Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updated 23/6 — Tours Available for August — Book Now with Confidence

Alternative Coast to Coast Walk

A self-guided walk from Arnside on the west coast to Saltburn-by-the-sea on the east coast.

9 to 13 nights
132 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £830 per person

Discover the available tours

About this route

This holiday option explores all 132 miles of the Alternative Coast to Coast Walk, which bypasses the most challenging areas of terrain encountered during Wainwright’s iconic trail.

With plenty of gorgeous scenery, outstanding wildlife and insightful history to discover, this is an excellent walking trail with which to cross the breadth of Northern England from coast to coast.

© Contours Walking Holidays Alternative Coast to Coast Walk map
Arnside to Saltburn-by-the-Sea
132 miles (211 km)
14th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Crossing from the west coast to the east coast of Britain using a gentler alternative to Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk.

Visiting the lovely old towns and villages of Arnside, Ingleton and Richmond, among many others.

Admiring the impressive sights along the route, from the striking Ribblehead viaduct to the remote expanse of the North York Moors.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
ACCW1 From Arnside to Saltburn-by-the-Sea 9 nights, 8 days walking Demanding / Strenuous£830
ACCW2 From Arnside to Saltburn-by-the-Sea 11 nights, 10 days walking Demanding£1015
ACCW3 From Arnside to Saltburn-by-the-Sea 12 nights, 11 days walking Moderate / Demanding£1105
ACCW4 From Arnside to Saltburn-by-the-Sea 13 nights, 12 days walking Moderate£1195

Alternative Coast to Coast Walk 9 nights, 8 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Arnside where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Arnside to Kirkby Lonsdale. 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 2

Kirkby Lonsdale to Chapel-le-Dale. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 3

Chapel-le-Dale to Aysgarth. 23 miles (37km)

Day 4

Aysgarth to Richmond. 24 miles (38.5km)

Day 5

Richmond to Ingleby Cross. 23 miles (37km)

Day 6

Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top(T). 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 7

Clay Bank Top(T) to Captain Cook's Monument(T). 11.5 miles (18.5km)

Day 8

Captain Cook's Monument(T) to Saltburn-by-the-Sea. 12.5 miles (20km)


Depart from Saltburn-by-the-Sea after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 9 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

To ensure that you don't miss some of the fascinating locations along the trail, an extra night is a great way to extend your holiday.

A good choice for a rest day is the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. With its Norman church, the scheduled ancient monument of Devil's Bridge, range of quaint shops and picturesque views over the River Lune, it is a lovely place to rest your weary legs.

Richmond is also a good choice, offering charming cobbled streets and market place, a Norman castle, unusual church, Georgian theatre and museums to explore.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 132 miles (211 km)
Duration: 9 nights, 8 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 24 miles (38.5 km)
Code: ACCW1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 14th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Arnside
End of holiday: Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Route Profile

Alternative Coast to Coast Walk Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Manchester.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Arnside) and also at the end of the trail (Saltburn).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Arnside and from Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Arnside.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the train from Saltburn to Arnside.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

5 to 8 nights
74 miles
From £460 per person
A pleasant walk from Arnside to Richmond through the Yorkshire Dales National Park.Find Out More
5 to 6 nights
59 miles
Dog friendly
From £460 per person
An enticing walking holiday from Richmond to Saltburn-by-the-Sea through the North York Moors.Find Out More

Customer reviews from the Alternative Coast to Coast Walk

“All arrangements were great, B&Bs were lovely. You do a great job.”
Ms Currie, USA
“Loved that this trail was not as crowded as reportedly the C2C. Beautiful waterfalls and nice diversity in hiking terrain - moors, forest, farmland. Would love to book with Contours again! I drool over the website and all the possibilities.”
Mrs Cueva, USA
“This route takes you through some of the best parts of the Yorkshire Dales, and we enjoyed the section of the route across the Cleveland Hills.”
Dr Wilkins, UK
“Very enjoyable , the good weather was a bonus.”
Mr Johnson, UK
“Everything ran really smoothly. We loved all our accommodation and bags got transferred each day without any issues. We could concentrate on just enjoying the day. Lovely accommodation. Perfect scenery and weather wasn't too bad either. Have already passed on information to a friend. Organisation was very good.”
Mr Wells, New Zealand
"Trekking to the Viaduct" by Melany Cueva (2019) "Trekking to the Viaduct" by Melany Cueva (2019)
"Ribblehead Viaduct" by Melany Cueva (2019) "Ribblehead Viaduct" by Melany Cueva (2019)
"Elders in Training" by Peter Cueva (2019) "Elders in Training" by Peter Cueva (2019)
"View over the Estuary to the Arnside Viaduct" by John Wilkins (2019) "View over the Estuary to the Arnside Viaduct" by John Wilkins (2019)
"Storybook Scenery" by Donald Ward (2018) "Storybook Scenery" by Donald Ward (2018)
"Moors with Stone Wall" by Donald Ward (2018) "Moors with Stone Wall" by Donald Ward (2018)
"Devils Bridge" by Donald Ward (2018) "Devils Bridge" by Donald Ward (2018)
"A Light at the End of the Trail" by Donald Ward (2018) "A Light at the End of the Trail" by Donald Ward (2018)
"Local House" by Hilary Holder (2016) "Local House" by Hilary Holder (2016)
"View from the Path" by Hilary Holder (2016) "View from the Path" by Hilary Holder (2016)

Select a tour