Coast to Coast

Guided Trail

Code: ZELDW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • High Mountains
  • Hills & moorland

Level

  • Harder
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £1,898.00 - 15 nights

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Holiday overview

The Coast to Coast is the most popular long distance trail in the UK, welcoming walkers from all over the world. Alfred Wainwright’s classic walk crosses England from the Irish Sea at St Bees to the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay, traversing three of Britain’s most beautiful national parks.

Holiday highlights:

  • Journey through three of Britain’s most beautiful national parks: Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors
  • Visit William Wordsworth’s village of Grasmere, set amidst stunning Lakeland scenery
  • Far-reaching panoramas of some of Britain’s largest lakes and highest fells
  • Enjoy the international camaraderie of the UK’s most popular long distance trail

Price includes:

  • 15 nights’ accommodation in comfortable en-suite rooms
  • All meals - a traditional cooked breakfast, evening meal and a picnic lunch each day
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ trails guide
  • All transport and luggage transfers on walking days

Accommodation

Our accommodation is in comfortable hotels and guesthouses, on or near the route. Each has been selected for their character, quality and their warm welcome and friendly service. 

The Shepherds Arms (2 nights) is a comfortable and friendly Lakeland Hotel. The menus offer homemade dishes and the bar stocks a range of real ales from around Cumbria. 

With the best waterfront of any hotel on Derwent Water, and splendid views of the surrounding fells, our own Country House, Derwent Bank (2 nights), offers a great location. 

The Royal Hotel at Dockray (1 night) is a family run traditional country hotel offering a warm welcome. The restaurant serves a range of traditional Cumbrian dishes alongside many more innovative and modern choices. The traditional Cumbrian bar has a friendly atmosphere and fine selection of real ales, malt whiskies and wines.  All the rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities and televisions.

The Tebay Services Hotel (1 night)  The Tebay Services Hotel offers a warm welcome, locally sourced food in its restaurant overlooking the Cumbrian fells and comfortable accommodation.

The Jolly Farmers Guesthouse (3 nights) has established itself as a firm favorite with our Coast to Coast groups. A warm welcome is assured. Situated a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Kirkby Stephen, the guesthouse has nine en-suite rooms, with TV, hairdryer and radio. Laundry facilities are also available; convenient, as it lies midway through the holiday.

The Holiday Inn (2 night) at Scotch Corner (May & June departures) offers good accommodation and food and the opportunity to enjoy the facilities of their Leisure Club with pool, sauna and steam room. The Black Lion Hotel (2 nights) July, August and September departures) in Richmond is ideally situated right in the centre of the town and has a reputation for good food. 

Larpool Hall(4 nights) is one of our own Country Houses. An elegant Georgian Mansion dating from 1796, it has splendid views across the Esk Valley and Whitby. It lies in a magnificent setting within 14 acres of tranquil gardens. All rooms are en-suite. 

On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

Planned Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day

Your leader will give an introductory talk about the holiday.

Day 2: St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge

After a ceremonial dipping of the toes in the Irish Sea, our first four miles follow the cliff path past St Bees Lighthouse.  The cliffs, about 300 feet high, are nature reserves and important sites for nesting seabirds. Leaving the coast we head inland through the village of Cleator, an old farming village before the advent of iron-ore mining. From the abandoned industrial landscape of West Cumbria we walk east to Dent (1,131 feet), our first ascent. We are rewarded with magnificent views to the Lake District fells, the west Cumbrian coast and on a clear day the Galloway hills. Descending steeply, we continue through the pretty Nannycatch valley to Ennerdale Bridge.14 miles (22.5km) with 2,300 feet (690m) of ascent

Day 3: Ennerdale Bridge to Seatoller

A rough path alongside Ennerdale Water, then a forestry track leads us to Black Sail hostel and an amphitheatre of spectacular mountain scenery. The craggy north face of Pillar to the south and the impressive summit of Great Gable dominate the head of the valley. After a rough, steep ascent from Ennerdale we follow Moses Trod. This old packhorse route leads us to Honister Pass with the slate quarry and visitor centre, before we follow a grassy track down to Seatoller. 13 miles (21km) with 1,650 feet (495m) of ascent

Day 4: Seatoller to Grasmere

We leave the Borrowdale Valley along another packhorse route following Stonethwaite, beneath the imposing Eagle Crags. Ascending a rough, steep path to Greenup Edge, there are two options depending on the weather. We either descend to the shelter of Easdale Gill, or follow a broad ridge to Helm Crag before a final steep descent leads us to Wordsworth’s village of Grasmere. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,700 feet (510m) of ascent

Day 5: Grasmere to Patterdale

Today’s choice of routes may be determined by the weather. The low level route involves another packhorse track, becoming steeper and reaching its highest point (1,929 feet) at Grisedale Hause. The scenery gets grander by the minute as the fells tower above Grisedale Tarn, St Sunday Crag and Fairfield on the right, and the Helvellyn massif on our left. Our descent to Patterdale is a rocky path. The high level route traverses St Sunday Crag (2,756ft). This involves an additional ascent of about 1000 feet, and rewards us with excellent views of Lakeland and Ullswater as we descend steeply to Patterdale. 8½ miles (14km) with 1,650 feet (495m) of ascent

Day 6: Patterdale to Shap

Leaving Patterdale we follow a narrow path up to Angle Tarn at the head of Ullswater. We walk along the Roman road of High Street, and then ascend to the summit of Kidsty Pike, the highest point on the entire walk at 2,560 feet. Descending steeply to the southern end of Haweswater we follow an undulating stony path along the shores of Haweswater to Burnbanks. We leave the Lake District National Park and continue through the wooded valley of the River Lowther to Shap, passing the picturesque ruins of Shap Abbey. 16 miles (26km) with 2,400 feet (720m) of ascent

Day 7: Shap to Kirkby Stephen

A long day but easier underfoot, we pass through the gentler hills of the limestone plateau, an area little known to walkers before the Coast to Coast became popular. We visit Sunbiggin Tarn, part of a National Nature Reserve continuing over Ravenstonedale Moor through Smardale to Kirby Stephen. 21 miles (34km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent

Day 8: Kirkby Stephen to Keld

Leaving the market town of Kirkby Stephen, we pass through the village of Hartley and ascend the fell road to Hartley Fell. A track leads us to the summit of Nine Standards Rigg, at 2,170 feet the Pennine watershed. From this point we see to the north Cross Fell, the highest point of the Pennines, with the lovely Eden valley below. Westwards are the outline of Lakeland hills in the distance, whilst to the southwest and south lies the Mallerstang valley backed by Wild Boar Fell and the Howgills. From here we descend the wet and peaty moors by way of Whitsundale into Swaledale and down to the tiny village of Keld. 13 miles (21km) with 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent

Day 9: Keld to Reeth

We briefly follow the Pennine Way as we cross the Swale near Kisdon Force then continue on a good track to Crackpot Hall. A narrow traversing path takes us along Swinner Gill to the site of an old mine. The valley was an important and busy area of lead mining during the 17th to 19th centuries, and for much of the day we will be walking along good tracks through the fascinating remains of this industrial landscape. Our destination is Reeth, an attractive village where old houses are built around a large rectangular green. 11 miles (18km) with 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent

Day 10: Reeth to Richmond

Following field paths along the delightful River Swale we reach 12th century Marrick Priory, now an adventure centre. We leave the river to pass the hamlet of Marrick, then the attractive little village of Marske, with its 12th century church. Continuing high above the Swale, we pass Whitcliffe Scar and continue to reach the picturesque and historic town of Richmond, dominated by the dramatic Norman castle. 11 miles (18km) with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent

Day 11: Richmond to Danby Wiske

From Swaledale to the Cleveland Hills is the Vale of Mowbray, a fertile plain just above sea level and the only section of our journey that lies entirely over low ground. From the cobbled streets of Richmond we continue along the Swale, passing under the A1 where it crosses the river at Catterick Bridge. At the church in Bolton-on-Swale there is a monument to a local resident who is said to have lived for 169 years. We finish at Danby Wiske, at 110 feet the lowest point on the entire walk. 14 miles (22.5km) with 350 feet (105m) of ascent

Day 12: Danby Wiske to Carlton Bank

As we continue across the Vale of Mowbray, following an assortment of field paths, farm roads and quiet lanes, the Cleveland Hills become visible ahead, the village of Ingleby Arncliffe nestling at the foot. Our first ascent of the day is Beacon Hill, a fine viewpoint despite being only 982 feet high. The Ordnance Survey column on the summit, starting point for the Lyke Wake Walk, marks the start of the North York Moors section of our walk, today a splendid high-level traverse along the escarpment of the Cleveland Hills. We descend steeply into the peaceful wooded valley of Scugdale, and then ascend again towards the open expanse of Carlton Moor and our destination of Carlton Bank. 17 miles (27km) with 2,200 feet (660m) of ascent

Day 13: Carlton Bank to Blakey Ridge

We begin the day with a rugged, steeply undulating walk past the dramatic Wainstones to Clay Bank Top, where we ascend Carr Ridge and continue eastwards to Round Hill, at 1,489 feet the highest point on the Cleveland Hills. After Urra Moor we join the old ironstone railway at Bloworth Crossing, following the track to the 16th century Lion Inn, standing alone on Blakey Ridge. 13 miles (21km) with 1,950 feet (585m) of ascent

Day 14: Blakey to Grosmont

Crossing the head of Rosedale, we see a number of ancient crosses and visible scars of the ironstone workings. A good track takes us over Danby Moor to Great Fryup Head and on to Glaisdale Rigg. We descend to the village of Glaisdale with the 17th century Beggar's Bridge. Along the wooded Esk valley we cross the river at Egton Bridge, and then follow an old toll road to Grosmont. 14 miles (22.5km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent

Day 15: Grosmont to Robin Hood’s Bay

Our final day starts with a steep surfaced road ascent out of Grosmont to Sleights Moor. From the high point of Flat Howe (953 feet) we look ahead to the North Sea, with Whitby and its Abbey. We drop into the pretty wooded valley of Little Beck, and then reascend to cross Greystone Hills, the last stretch of moorland. Continuing to the village of Hawsker, we enjoy an invigorating cliff walk along part of the Cleveland Way to our destination at Robin Hood’s Bay.15½ miles (25km) with 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent

Day 16: Departure day

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Travel

Holiday Start: As this holiday starts and finishes at two different points, travelling by train may be the most convenient method of travel.  The nearest rail station to Ennerdale Bridge is at St Bees.

The transfer from here to your first hotel is included in the price of your holiday. Your leader will meet you at St Bees Railway station (outside the main entrance) at 16.30pm (the train from Carlisle usually arrives at this time) for the 30 minute taxi transfer to the Shepherds Arms.

If you will not be using our transfer from St Bees please let us know, so that the group is aware not to wait for you.

For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950. For National Rail enquires from overseas call +44 (0)20 7278 5240

Holiday Finish

Your holiday finishes at Larpool Hall, Whitby.  The nearest railway station is in Whitby, but you may find the journey from Scarborough station is more convenient.  The House Manager at Larpool Hall will arrange a taxi to either station for you, which could be shared. The 2 mile journey to Whitby will cost £5.80 per taxi, the 20 mile journey to Scarborough will cost £28 per taxi. The House manager will arrange shared taxis wherever possible for you.

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31 Jul 2016, 11:18 p.m.

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A Really enjoyable trip ,a great group to walk with and will remember it for along time.

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26 Jul 2016, 8:37 p.m.

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everyone involved in the organising of my trip was very helpfull

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C2C walk is a very strenuous walk and everyone on our trip would have benefited from a day off half way. i would suggest an extra day to be included even though it would cost more and all 12 on our trip agreed
1 Jul 2016, 8:58 p.m.

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This trip exceeded all my expectations!
29 Jun 2016, 7:12 a.m.

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Good information about the lead up to the walk - fitness levels, kit to take and detailed itinerary.

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An excellent challenge very competently led with an interesting and dynamic group of fellow walkers.
27 Jun 2016, 5:51 a.m.

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Booking easy, and were kept up to date on any changes Ie hotels

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Well organised trip which ran like clockwork
7 Jun 2016, 2:04 p.m.

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Well planned trip from the accommodation to the transportation
2 Jun 2016, 1:55 p.m.

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Have taken about ten holidays with hfholidays and have had only incident which was not satisfactorily resolved.

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Excellent leader an overnights good to excellent except for one place.
26 May 2016, 4:20 p.m.

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Easy to work with - and well-organized trip.

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Awesome adventure!
23 May 2016, 1:10 p.m.

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Poorly timed communication from main office. Since coming from the US, it would have been helpful to get the mailed info much earlier.

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Our guide, Ian, was outstanding. He made it a point to spend time walking each day with each of the participants. The lodgings and food, with one exception, were very good. We especially enjoyed the two HF houses where we stayed - Derwent Bank and Larpool Hall. Would recommend HF to others looking for guided walks.
18 Oct 2015, 8:28 p.m.

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well organized holiday. Information on brochure/website could have been more informative regarding the demands of the holiday. This was only made clear after having paid and receiving the information 2 weeks before the holiday. Suggestions for preparation were given but very little time left.

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Well planned walks over 14 days to complete the trail. Excellent leader who knew the route well and was very informative on local history. Sometimes rather pressurised to get back for the bus. Not sure a 3 course meal every evening for 2 weeks necessary on a trek like this.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
4 May 2017 ZELDW - Coast to Coast Guided Trail 15 £1,898.00 Book Now
15 Jun 2017 ZELDW - Coast to Coast Guided Trail 15 £1,898.00 Book Now
13 Jul 2017 ZELDW - Coast to Coast Guided Trail 15 £1,898.00 Book Now
17 Aug 2017 ZELDW - Coast to Coast Guided Trail 15 £1,898.00 Book Now
7 Sep 2017 ZELDW - Coast to Coast Guided Trail 15 £1,898.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £240 (complete holiday)*

*If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead. 

  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person