The Coast to Coast is a 195 mile (313 km) long-distance walk in Northern England.
Devised by Alfred Wainwright, the famous fell walker and guidebook writer, in 1973, the Coast to Coast path passes through three National Parks: the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park. Wainwrights recommendation is that walkers dip their booted feet in the Irish Sea at St Bees and, at the end of the walk, in the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay.
The walk begins in the Lake District, taking in deep sided valleys, lake shores, and remote mountain passes. Next is the limestone country of the Yorkshire Dales, famous for its intricate field patterns and dry stone walls. The old market town of Richmond marks the end of the Dales before the path crosses the Vale of York and rises over the rolling moorland hills of the North York Moors.
The Coast to Coast uses public rights of way (public footpaths, tracks, and minor roads), permissive paths and access land, and it is one of the most popular of all the long-distance footpaths in the UK.
As well as the whole Coast to Coast path, we also offer the first and the second half as shorter options for your walking holiday. Both of the shorter options are are well worth undertaking in their own right, or you could do half the route now and the other half at a later date.
If you opt to walk the whole Coast to Coast path then there are five options for you to choose from depending on the pace you prefer and your overall level of fitness.
We offer five walking holidays that cover the whole Coast to Coast route. The shorter holiday is a taxing walk in 13 days which is only for the seriously fit, however, the 17-day walking holiday is a much more leisurely paced experience.
We offer two walking holiday options whereby you can traverse west to east across the Lake District taking in most of the major lakes, valleys and mountain ranges of the North Lake District. This is a great route taking in many of the highlights of the Lake District.
This is the second half of the Coast to Coast walk, taking in the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors, and finishing on the Yorkshire coast. From Kirkby Stephen at the head of the Vale of Eden, the route climbs into upper Swaledale, one of the longest and most remote areas of the Yorkshire Dales. It follows the dale along riverside paths and across moors to the historic market town of Richmond, and then continues through the North York Moors to the North Sea.
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