Footpath signpost on the Coast-to-Coast Beginning of Coast-to-Coast at Whitby Walking the Yorkshire Moors Reeth Herdwick Sheep Edwardian hotel in Hawes Breakfast at the Wasdale Head Inn Hiking the Lake District

England Coast-to-Coast Walk

Walking the North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales, and Lake District


Trip Details

Location Northern England
Length 15 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Hotel, Small Inn, B&B
Group size 5-12
Dates May 28, 2020 - Jun 11, 2020,
Sep 10, 2020 - Sep 24, 2020
Land Cost $4,850.00
Single Supp Cost $675.00

Hiking Trip Summary

First described in his 1973 guidebook A Coast-to-Coast Walk, Alfred Wainwright devised a walking route across the north of England that would become one of Britain’s most inspiring long-distance walks. Wainwright’s route was a celebration of both England’s extensive network of public rights of way, permissive paths and access lands and the grand adventures that could be had by linking them together. His intent was not so much to establish a permanent route as it was to encourage others to devise their own long distance walks.

Not only does Wainwright’s Coast-to-Coast route run the breadth of England between the North Sea and the Irish Sea, but it also traverses three of England’s most celebrated national parks, revealing an array of landscapes rich in natural and cultural beauty. Staying true to the spirit of Wainwright’s original intent, our Coast-to-Coast walk incorporates much of the classic route as well as a few variations of our own.

 We begin our journey in Whitby, on the east coast of the North Sea, and head west. With the sun at our backs and gentler terrain to start, we save the most challenging and best for last. Concentrating our time in national parks, we first cross the North York Moors National Park with its high, heathered moorlands and open vistas, then the Yorkshire Dales, with its lush green valleys, ubiquitous dry stone walls and old market towns, and finally the crown jewel of England’s national parks, the Lake District, with its brooding crags and tarns and romantic lakeside villages.

Visible throughout these serenely beautiful landscapes are tenacious and eternal reminders of those that have walked these paths before us. As we hike 130 miles in 12 days, we’ll pass by ancient standing stones and boundary markers, travel old Roman ways and explore the ruins of medieval abbeys. Words such as fell, beck, dale, force (meaning hill stream, valley, and waterfall) echo back to a time of Norse occupation.

This is one of the best ways to experience northern England, on foot through changing landscapes, stopping in the evenings in villages or small hamlets, staying at old inns and bed & breakfasts, pausing for tea in the afternoon, enjoying a pint at the end of the day at a local pub.


Itinerary

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Additional Information

SINGLE TRAVELER

If you wish to have your own room, there is a single supplement charge. Please let us know if you would like a single at the time of registration. If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If there is no one with whom you can share, there is a forced single charge of $350

INCLUDED

  • Group transfers to and from the Manchester Airport
  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts (full English)
  • All dinners
  • All group transfers on buses and vans as described in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfer
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and great memories!

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, lunches, optional/individual transfers between inns or individual excursions, items not on set dinner menus, beverages, insurance, tips to guides, items of a personal nature.

LUGGAGE

This hike has luggage transfer each day. You will only need to carry a small day pack with the clothing and accessories you will need for the day. We recommend that you keep your luggage to a size that you can easily manage yourself, given our accommodations may have narrow hallways and no elevator. See our sample packing list.

While this trip includes luggage transfer, it is not vehicle supported. Participants should be in physical condition appropriate to the strenuousness of this hike. It is, however, possible to skip a day of hiking and take a taxi to the next hotel. This extra cost is not included in the price of the trip.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES

Most evenings will be spent in small villages or hamlets. For the most part, these are not typical tourist destinations and therefore have limited choices of accommodations. Our accommodations will run the gamut between small, simple bed and breakfasts to very comfortable country inns. All rooms will be double occupancy with private bathrooms when possible. Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels or nearby restaurants or pubs. Lunches are picnic-style along the trail, with the occasional stop at a pub or tea room.

TRAVEL

It is easiest to fly to Manchester, England. However, there are frequent trains from London; just be sure to allow for extra travel time.

MEETING POINT

Manchester airport at 11:00 am on Day 1 for a group transfer to our hotel near Whitby.

ENDING POINT

Group transfer to the Manchester Airport. We will arrive at the airport at about 11:00 am.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS HIKE?

Unlike our trips in the Alps, our England Coast-to-Coast Walk involves more distance than it does elevation gain and loss, yet each day provides good solid hiking and ends at comfortable accommodations. Each of the three National Parks this route travels through has its own unique landscape and ecosystem, heightening the sense of traveling by foot, and the small villages en route retain a feeling of timelessness. If you’ve ever felt the urge to shout “Heathcliff” across the moors, have a cup of tea in the afternoon, a pint at the pub at the end of a long day’s walk, and experience the endless variety of footpaths and stiles that England has to offer, join us!

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP DIFFERENT?

Typically, the Coast-to-Coast is hiked from west to east. We hike it from east to west. Many consider the Lake District to be the jewel of England’s national parks, offering some of the best and most challenging hiking. We like leaving the best for last, working up to the most strenuous days in the Lake District National Park.

We also deviate somewhat from the Wainwright route, opting to spend more time in the National Parks. We bypass Kirkby Stephen, instead of spending a day on the Pennine Way, crossing over from Swaledale over to Wensleydale and visiting the old market town of Hawes in heart of James Herriot country. And instead of ending at St. Bee’s Head, we remain in the Lake District National Park, visiting the most remote corner of the park, Wasdale Head, and ending our walk in the village of Ravensglass.

MORE INFORMATION

If you would like to register, or would like to receive more information, including a detailed itinerary (including elevation gains, loss, and distance), please contact us. We're also happy to provide a list of past participants willing to share honest insights into this guided England Coast-to-Coast experience.

Reserving This Trip

A deposit of $500 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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