Coast to Coast self guided walk in England
Description of Coast to Coast self guided walk in England
This fabulous fortnight of walking in Wordsworth and Wainwright country takes you on a 300km trail from the Irish Sea to the North Sea via the hillsides of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.
Family-owned hotels, guesthouses and traditional B&B’s and pubs help you follow a path from coast to coast as your walk takes in some of northern England’s quintessential natural landscapes and traditional cultural heritage.
Luggage transfers, route notes and emergency contact details increase confidence levels for self guided walkers wishing to enjoy the experience rather than endure an uphill slog. Daily distances are manageable and not too strenuous although there will be a fair bit of hill walking which will require strengthened shoes and a reasonable level of fitness for non-experienced walkers.
Starting out from the Cumbrian coast sets the scene with optional hikes, such as the ascent to Helvellyn Peak, allowing experiences in the Lake District to be as relaxed or full-on as inclination allows. Legendary landmarks – such as Nine Standards Rigg at the summit of Hartley Fell in the Pennines – mark your crossing of the Yorkshire Dales as you follow the River Swale on route to the market town of Richmond for a well-deserved rest.
The final leg of this self guided walk takes in the natural undulations of North York Moors National Park. This can be a slightly strenuous section however, the sight of the North Sea from Robins Hoods Bay more than makes up for the extra exertion as well as offering every opportunity to raise a cool glass of something in celebration.
From dry stone walls and fields of sheep to full English breakfasts and ale at village pubs, this is your chance to revel in the rural heritage of northern England as well as putting your best foot forward on one of the region’s best loved coast to coast walking trails.
Please note: an 18 day walking holiday in the north of England is also available. Get in touch to find out more.
PlanetThe natural landscapes we explore are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.
Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.
A walking holiday is an environmentally friendly approach to tourism and we encourage our clients to to further minimise their impact where possible. We recommend instead of using private vehicles to join the Coast to Coast to use the public transport along the way. When in the countryside be mindful that you are walking in National Parks, farmers fields and villages. This information includes to stay on the trails, avoid short cuts and to avoid paths widening if you need to walk through the mud do so. You need to be mindful that you may be walking through fragile environments that are enjoyed by many.
Never pick wildflowers, break branches or damage trees. Keep your distance from wildlife especially in Spring when young are around as this causes great distress.
Anything you take with you for the days walk, must be taken out. Never throw rubbish and dispose in the bins of the next village you come to.
When you make your booking, your pre-departure information is provided by email. Our office uses recycled paper and we recycle our bottles, paper and other items. Office staff travel by public transport to/from work.
PeopleOver the years of organising walks on The Coast to Coast we have built relationships with local accommodation providers and work with them to operate responsibly.
After a thoroughly rewarding day’s walking you will be warmly welcomed into a locally owned hotel, B&B or guesthouse. Mrs Jackson who runs the Knotts View in Stonethwaite Village has been working with us for 20 years and the property has been family run since 1904. Within the same village we try and use a variety of accommodation to ensure that we are supporting many within the community.
We encourage you to purchase lunch and dinners from the local shops, village farmers markets, pubs and cafes along the way which in turn helps employment within the community. When you stop in at the Shepherds Arms at Ennerdale, sample one or two of the real ales from around Cumbria.
Friendly local staff are ideally placed to give you a knowledgeable insight into the local terrain, flora and fauna and an authentic account of the history of the region.
No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.