A walk from Kirkby Stephen on Cumbria's eastern border to Robin Hood's Bay, through the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks
See what's planned
- Tackle the eastern section from Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay over two national parks
- Eight walking days covering 107 miles
- A challenging walk across the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, culminating at the North Sea coast
- Wonderful British panoramas throughout
- Sections include Kirkby Stephen to Keld, Keld to Reeth, Reeth to Richmond, Richmond to Danby Wiske, Danby Wiske to Huthwaite Green, Huthwaite Green to Blakey Ridge, Blakey Ridge to Grosmont and Grosmont to Robin Hood’s Bay
The 190 mile Coast to Coast walk from St Bees on the Cumbrian coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea shore attracts hikers looking for a long distance challenge with the added attraction of three National Parks and some of the country’s most inspiring scenery.
This holiday provides the chance to tackle the 107 mile eastern section from Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay and takes in two national parks. We'll be walking, on average, just over 13 miles a day throughout the walk with our longest day being just over 15 miles.
We’ll walk from inn-to-inn staying in B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels with your baggage being transported for you each day leaving you to carry only what you need on the trail each day.
We start from Kirkby Stephen with the Lake District behind us and cross the Pennines, the backbone of England, into the glorious countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Continuing east we enter the heather moorland of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. This is a cracking walk right to our journey's end at Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea coast. Dip your toes in the sea, have a pint in the pub, and... have a snooze.
Intended route (with approximate daily walking distances):
|Day 1||Overnight Kirkby Stephen|| |
|Day 2||Kirkby Stephen - Keld||(12 miles)|
|Day 3||Keld - Reeth||(11.5 miles)|
|Day 4||Reeth - Richmond||(11 miles)|
|Day 5||Richmond - Danby Wiske||(14.5 miles)|
|Day 6||Danby Wiske - Huthwaite Green||(14.5 miles)|
|Day 7||Huthwaite Green - Blakey Ridge||(15.5 miles)|
|Day 8||Blakey Ridge - Grosmont||(13.5 miles)|
|Day 9||Grosmont - Robin Hood's Bay||(14.5 miles)|
|Day 10||Depart after breakfast|
- En suite accommodation in hotels and B&Bs throughout
- Breakfasts and dinners each day
- Any necessary private transport between overnight accommodation and daily walks
- Baggage transport between your accommodations each day (one bag - max 20kg)
What's not included?
- Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
- Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary tips
- Optional excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
This is a Grade 6 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent with walks in some remote areas. Paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. See the 'Proposed Itinerary' section for more information.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Arrival day - Kirkby Stephen
The Black Bull Hotel, Kirkby Stephen
Independent travel to The Black Bull Hotel in Kirkby Stephen. Check in is from 2pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner.
The Black Bull Hotel, Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen to Keld. Today’s section starts in the county of Cumbria and continues into Yorkshire. We begin by crossing the River Eden at Frank’s Bridge and climbing up to the Nine Standards Rigg. This is a major watershed as, from now on, all rivers will be draining eastwards into the North Sea. This area is extremely boggy - if you have gaiters this would be an ideal occasion to wear them. There are three routes to follow, depending on the conditions, but all lead into Swaledale, which we will follow for the next two days.
The Kings Head Hotel, Richmond
Keld to Reeth. The wildlife is in abundance along today’s section, so we may encounter rabbits, pheasants, grouse and deer. We begin by crossing the Pennine Way and ascending to Crackpot Hall where we can either descend to follow the River Swale to Reeth, or climb up to traverse the moors and examine the mining history that has scarred the landscape. The high level route is the preferred option and we will climb above the narrow gorge of Swinner Gill, and as we continue further uphill we see the remains of Swinner Gill smelting mill with waterfalls alongside and look at the ‘hushes’ on the far valley. We continue across attractive countryside and pass Moss Dam and tackle a steep path up onto Melbecks Moors. From Cringley Bottom we are rewarded with fine views as the track rolls down to Reeth. Dinner in the hotel.
The Kings Head Hotel, Richmond
Reeth to Richmond. Our day starts with a pleasant walk alongside the River Swale to Marrick Priory, founded in the 12th Century. We then climb up above the river, to arrive in the village of Marske, where we will learn about the Hutton family and see their boxed pews in the church. We will then walk beneath a limestone scar and pass through wooded areas including Whitcliffe Wood. After emerging from here we are treated with fine views of Richmond our destination for the night.
The Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton
Richmond to Danby Wiske. On leaving Richmond we start to cross the Vale of Mowbray, a fertile agricultural plain which is only just above sea level. We will follow the River Swale for much of the morning, past the old Roman settlement at Catterick Bridge, but when the river swings away south, we will head off due east towards the Cleveland Hills which we will see in the distance. This is a pleasant day of field walking as we head to Danby Wiske, the lowest point on the walk apart from the start and finish!
The Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton
Danby Wiske to Huthwaite Green. The day starts with us following an assortment of paths across fields as we get ever nearer to the Cleveland Hills. We finally reach the A19, which we have to sprint across as there is no bridge, and so on to Ingleby Cross at the foot of the Hills. We then enter the North York Moors National Park as we climb steadily up through Arncliffe Wood to join the Cleveland Way on the top of Beacon Hill. We will then enjoy wonderful views as we cross open moorland before descending gently though woods, on a short section of the Lyke Wake Walk path to arrive at Huthwaite Green.
The Fox & Hounds Inn, Ainthorpe
Huthwaite Green to Blakey Ridge. Our morning walk follows the Cleveland Way along the northern edge of the Cleveland Hills, whilst it is a bit of a switchback walk as we traverse Carlton Moor, Cringle Moor and the Wainstones, the views north are spectacular and offer a first glimpse of the North Sea. Having crossed a B road at Claybank Top, our afternoon will see us climb steadily up onto Urra Moor. Once there, the going becomes much easier as we will follow a dismantled railway all the way to Blakey Ridge.
The Fox & Hounds Inn, Ainthorpe
Blakey Ridge to Grosmont. We begin by following the road towards Young Ralph Cross and Fat Betty, one of the many boundary stones in this area. We continue eastwards and walk along the Southern side of the wonderfully named Great Fryup Dale until the end of Glaisdale Moor where we should catch another glimpse of the North Sea. We continue along a rough stony track following the spur of Glaisdale Rigg before descending to Glaisdale. A short walk through the delightful East Arncliffe Wood brings us to Egton Bridge, where there are some stepping stones over the River Esk. We then follow a private drive and old Toll road by the river into Grosmont. Here we can enjoy the steam trains at the station as we eat our cream tea.
Victoria Hotel, Robin Hoods Bay
Grosmont to Robin Hood’s Bay. Our final day’s walk contains a bit of everything. We begin with a steady climb up onto some heather moorland before dropping down into the wooded May Beck valley to visit the Falling Foss waterfall. A last area of boggy moorland brings us to fields and then, finally, to the coast where we rejoin the Cleveland Way and follow it along the cliffs to Robin Hood’s Bay.
Departure day - Robin Hood's Bay
After breakfast we say our farewells and depart Robin Hoods Bay. Check out of the Victoria Hotel is by 10.30am.
Walks & Excursions
Alfred Wainwright, the legendary walker, guide book writer and illustrator, devised a long-distance footpath from North England’s Cumbrian coast to the North Sea. Despite not being an official National Trail, the Coast to Coast has become the most popular long-distance footpath in England.
This holiday provides the chance to tackle the Western section of the trail from St Bees to Kirkby Stephen in seven days’ walking (holiday code 77908), and the Eastern section from Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay in eight days’ walking (holiday code 77919), or the whole route with a rest day at Kirkby Stephen (holiday code 77920). We will be walking, on average, just over 12 miles a day throughout the holiday with the longest day being around 15 miles. The total distance we will walk if you choose to carry out the whole route is just over 190 miles, the Western section will be approximately 85 miles and the Eastern section will be approximately 107 miles in total.
Our luggage (one bag per person only - maximum weight 20kg) will be transferred for us to our accommodation each day so we are only required to carry a daysack on the walks.
The programme of walks will be broken up into sections which we will plan to complete each day. The sections described in the itinerary section will give an indication of the nature of the walking terrain and the format of the holiday. However, the routes may be subject to change and often at short notice. We may also end a walk at our accommodation as opposed to the town or village suggested.
Unlike most National Trails the Coast to Coast walk is not a definitive route, there are many places where alternatives exist, in fact, Wainwright encouraged walkers to seek and try different ways. For this reason, the figures for ascent and distance stated in the itinerary vary from one guide book to another and may not agree with those we have stated. Your leader will choose the best route to suit the conditions.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator.
We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by
us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price,
non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or
additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Tour Leaders & Local Guides
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Your Travel Details
To reach Kirkby Stephen
By car: Kirkby Stephen is 12 miles from junction 38 of the M6. There is limited parking available at the rear of The Black Bull Hotel in Kirkby Stephen and it is on a first come first served basis. If you are able to park at the hotel car park, your vehicle can be kept there are collected at the end of the holiday, however you do so at your own risk. If there are no spaces available in the car park, we suggest parking on the road to the rear of the building on Faraday Road, which is a quite road with no restrictions. There is also a free car park on Christian Head. Alternatively, the Pennine View campsite has secure parking for a fixed daily rate. We suggest that you contact them on 017683 71717 for more information.
By rail: Kirkby Stephen is served by the Settle - Carlisle railway line (operated by Northern Rail) to check their train schedule, times are fares see: www.settle-carlisle.co.uk Note that Kirkby Stephen station is some 2 miles from the actual town.
By coach or bus:
the following local buses operate from Kirkby Stephen: The 571 service (on Mondays only) between Bough and Kendal and the 574 service (on Tuesdays only) between Penrith and Kirkby Stephen are both operated by Cumbria Classic Coaches. A National Express services operates to Penrith (but not from Kirkby Stephen) from many destinations in the UK.
Returning from Robin Hood’s Bay:
To the South: take the M1/M18 or A1 to the A64 via Malton and Pickering.
To the North: take the A1 or A19 to A171 or A170.
To the West: take the M62 to Hull then the A63 / A165 (coastal route) Or M62 towards Hull then A614 Howden, A163, B1249, A64 (country route).
By rail: There isn’t a train station at Robin Hood Bay, the nearest station is Scarborough reachable by a bus or taxi from Robin Hood Bay.
By coach or bus: Arriva operates a bus service to Scarborough and Middlesbrough passing through Robin Hood Bay.
You can obtain more information on the transport options above as follows: UK rail information - www.nationalrail.co.uk / UK coach information - www.nationalexpress.co.uk / Travel information - www.rome2rio.com
Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers: Please aim to arrive at the hotel in Kirkby Stephen at or before 6.30pm and your leader will be there to introduce themselves and inform you of the evening’s dinner arrangements. Your leader will brief you with an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow walking companions.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passports and Visas
Passport Information for United Kingdom
Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.
Breakfasts and dinners included each day.
Footwear & Kit List
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
- Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
- Lightweight quick-drying trousers
- Walking T-shirt/shirts
- Walking socks
- Fleece or jumper
- Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
- Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
- Swimwear (if appropriate)
- Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
- Day sack liner
- Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
- Basic first aid kit
- Walking poles (should you find them useful)
- Sit mat
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Baggage Weight Limit
Please note that our luggage transfer provider will only transfer one bag per person and it must not weigh more than 20kg. Please therefore ensure the weight of your bag doesnt exceed 20kg to avoid your bag not being transported.
You should be able to lift and carry and handle your own luggage. At some hotels, the coach may have to stop some distance short of the hotel entrance. Also, within some of the hotels themselves, there may be some long walks between the rooms and entrance area which could include some steps.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
- Holiday money
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Holiday booking confirmation document
- Travel insurance details (if applicable)
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is
filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter
such as a Water-to-go bottle available from
Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go
for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website
at www.watertogo.eu and
enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the
discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us
to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Our intended walks are covered by the following maps:
Harvey’s Coast to Coast East 1:25,000, however the section from Kirkby Stephen to Keld is covered by the Harvey’s Coast to Coast West 1:25,000, so you may also want to consider this map
AZ Adventure Coast to Coast Walk – 1:25,000 maps of the whole route in a very neat little book
For all of this section of the trail you will need OS Explorer 1:25,000 sheets OL19, OL30, OL304, OL26 and OL27 which is no longer in print and can only be purchased second hand
Landranger maps 1:50,000, sections 91,92, 93 and 94
Coast to Coast Path: St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay by Henry Stedman (1 Apr 2012) Publisher – Trailblazer Guide
Coast to Coast Walk (A Coast to Coast Walk) by Martin Wainwright (1 Jun 2012)
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:
Staying Healthy On Holiday
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility
to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on,
and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure.
Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for United Kingdom
No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.
Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations.
Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence
of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups
not only gives you an up close and personal experience of
your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate
environment. We feel that the most important starting point
to protect the environment is to be out in it.
For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able
to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives.
Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose
aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries
we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long
term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less
developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
See our website for more information and details of some of the
projects we support.
Staying In Touch
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature
of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change
to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and
your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your
attention to any significant change.
You may wish to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.
Ramblers Walking Holidays
Our office is open and our Sales & Reservations team are available to speak to you from:
- 09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday
Please quote your Booking Reference number and Tour Code whenever contacting us.
We wish you an enjoyable holiday!
Our holiday walking grades
Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.
These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.
Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.
Discover more about our walking grades