Coast to Coast Walk

Coast to Coast Walk

An iconic walk across England via the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

3 to 19 nights
18-190 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £360 per person

Find your holiday

About the trail

Created by Alfred Wainwright, the Coast to Coast path crosses the breadth of the North of England from St Bees on the west coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast. Some of the most varied and beautiful scenery in the country lies ahead, spread over three National Parks.

Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walking tour clambers the rugged mountains of the Lake District to earn views over glittering tarns. It winds through the pretty valleys of the Yorkshire Dales, and sets out across the expansive heather moorland of the North York Moors. Dramatic coastal scenery waits at the end, with a twisting descent to Robin Hood’s Bay. Choose this country-crossing walking holiday and explore the best landscapes of Northern England.

At long last, this well-known walking holiday is on its way to recognition as a National Trail. The work is still in progress, but anyone walking the Coast to Coast will notice brand new waymarkers going in, complete with the National Trail acorn. It’s an exciting time for one of Contours Holidays’ best-loved routes!

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Coast to Coast Walk
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Coast to Coast Walk - East Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Coast to Coast Walk - West Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Coast to Coast Short Break - Central Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Coast to Coast Short Break - West Section

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

About this route

3 nights
22 miles
Moderate
1st April to 20th October
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £360 per person

Coast to Coast Short Break - Central Section

Taking in a central stretch of the Coast to Coast Walk through the Yorkshire Dales, this short break offers a fascinating trek among the ruins of Swaledale's lead industry, along with beautiful riversides dotted with flowers, wildlife and waterfalls.

Setting off from the hamlet of Keld, the trail encounters the remains of smelters, forges, mines and other examples of the region’s past before reaching Reeth. From here, the trail passes through little villages and peaceful woods filled with life, before arriving in the historic town of Richmond.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
CCWSBC From Keld to Richmond 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate £360

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
CCWSBC From Keld to Richmond 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate £360

Coast to Coast Short Break - Central Section 3 nights, 2 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

Please note this trail is very popular, if you have flexibility with your start date, please advise this when booking. Please do not make any travel plans until we have double checked and confirmed availability for your booking.

Start

Travel to Keld where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Keld to Reeth. 11 miles (17.5km) / 1680 ft (512 m) ascent

Day 2

Reeth to Richmond. 10.5 miles (17km) / 1099 ft (335 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Richmond 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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night


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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Coast to Coast Short Break - Central Section map
Keld to Richmond
22 miles (35 km)
1st April to 20th October

Holiday highlights

Spotting a variety of birdlife in Steps Wood, including woodpeckers, flycatchers and warblers.

Enjoying a variety of sensational sights, from fascinating ruins to dramatic views across the region.

Exploring the cobbled streets and alleyways of historic Richmond, with its ancient buildings huddled in the shelter of the castle.

What's included?

  • 3 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

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the villages and old market towns along the trail, catch up with writing postcards or to simply relax and give those weary legs a rest.

In the Yorkshire Dales, Reeth offers many short walks from the centre of the village and the Swaledale folk museum is fascinating.

Richmond, with its cobbled streets and market place, Norman castle, unusual church, Georgian theatre, museums and shops is also a popular stop.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 21.5 miles (34.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Maximum daily distance: 11 miles (17.5 km)
Code: CCWSBC Grade: Moderate
Season: 1st April - 20th October
Start of holiday: Keld
End of holiday: Richmond

Route Profile

Coast to Coast Short Break - Central Section 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 cities and international airports are Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Manchester.

By Rail

The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Keld) is at Kirkby Stephen (about 11 miles away). The nearest rail stations to the end of the trail (Richmond) are either Darlington (about 12 miles away) or Northallerton (about 20 miles away).

By Bus

Very few bus services run to Keld. There is no bus from Kirkby Stephen, so you will need to take a taxi. Various bus services run from Richmond, including to Darlington, but there is no regular service to Northallerton, so a taxi will be required to get there at most times.

From London

Trains run from various London stations to Kirkby Stephen. From there a taxi will be required to Keld.

Return to Start

Public Transport options are limited. The easiest way to return to the start of the trail would be to take a taxi from Richmond to Keld.

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.