Route: From St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay


Please note this is a walk for the most experienced of walkers, if choosing to undertake the Coast to Coast in one continuous journey, the daily mileages are long and the terrain is challenging.
Often named Wainwright’s Coast to Coast after Alfred Wainwright who first devised the walk, and published the first guidebook, this challenging but extremely rewarding walk showcases the best of three of the UK’s most scenic and visually stunning National Parks – incorporating The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales and The North York Moors. 
Before starting your walk on the cliff tops of St Bees, take the time to dip your toes in the chilly Irish Sea on the west coast of the UK before you begin your trek across the fells, the dales and meres of the Lake District. Walking the Coast to Coast you have the opportunity to gaze at the glorious landscapes and local wildlife as you walk, with the rugged windswept mountaintops giving you the most breath-taking vistas along endless valleys to the Lakelands below, and the best vantage points to view expanses of both open sky and land. From here you settle to walking through more comfortable rolling hills and farmland, a brief respite from the ascents and descents of previous days. A challenging walk between the Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales then await you, with its wild and untamed moorlands, again with plenty of photo opportunities for lovers of wildlife and landscape alike. Your walk then steers you towards the eastern coast of the North York Moors towards the North Sea where it is part of the Coast to Coast ritual to end your walk with another dip, this time in the North Sea at Robin Hoods Bay.
Olde world market towns and villages await you each day at the end of your walk, with evocative names such as Grasmere – home of the poet William Wordsworth, Patterdale, Danby Wisk and Clay Bank Top. This is a trail which bonds all walkers you meet on the path, with the chance to share your adventures in the numerous inns and pubs at the end of a tiring but rewarding days walking.

Walk the Trail offers 3 itineraries along the entire route to cater for all levels of walker.  We do also offer this path split over 2 holidays walking the East Section and the West Section of the path.


All our holiday packages include:

  • Overnight accommodation staying at carefully selected B&Bs, Inns and Hotels
  • A detailed holiday pack
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transport from path to accommodations if necessary
  • Maps
  • Guidebook
  • Emergency support.


Our holiday packages do not include:

  • Transport to and from the start and end of the holiday, unless stated.  We can help you with your options.
  • Packed Lunches and Evening Meals
  • Travel Insurance

Itinerary & Costs

Walk the Trail provides 3 different itineraries for the entire Coast to Coast. This itinerary is walking average distances each day and most walkers would choose this option.
A spectacular and varied walk starting from St Bees on the North East coast of England crossing through the three iconic National Parks - The Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, ending your journey on the North Sea coastline at Robin Hood’s Bay. A 'must do' trip for any walking enthusiast – strenuous but immensely rewarding.

The Daily Itinerary

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Day 2:
St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge
Distance: 14 miles
Day 3:
Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite
Distance: 14.5 miles
- Day 4:
Rosthwaite to Grasmere (upper route via Calf Crag)
Distance: 8.5 miles

There are two possible routes to take today. The upper route via Calf Crag is 8.5 miles, and the lower route is just under 8 miles.

- Day 5:
Grasmere to Patterdale (upper route via St Sunday Crag)
Distance: 8 miles

There are three possible routes to take today. The upper route via St Sunday Crag is just under 8 miles, the alternative upper route via Helvellyn is 10 miles, and the lower route is 8 miles.

- Day 6:
Patterdale to Bampton
Distance: 12.5 miles

Due to a lack of accommodation in Bampton, it may be necessary to accommodate you elsewhere and include transfers to and from the accommodation.

Day 7:
Bampton to Orton
Distance: 14 miles
Day 8:
Orton to Kirkby Stephen
Distance: 13.5 miles
- Day 9:
Kirkby Stephen to Keld
Distance: 11 miles

There are a number of routes you can take today, depending upon the time of the year. Distances vary between 11-13 miles.

Day 10:
Keld to Reeth
Distance: 10.5 miles
Day 11:
Reeth to Richmond
Distance: 10.5 miles
Day 12:
Richmond to Danby Wiske
Distance: 13 miles
Day 13:
Danby Wiske to Ingleby Cross
Distance: 9 miles
Day 14:
Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top
Distance: 11.5 miles
Day 15:
Clay Bank Top to Blakey Ridge
Distance: 9 miles
Day 16:
Blakey Ridge to Egton Bridge
Distance: 11.5 miles
Day 17:
Egton Bridge to Robin Hoods Bay
Distance: 16.5 miles
Day 18: Depart
Robin Hoods Bay

What's Included

  • Accommodation for the length of your holiday including the night before you start walking and the evening after your final day's walking in good quality B&Bs, Inns and small hotels. This will be en-suite wherever possible.
  • Breakfast - This may be a full cooked or continental option depending on accommodation. Evening meals can be arranged with certain accommodations for an additional charge.
  • A Personalised Holiday Pack containing maps and addresses for accommodations, pick up points and daily mileage information.
  • Luggage transfers between each accommodation. 1 bag per person up to 20 kilograms. Additional bags can be added upon request.
  • If required, path to accommodation or round river transfers (free of charge)
  • Phone line support between the hours of 0900-1900, 7 days a week for the length of your holiday.

Optional Extras

The following items are optional and can be removed to reduce the cost of your holiday.

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Holiday Summary



16 Days / 17 Nights 11.5 miles daily avg


Rating: 3


Number in Group: 2

What's Included
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Cost £1,808 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room

Total Cost £3,616

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