505m/1655ft - 5 hours

We follow the lane to Mill Bridge then take the rocky path which climbs steadily alongside Tongue Gill to Grisedale Tarn (550M). From Grisedale Tarn we follow the route down hill alongside Grisedale Beck to Patterdale valley and the village of Glenridding on the shores of Ullswater.

Day 6 Glenridding (150M) to Shap (250M).
Distance 17 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 760m/2500ft - 9 hours

A short valley walk then a sharp steep walk up to Boredale Hause (400M), the rocky path now climbs with less gradient past Angle Tarn and Satura Crag (600M), it descends to 500M and then climbs sharply again to round The Knott (739M). We then walk a short section of High Street. Our final Lakeland summit is Kidsty Pike (780M) the highest point on route. From here look back across the Lake District and then turn to view the Eden Valley and the Pennine Mountains. We descend gradually at first then steeply down to Haweswater (250M), and follow the rocky path alongside the banks of the reservoir to Burnbanks. The terrain eases as the route crosses undulating farmland to Shap

Day 7 Shap (250M) to Kirkby Stephen (180M).
Distance 20 miles - Long Moderate - Height Gain 150m/490ft - 8.5 hours

The Lake District Mountains are left behind and the gradients ease to cross the rolling farmland and hills in Eden Valley. We follow the footpaths across the limestone plateau passing the secluded hamlet of Oddendale and the granite boulders deposited by ice age glaciers. Orton lies a mile to the south of the route. We continue over rolling farmland and across the moors passing Sunbiggin, the hidden remains of several ancient settlements, and Smardale Bridge to the market town Kirkby Stephen.

Day 8 Kirkby Stephen (180M) to Keld (350M).
Distance 13 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 515m/1690ft - 7 hours

Across Franks Bridge and head for the lane which becomes a broad path onto the Pennine Moors and the summit of Nine Standards Rigg (662M). Depending on the time of year there are three routes over and around Nine Standards; green (avoiding the summit) for winter and spring, red for early summer, and blue for late summer and autumn. All routes cross peat, which is notoriously boggy in wet weather, before descending to the River Swale and the road in to Keld.

Day 9 Keld (350M) to Reeth (200M).
Distance 11 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 150m/490ft - 6.5 hours

The route stays high and crosses moorland that is scarred from a lead mining industry that disappeared at the end of the 19th century. From Keld the route descends to the river then climbs past Crackpot Hall and the ruins of Swinner Gill mine workings. It crosses the moor (580M) before dropping into Gunnerside Gill (400M) and then up onto Melbecks Moor (550M). From here a broad track descends gradually passing the ruins of Old Gang Smelting Mills to Surrender Bridge (350M). The last test of the day is to drop into Cringley Bottom, cross the stream and then continue over the farmland to Reeth.

Day 10 Reeth (200M) to Bolton on Swale near Richmond (150M).
Distance 17 miles - Long Moderate - Height Gain 400m/1315ft - 8 hours

This is a much easier day’s terrain through rolling countryside passing Marrick Priory, Marske village and Whitecliffe wood. We arrive in Richmond at lunchtime and then continue to Bolton on Swale in the afternoon (to reduce the following day’s distance). Short transfer back to Richmond.

Day 11 Bolton on Swale, Richmond (150M) to Ingleby Cross (100M).
Distance 17 miles - Long Moderate - Height Gain 100m/330ft - 7.5 hours

Transfer back to Bolton on Swale. The route to Danby Wiske is almost level and generally easy going, it crosses farmland and then follows 8 miles of country lanes and then farmland again across the low lying Vale of Mowbray to Ingleby Cross.

Day 12 Ingleby Cross (100M) to Blakey Ridge (400M).
Distance 20 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 970m/3190ft - 8.5 hours

A rollercoaster day. The path climbs through Arncliffe Wood and joins the Cleveland Way trail. The route then descends into Scugdale (100M). Not keen to stay low the path climbs steadily at first then steeply onto Gold Hill (315M). It continues onto Carlton Moor (408M) before descending to Green Bank (300M). Once again it climbs going over Cringle Moor (430M), descends to 280M back up to 400M, down again to 300M and then a final climb through the Wainstones onto Hasty Bank (398M) before descending to the road at Clay Bank Top (250M). If all the up and down seems like too much hard work there is a path that contours round the hills from Green Bank to Clay Bank. A final steep ascent to Carr Ridge (390M) is followed by a gradual rise to the summit of Round Hill (454M), the highest point on the North York Moors. The path descends to Bloworth Crossing (400M) were it leaves the Cleveland Way and continues on an almost level disused railway line across the desolate moors to the remote Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge.

Day 13 Blakey Ridge (400M) to Grosmont (50M).
Distance 15 miles - Long Moderate - Height Gain 100m/330ft - 6 hours

High on the moors we follow a road for a few miles before returning to tracks through the heathers. Another road walk and then the route takes a broad disused track gradually descending Glaisdale Moor into Glaisdale village. The route, never far from the River Esk, passes through woodland to Egton Bridge where it follows a once toll road through the private estate of Egton Manor to Grosmont.

Day 14 Grosmont (50M) to Robin Hoods Bay.
Distance 15 miles - Long Moderate - Height Gain 475m/1560ft - 7 hours

The road climbs steeply out of Grosmont (its not called the 1 in 3 for nothing) to its high point on Sleights Moor (285M), there are wonderful views to Whitby and the sea. Still on heather moorland the route descends into Littlebeck (50M). After the woodland walk it climbs back up to 200M and crosses a final stretch of heather moorland before following country lanes to the coast. We turn south to follow the coastal path to Robin Hoods Bay and a final last descent to the sea. Follow tradition once more by dipping your boot in the sea and throwing your pebble in (that should baffle the geologists in years to come). Being built on the hillside the street from top to bottom of the village is the final steep descent/ascent on route. Your challenge is complete.

Day 15 Robin Hoods Bay
After breakfast depart for home, but first you might like to take time to explore this picturesque once fishing village and reputed smugglers haunt.

Customer reviews

I have been meaning to write after completing the Guided Coast to Coast (1st June - 15th June) this year.Superbly organised! Thank you so much for all the work which, I'm sure, is quite considerable. We found the booking arrangements were very efficiently dealt with too. Being used to tenting wherever we go here in Australia - AND carrying it all - I found the accommodation to be luxury ++ !! Being guided also made for a relaxed walk. Wouldn't have changed a thing - even the weather was wonderful; raincoat on for half an hour during the entire walk. A long-held ambition achieved with many fond memories. Thank you for an excellent two weeks.
Ros, Australia, Coast to Coast Guided, 2013


Both Mary and myself enjoyed the C2C walk with Wayne our guide being both informative and friendly. We were amazed that everything went so well, the luggage transfer was brilliant, the accommodation excellent, the group we were with all got on well. Thanks for a great walking holiday.
Steve and Mary, Australia, Coast to Coast Guided, 2013

The holiday was all and more with better than expected accommodation with high standards trying to be upheld. Obviously the places are aware of your standards and it seems you do an audit of things regularly....
Jeff, Australia, Coast to Coast Guided, 2013


Good morning dean. the coast to coast walk was an amazing trip and experience. I did it all ! The most beautiful sceneries and landscapes. I will speak highly about your company and i will book another walk for 2014 ! Steve is a wonderful guide.
Christine, UK, Coast to Coast Guided, 2013

Just a short note to compliment you on the organisation of the walk, from the website information to the baggage handling to the bed and breakfasts which were all first class. I did the Coast to Coast in September 2012, and it was just a great experience...And of course compliments to our guide, Scott. Very experienced with a good sense of humour, he did a great job. thanks again, will be back for another C2C with your company. Unforgettable.
Ken, Australia, Coast to Coast Guided, 2012


I completed the C2C walk...I just wanted to let you know we thought it was a fantastic experience and it was the best holiday I’ve ever had. Scott, our guide, was marvellous and I wanted to pass on the highest praise for him...
Gill and Kate, UK, Coast to Coast Guided, 2012

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Coast to Coast Walk. I should first of all say a big thanks to Wayne - he made the walk a really memorable trip and I enjoyed his company. The accommodation was cracking - I loved the diversity of places (and hosts!) to stay with. The weather was brilliant so we were very lucky all round.
Maurice, UK, Coast to Coast Guided, 2012


We just want to say how much we enjoyed our coast to coast walk. It is something that we had been thinking and talking about doing for a few years now. We are so glad we have done it and that we chose Northwestwalks. It was first class accomodation and arrangements throughout. A big thanks also to our excellent guide Paul for helping to make it an unforgetable experience.
Allan & Maria, UK, Coast to Coast Guided, 2012

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the coast to coast walk over the last 2 weeks, Steve was a wonderful guide, we couldn't have had a better one, and the weather was kind to us as well! Belinda and I were getting enthused about doing the Mont Blanc walk next year so we may be in touch!
Carole, UK, Coast to Coast Guided, 2012


just a quick email to let you know how much I enjoyed the Coast to coast walk Steve was fantastic. A very good guide and very knowledgeable in the history and geology of the walk and his people skills were second to none. The accommodation were far above my expectations, thanks for a terrific walk i'm sure you will see me again.
Rod, UK, Coast to Coast Guided, 2012

I must tell you how much i enjoyed the C2C walk that we completed on Friday, hard, yes, but fantastic scenery, the standard of accommodation was first class with great breakfasts. We all agreed what a wonderful guide Scott turned out to be, giving excellent leadership and a really supportive side to the less able or fit in our group, full of praise for him.
John, UK, Coast to Coast Guided, 2011


I am writing this email to say thank you for a very special holiday which was well organised and well led …As it turned out the accommodation booked by North West Walks was excellent and my big nightmare of sharing a room with a stranger was not a problem - I got on with my roommate… straight away and we will very likely do some other walks together. Our guide, Steve, kept a careful watch over us and quickly assessed the strengths and weaknesses of the group … So, all in all, a brilliant experience not to be forgotten.
Duncan, UK, Coast to Coast Guided, 2011

Just a quick email to say thank you for the Coast to Coast walk. The holiday was excellently organised and the accommodation was extremely good – I cannot fault it at all and it all contributed to one of the best holidays I have ever had. If I hear of anyone else who wants to do the Coast to Coast I will certainly recommend you to them.
Gary, UK, Coast to Coast Guided, 2011


I want to thank you and your team, as well as our guide John, for helping us to enjoy one of the best vacations ever. Mary and I successfully completed the Coast to Coast on August 13th. It was exhausting, challenging and rewarding at the same time.
Stephen, Canada, Coast to Coast Guided, 2010

Just a short line to say to thank you and your team for an experience of a life time in completing the coast to coast, steve was a good guide and his depth of knowledge was very interesting and eye opening.
Tony, UK, Coast to Coast Guided, 2010


Dear Dean, Charles has now come home proudly bearing his certificate which is displayed in the kitchen. The walk was extremely well organised and all praise for Bob for his wonderful support and guidance.
Charles, Australia, Coast to Coast Guided, 2010

A quick note to tell you how much I enjoyed the Coast to Coast Walk under the efficient guidance of Steve! A most memorable two weeks that I will never forget and I would like to congratulate Northwestwalks on the overall organisation of the walk. The days were tough but the overnight accommodation was always comfortable and you have obvioiusly researched the specific pubs and B&Bs. Good beer and good food.
Ian, Australia, Coast to Coast Guided, 2010



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