Coast to Coast Guided Trail

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Duration: 15 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 5
from £2,099pp £2,049pp

Walking The Coast to Coast walking route is an amazing journey across the north of England devised by Alfred Wainwright. It has become one of the most popular long-distance trails in England. The route weaves its way from the Irish Sea at St Bees to the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay, traversing the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks. It includes some of Britain's highest fells and largest lakes, beautiful woodland, idyllic valleys, rolling moorland and at each end of the trail, spectacular coastal scenery. There are challenges and rewards in equal measure.

Holiday Highlights

  • Alfred Wainwright's classic walk across England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea
  • Outstanding scenery throughout with high fells, large lakes, beautiful woodland and moorland 
  • Stay at welcoming hotels and guesthouses along the route
  • Cross three stunning national parks 

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation 
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from walks
  • Luggage transfer between accommodation
  • Group transfer from St Bees to the hotel on arrival day 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Check-in is at the Shepherds Arms from 15.00. Your leader will either be on the transfer from St bees or will join you for a welcome meeting prior to dinner on your arrival evening.

Shepherds Arms Hotel, Ennerdale Bridge - Coast to Coast

The Shepherds Arms is a well-known landmark at the centre of Ennerdale Bridge and close to the Coast to Coast.  An old village centre farm, the Shepherds Arms Hotel is a comfortable and friendly destination. Rooms include TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and toiletries. Wi-Fi and mobile phone coverage are limited.


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

Shepherds Arms Hotel, Ennerdale Bridge - Coast to Coast

The Shepherds Arms is a well-known landmark at the centre of Ennerdale Bridge and close to the Coast to Coast.  An old village centre farm, the Shepherds Arms Hotel is a comfortable and friendly destination. Rooms include TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and toiletries. Wi-Fi and mobile phone coverage are limited.


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

Lodore Falls Hotel, Borrowdale Valley - Coast to Coast

Situated in the Borrowdale Valley, the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa aims to provide guests with a home away from home. All rooms are en-suite and include tea and coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi, TV and hairdryer.


We leave the Borrowdale Valley along another packhorse route following Stonethwaite, beneath the imposing Eagle Crags. Ascending a rough, steep path to Greenup Edge, we usually descend to the shelter of Easdale Gill and down into Wordsworth’s village of Grasmere. If time allows we can follow a broad ridge to Helm Crag before a final steep descent leads us into Grasmere.

9 miles (14.5km) with 1,700 feet (510m) of ascent

Royal Hotel, Dockray - Coast to Coast

The Royal Hotel is a family run traditional country hotel and nestles among the Lake District Fells, about one mile from the shores of Ullswater. Rooms include TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. Wi-Fi is also available. 


Our low-level route today 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 1,000 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

Royal Hotel, Dockray - Coast to Coast

The Royal Hotel is a family run traditional country hotel and nestles among the Lake District Fells, about one mile from the shores of Ullswater. Rooms include TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. Wi-Fi is also available. 


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

Tebay Service Hotel - Coast to Coast

Tebay Service Hotel is in a surprisingly tranquil and secluded location with a lovely lakeside restaurant and excellent facilities.  Rooms include TV, WiFI, tea and coffee making facilities, locally sourced toiletries and a hairdryer. Drying facilities are available.


A long day but easier underfoot, we pass through the gentler hills of the limestone plateau in 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 Kirkby Stephen.

21 miles (34km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent

Jolly Farmers Guesthouse, Kirkby Stephen - Coast to Coast

The Jolly Farmers Guesthouse has established itself as a firm favourite 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.


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

Jolly Farmers Guesthouse, Kirkby Stephen - Coast to Coast

The Jolly Farmers Guesthouse has established itself as a firm favourite 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.


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

Jolly Farmers Guesthouse, Kirkby Stephen - Coast to Coast

The Jolly Farmers Guesthouse has established itself as a firm favourite 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.


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

Holiday Inn, Scotch Corner - Coast to Coast

The Holiday Inn offers comfortable rooms and plenty of facilities. The hotel offers a complimentary fitness centre, with swimming pool and sauna. Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, flat screen TV, WiFi is available throughout.


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

Holiday Inn, Scotch Corner - Coast to Coast

The Holiday Inn offers comfortable rooms and plenty of facilities. The hotel offers a complimentary fitness centre, with swimming pool and sauna. Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, flat screen TV, WiFi is available throughout.


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

Larpool Hall

Escape to Whitby, whose handsome harbour and medieval streets are famously the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and home to the world’s best fish and chips, for a stay in Larpool Hall. This imposing Grade II listed Georgian mansion has been part of the town for hundreds of years and has evolved to offer an updated take on traditional hospitality. The Hall retains its original grandeur and styling, while offering guests the perfect mix of contemporary comforts to deliver a whole shed-load of atmosphere and character. Sweep up the magnificent staircase, marvel at the impressive fireplaces, watch through the large picture windows and feel yourself transported. With 29 rooms, 14 acres of attractive grounds and views over the Esk Valley, you couldn’t be better placed. Step out to explore the coast, Captain Cook country or walk on the Cleveland Way. Discover Robin Hood’s Bay and hunt for fossils or head deep into the North York Moors for a contrasting landscape carpeted in sweetly scented heather.


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

Larpool Hall

Escape to Whitby, whose handsome harbour and medieval streets are famously the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and home to the world’s best fish and chips, for a stay in Larpool Hall. This imposing Grade II listed Georgian mansion has been part of the town for hundreds of years and has evolved to offer an updated take on traditional hospitality. The Hall retains its original grandeur and styling, while offering guests the perfect mix of contemporary comforts to deliver a whole shed-load of atmosphere and character. Sweep up the magnificent staircase, marvel at the impressive fireplaces, watch through the large picture windows and feel yourself transported. With 29 rooms, 14 acres of attractive grounds and views over the Esk Valley, you couldn’t be better placed. Step out to explore the coast, Captain Cook country or walk on the Cleveland Way. Discover Robin Hood’s Bay and hunt for fossils or head deep into the North York Moors for a contrasting landscape carpeted in sweetly scented heather.


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

Larpool Hall

Escape to Whitby, whose handsome harbour and medieval streets are famously the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and home to the world’s best fish and chips, for a stay in Larpool Hall. This imposing Grade II listed Georgian mansion has been part of the town for hundreds of years and has evolved to offer an updated take on traditional hospitality. The Hall retains its original grandeur and styling, while offering guests the perfect mix of contemporary comforts to deliver a whole shed-load of atmosphere and character. Sweep up the magnificent staircase, marvel at the impressive fireplaces, watch through the large picture windows and feel yourself transported. With 29 rooms, 14 acres of attractive grounds and views over the Esk Valley, you couldn’t be better placed. Step out to explore the coast, Captain Cook country or walk on the Cleveland Way. Discover Robin Hood’s Bay and hunt for fossils or head deep into the North York Moors for a contrasting landscape carpeted in sweetly scented heather.


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 re-ascend 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

Larpool Hall

Escape to Whitby, whose handsome harbour and medieval streets are famously the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and home to the world’s best fish and chips, for a stay in Larpool Hall. This imposing Grade II listed Georgian mansion has been part of the town for hundreds of years and has evolved to offer an updated take on traditional hospitality. The Hall retains its original grandeur and styling, while offering guests the perfect mix of contemporary comforts to deliver a whole shed-load of atmosphere and character. Sweep up the magnificent staircase, marvel at the impressive fireplaces, watch through the large picture windows and feel yourself transported. With 29 rooms, 14 acres of attractive grounds and views over the Esk Valley, you couldn’t be better placed. Step out to explore the coast, Captain Cook country or walk on the Cleveland Way. Discover Robin Hood’s Bay and hunt for fossils or head deep into the North York Moors for a contrasting landscape carpeted in sweetly scented heather.



Shepherds Arms Hotel, Ennerdale Bridge - Coast to Coast

The Shepherds Arms is a well-known landmark at the centre of Ennerdale Bridge and close to the Coast to Coast.  An old village centre farm, the Shepherds Arms Hotel is a comfortable and friendly destination. Rooms include TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and toiletries. Wi-Fi and mobile phone coverage are limited.

Lodore Falls Hotel, Borrowdale Valley - Coast to Coast

Situated in the Borrowdale Valley, the Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa aims to provide guests with a home away from home. All rooms are en-suite and include tea and coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi, TV and hairdryer.

Royal Hotel, Dockray - Coast to Coast

The Royal Hotel is a family run traditional country hotel and nestles among the Lake District Fells, about one mile from the shores of Ullswater. Rooms include TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer. Wi-Fi is also available. 

Tebay Service Hotel - Coast to Coast

Tebay Service Hotel is in a surprisingly tranquil and secluded location with a lovely lakeside restaurant and excellent facilities.  Rooms include TV, WiFI, tea and coffee making facilities, locally sourced toiletries and a hairdryer. Drying facilities are available.

Jolly Farmers Guesthouse, Kirkby Stephen - Coast to Coast

The Jolly Farmers Guesthouse has established itself as a firm favourite 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.

Holiday Inn, Scotch Corner - Coast to Coast

The Holiday Inn offers comfortable rooms and plenty of facilities. The hotel offers a complimentary fitness centre, with swimming pool and sauna. Rooms include tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, flat screen TV, WiFi is available throughout.

Larpool Hall

Escape to Whitby, whose handsome harbour and medieval streets are famously the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and home to the world’s best fish and chips, for a stay in Larpool Hall. This imposing Grade II listed Georgian mansion has been part of the town for hundreds of years and has evolved to offer an updated take on traditional hospitality. The Hall retains its original grandeur and styling, while offering guests the perfect mix of contemporary comforts to deliver a whole shed-load of atmosphere and character. Sweep up the magnificent staircase, marvel at the impressive fireplaces, watch through the large picture windows and feel yourself transported. With 29 rooms, 14 acres of attractive grounds and views over the Esk Valley, you couldn’t be better placed. Step out to explore the coast, Captain Cook country or walk on the Cleveland Way. Discover Robin Hood’s Bay and hunt for fossils or head deep into the North York Moors for a contrasting landscape carpeted in sweetly scented heather.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Lounge with a central dance floor
  • Two additional lounges
  • Bar
  • Outside terrace
  • Dining room
  • Range of board games and books
  • Free WiFi available in public rooms
  • Extension views from the front of the house across the esk Valley
  • Gardens include a putting green and croquet lawn

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including an evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

  • Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
  • Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
  • A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

 

Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters. Trekking/approach shoes are not recommended for this trek
  • Sturdy sandals for any river and stream crossings. This is most relevant to the June departure
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • 35-40 litre rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Water bottle (at least 1.5-2 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents and for crossing streams and snow patches
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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Holiday Prices

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2020
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Duration:
15 nights
Type:
Trails
Walking Grade:
5

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