Where2Walk’s muchbetter guide to the Coast to Coast

What is the Coast to Coast?

The Coast to Coast is a 180 mile walk/cycle across England from Robin Hoods Bay on the Yorkshire Coast to St Bees on the Cumbrian coast. Walking takes between 9 and 14 days depending on your ability/fitness and inclination to explore enroute. It passes through 3 national parks (Yorkshire Moors and Dales, the Lake District), visits 2 cracking coasts and climbs over some of the higher mountains in England (Helvellyn included)

Why walk the Coast to Coast?

Something extremely satisfying in Walking from one side of the country to another, but more importantly the contrast in scenery is spectacular; coast passes to high moorland, a section of farmland, then the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, the wildness of the Pennines, spectacular fells in the Lakes and ending back on the coast sounds good and it is.

In addition walking for up to 2 weeks is a great challenge a sense of adventure and the enormous satisfaction of completion is always there. I completed the walk in 9 days (20 miles a day and (my full story can be found on my website)which was hard on the feet in particular; as was going east to west and in to the prevailing UK weather!

What is your suggested itinerary for the Coast to Coast?

I took the route East to West, the non-traditional way but it can be easily reversed.

Day 1 North York Moors. Robin Hoods Bay to Lion Inn, Blakey Moor via Glaisdale . 25 miles

Day 2. North York Moors. Lion Inn to Ingleby Coss via Osmotherley. 23 miles

Day 3. Vale of York. Ingleby Cross to Richmond via Catterick. 20 miles

Day 4. Yorkshire Dales. Richmond to Muker via Reeth & Swaledale. 22 miles

Day 5. Yorkshire Dales. Muker to Kirkby Stephen via Keld. 14 miles

Day 6. Pennines. Kirkby Stephen to Shap via Orton. 20 miles

Day 7. Lake District. Shap to Patterdale via Haweswater. 17 miles

Day 8. Lake District. Patterdale to Rosthwaite over Helvellyn. 13 miles

Day 9. Lake District. Rosthwaite to St Bees via Ennerdale. 26 miles

Favourite spot for walking in the Coast to Coast

The Lake District for the best scenery and proper mountains, the Yorkshire Moors have the easiest walking with a feeling of being on top of the world but my favourite place is the top end of Swaledale, near the villages of Muker and Keld , when the land changes from pretty and cute to wild, dramatic and remote as the Pennines are hit.

Favourite places to grab some food and drink on the Coast to Coast?

There is nowhere in the world where the cosy pubs are better than in Yorkshire and the Lake District. My favourites are listed here. I have included some tea shops as well for those not in the drinking mode. If I had to name my favourites where I stopped and partook then the 3 pubs off the village green in Reeth stand out, as does the Lion Inn on the tops near the Yorkshire Coast and the White Swan at Danby Wiske

Favourite places to stay on the Coast to Coast?

There are some great places to stay enroute and I have detailed some of my favourites here but a word must go to the lads who run the New Ing Lodge at Shap a great set up and I wish them all the best.

Whats the best time of year to complete the Coast to Coast?

No time of the year is off bounds except possibly the depth of winter when the days are really too short and the time in the pub simply too long! I completed the walk late in October which was fine and had the advantage of being quiet when trying to book places to stay. Certainly spring and autumn are great times of the year to walk the Coast to Coast but summer is the most popular.

Anything else you need to share for people planning a muchbetter adventure to the Coast to Coast?

Some people like to find companies who move their bags along the route allowing them to just walk with a day sack these are listed here. Aside from that I would suggest you read the blog I have completed on the walk and pack up your boots and go for it!

About the Ambassador:

My name is Jonathan and I run a UK walking company called Where2walk which features some of the great walking challenges in Britain, the best 200 walks in the north of England and some great information on the differences between staying in the Lakes, Dales or other areas in England. The website can be found atwww.where2walk.co.uk.

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