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

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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 Hoods 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.

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.

Trail running tours available

We also organise trail running holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

8 to 11 nights
107 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous
1st April to 20th October
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £920 per person

Coast to Coast Walk - East Section

The East section of the Coast to Coast Walk runs from the old market town of Kirkby Stephen to the village of Robin Hood’s Bay through the National Parks of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

This walk boasts incredible views from the summit of Nine Standards Rigg before tumbling through heather-covered hills and lush valleys. The variety of towns and villages along the route are ripe for exploration, with Richmond in particular showcasing ancient buildings and narrow cobbled streets sheltered beneath a magnificent castle.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
CCWE1 From Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood's Bay 8 nights, 7 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £920
CCWE2 From Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood's Bay 9 nights, 8 days walking Demanding £1025
CCWE3 From Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood's Bay 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate / Demanding £1140
CCWE4 From Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood's Bay 11 nights, 10 days walking Moderate £1245

Short breaks

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

Coast to Coast Walk - East Section 8 nights, 7 days walking

£NNN per person
  • 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.

Please also note that dog friendly options in Robin Hood's Bay are very limited. We will do our best to arrange accommodation there for any dog-friendly bookings, but please be aware that you may need to be transferred to Whitby for your accommodation at the end of your tour if traveling with your dog.

Start

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

Day 1

Kirkby Stephen to Keld. 13 miles (21km) / 1860 ft (567 m) ascent

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

Richmond to Ingleby Cross. 22.5 miles (36km) / 902 ft (275 m) ascent

Day 5

Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top(T). 12.5 miles (20km) / 3064 ft (934 m) ascent

Day 6

Clay Bank Top(T) to Glaisdale(L). 18 miles (29km) / 1194 ft (364 m) ascent

Day 7

Glaisdale(L) to Robin Hood's Bay. 19 miles (30.5km) / 2192 ft (668 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Robin Hood's Bay 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 Walk - East Section map
Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hoods Bay
107 miles (171 km)
1st April to 20th October

Holiday highlights

Walking through the fabulous landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks.

Stopping to experience the amazing views from the summit of Nine Standards Rigg.

Being welcomed at all of the lovely towns and villages along the way, each with their own unique charm.

What's included?

  • 8 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.

The old market town of Kirkby Stephen is a good choice for an extra night. Don't miss the unusual 'Bound Devil', a figure of Satan chained and horned in the ancient church of St. Stephen.

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.

Finally, on completing your walk, a popular location to celebrate your achievement and rest your weary legs is Robin Hood's Bay, which is within easy reach of Whitby, its abbey, the Captain Cook Museum and St Mary's church. The interior of this intriguing church was altered in 1612 to resemble the lower deck of a wooden sailing ship.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 107 miles (171 km)
Duration: 8 nights, 7 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10.5 miles (17 km)
Maximum daily distance: 22.5 miles (36 km)
Code: CCWE1 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 1st April - 20th October
Start of holiday: Kirkby Stephen
End of holiday: Robin Hood's Bay

Route Profile

Coast to Coast Walk - East 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 Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Kirkby Stephen), although this is about 1.6 miles from the town, so a taxi will be needed to complete your journey. The nearest rail stations to the end of the trail (Robin Hood's Bay) are either Whitby (about 6 miles away, but less convenient for most destinations) or Scarborough (about 17 miles away).

By Bus - There is no regular bus service between Kirkby Stephen station and the centre, so a taxi would be required. Buses run to Whitby & Scarborough from Robin Hood's Bay.

From London - Trains run from various London stations to Kirkby Stephen.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to catch a bus/taxi from Robin Hood's Bay to Scarborough rail station. From there trains run to Kirkby Stephen.

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.

Customer reviews from the Coast to Coast Walk - East Section

“Had a great time, everything was fine and will booking next walk with you. Thank you very much.”
Mr Williams, UK
“Great scenery and weather all helped to make this an enjoyable holiday.”
Mr Pugh, UK
“Really impressed with the help and support we have had. We both really enjoyed all of it, it was something we both had wanted to do for a long time. And obviously very diverse, I personally enjoyed the wildness of the moors.”
Mrs Baker, UK
“Wonderful walking and we were fortunate with weather.”
Mrs Meiklejohn, UK
“All six of us had a wonderful time. Another great experience for four of us and a trip that will likely encourage the first time walkers to walk the west half of the C2C.”
Mrs Pitts, USA
“It was wonderful! This part of the Coast to Coast walk was especially beautiful. It was like walking through a postcard every day. Thank you Contours! Really impressed with the service.”
Ms Feist, Canada
“The standard of accommodation was superb - some with fabulous locations - breakfasts were delicious. We have already booked another holiday with you.”
Mrs Evans, UK
“The walk was wonderful and we had very good weather for the whole 2 weeks which makes a big difference. The accommodations were very good and the food especially the breakfasts were superb. Everyone was very helpful and warm in both the B&Bs and on the trail. What impressed me was how fast any inquiry was dealt with and how wonderful your recommendations were for a rest day.”
Ms Matzke, USA
“Everything went to plan and no problems what so ever.”
Mr Barks, UK
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