Explore Ancient Britain on one of the world's 10 best hikes—an epic adventure!
There are few treks as satisfying to serious hikers as England’s classic “Coast-to-Coast” trail, considered by many to be one of the top ten hikes in the world! MTS is the only North American adventure travel company to follow all 192 miles of the original “West-to-East” route scouted by Alfred Wainwright, who first blazed the trail in the 1970s. Beginning at the Irish Sea and ending at the North Sea, you’ll cross three national parks: the Lake District, where England’s highest mountains are found; the rolling green hills and river valleys of the Yorkshire Dales (of James Herriot fame); and the dramatic landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors. At the end of each day’s hike, a charming, storybook village, a pint and warm English hospitality await!
14 days strenuous hiking on varied terrain, with some steep ascents
- Hike one of the best long distance hikes in the world—on the bucket list of all serious hikers
- Trek with the only North American travel company to walk the full 192-mile journey west to east
- Enjoy optional van support to help you along this epic journey
Duration: 16 days Start Location: Penrith, England End Location: York, EnglandDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Meet in Penrith and Transfer to Cleator/Ennerdale Bridge
Arrive in Penrith, England. Meet your guide at the train station, then head to the hotel for orientation.
Day 2 : Hike from St. Bees to Ennerdale Bridge
Our 192-mile hike begins with a dip of the toe in the Irish Sea at St. Bee’s!
Day 3 : Hike from Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite
A day of lakeshore, forest, and mountainside, from Ennerdale Water to Borrowdale.
Day 4 : Hike from Rosthwaite to Grasmere
We’ll climb three peaks before descending into Grasmere, best known for its association with William Wordsworth.
Day 5 : Hike from Grasmere to Patterdale
We’ll climb the rolling fells of the Lake District before descending into the lovely Patterdale Valley.
Day 6 : Hike from Patterdale to Shap
Hike up the old Roman road of High Street, then on to the high point of Kisdty Pike.
Day 7 : Hike from Shap to Ravenstonedale
Today, we’ll pass ancient stone circles, burial mounds and prehistoric settlements.
Day 8 : Hike from Ravenstonedale to Keld
Hike through Pennine Chain before descending into the scenic Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Day 9 : Hike from Keld to Reeth
A memorable walk through flowery meadows and enchanting stone villages into the village of Reeth.
Day 10 : Hike from Reeth to Richmond
We’ll pass lovely villages and streams on our way to Richmond and its 11th-century castle.
Day 11 : Hike from Richmond to Danby Wiske
A relatively flat hike to the charming village of Bolton on Swale, then on to Danby Wiske.
Day 12 : Hike from Danby Wiske to Osmotherley
Back through the Yorkshire Dales towards dramatic North Yorkshire Moors National Park.
Day 13 : Hike from Osmotherley to Blakey
Journey along the Cleveland hills, through the moors, then the crags and boulders of the Wainstones and the scarp cliffs of Hasty Bank.
Day 14 : Hike from Blakey to Grosmont
Today we’ll follow an old trade route through Eskdale, then on to Grosmont in the Esk Valley.
Day 15 : Hike from Grosmont to Robin Hood’s Bay - The End!
We’ll reach Robin Hood’s Bay today, and bathe our feet in the North Sea—an MTS grand finale ritual!
Day 16 : Transfer to York - Departure
Transfer to the rail station in York, then on to London for your homeward-bound flights.
DATES: Best time to go: July - September Departures: Aug 13 - 28, 2014 Sep 10 - 25, 2014 Jul 8 - 23, 2015 Aug 12 - 27, 2015 Sep 9 - 24, 2015
The Victoria HotelRobin Hood's Bay
Boasting stunning cliff-top views over Robin Hood’s Bay, this grand, Victorian hotel is on the edge of the North York Moors. It offers homemade food, rooms with Egyptian cotton bedding, and a sea view tea room. Light and elegant, the rooms all provide a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and free tea and coffee for guests to relax with. Every bedroom has a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Using local Yorkshire ingredients, the Sea View Restaurant serves hearty cooked breakfasts, and local cuisine in the evening. During the day, it doubles as a coffee shop and tea room with fantastic sea views. The bar provides real ales and a cliff top beer garden. Guests can enjoy the dramatic scenery of the nearby North York Moors or drive along the Yorkshire Heritage Coast.
The Lion InnBlakey Ridge, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire
This 16th-century freehouse has been owned and operated by the Crossland family since 1980. Open fires burn all day and evening in ancient fireplaces, and original low-beamed ceilings add to the inn's authentic atmosphere. The bar is well-known for its selection of quality real ales, and the inn boasts 3 candlelit á la carte restaurants.
The Black SwanRavenstonedale
Classic Cumbrian hospitality greets you at this family-owned village inn situated just outside the conservation village of Ravenstonedale. The breakfasts are hearty, the beds particularly comfortable. The inn also serves as the village pub, and the selection of real ales— including the notable Black Sheep bitter—is plentiful.
The Inn on the LakeGlenridding
A stately inn offering generous amenities on 15 acres of green gardens on Lake Ullswater's shore. Meticulously renovated rooms showcase stunning views of either Ullswater or the Helvellyn Mountains.
The Buck HotelReeth
A former coaching inn offering a a generous selection of Yorkshire Cask Ales, a renowned Sunday carvery, and friendly, communal character. The Buck Hotel rests in the center of Reeth - its spacious rooms overlook the town's main square.
The King’s Head HotelRichmond
A warm, classy townhouse inn with generous rooms facing the market place. Modern amenities meet timeless Georgian architecture in the individual suites as in the spacious front rooms - including the ballroom, where Franz Liszt once gave a piano recital.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.
Mr. Ben Walker makes his home in England’s Lake District, but has spent much of his life travelling and leading groups in wild and remote corners of the world, including Borneo, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. He regularly guides overland trekking trips; as well as walking and epic cycling journeys across Asia from Borneo to Beijing, and to Kathmandu. He has also spent time in the Merchant Navy, and has worked as a scuba diving instructor.