Coast to Coast East
8 stages . 9 nights . Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors
(Coast to Coast East) The North York Moors at Clay Bank Top
Clay Bank Top on the Coast to Coast trail
Coast to Coast East
Coast to Coast East
8 stages . 9 nights

Coast to Coast East
Self-guided walking holiday

Key information

Start: Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria
End: Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire
Season dates: 1 May to 15 Sept 2024
Length: 8 days' walking
Typical walk: 22km, 480m ascent
Longest stage: 35km on 8-stage trek
Total distance: 171km or 106 miles
Highest altitude: 662m
Grade: Red 4 (Walking grades)
Group size: 2 or more trekkers

From GBP 880 per person

Pick up the Coast to Coast path, devised by Wainwright, at Kirkby Stephen. Follow the route over the open spaces of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, finishing along the clifftops at Robin Hood's Bay.

This trek crosses distinct geographical areas. Start with a moorland crossing and a valley walk in the Yorkshire Dales, visiting Keld, Reeth and Richmond. Then cross the Vale of York on flat farmland stages with the North York Moors increasingly in view. The last stretch takes you over this moorland on excellent paths, past the remote inn at Blakey Ridge and down to the valley at Glaisdale and Grosmont, where a day of woods and moors leads to the sea.

We take care of the planning, leaving you free to enjoy the walking. The pleasure of multi-day walks such as this one is in linking up different places each night, each one giving a new evening setting in which to relax. We provide all you need to complete the trek in style, from booking your rooms to giving you maps and our own detailed routecards and local information.

Alternatively, if your group would like to hike with a guide, we can arrange a privately guided Coast to Coast East trip for you. We welcome you to get in touch to ask for more details on this option.

Alternative trip options
Prefer a different style or length of trip? Why not try one of these:
Coast to Coast Full - 14 stages - 15 nights
Coast to Coast West - 8 stages, 9 nights
Make the trip shorter
For seasoned long-distance trekkers only, our 6-stage trek contains 3 days of over 30km. It's worth remembering that even our normal 8-stager is a challenging walk, that is easy to underestimate. As an in-between we have a 7-stage option too; please contact us for details and specific schedules.

Make the trip longer
We can book different lengths of trip according to your preferences. For a more relaxed pace, our 9-stage trek splits the long stage between Clay Bank Top and Grosmont, with 25.5km the maximum daily distance covered.

Additional rest days
We do not include any rest days as standard in this trip, however if you have the time, we highly recommend adding one in. A rest day can be welcome to many; others prefer to keep going. Richmond is a super place for a rest day being the biggest town on the route with the most to offer, such as Richmond Castle which is worth an explore.

Coordinating travel
As normal we include your accommodation in Kirkby Stephen and Robin Hood’s Bay. If travel time is short, we can suggest ways to fit journeys in before your first stage and after your last. If driving, there are ways to minimise time needed to return to your car, for instance by using Richmond as a base to go out and back. Please ask us about these options.

Hike with a guide
Hike with confidence in the company of our fully qualified International Mountain Leaders (IMLs), with the navigation, accommodation and all arrangements taken care of. You're welcome to walk on any date within our season and we can adjust the hike to suit your needs. If your group would like a guide for your trip, please get in touch for more details.

Coast to Coast East
1 May to 17 Sept 2024
Hutty Classic Comfy
7 stages
(8 nights)
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GBP 810
Singles 375
140 per dog
GBP 855
Singles 410
140 per dog
8 stages
(9 nights)

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GBP 880
Singles 405
150 per dog
Main Trip
GBP 940
Singles 450
150 per dog
9 stages
(10 nights)

Please ask
GBP 960
Singles 450
160 per dog
GBP 1035
Singles 490
160 per dog
Baggage transfer
To all stops

GBP 130 per bag
Baggage transfer

GBP 30 per bag

Where we stay
Your accommodation is in a varied mix of friendly guesthouses, B&Bs and inns. The Coast to Coast, as much as any long distance trail in the UK, offers some authentic and memorable overnight stays. One night you could be staying above an inn in the middle of a small village; the next you could be guests in a friendly home hidden away in the hills. We book ensuite accommodation where possible.

For a touch of luxury, let us upgrade your accommodation on 3 nights, in Kirkby Stephen, Reeth and Richmond. Stay in smarter hotels and guesthouses, and fewer B&Bs, such as the Burgoyne Hotel in Reeth and millgate House in Richmond.

Contact us for more details of hiking the Coast to Coast using more basic accommodation, such as hostels and bunk houses. We can try to book hostels in Kirkby Stephen, Osmotherley and Robin Hood's Bay, and more may be available depending on your particular schedule.

Single Room Supplement
If you would like to stay in single rooms rather than sharing a double, twin or triple room we add our single room supplement. This covers the additional cost of booking single occupancy rooms on a per person basis.

We welcome dogs on our Coast to Coast trips. On a doggy CTC schedule we have to split the long Richmond to Osmotherley section in two by using taxis. This is because there is no dog-friendly accommodation between these two stops; Danby Wiske is our normal stop but is a dog-free zone. Therefore, we suggest 2 nights in either Richmond or Osmotherley. We will organise taxis from Danby Wiske and then back in the morning, and we will cover the cost of these.

Solo Travel
We do not take bookings for solo walkers on self-guided trips. If you are still interested in this trip, we do have availability on our guided trips.
Hike to Haweswater
Views onto Haweswater
Our approach to the Coast to Coast East
Your route follows the Coast to Coast, as officially as the slightly relaxed nature of the route allows, but starting in Kirkby Stephen. Enter the Yorkshire Dales on Nine Standards Rigg, the barrier between East and West and a major milestone. Swaledale beckons, all the way to Richmond, past Keld and Reeth. Cross the flat Vale of York to Ingleby Cross and Osmotherley before setting off for the last section on the North York Moors. High and open walking on good ground leads you past Blakey Ridge and down to Glaisdale and Egton Bridge. A final stage leads to the coast with a few short cliff-top miles left before Robin Hood’s Bay.

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Latest research on the Coast to Coast by Alpine Exploratory's Steph

The Terrain
The Coast to Coast involves a broad mix of England's walking terrain. Most miles are across relatively forgiving terrain such as field paths, tracks, rockier paths or country lanes. On Nine Standards Rigg and on the North York Moors, terrain is rougher and typically boggier. The path might not be visible on the ground for short stretches, meaning reliance on good navigation if the cloud is low.

Is it for me?
The Coast to Coast: Dales and Moors is a manageable trek for regular walkers who are used to full-day walks in the hills. With careful choice of where to stay each night and perhaps opting for one of our longer schedules, there need not be any particularly long days. The Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks are some of the most beautiful areas in the UK and there is a great sense of achievement in crossing them it their entirety. For quaint English hospitality, spectacular scenery and excellent trails, the Coast to Coast: Dales and Moors is a superb option.

The Coast to Coast's emphasis is on distance rather than steepness. Distance is one consideration; however the terrain and weather can combine to create another challenge - navigation can be tricky in mist. In any case it will greatly help your enjoyment of the walk to arrive fit at the start, used to days of similar distance and height gain to those that you are about to face. There is no climbing or scrambling, but there are some steep rocky paths in places. It is all par for the course in the sphere of hill-walking in the UK. On some days there are easier and harder alternatives, which you can decide on the day depending on weather conditions and if you feel up for a more challenging day or not.

   For an even more detailed read, please see our Coast to Coast Walking Guide
How to get there
Hike the Coast to Coast
Follow the fence

Your holiday starts in St Bees and ends in Robin Hood's Bay. The train is best to St Bees, on the coastal line that links Carlisle and Lancaster, while Robin Hood's Bay is linked by a regular bus to Scarborough for trains to York and Leeds. If flying we suggest Manchester for both directions and to transfer by train.

Travel to and from the trip is not included in the holiday price. We take care to give the most useful notes possible about all the travel options. We supply these both on booking and in your info pack, and we offer personalised tips at any point. The aim is that our trekkers arrange their travel by the simplest and most scenic means as suits their plan.
  • Bespoke accommodation itinerary - tailored to suit your particular requirements
  • Breakfast every morning
  • Detailed Routecards CTC7-14 of the Exploratory system, printed on waterproof paper
  • 1 topographical map of the route
  • Downloadable GPX Tracks covering the route
  • Expert advice and local information
  • A comprehensive 'Season Update' following our pre-season recce
  • Full support during your trip from the Alpine Exploratory team (8am until 8pm in the UK)
Not included
  • Travel to and from your trip
  • Local transport whilst on the trip unless specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches, snacks, drinks and evening meals
  • Baggage transfers (available as an extra)

Baggage transfer

Our baggage option on the Coast to Coast East takes your bag to each night's accommodation. Each morning simply leave your bag with your host or at reception, and it will be delivered to your next accommodation.
Got questions about the Coast to Coast East?
Feel free to ask us any questions you have about any aspects of your planning and preparations! Lucy, Steph, Nicky, Rob and Ben will reply with expert advice. We spend a lot of time walking our routes and more broadly exploring ski and hiking trails around the world so do feel free to ask anything at all.

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