This self-guided holiday, walking the Coast to Coast Path east section over nine days, covers the second half of the iconic 293km trail, traditionally walked west to east. Starting in the market town of Kirkby Stephen, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and finishing in the magnificent Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast, you also discover the Pennines and North York Moors National Park en route. Walking it over nine days means you can take it gently, with daily walking distances of 19-33km, and an average of 5-6h of walking. Every evening you are welcomed at one of many charming hotels and inns along the way, while having your luggage transferred for you.
- Yorkshire Dales National Park
- Kirkby Stephen in the Upper Eden Valley
- The Pennines
- North York Moors National Park
- Robin Hood’s Bay
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Day 1: Arrival in Kirkby Stephen
Arrive in the small yet lively town of Kirkby Stephen in the heart of Eden Valley. If time allows, take a stroll through the town centre to see the red sandstone cloisters in the Market Square and St Stephen’s Church, the 16th-century parish church, often referred to as the Cathedral of the Dales.
- Accommodation: The Old Croft House or similar in Kirkby Stephen
Day 2: Keld – Reeth | 18-20km
After a short morning transfer to Keld, there is a choice of two routes. A low-level route that follows the river through Swaledale, leading across farmland and woodland. Or alternatively, a higher route over more rugged terrain, heading through an area with a history of lead mining. Both routes end in the village of Reeth.
- Walking for the day: 18-20km ↑507m
- Accommodation: Ivy Cottage or similar in Reeth
Day 3: Reeth – Richmond | 17km
Today’s route heads away from the Pennines. From Reeth, follow the route through Swaledale and past Marrick Priory, a Benedictine nunnery founded in 1155, with a tower dating back to the 13th century. From here, it is a steep but short climb up to the village of Marrick. Walk through fields and woodland, before a descent into Richmond, a bustling small town with plenty of traditional pubs.
- Walking for the day: 17km ↑328m
- Accommodation: Willance House or similar in Richmond
Day 4: Richmond – Danby Wiske | 22km
Leaving Richmond behind, follow the line of the River Swale before heading through farmland. Today’s walk is pleasantly flat, especially after passing Brompton-on-Swale. Arrive in Danby Wiske, a small village with an 11th-century Norman church, and the lowest point inland of the entire route.
- Walking for the day: 22km ↑183m
- Accommodation: The White Swan or similar in Danby Wiske
Day 5: Danby Wiske – Ingleby Cross/Osmotherley | 15-18km
Another easy-going walk with no major climbs. Follow the route through a combination of fields and woodland, before arriving at Ingleby Cross, near North York Moors National Park. Depending on availability, accommodation is in Osmotherley.
- Walking for the day: 15-18km ↑284m
- Accommodation: The Golden Lion or similar in Ingleby Cross/Osmotherley
Day 6: Ingleby Cross/Osmotherley – Blakey Ridge | 33km
Walk through woodland, before heading uphill and taking in views stretching back to Richmond and ahead towards the North Sea. Today’s route enters North York Moors National Park, with its wide expanses of heather-covered moorland contrasting with the distinctive rocky crags of the Wainstones. Today’s stage leads across a plateau and along the route of an abandoned mine railway to The Lion Inn pub. Originally a 16th-century hunting lodge, it’s the third highest pub in England and the only building for miles around.
- Walking for the day: 33km ↑1,050m
- Accommodation: The Lion Inn or similar at Blakey Ridge
Day 7: Blakey Ridge – Grosmont | 22km
Today’s route is mainly flat and downhill, besides the section leading from the valley of Great Fryup Dale into Glaisdale. With another ascent and descent following as you pass through Egton Bridge. End the day in Grosmont, one of the stops on the famous North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR). Depending on availability, accommodation is in Grosmont.
- Walking for the day: 22km ↑100m
- Accommodation: Grosmont House B&B or similar in Grosmont
Day 8: Grosmont – Robin Hood’s Bay | 24km
Start the day with a steep climb, along the road and up onto the moor, where you can catch a glimpse of the sea and impressive Whitby Abbey, before descending to Littlebeck. Cross the last section of the North York Moors, heading through Falling Foss woodland with its hidden follies. The final stretch leads from High Hawsker along the top of the Jurassic cliffs, providing views of the coastline and Robin Hood’s Bay. You may even spot a dolphin if you’re lucky.
Day 9: Departure
Departure after breakfast, or extend your stay with extra nights in Robin Hood’s Bay upon request.
What to expect
Accommodation on this tour includes a mix of mostly small, locally-owned hotels, B&Bs and traditional guesthouses. They have been carefully selected based on a variety of criteria including their location, warm hospitality, fine local food or commitment to responsible tourism. All rooms have en-suite or private bathrooms.
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- The Old Croft House (Kirkby Stephen)
- Ivy Cottage (Ivy Cottage)
- Willance House (Richmond)
- The White Swan (Danby Wiske)
- The Golden Lion (Osmotherley)
- The Lion Inn (Blakey Ridge)
- Grosmont House B&B (Grosmont)
- Lee-side B&B (Robin Hood’s Bay)
- The White Horse and Griffin (Whitby)
Accommodation is subject to availability. In the event of a particular hotel or guesthouse being fully booked for your chosen dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available en route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops or packed lunches can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either at the accommodation or from restaurants in the local area.
Difficulty and terrain
This tour is rated moderate, with daily walking distances ranging between 15-33km and most days offering an average of 5-6h of walking. While not too demanding, a good level of fitness is required to get the most out of this tour. The routes cover a variety of terrain, but there are no steep ascents and descents. Some of the paths can become muddy and boggy, and progress can often be slow. The trail follows well-maintained footpaths, bridleways, open fields and some minor roads, and the trail is only waymarked sporadically (read more about difficulty grades).
We strongly advise you to only follow marked trails and never try to shorten the path through unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed route notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed information on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to go
This trip is available from the end of March until the end of September. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates, meaning you can start your trip on any date during the season. If you are a seasoned and well-equipped hiker, it may be possible to book your tour on off-season dates.
In the north-west of England and the region of Yorkshire and the Humber, during the spring and autumn months, average maximum temperatures range between 9-17C, and you can expect more rainfall than during the summer months. In the period of June-August, the average maximum temperatures range between 19-20C.
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By train or bus
- If you are able to travel to England without flying, this holiday is reachable by rail, with railway stations in Kirkby Stephen and Whitby (20mins bus ride to Robin Hood’s Bay) or Scarborough (35mins bus ride). See Trainline for more rail details and Arriva for buses.
- From Manchester Airport, the journey to Kirkby Stephen is approximately 4h and from Newcastle Airport it is approximately 3.5h. From Robin Hood’s Bay, the journey to Manchester Airport the journey is 5h and to Newcastle Airport it is 4h
- Kirkby Stephen is served by regular train services from Carlisle and Leeds, stations which are reachable from all UK destinations. Journey time from London is 4.5h
- From Robin Hood’s Bay, take the bus to Scarborough or Whitby, where there are train connections to all UK destinations
- For more information about train services, see the rail operators Northern Rail and Transpennine Express, see Trainline or use the Omio planner above
- 8 nights accommodation
- 8 breakfasts
- Morning transfer from Kirby Stephen to Keld
- Detailed tour materials, including practical information, personalised trip notes and maps (digital copy only)
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel (one piece per person, up to 20kg)
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Airfare and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable locally)
- Any items not explicitly listed as included
Options, extras and supplements
- If you’re travelling in a group, a supplement applies to group members who would like to have a room of their own
- This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
- Extra nights along the trail are bookable upon request