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Coast to Coast - Part 2 of 3

North of England

  • Duration: 4 nights, 4 days' walking
  • Walks and Treks
  • Self Guided
  • Moderate
  • April, May, June, July, August, September, October

About this Adventure

Dreamt up by the famous hill walker and writer Alfred Wainwright, the stunning Coast to Coast showcases the very best of 3 National Parks. This magnificent long distance route starts at the red sandstone sea cliffs of St Bees and passes through the dramatic rugged mountains of the Lake District, the softer landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and over the heather-clad North York Moors before finishing in the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay. This itinerary is the middle section of three, allowing you to enjoy the route over 3 separate long weekends

Quick Facts

  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • 4 days’ walking
  • 92.6 miles (57.5km) and 1,260m (4,133ft) of ascent
  • Walk the first third of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast from St Bees to Shap
  • Walk the second section of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast from Shap to Richmond
  • Cross the wild and dramatic moorland of Nine Standards Rigg (the watershed between the Irish and North Seas)Explore the beautiful limestone scenery of the Yorkshire DalesWalk beside the River Swale through wild flower meadows dotted with picturesque barns

More Information

The Coast to Coast is one of the most magnificent walks you could find anywhere. It covers 192 miles, from St. Bees on the coast of Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire. Fully two thirds of the route is inside the National Parks of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and North York Moors.

This series of itineraries splits the walk into 3 parts:

1. St Bees to Shap
2. Shap to Richmond
3. Richmond to Robin Hood’s Bay

Each itinerary is 3 nights, with 4 days of walking, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of this walk without the pressure of walking 12 days in a row.

The route is the creation of legendary fellwalker Alfred Wainwright. After finishing his guides to the Lakeland fells in the 1960s, he set himself the challenge of devising a long-distance walk to rival the Pennine Way, using purely existing rights of way. He decided on a Coast to Coast route, going across the country at one of its widest points. By universal consent, he improved on his model. His route offers variety and contrast: uplands and lowlands, sharp peaks and lonely moorland, towns and country, limestone and granite country, beautiful wooded lakes and remote upland tarns, glorious natural features and fascinating remains of human occupation. An expert on the North of England, he shared his wisdom about some of England’s finest places, linked them up, and invited you to travel in his footsteps.

The experiences on this walk are too many to list, but highlights include the following. In the Lake District, you’ll visit four of the finest lakes: Ennerdale, Grasmere, Ullswater and Haweswater, plus the valleys of Borrowdale and Patterdale and the fine peaks of Helm Crag and Kidsty Pike. The limestone country of Westmorland offers some of the finest limestone pavements in the country, ancient settlements of Severals and Castle Folds, the Smardale Nature Reserve and the Stainmore Railway. The Yorkshire Dales offers remote moorlands; the strikingly steep, green, and sinuous valley of Swaledale dotted with drystone walls; the fascinating relics of former lead mining works in Gunnerside Gill and Old Gang gill; and the progression of settlements from the remote farmstead of Ravenseat, through Keld and Reeth, to the town of Richmond. After the attractive farmland of the Vale of Mowbray, the North York Moors offer fine views from Beacon Hills, escarpments of Wainstones and Hasty Bank, ancient tracks across remote moorland, old railways and forested glens before arriving at the dramatic cliff-side setting of Robin Hood’s Bay. That’s just a partial list of the riches on offer during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a comfortable day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking.

This trip is based on 2 people sharing, if you are a solo traveller please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate dogs.

Getting There

By road: Shap is located on junction 39 of the M6. There is plenty of free parking in Shap, however it is practically impossible to return to your car using public transport at the end of the walk. One option is to park in Shap and book a taxi transfer at the end of your trip back to your car (£80 for up to 3 people) or alternatively park in Penrith, use the public bus to get to the start of the walk in Shap (25 mins) and then use public transport to return from Richmond to Penrith (approx. 5 hours) involving lots of changes.

By public transport: By far the easiest way is to use public transport. Book an outbound train ticket to Penrith railway station [PNR], then use the public bus service to Shap (25 mins). travelline.info for the latest public transport information.

By air: The nearest airports are Manchester Airport (MAN) or Newcastle (NCL), from where you can take a train to Penrith train station (PNR) and then a public bus to Shap.

Getting Away:

By road: Richmond is located 15 minutes from Scotch Corner on the A1.

By public transport: Book a train ticket from Darlington railway station, located on the east coast main line and use the regular public bus service from Richmond (30 mins) to Darlington railway station [DAR].

By air: The nearest airports are Manchester (MAN) or Newcastle (NCL). Take a public bus to Darlington railway station and then a train to Manchester Airport (MAN) or Newcastle (NCL).

Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement £45.00 per person per night
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £95 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person
  • Transfer back to your car at the end of your walk (for up to 3 passengers) £80 for 3 people

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Itinerary

A typical itinerary looks like this:

Day 1 – Check into your accommodation in or around Shap

Day 2 – Shap to Kirkby Stephen: There is an invigorating sense of freedom as you experience the wide open moorland upon leaving Shap and embark on the next leg of the journey. Spot prehistoric ruins, limestone pavement and moorland birds and take one last look back to enjoy the final sweeping views of the Lakeland Fells. The highlights are Sunbiggin Tarn, an important site for birds and Smardale Fell, where you get a great views down into Scandale Beck and towards the imposing Smardale Viaduct, the route of the Settle to Carlisle railway. The day ends in the attractive market town of Kirkby Stephen, where you can see the 8th Century Loki Stone relating to Norse mythology, which is located in the church yard. 33km (21 miles) and 270m (886ft) of ascent

Day 3 – Kirkby Stephen to Keld: Leave the hustle of Kirkby Stephen and head into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Arrival at the top of Nine Standards Rigg is cause for celebration as you cross the watershed of Britain, the point at which water either flows West to the Irish Sea or East to the North Sea. The top is strewn with an array of huge imposing stone cairns and commands far-reaching views over the Pennines. No-one knows the origin or purpose of these structures. The route becomes increasingly gentler as you descend past spectacular waterfalls to Keld, roughly the mid-way point of the Coast to Coast, 23km (14 miles) and 520m (1706ft) of ascent

Day 4 – Keld to Reeth: Waterfalls and wild flowers make this a particularly special walk. Following the course of the River Swale, there are waterfalls around every corner as the river cuts its way through the creamy limestone cliffs. Dotted along the way are flower-filled meadows and traditional barns. Keep an eye out for evidence of the valley’s industrial heritage. Our destination, Reeth, grew into a thriving settlement built upon the lead-mining industry and its reputation for hand-knitted woollens. Now it is a delightful village with a wide variety of tea shops.19km (12 miles) and 130m (426ft) of ascent

Day 5 – Reeth to Richmond: The River Swale is never far away on this pleasant walk from Reeth to Richmond. Enjoy wooded glades, a 12th Century Benedictine priory at Marrick and two quiet villages as the route makes its way into the historic town of Richmond. Worth a visit is the impressive Norman keep which would have been a formidable fortress standing on a hill surrounded by the river. The name Richmond means ‘strong hill’ and comes from the French riche mont. Depart Richmond. 17km (11 miles) and 340m (1115ft) of ascent

The trip ends at the end of the walk unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us.

Charity Information

How to take part for Charity

Pay a £99 deposit and confirm with your charity their minimum fundraising requirements for the balance. This will typically be double the cost of the adventure, less the registration fee.

Inclusions

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation

Exclusions

  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

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