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Self-Guided Walking : Europe

England: Coast to Coast

Moderate Terrain: 7–11 Miles Daily

England: Coast to Coast - Self-Guided Walking Tour Map

Dip your toe in the Irish Sea one day and in the North Sea nine days later on our exclusive Self-Guided Walking Adventure along northern England’s Coast-to-Coast Walk. Famed mountain climber Alfred Wainwright devised this spectacular route in 1972, pointing walkers to the most scenic byways that link the two seas. Today, with our detailed maps and route notes, you will follow the most breathtaking segments of his 192-mile trail, one of the most acclaimed footpaths in the UK. Along the way, drink in the outstanding beauty of three of England’s most beloved national parks—the mountainous Lake District, pristine inspiration to poets and writers; Yorkshire Dales, blanketed with rolling valleys caressed by trickling streams; and North York Moors, a treasured region of England’s beloved moors and heather-clad bogs, at once moody and magnificent. Admire cascading waterfalls. Gaze out over the Irish and North Seas from dramatic cliffs. It all unfolds before you at the most pleasing pace over inspiring and sometimes moderately challenging terrain, with easier options offered on two days. Along the way, relax in comfort at a blend of casual and refined accommodations, with a generous array of included meals that feature the farm-fresh cuisine of Cumbria and Yorkshire.


Tour Highlights:
  • Walk the most scenic portions of Alfred Wainwright’s world-renowned Coast-to-Coast Walk.
  • Gaze out to the Irish Sea from the clifftops and lighthouse of St. Bees Head, the westernmost point of Cumbria.
  • Marvel at some of England’s most breathtaking vistas during treks through the Lake District, inspiration to poet William Wordsworth.
  • Cross the dreamy landscapes of Muker Meadows, cloaked in wildflowers and dotted with sheep, cows, horses, barns, and drystone walls.
  • Soak in the rich heritage and history of Richmond, England’s second largest cobbled market town.
  • Follow an abandoned asphalt road along a ridgeline known as Glaisdale Rigg, with spectacular moorland view all around.
Tour Only

9 days, 8 nights

FROM $4,098 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Your Tour Includes:

  • All breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners
  • Boutique accommodations
  • Detailed maps & route notes
  • Local representative available 24/7
  • Scheduled taxi transfers

Flight + Tour Combo Includes:

  • Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.

Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Whitehaven, England. Transfer to Cleator

Arrive at the Whitehaven Railway Station whenever you wish. A taxi transfers you to Cleator, an old iron-ore mining village adjacent to the scenic Lake District National Park. After an orientation meeting, enjoy an included three-course dinner at your hotel.

Accommodation: The Ennerdale Country House Hotel, Cleator

Set amidst five sprawling acres of serene well-tended gardens, the Ennerdale Country House Hotel evokes the simplicity of an old Cumbrian village inn. Classic in its design and architectural touches, the dog-friendly hotel offers basic in-room accommodations with period furnishings and details keeping with the village’s historic character. What it may lack in amenities, it makes up for in its proximity to the start of the Coast-to-Coast Walk in St. Bees, where lodgings are decidedly designed for walkers who are “just passing through.” The Ennerdale’s traditional bar is ideal for a relaxing drink and the grand dining room serves fare prepared with locally-sourced ingredients.

Day 2

Coast-to-Coast Walk: St. Bees to Cleator

9.7 miles, easy to moderate, 1,000-ft. elevation gain and 800-ft. elevation loss

Begin at St. Bees Head in the village of St. Bees. These dramatic headlands soar some 300 feet over the Irish Sea. Walk along its clifftops, the westernmost point in Cumbria, before heading inland to quaint villages and farmland.

Accommodation: The Ennerdale Country House Hotel, Cleator

Set amidst five sprawling acres of serene well-tended gardens, the Ennerdale Country House Hotel evokes the simplicity of an old Cumbrian village inn. Classic in its design and architectural touches, the dog-friendly hotel offers basic in-room accommodations with period furnishings and details keeping with the village’s historic character. What it may lack in amenities, it makes up for in its proximity to the start of the Coast-to-Coast Walk in St. Bees, where lodgings are decidedly designed for walkers who are “just passing through.” The Ennerdale’s traditional bar is ideal for a relaxing drink and the grand dining room serves fare prepared with locally-sourced ingredients.

Day 3

Lake District National Park: Rosthwaite to Grasmere. Or Grasmere and Rydal Loop

8.3 miles, moderate with challenging sections, 1,800-ft. elevation gain and 1,850-ft. elevation loss. Or 5.3 miles, easy, 500-ft. elevation gain and loss

Walk the rugged fells of the Lake District, tracing stunning valleys, mountain streams, and waterfalls. Ascend Greenup Gill to Lining Crag before arriving in Grasmere. Or transfer to Grasmere to enjoy a leisurely loop around Lake Grasmere and Rydal Water.

Accommodation: Rothay Garden Hotel, Grasmere

Graceful and elegant, the Rothay Garden Hotel provides a taste of luxury amidst the beauty of the Lake District. The 30-room property earned the 2018 Best Small Hotel of the Year Award from Cumbria Tourism. Built from local stone, the property is set on beautifully landscaped grounds and offers views of the babbling River Rothay and surrounding fells. Each room provides a private patio or balcony and all the amenities that make for a comfortable and convenient stay. After a day of walking, soothe your legs with a treatment at the Riverside Spa and relax with a drink and fine dining at the Garden Restaurant.

Day 4

Lake District National Park: Dunmail Raise to Glenridding. Or Glenridding to Aira Force and return

6.2 miles, moderate, 1,150-ft. elevation gain and 1,500-ft. elevation loss. Or 5.8 miles, easy, 500-ft. elevation gain and loss

Today’s walking route leads you into the starkly beautiful landscapes surrounding the rugged lake shores of Grisedale Tarn before delivering you into the lush pastures of Grisedale Valley. Or, take a roundtrip walk from Glenridding to the Aira Force waterfalls.

Accommodation: Inn on the Lake, Glenridding

With a magnificent lakeside setting, the Inn on the Lake rests right on Lake Ullswater and offers stunning views of the shimmering waters and the soaring Helvellyn mountain range on the opposite shore. Inside, the inn is steeped in elegance, adorned with thoughtful touches that evoke that gracious spirit of the Lakes District. The Lake View lounge and unique Orangery provide 360-degree views and the Lake View Restaurant serves refined dishes inspired by the natural environs of northern England. Each of the 47 rooms is thoughtfully designed and tended, providing a wide array of amenities and comforts.

Day 5

Yorkshire Dales National Park: Muker to Reeth

10.1 miles, easy to moderate, 450-ft. elevation gain and 600-ft. elevation loss

Trace the Swale River through small fields and past stone walls and barns. The day’s footpaths traverse pastoral Muker Meadows and the farms of Gunnerside Flats before arriving in the village of Reeth, set on a scenic plateau.

Accommodation: The Burgoyne Hotel, Reeth

Regal and elegant, the Burgoyne Hotel is a tranquil haven surrounded by lush gardens, astonishingly set amid the Swaledale Valley and Yorkshire Dales National Park. Located on Reeth’s peaceful green, this charming late Georgian country house, opened as a hotel after World War II, blends traditional décor and modern convenience, each room evoking the historic character of the manor. Sample the fresh cuisine of the informal 1783 Bar and Restaurant, steeped in the history of North Yorkshire. Relax by the fireplace with a drink in one of the two sitting rooms. And soak in a long tradition of British hospitality.

Day 6

Yorkshire Dales National Park: Reeth to Richmond. Or transfer to Richmond for leisurely day

10.4 miles, easy to moderate, 950-ft. elevation gain and 1,200-ft. elevation loss

Walk among farming fields and pastoral forests to Richmond, pausing in the hamlets of Marrick and Marske to admire their ecclesiastic architecture. Or transfer to Richmond for a leisurely day exploring one of England’s most attractive towns.

Accommodation: Fleece Hotel, Richmond

Built upon the site of Norman ramparts and a medieval town wall, the story of the Fleece Hotel is the story of Richmond. Today, it is a splendid late 19th-century Gothic building that occupies this historic address, often cited as the most beautiful building in town, “an extravaganza of brick and terracotta with tourelles (turrets),” according to one architectural reviewer. The Fleece Hotel opened in spring of 2018, a boutique hotel and bistro that combines traditional atmosphere, refined elegance, designer furnishings, and a passion for local food and gracious service.

Day 7

North York Moors National Park: Seavey Hill to Glaisdale

7 miles, easy to moderate, 1,200-ft. elevation loss

Today’s mostly downhill pathways traverse the breathtaking landscapes of North York Moors National Park. Hike among bell heather, swaying grass, and plentiful birdlife, and walk a stunning ridgeline on an abandoned asphalt track.

Accommodation: Black Swan, Helmsley

Conveniently located on the main square of Helmsley, the Black Swan occupies a row of stunning historic buildings: a half-timbered house, a Georgian-era charmer, and an Elizabethan manor. The latter was the original stagecoach house that received the “Helmsley Highflyer” thrice weekly. The English cottage gardens, dotted with sitting areas and umbrellas, evoke the gracious hospitality of England, the ideal spot for tea or a glass of wine. The Gallery Restaurant serves locally sourced food thoughtfully prepared while, on the walls, the work of local artists brings color and creativity to your dining experience. The award-winning Black Swan Tearoom provides a flawless afternoon tea. Each room offers simple comforts and local charm.

Day 8

North York Moors National Park: Littlebeck to Robin’s Hood Bay

11 miles, moderate, 900-ft. elevation gain and 950-ft. elevation loss

Traverse the forest of Littlebeck Wood to the Falling Foss 30-foot waterfall. Then cross open moorland to a glorious three-mile pathway along the clifftop drama of the Yorkshire coast, your final leg before the timeless charms of Robin Hood’s Bay.

Accommodation: Victoria Hotel, Robin Hood’s Bay

Ideally located atop a hill and boasting spectacular North Sea views, the historic 1897 Victoria Hotel exudes the character of its age. While its rooms and décor may reflect a bygone era—a bit too authentically, for some—the hotel has served many a traveler as the best available accommodation in town. The beer garden overlooks the sea, just one example of its casual and relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy a cold local ale here or wander inside for hearty pub fare at the welcoming Sea View Restaurant.

Day 9

Your England: Coast to Coast tour concludes

Transfer to the Scarborough train station after breakfast to make connections home or to your next destination. 

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Dates & Prices

Seasonal Tour Pricing

2019 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
May 1 - Sep 30 $4,098 $4,098 $4,098 $4,098 $3,998 $1,025 $525
This tour is available starting Sunday through Thursday, on request, from May 1 through September 30, 2019. Please note that the tiered tour price is based on a guarantee of a specified number of guests—should your group decrease in size, we reserve the right to alter the per person price if necessary as reflected in the Tour Price table. Please also note that the tour price includes one arrival transfer from Whitehaven to Cleator on Day 1 of the tour and one departure transfer from Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough on Day 9 of the tour. If traveling in a group of two or more with separate arrival and/or departure times, additional charges will apply for multiple transfers. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

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