Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, cyclist or runner looking for your first big challenge, we’ve got the trail for you.
The Coast to Coast is one of the most scenic paths in England, the walk promoted by Alfred Wainwright in 1972 with one of his famous pictorial guidebooks. The Coast to Coast connects St Bees in Cumbria with Robin Hoods Bay in North Yorkshire. It’s a journey through three National Parks – the Lake District National Park, North Pennines AONB and Yorkshire Dales AONB – and it offers the opportunity to take in some of the most spectacular scenery. Starting from St Bees is the most northerly point of the trail, and means you’ll be walking downhill for most of the first day! There are plenty of places to stay on the way, including Grasmere, Shap, Kirkby Stephen, Blackey, Egton Bridge and finally, at your destination Robin Hoods Bay.
The whole route is just over 192 miles long, but you can choose to walk, run or cycle as much or as little of it as you like. The trail follows a combination of public rights of way, minor roads and tracks. It is well signposted, although there are some sections that aren’t marked, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for the signs! To complete the whole trail, you’ll need to be in good shape and have plenty of food with you. It’s recommended to give yourself 12 -14 days to complete the trial, although some have done it in less.
For assistance in creating an itinerary or booking accommodation, there are holiday companies such as The Coast to Coast Packhorse, who will take care of as little or all of the logistics for you. This could help you complete your challenge without the stress in organising things.
The Coast to Coast walk is one of the most popular trails in Europe, and Wainright himself said, “there cannot be a finer itinerary for a long-distance walk”. Could this be your next great adventure?