Looking out over Robin Hood’s Bay, you reflect on the sheer variety of stunning scenery you’ve explored on this iconic hike, and bask in the satisfaction of your achievement.
The 194 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 western section of the trail from St Bees to Kirkby Stephen in seven days walking, or the eastern section from Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay in eight walking days, or the whole route in walking sections of 9-16 miles a day. We’ll walk a total of 85 miles on the western section and 109 miles on the eastern section. We walk from inn-to-inn staying in B&Bs, guest houses and small hotels with your baggage being transported leaving you to carry only your day pack with what you need for the day.
The whole route starts with a spectacular clifftop walk before heading inland towards Ennerdale and the first of the lakes and the first mountain pass beyond. Before leaving the Lake District National Park you’ll have experienced some of the best high level hikes, lake shore walks and spectacular views England has to offer continuing across the moors, onto the Dales and to the picturesque finishing point at the North Sea Coast at Robin Hood’s Bay.
Most of the walks are at grade 6. However on some days they will feel more like grade 7 due to the longer distances covered.
(with approximate daily walking distances):
Day 1 Overnight St Bees
Day 2 St Bees - Ennerdale Bridge (15 miles)
Day 3 Ennerdale Bridge - Seatoller (14 miles)
Day 4 Seatoller - Grasmere (10 miles)
Day 5 Grasmere - Patterdale (9 miles)
Day 6 Patterdale - Burnbanks (11.5 miles)
Day 7 Burnbanks - Orton (12.5 miles)
Day 8 Orton - Kirkby Stephen (13 miles)
Day 9 At Kirkby Stephen - a free day!
Day 10 Kirkby Stephen - Keld (14.5 miles)
Day 11 Keld - Reeth (11.5 miles)
Day 12 Reeth - Richmond (11 miles)
Day 13 Richmond - Danby Wiske (14.5 miles)
Day 14 Danby Wiske - Huthwaite Green (15 miles)
Day 15 Huthwaite Green - Blakey Ridge (15 miles)
Day 16 Blakey Ridge - Grosmont (14 miles)
Day 17 Grosmont - Robin Hood's Bay (16 miles)
Day 18 Depart after breakfast
Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk is also available for independent walkers as a part of our Load Off Your Back self-guided holiday programme.