Coast to Coast Part 2 Self Guided Walking Holiday

Holidays from 7-10 Days Walking, 108-109 miles, Price from £535 per person



This is an 110 mile self guided walking holiday following Wainwrights Coast to Coast route across North Yorkshire. Our Coast to Coast self guided tours are independent walking holidays. You walk from west to east through stunning scenery, crossing the Pennines and Cleveland Hills.

From Kirkby Stephen the route enters the Yorkshire Dales national park and crosses the Pennines. 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 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.

The Coast to Coast route is not generally way marked, therefore map and compass reading skills are essential. 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 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.

Book with Northwestwalks and you can be confident of a personal, professional and well organised service. You can be assured we select quality walker friendly accommodation and provide a reliable daily luggage transfer service, plus a holiday pack which includes route information, accommodation details, route map, guidebook and the reassurance we can always be contacted should you need assistance.


Coast to Coast Walk Part 2 Itineraries and Prices

Our self guided holidays are booked on an individual basis and therefore you can start your holiday on any date of your choice between April and early October.
You can include rest days from £45ppn if required.
To book your holiday choose an itinerary that meets your requirements, then click Book Your Holiday


8 Nights Accommodation/7 Days Walking
Coast to Coast part 2 self guided holiday

  • 8 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 108 miles

  • Average daily distance 15 miles

  • Shortest day 11 miles

  • Longest day 22 miles

  • Holiday price £535 per person.
    Single supplement £120.

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9 Nights Accommodation/8 Days Walking
Coast to Coast part 2 self guided holiday

  • 9 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 108 miles

  • Average daily distance 13.5 miles

  • Shortest day 11 miles

  • Longest day 19 miles

  • Holiday price £595 per person.
    Single supplement £135.

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10 Nights Accommodation/9 Days Walking
Coast to Coast part 2 self guided holiday

  • 10 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 109 miles

  • Average daily distance 12 miles

  • Shortest day 9 miles

  • Longest day 15 miles

  • Holiday price £660 per person.
    Single supplement £150.

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11 Nights Accommodation/10 Days Walking
Coast to Coast part 2 self guided holiday

  • 11 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 109 miles

  • Average daily distance 11 miles

  • Shortest day 9 miles

  • Longest day 13 miles

  • Holiday price £710 per person.
    Single supplement £165.

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Holiday price - Our holiday prices are based on two people sharing a room.

Single supplement - There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £15 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

Extra nights/rest days can be added to your itinerary. Price from £45 per person per night.

If you want to follow an itinerary that is not listed please contact us on 01257 424889 or email nww@northwestwalks.co.uk

Holiday Information


Holidays include

  • Carefully selected walker friendly accommodation.

  • Breakfast each day.

  • Luggage transfer between overnight accommodation.

  • Backup accommodation to accommodation personal transfer if needed.

  • Route information and itinerary.

  • Detailed instructions to find your accommodation.

  • Guidebook and Harvey maps for the group Leader.

  • Emergency contact.

Tour Availability
This walking holiday is available from April to October. You can book your holiday to start on any date of your choice.

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. We try to book rooms with ensuite or private facilities every night, however in a few villages ensuite accommodation is limited and we may have to book rooms with shared facilities for one or two nights of your holiday.

Meals
Breakfast is included.
Packed lunches can be readily purchased from your overnight accommodation or local shop.
Evening meals can be purchased in local village pubs or overnight accommodation when a pub is not available.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the holiday 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 walks 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.

Accommodation directions
We provide detailed instructions to find you accommodation.

Guide Books and Maps
A guidebook and Harvey route maps are included.


Coast to Coast Part 2 (East) Route Description


The Coast to Coast Part 2 walk is a 110 mile route across North Yorkshire. The route is the Eastern half of Alfred Wainwright's famous coast to coast route. The following is intended to provide further information about the route and points of interest. Please note that all distances and heights in this document are approximate and along with all the other information are provided as an aid to describe the route. Several guide books providing more detailed route descriptions and information are available.

Start of route Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

End of route Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire

Direction of walk West to East

Grade of walking


Terrain
The terrain varies from rocky paths to farmland paths, fields and country lanes.

Waymarking
Despite its popularity the route is not a National Trail and therefore waymarking is limited. We recommend you are able to navigate with a map and compass. A GPS is also a good backup device.



Route description


Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen is a small market town in the eden valley with a few pubs, cafes and shops.

Kirkby Stephen (180M) to Keld (350M). Distance 13 miles
Cross 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. If the weather is poor a road over the moor leads from Kirkby Stephen to Keld.

Keld (350M) to Reeth (200M). Distance 11 miles
From Keld you have a choice of routes. The main 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) and another smelt mill. The last test of the day is to drop into Cringley Bottom, cross the river and then continue over the farmland to Reeth. The alternative route, which is very appealing if staying in Thwaite or Muker, is to follow the ‘royal road’ through Swaledale valley. The route passes through Gunnerside and a few small pleasant Yorkshire Dales villages.

Reeth (200M) to Richmond (150M). Distance 11 miles
This is a much easier day’s walk across rolling countryside passing Marrick Priory, Marske village and Whitecliffe wood to the largest town on route, Richmond.

Richmond (150M) to Danby Wiske (36M). Distance 13 miles
The route to Danby Wiske is almost level and generally easy going, it crosses farmlands to Bolton on Swale and then follows 7 miles of country lanes across the low lying Vale of Mowbray.

Danby Wiske (36M) to Ingleby Cross (80M). Distance 9 miles
The path remains easy going initially following the country lanes before returning to farm land. Take care crossing the busy A19 road.

Ingleby Cross (80M) to Clay Bank Top (250M) near Great Broughton. Distance 13 miles
This is the start of the crossing over the Cleveland Hills and the North York Moors, which are covered in purple heather during late summer months. The route follows the Cleveland Way trail and climbs steadily over Beacon Hill (299M) then descends into Scugdale (100M). Not keen to stay low the sometimes paved 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

Clay Bank Top (250M) to Blakey Ridge (400M). Distance 9 miles
There is a steep ascent to Carr Ridge (390M) 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.

Blakey Ridge (400M) to Glaisdale (120M). Distance 10 miles
After a few miles alongside the road the route follows a track across the heather clad moors. Another road walk and then the route continues along a broad disused track gradually descending Glaisdale Moor into Glaisdale village.

Glaisdale (120M) to Grosmont (50M). Distance 4 miles
Never far from the River Esk the route passes through East Arnecliffe Wood to Egton Bridge where it follows a once toll road through the private estate of Egton Manor to Grosmont.

Grosmont (50M) to Littlebeck (50M). Distance 4 miles
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).

Littlebeck (50M) to Robin Hoods Bay. Distance 11 miles
The route follows a woodland trail. After the woodland the path rises and crosses a final stretch of heather moorland before following country lanes to the coast. This time the path turns south to follow a 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). Your challenge is complete.

Robin Hoods Bay
Robin Hoods Bay is a picturesque once fishing village and reputed smugglers haunt. Being built on the hillside the street from top to bottom of the village is the final steep descent/ascent on route.

Travel


By train
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at www.thetrainline.com
Prices can vary greatly and reduced price ‘Advanced tickets’ are sometimes available and can be purchased from approximately 12 weeks prior to departure.
To Kirkby Stephen
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.
Parking in Kirkby Stephen
Secure parking in Kirkby Stephen - price £4.00 per day.
Transfer from Robin Hoods Bay to Kirkby Stephen - price £30.00 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

Customer reviews

Dean, Thank you yet again for the organisation of our walk on the 2nd part of the coast to coast. All of our accommodations were excellent giving us a wonderful experience
Sue and Trev, UK, Coast to Coast Part 2 Self-Guided, 2016


Good Afternoon, Just a quick note to say we had a wonderful journey. Many thanks for your superb organisation. All the B and B's were excellent…Many Thanks for making our walk so good.
Chris & Steve, UK, Coast to Coast Part 2 Self-Guided, 2016

Dear Dean, I am back home after my adventurous walk….Many thanks for helping me with my trip,
Best, Kate, USA, Coast to Coast Part 2 Self-Guided, 2016


Just a quick note to thank you for the superb organisation of our walk. The accommodation was excellent and all the information and directions were good. We didn't get lost - just a few times wandered off the route. We thoroughly enjoyed it and in spite of some members not able to walk regularly we all managed it. We are thinking of doing the Cotswold way next year which I believe you do. Many thanks.
Judy, UK, Coast to Coast Part 2 Self-Guided, 2013

We successfully completed the next part of the C2C last week from Keld to Ingleby Cross. Many thanks for arranging everything - all worked really well and the b&bs all very nice with helpful hosts.
Norma, UK, Coast to Coast Part 2 Self-Guided, 2013


Just a quick note to let you know that we finished our final section of the Coast to Coast and were pleased with the accommodation, particularly at the Lion and Great Broughton… overall a great holiday and we will come back to you in the future when we decide on our next trip. Thank for all your assistance, it has made life very easy for us!
Barbara, UK, Coast to Coast Part 2 Self-Guided, 2011


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