Dipping boots in the North Sea at the start of the Coast-to-Coast walk Walking up the Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park on the Coast-to-Coast Blue Man in the Moon standing stone on the Coast-to-Coast walk Hiking in Wensleydale Hiking into Glenridding in the Lake District National Park on the coast-to-coast Group stopping for a break in the Lake District National Park on the Coast-to-Coast Wasdale Head Inn in the Lake District National Park on the Coast-to-Coast walk A pint at the end of the day at the Wasdale Head Inn on the coast-to-coast

Self-Guided England Coast-to-Coast

Walking the Landscapes of Northern England from the North Sea to Irish Sea


Trip Details

Location Northern England
Length 14 days
Grades Strenuous
Accommodations Hotel, Small Inn, B&B, Guesthouse
Group size 1 - 12+
Dates May 1, 2022 - Oct 15, 2022  
Land Cost $3,750.00
Single Supp Cost $700.00

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.

 You'll begin your journey in Whitby, on the east coast of the North Sea, and head west. With the sun at your backs and gentler terrain to start, we save the most challenging and best for last. Concentrating your time in national parks, you 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 you. As yoi hike 130 miles in 12 days, you’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

Singles within a group: If you have an odd number of hikers in your group, or have a group member who prefers a single room, a single supplement of $350 will apply. 

INCLUDED

  • General consulting regarding hiking dates and abilities
  • Travel information on getting to and from the starting point
  • Travel suggestions
  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts (full English)
  • 5 dinners
  • All group transfers on buses and vans as described in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfer
  • Detailed trail notes which include additional information covering various aspects of your trip (i.e., lunches, laundry, water, hotel routines, alternate transportation, etc.).
  • Maps: Set of 8 Ordnance Survey maps, 1:25,000 scale (one set per household)
  • Great hiking and great memories!

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, transportation to and from the trip start and end, 8 dinners, lunches, optional/individual transfers between inns or individual excursions, items not on set dinner menus, beverages except at breakfast, insurance, items of a personal nature.

The above may change, depending on your final, confirmed itinerary.

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 a 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 B&Bs 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 most convenient to fly into Manchester, England. However, there are frequent trains from London; just be sure to allow for extra travel time.

STARTING POINT

The trip begins on Day 1 in the village of Goathland near Whitby. We will provide information on how to get to Goathland and are happy to arrange airport transfers for an additional fee.

ENDING POINT

The trip will end at our hotel in the village of Austwick. There is a nearby train station. We will provide information on onward travel from Austwick and are happy to arrange airport transfers for an additional fee.

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 along the route retain a feeling of timelessness.

For the independent hiker, and those who enjoying map reading, navagating the footspaths of England provides its own challenges and delights. 

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, this trip is for you!

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP DIFFERENT?

Typically, the Coast-to-Coast is hiked from west to east. We organize it from east to west. Many consider the Lake District to be the jewel of England’s national parks, offering some of the dramatic scenery 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 spending a day on the Pennine Way, crossing over from Swaledale 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 non-refundable 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.

Before registering for this, please read our Terms and Conditions in their entirety and then refer to our Self-Guided Trips page for specific information regarding the process.

The balance is due 75 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 75 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, 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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