Journey through a magnificent landscape of rolling hills, quaint villages, and stunning lakes on a self-guided walking tour of England along the famous Coast-to-Coast Walk. A route devised by mountain climber Alfred Wainwright, this trail follows the most scenic byways that link the Irish Sea and the North Sea. Your route traverses no less than three national parks – the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and North York Moors – scenery that’s inspired authors and poets. Relax in comfort at the end of each day, at accommodations that include refined country houses and historic properties. Fuel your travels with an array of included meals featuring farm-fresh cuisine and savory local fare. Fairy-tale England’s peaceful moors, splendid lakes, and verdant valleys await on this unforgettable walking tour.
Borrowdale Gates Hotel
If you wish to relax and enjoy some of the finest fell views and walking available in the Lakes, treat yourself to a stay at Borrowdale Gates. This privately owned country house hotel boasts open log fires along with award-winning Lakeland cuisine. Warm, comfortable bedrooms are un-air-conditioned, feature WiFi, and are decorated in a contemporary style. This hotel is a hidden gem located on the edge of the hamlet of Grange-in-Borrowdale.
The Burgoyne Hotel
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 un-air conditioned 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.
Ennerdale Country House Hotel
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.
The Fleece Hotel
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.
Inn on the Lake
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 un-air conditioned rooms is thoughtfully designed and tended, providing a wide array of amenities and comforts.
Rothay Garden Hotel
Graceful and elegant, the Rothay Garden Hotel provides a taste of luxury amid 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 hotel is set on beautifully landscaped grounds and offers views of the babbling River Rothay and surrounding fells. Each un-air conditioned 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. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.IWiFiI
The Black Swan Hotel
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.
The Victoria Hotel
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.
|11 meals: 8 breakfasts and 3 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes and maps|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transfers (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to transfer with your luggage from one accommodation to the next at no additional charge.)|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|
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