Coast to Coast Walk Part 2 Guided Walking Holiday

11 day holiday, 10 nights accommodation, 9 days walking, 110 miles, from £830 per person



This is an 110 mile guided walking holiday following Wainwrights Coast to Coast route across North Yorkshire. This tour is a group walking holiday with a guide. You walk from west to east through stunning scenery, crossing the Pennines and Cleveland Hills. Typically you travel to Kirkby Stephen, meet your guide and fellow walkers in the evening, and overnight ready to start your walk the following morning.

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 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 we recommend viewing the following Coast to Coast photo diary.

This is a moderate to challenging route with some steep gradients and long days, so before you embark on this walk you must be physically fit, and equipped to meet it.

Guided Coast to Coast Part 2 Walk Date 2017

Date

Duration

Availability

Price

13th Aug to 23rd Aug 2017

11 days

2 Places Available

£830 per person



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Availability
Groups are a maximum of 12 people plus a Guide. Above are the holiday dates and the places still available on each holiday. All holidays are guaranteed to operate.

Outline Itinerary


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

Day 2: 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 3: 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 4: Reeth to Richmond. Distance 11 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.

Day 5: Richmond to Danby Wiske. Distance 13 miles 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.

Day 6: Danby Wiske to Ingleby Cross. Distance 11 miles
The path remains easy going initially following the country lanes before returning to farm land. Take care crossing the busy A19 road. We walk through Ingleby Cross to our accommodation on the edge of Arncliffe Wood.

Day 7: Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top. Distance 13 miles
This is the start of our crossing over the North York Moors. These are the Cleveland Hills, the trail leads you on a roller coaster ride across the heather covered landscape.

Day 8: Clay Bank Top to Blakey Ridge. Distance 9 miles
After an intial sharp ascent to the top of the Moors the path levels and easy walking is found along the route of a dismantled railway line.

Day 9: 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 10: 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. The route meets the sea and turns right to follow a coastal path to Robin Hoods Bay and a final last descent to the sea.

Day 11: Robin Hoods Bay.
Depart from your accommodation and head for Home

Holiday Information


Duration of tour
11 days (10 nights)

Total distance
110 miles

Holidays include

  • Carefully selected walker friendly accommodation.

  • Breakfast each day.

  • Experienced Coast to Coast walk guide.

  • Luggage transfer between overnight accommodation.

  • Backup accommodation to accommodation transfer.

Grade of walking

This is a moderate to challenging route.

Start of tour
Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.

End of tour
Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire.

Group size
Maximum 12

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 Kirkby Stephen or depart Robin Hoods Bay a day or two earlier/later.

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. There is no single supplement as we will room you in a twin room (with two single beds) with a fellow traveller of the same sex. Single occupancy rooms are not available on this tour.

Meals
Breakfast is included. Packed lunches can be purchased from your overnight accommodation or from local convenience stores. 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.
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.
Secure parking in Kirkby Stephen - price £4.00 per day.
Return 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

Dossier


This is an 110 mile guided walking holiday following Wainwrights Coast to Coast route across North Yorkshire. This tour is a group walking holiday with a guide. You walk from west to east through stunning scenery, crossing the Pennines and Cleveland Hills. Typically you travel to Kirkby Stephen, meet your guide and fellow walkers in the evening, and overnight ready to start your walk the following morning.

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.

This is a moderate to 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 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
Kirkby Stephen, 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 moderate to 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 hills).

Included in the price of your holiday

  • 10 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Experienced guide

  • Luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Personal accommodation to accommodation transfer if required

Not included in the price of your holiday
Evening meals, packed lunches, drinks and snacks, travel insurance, travel to Kirkby Stephen 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.

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 we are supported by a daily transport service, which can drive you from accommodation to accommodation if needed.

Meals
Breakfast is included in the cost of your holiday and is served at your accommodation. Packed lunches (average cost £5) are available to buy from your accommodation or local shop, and evening meals (average cost £12) are generally available from local pubs (see itinerary below for further information).

Extra nights accommodation
You can add extra nights accommodation in Kirkby Stephen or Robin Hoods Bay. Price from £40 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
Specialist equipment is not required for this walking holiday. A suggested equipment list will be sent to you with your booking confirmation.

Travel
For information on travelling to and from the route please click here


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 Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen is a small market town situated in the Eden Valley.

Day 2 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 3 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 4 Reeth (200M) to Richmond (150M).
Distance 11 miles - Moderate - Height Gain 400m/1315ft - 5 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.

Day 5 Richmond (150M) to Danby Wiske (36M).
Distance 13 miles - Moderate - Height Gain 100m/330ft - 5.5 hours

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. Visit the church in Bolton on Swale to see the monument to Henry Jenkins who believe it or not died in 1670 at the age of 169. Danby Wiske at 110ft is the lowest inland point on route. There is a pub at Danby Wiske.

Day 6 Danby Wiske (36M) to Ingleby Cross (100M).
Distance 11 miles - Moderate - Height Gain 100m/330ft - 5.5 hours

The path remains easy going initially following the country lanes before returning to farm land. Take care crossing the busy A19 road. We walk through Ingleby Cross to our accommodation on the edge of Arncliffe Wood. Ingleby Cross marks the start of the North York Moor National Park.

Day 7 Ingleby Cross (100M) to Clay Bank Top (250M).
Distance 13 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 750m/2465ft - 7 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. Short transfer to our accommodation in Great Broughton.

Day 8 Clay Bank Top (250M) to Blakey Ridge (400M).
Distance 9 miles - Moderate - Height Gain 250m/820ft - 4 hours

Short transfer back to Clay Bank Top. The walk starts with a steep ascent to Carr Ridge (390M) this 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 9 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 10 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). Your challenge is complete.

Day 11 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.

Customer reviews

Hi Dean & Corinna…Overall. I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday - the views, the good company, the sense of achievement each day capped off by comfortable accommodation run by cheerful and helpful people were the main elements in its success… Accommodation. This was good overall… Luggage transfer was generally excellent…The holiday was good value for money… I thought your pre walk info was good… I would certainly recommend you…
Kind regards. Michael, Australia, Combined Coast to Coast part 1 and part 2 Guided, 2016


Hello Dean, My wife and I have just returned from our trip to the UK, during which we walked part of the Coast to Coast (Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hoods Bay) with your company. I wanted to let you know that we enjoyed the walk very much. We had a good group to walk with and our guides (John and Chris) were friendly and informative and took good care of us...The weather was great, which was a bonus, and the B&B’s were all good – some excellent...Again, thanks for organising a very memorable experience for us.
Cheers Adrian, Australia, Coast to Coast Part 2 Guided, 2014

Just to send a big thank you to all at North West walks for all your great organisation on your part to make our walking holiday a great success, for a second year! From the car parking to our leader! All the B&B’s we stayed at were very good and the personal contact you have with the people who run these is amazing, they talk so well of your company and make us so welcome.
Mo, UK, Coast to Coast Part 2 Guided, 2011



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