Coast to Coast - Part 3 of 3
North of England
- Duration: 4 nights, 4 days' walking
- Walks and Treks
- Self Guided
- April, May, June, June, July, August, September, October
About this Adventure
Walk the second part of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast from Shap to Richmond. The full itinerary is split into 3 sections, each with 4 days of walking, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of this walk without the pressure of walking 12 days in a row. Explore the stunning and varied scenery of the North York Moors National Park traversing heather-clad moors and quiet dales to celebrate your achievement in the lovely seaside village of Robin Hood’s Bay
- 4 nights’ accommodation
- 4 days’ walking
- 76 miles (113km) and 1,805m (5,920ft) of ascent
- Walk the final section of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast from Richmond to Robin Hood’s Bay
- Hear the cries of curlews and grouse on the heather-clad moors of the North York Moors
- Gaze over a patchwork of fields from Carleton Bank and the Wainstones
- Explore quiet, wooded dales and the North Yorks Steam Railway
- Celebrate your achievement by dipping your boots in the sea at Robin Hood’s Bay
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:
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.
By road: Richmond is located 15 minutes from Scotch Corner on the A1. There is plenty of free parking in Richmond, however it is particularly difficult to return to your car using public transport at the end of the walk. One option is to park in Richmond and book a taxi transfer at the end of your trip back to your car (£100 for up to 3 people) or alternatively park in Darlington, use the public bus to get to the start of the walk in Richmond (30 mins) and then use public transport to return from Robin Hood’s Bay to Darlington (approx. 3½ hours) involving lots of changes.
By public transport The easiest way to do the walk is by public transport. Book a train ticket to Darlington railway station [DAR] and then take the public bus to Richmond, North Yorks (30 mins). Check 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 Darlington railway station [DAR] and then a public bus to Richmond.
By road Robin Hood’s Bay is located on the North East coast of North Yorkshire, approximately 1 hour 20 mins from York.
By public transport Book a train ticket from Scarborough and take the regular public bus service from Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough train station (40 mins).
By air The nearest airports are Manchester (MAN) or Newcastle (NCL). Take a public bus to Scarborough railway station and then a train to Manchester Airport (MAN) or Newcastle (NCL).
- 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
Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.
A typical Itinerary is:
Day 1 – Check into your accommodation in or around Richmond
Day 2 – Richmond to Osmotherley: Today’s walk is predominantly through farmland as you leave the Yorkshire Dales National Park and enter the North York Moors. Walking on quiet lanes and across fields, there are charming villages and intriguing buildings to stop and admire. Kilpin Hall is an excellent example of Jacobian architecture and Mount Grace Priory, located just before Osmotherley is the most important and best preserved example of a Carthusian Monastery in England. 39km (24 miles) and 295m (968ft) of ascent
Day 3 – Osmotherley to Great Broughton: From Osmotherley, we join two other long distance footpaths, the Cleveland Way and the Lyke Wake Walk for wonderful walking along this sandstone escarpment via Carleton Bank, Cringle Moor, the site of a Bronze Age burial mound and the Wainstones to Clay Bank and down to our accommodation. The heather-clad moors and views back across the patchwork of fields make a great contrast to the previous day’s walking. 21km (13 miles) and 600m (1968ft) of ascent
Day 4 – Great Broughton to Glaisdale: The walk today crosses bleak wind-swept moors and follows the route of an old dismantled railway as it winds across the moor following the contours to the Lion Inn on the top of Blakey Ridge, a welcome pub located miles from anywhere. The wild expanses are uplifting and atmospheric with the curlews and sheep for company and further ahead is your first glimpse of the sea. From here the route descends following the ridge into Glaisdale.31km (19 miles) and 400m (1312ft) of ascent
Day 5 – Glaisdale to Robin Hood’s Bay: What a walk to finish the Coast to Coast. Walking through wooded valleys beside the River Esk, over the famous North York Moors Railway in Grosmont and past the Hermitage, you finally arrive at the North Sea. It brings a mix of emotions of triumph and sadness that the walk is near to its ned. Walking south along the cliff edge, Robin Hood’s Bay comes in sight. Depart Robin Hood’s Bay. 32km (20 miles) and 510m (1673ft) of ascent
The trip ends at the end of the walk unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us.
How to take part for Charity
- 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
- 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)