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Hike the width of England in 13 stages — Coast to Coast

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Hike the width of England in 13 stages — Coast to Coast

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13-29

days

3-6 h

/ day

190 mi

21,600 ft

21,550 ft

The Coast to Coast is an epic long-distance hike through through three of England’s most-loved national parks: the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors.

Exploring an ever-changing landscape filled with history, heritage, tranquility, and wild beauty, the route travels 182 miles (293 kilometers) from St Bees on the Irish Sea to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea.

Along the way you will discover some of Britain’s most stunning countryside as you hike over empty fells and past serene lakes, through patchwork pastures and into sleepy villages, over majestic moorland and along some spectacular coastline.

Despite being one of the most popular long-distance routes in the UK, the Coast to Coast is an unofficial trail and is mostly unsignposted. As such, navigation skills are helpful on some of the more remote parts.

The route was devised by legendary fellwalker Alfred Wainwright in his 1973 book, A Coast to Coast Walk. Wainwright recommends that walkers dip their booted feet in the Irish Sea at St Bees, at the start of the walk, and in the North Sea at Robin Hood's Bay at the end of the walk.

As Wainwright suggests, this Collections starts on the East Coast and finishes on the West Coast. This way, the prevailing winds are behind you and the hardest walking is completed in the first few stages. However, many people opt to complete the trail from West to East and it is an equally valid choice.

In this Collection, we split the trail into 13 stages. Of course, you can split up each stage into as many days as you are comfortable with. You can also walk any single stage, or a couple of stages, in isolation.

Every stage finishes close to accommodation, even if there are only a few options. However, places to stay are not abundant so it is worth planning in advance and scheduling any rest days accordingly. Campers are relatively well-served along the route.

Because this hike crosses from one side of the country to the other, it is best to arrive by public transport.

You can catch a train to St Bees Railway Station, which has connecting services around the country. To get home, you would need to catch the X93 bus service from Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby and then catch a train from Whitby Railway Station, which has connecting services around the country.

If you are planning to arrive by car, your best bet is to negotiate with a hotel or B&B a rate to stay for a night either side of your hike in St Bees and leave your car for the duration. Alternatively, there are long stay parking options around St Bees.

To get home, you would need to catch the X93 bus service from Robin Hood’s Bay to Whitby and then catch a train from Whitby Railway Station back to St Bees. Be aware, though, this will take more than six hours and requires at least three changes.

For train timetables and tickets, visit: thetrainline.com.
For the X93 bus timetable, visit: bustimes.org/services/x93-whitby-scarborough.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Difficult
    07:04
    15.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,050 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage marks the first leg of the Coast to Coast walk, one of the most famous long distance hikes in Britain.

    Devised by legendary fellwalker Alfred Wainwright, the route …

  • Difficult
    07:11
    14.5 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Coast to Coast is synonymous with solitude and along this stage you get a real flavor of the remote countryside in store.

    From Ennerdale Bridge, the trail passes through …

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  • Difficult
    07:46
    14.7 mi
    1.9 mph
    3,425 ft
    3,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage takes you high into the fells and should challenge your fitness and stamina.

    From Rosthwaite, you hike through pretty pastures for the first couple of miles before the …

  • Difficult
    08:25
    16.5 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,825 ft
    2,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The trail continues higher into the fells along this stage, exploring a wild landscape that will take your breath away.

    From Patterdale, you have more than five miles (eight kilometers) …

  • Difficult
    09:04
    20.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage is the longest on this itinerary and will be a real test of you mettle.

    With many ascents and descents to contend with, as well as a rugged …

  • Difficult
    05:35
    12.1 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After a grueling last stage, you will find this hike more leisurely.

    From Kirkby Stephen, you make a long, but very gradual ascent to Nine Standards Rigg.

    At a height …

  • Difficult
    05:26
    11.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Waterfalls, a wild landscape, and the signs of a bygone industrial age combine to make this a memorable stage.

    From Keld, you follow the River Swale and soon arrive at …

  • Intermediate
    04:48
    10.8 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The landscape changes from rugged moorland to a picturesque farmland on this stage.

    With a relatively short distance to contend with, this leisurely stage ends in the jewel in the …

  • Difficult
    06:10
    14.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This almost entirely flat stage explores a landscape of farms, fields, villages, ponds, rivers, and historic places

    As you follow the River Swale out of Richmond you soon arrive at …

  • Intermediate
    04:18
    10.4 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage might be a little modest, but it has plenty of charm.

    If your legs are in need of a rest, the good news is that the distance is …

  • Difficult
    05:32
    11.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,400 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hearty hike takes you into the wild and beautiful North York Moors National Park.

    From Ingleby Arncliffe, you climb through a small section of woodland before joining the Cleveland …

  • Difficult
    08:10
    18.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    975 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You hike onto the highest piece of land in the North York Moors along this rugged stage.

    From Clay Bank, you rejoin the Cleveland Way and immediately begin a steep …

  • Difficult
    08:44
    19.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,775 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The final stage of the Coast to Coast is a fitting homage to the route—a gritty, long-distance slog over majestic moorland to picturesque coastline.

    From Glaisdale, you descend to the …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    190 mi
  • Duration
    88:12 h
  • Elevation
    21,600 ft21,550 ft
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Hike the width of England in 13 stages — Coast to Coast