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England Coast to Coast

Trip Length 16 days

From $6,995

  • 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

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!

Day 1: Meet in Penrith and Transfer to Cleator/Ennerdale Bridge

Arrive in England and take the train to Penrith railway station in northwest England. (Penrith is served by mainline trains from London, Manchester, or Glasgow.) Your trip leader will pick you up at the station between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. and transfer you to Cleator/Ennerdale Bridge, a small town in the English county of Cumbria. We’ll have a trip briefing in the afternoon, then gather for a “welcome” dinner at the Ennerdale Country House Hotel. 

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ennerdale Country House Hotel

Day 2: Hike from St. Bees to Ennerdale Bridge

After a short transfer, we'll begin our long-distance hike in traditional style, by dipping at least a toe in the Irish Sea, by the sea wall at St. Bees! The walk continues four miles along the sandstone cliffs of St. Bees Head, where puffins, kittiwakes, and guillemots can sometimes be seen. Turning inland, we pass through a former coal and iron ore industrial area before reaching the small village of Cleator, with its well-kept cricket ground. The mountain panorama of the Lakeland fells begins to open up, with views across to the Scafell Massif, at 3,208 feet England’s highest range, only 11 miles away. We’ll end today’s hike at our hotel in the unspoiled little Lakeland village of Ennerdale Bridge. Dinner is at the Ennerdale Country House Hotel. (14 miles; 1,900 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ennerdale Country House Hotel

Day 3: Hike from Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite

A day of lakeshore, forest, and mountainside, beginning with a splendid ramble along the southern shore of Ennerdale Water, Lakeland’s most easterly lake. Following are enticing place names like Black Sail Hut and Moses Trod, as we ascend into the Lake District proper. The day ends after descending from Honister Pass (1,163') to Borrowdale, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful valleys in the Lake District. (14½ miles; 1,800 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Borrowdale Hotel

Day 4: Hike from Rosthwaite to Grasmere

The day begins with a gentle walk along Stonethwaite Beck, a mountain stream running along the dominating profile of Eagle Crag, before pulling up to the 2,000-foot pass of Greenup Edge. From here, the view is filled by the immense switchback of the Helvellyn range, Lakeland’s second highest range of mountains. A short descent is followed by an ascent to Helm Crag (1,328'), then another descent to the Vale of Grasmere. (9 miles; 2,200 feet of ascent.)

Lying along Lake Grasmere, this pretty little town is best known for its association with William Wordsworth. We'll have time to relax and explore Grasmere, and perhaps take an optional boat ride on Lake Windermere.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Red Lion Hotel

Day 5: Hike from Grasmere to Patterdale

Another relatively short day gives us time to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding lakes and fells of the Lake District. In the morning, we'll visit the Wordsworths House and Dove Cottage before setting off on our walk. Today' we’ll climb up from Grasmere over Grisdale Hause (1,936'), offering splendid views over Grisdale Tarn toward the foreboding ridge walk of Striding Ridge leading to the Hellvelyn summit. We descend to the picturesque Patterdale Valley, dominated by the enchanting reflections of Lake Ullswater, Lakeland’s second largest lake. Dinner tonight is at the Inn on the Lake.  (8½ miles; 1,800 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Inn on the Lake

Day 6: Hike from Patterdale to Shap

Our last day in the Lake District reaches up to the highest point of our coast-to-coast journey. Leaving the Patterdale Valley and waters of Lake Ullswater, we ascend to the old Roman road of High Street. High Street was the Romans’ highest road in the country, reaching 2,700 feet, and links the fort at Brougham, near Penrith, with Ambleside on the shores of Lake Windermere. The impressive massif of High Street takes its name from this ancient route.

We cross the old Roman road and continue up to Kidsty Pike, at 2,558 feet the highest point of our walk. Descend to Haweswater, where we walk about four miles along the lakeshore before heading off to today’s destination of Shap, a village best known for the ruins of its 12th-century abbey. (16 miles; 2,800 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Westmorland Hotel

Day 7: Hike from Shap to Ravenstonedale

Having now left the lakes and fells of the Lake District, we cross a limestone plateau interspersed with ancient stone circles, burial mounds, and prehistoric settlements. Passing through the charming Westmoreland village of Orton, with its old houses, chapels, and roadside stream, we reach Gamelands stone circle. This ancient circle originally contained over 40 granite boulders and is 130 feet in diameter. We then pass by Sunbiggin Tarn on our way to Smardale with its 16th-century deer park. We continue to Ravenstonedale, a delightful quintessential English village, where our accommodation is by the stream. (16 miles; 1,200 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Black Swan

Day 8: Hike from Ravenstonedale to Keld

Passing by the intriguing Giants Graves and the Eden Valley, we now head for the Pennine Chain, a ridge of mountains and hills that form a backbone down the length of England. The town of Kirkby Stephen, sitting along our route, has a market charter dating back to 1351! But now it’s on to Nine Standards Rigg, at 2,171 feet our highest point of crossing the Pennines, before descending into the scenic Yorkshire Dales National Park. This national park is characterized by its sheep-populated, rolling green hills, with little stone built villages nestling by streams on the valley floors. Its limestone features and dry stone walls give it a picture book appeal. And it’s where the popular TV series All Creatures Great and Small was filmed.

Our destination is Keld, in Swaledale, in the heart of the national park, and there are lovely waterfalls (known as “force”) to be seen along the river Swale as we approach the village. Note—For those wishing to walk only the 6 miles to Kirkby Stephen, a taxi or minibus will be available to transfer you to Keld (cost not included). (18 miles; 2,300 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Black Swan

Day 9: Hike from Keld to Reeth

On our journey across the Dales we first follow the river Swale through flowery meadows and enchanting stone villages as it descends into Swaledale proper. After lunch, we ascend to the old lead mining areas overlooking this beautiful valley, among them the intriguingly named “Surrender bridge.” Our destination is Reeth, the proud capital of Swaledale. Its inns and shops are a popular haunt for locals and tourists alike, and it even boasts a little folk museum. Many consider this the most picturesque day of the hike. (11 miles; 1,800 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Buck Hotel

Day 10: Hike from Reeth to Richmond

Today is easier as we continue through Swaledale to Richmond, passing an old priory, a couple of lovely villages, limestone geological features, and leafy streams. Richmond is a town steeped in history and dominated by the 11th-century Norman castle, with its imposing 12th-century keep. It’s an impressive sight towering over the town, which itself has 14th-century churches and a cobbled market place. The restored Georgian theater dating from 1788 may offer the chance to catch a play while we are here. (11 miles; 900 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The King’s Head Hotel

Day 11: Hike from Richmond to Danby Wiske

Only 200 feet of ascent today—a real contrast to the fells of the Lake District and the Pennines! Following the river Swale, we pass near the substantial ruins of Easby Abbey, which was founded in 1152 for a group of white canons of the Premonstratensions order, and was occupied until Henry VIII abolished the abbeys and monasteries in the 16th century.

Passing through the villages of Colburn and Catterick Bridge (once the home of a Roman garrison and now a modern garrison town, with a well known horse racecourse nearby), we reach the charming small village of Bolton on Swale. Here, in the village churchyard, is a memorial to Henry Jenkins, said to have been born in 1500, and died 169 years later! Perhaps a pint in the local pub will help to mull over this, before heading off to complete our day at Danby Wiske. (14 miles; 200 feet of ascent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The King’s Head Hotel

Day 12: Hike from Danby Wiske to Osmotherley

It’s off to the hills again, as we leave Swaledale and the rolling green hills of the Yorkshire Dales, and head toward the bleaker landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. After passing through Ingleby Cross, we visit the interesting remains of Mount Grace Priory. These are 14th-century Carthusian remains now owned by the National Trust and administered by English Heritage. Here, wealthy monks gave money to the order to purchase their very comfortable houses and have their needs taken care of. Mostly a silent order, they worked transcribing colorful biblical texts. The rows of monks’ cells are still visible.

Today, by way of contrast, we pass through the flat and arable farmlands of the Swaledale plain. Our destination of Osmotherley is a charming and typical small English village. (13 miles; 500 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Three Tuns OR Moon House OR Vane House

Day 13: Hike from Osmotherley to Blakey

We are in for a real roller coaster of a day along the Cleveland Hills, where ascent is followed by descent as we make our way through the sometimes bleak, often dramatic North Yorkshire Moors National Park for the last part of our journey. After an early start, we pass through Arncliffe Wood and ascend to the escarpment for dramatic views over the flat Swaledale plain, before reaching Carlton Bank where a hidden café offers a mid morning warm snack (a distance of about 7 miles). We then pass through Cringle End and Cold Moor before reaching the crags and boulders of the Wainstones and the scarp cliffs of Hasty Bank.

We make a lunch break at Clay Bank (about 4 miles) before ascending to Carr Ridge where we follow the track bed of the old Rosedale Ironstone Railway. This remarkable feat of engineering was built in 1861 to carry ironstone from the heart of the moors to the furnaces of Teeside, and crossed the moors at 1,300 feet. It was finally closed in 1929. The 400-year-old Lion Inn at Blakey (said to be England’s third highest pub!) is a welcome sight at the end of the day (this last section is about 8 miles). (19 miles; 2,900 feet of ascent.) Note—The day’s hike can be broken at Carlton Bank or Clay Bank for those not wishing to walk the whole day. Taxi will be provided if required (cost not included).

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Mallyan Spout Hotel

Day 14: Hike from Blakey to Grosmont

A mostly downhill day as we descend to Great Fryup Head, where track ponies would earlier have carried coal from the pits scattered in the area, and on through the bracken of Glaisdale High Moor to the valley of Glaisdale and the river Esk. Glaisdale was a part of the iron ore boom of the 19th century, with three blast furnaces and a railroad nearby.

Nearby Beggars Bridge is a work of art. Its graceful arches above the river Esk date from the early 1600s, when it was used in the times of the packhorse. The path on goes through East Arncliffe Wood, and follows a centuries-old trade route through Eskdale and on to our day’s destination of Grosmont, in the Esk Valley. (13¾ miles; 400 feet of ascent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Mallyan Spout Hotel

Day 15: Hike from Grosmont to Robin Hood’s Bay - The End!

We can almost smell the North Sea now, but there is still a good day’s hike ahead, as we leave the Esk Valley and head up over Sleights Moor and the Graystone Hills. The little hamlet of Littlebeck will have you reaching for your camera, while a pleasant walk through the wooded slopes of Great Wood along May Beck spurs thoughts of reaching our destination. The interesting man-made features of the “hermitage,” hewn from solid rock, contrast nicely with nature’s answer at Falling Foss, a wooded waterfall.

And then it’s on to a final three-mile cliff-top walk before reaching Robin Hood’s Bay, itself a picturesque little fishing village with narrow alleys and 400-year-old houses. Finally to the North Sea, and a very welcome ritual: bathing of the feet as we reflect on a great journey. (15 miles; 1,700 feet of ascent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Victoria Hotel

Day 16: Transfer to York - Departure

Transfer to the rail station in York for onward destinations. We arrive at York by 11:00 a.m., so you should arrange train departures for after this time. Returning homeward flights from London may require an additional overnight in London (cost of accommodations is on your own), and we do not advise scheduling a return flight home on this same day. 

  • Breakfast

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Jul 19, 2017 - Aug 03, 2017

Aug 23, 2017 - Sep 07, 2017

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2017 Prices
$6,995 (5-16 members)
$800 single supplement
 

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Ennerdale Country House Hotel — Cleator / Ennerdale Bridge

The Ennerdale Country House Hotel is a quaint hotel perched on five acres of manicured gardens complete with Italian fountains. Inside, you'll find authentic details such as painstakingly restored fireplaces, intricate latticed ceilings and grand antique furniture. There are 30 guest rooms, each decorated in a unique style, each charming in their own way. Enjoy dinner in the Fountain Room Restaurant, or grab a quick drink at the bar.

Moon House — Osmotherley

Located in the quaint village of Osmotherley, the Moon House Inn has been renovated to combine modern amenities with old world charm. All rooms feature en suite bathrooms, tea and coffee-making facilities, flat-screen TVs and free wireless broadband internet access is available on request. A hearty, home-cooked English breakfast is included in your stay.

Red Lion Hotel — Grasmere

It's no wonder that this area has been immortalized in the poetry of Wordsworth and other Romantics. The pristine glacial lakes, craggy mountains and quaint villages are filled with inspiration. Nestled in charming Grasmere is the Best Western Grasmere Red Lion Hotel, where heritage and friendly service create a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Many rooms have recently been refurbished, though still give a nod to the history of this location with handsome furniture in traditional styles, updated in neutral tones with spa baths and other modern amenities. Directly next door to the hotel you'll find the 1769 Bar & Restaurant, which serves traditional pub food and hand-pulled beer.

The Black Swan — Ravenstonedale

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. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, plush bedding, organic hand-made toiletries, and flat screen digital Freeview televisions. The inn also serves as the village pub, and the selection of real ales—including the notable Black Sheep bitter—is plentiful.

The Borrowdale Hotel — Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria

Nestled at the foot of Shepherd's Crag in the picturesque Borrowdale Valley, this historic hotel combines original charm with modern comfort. Each of the 40 bedrooms are individually styled, and include amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryer, LCD TV, bathrobes and luxury beds with sumptuous bedding. The Borrowdale Hotel is famous for its exceptional silver service, and the elegant dining room offers a menu brimming with locally sourced produce. There is also a wine tasting cellar that boasts a comprehensive wine list.

The Buck Hotel — Reeth

This former Coaching Inn dates back to the 18th century and still boasts many original features, such as beautiful beamed ceiling in the main bar and the fireplace. The Buck Hotel offers a a generous selection of Yorkshire Cask Ales, a renowned carvery, and friendly, communal character. As the hotel sits in the center of Reeth, its spacious rooms overlook the town's main square. Breakfast is included in your stay, and don't forget to seek out the secret garden!

The Inn on the Lake — Glenridding

This stately inn offers generous amenities on 15 acres of green gardens on Lake Ullswater's shore. The meticulously renovated 47 en-suite rooms showcase stunning views of either Ullswater or the Helvellyn Mountains. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, flat screen TVs and luxury Sealy beds. Several dining options are available, including the award-winning Lake View Restaurant and the more casual Ramblers Bar and Candle Room.

The King’s Head Hotel — Richmond

A warm, classy townhouse inn with generous rooms facing the market place, The Kings Head Hotel is a historic 18th century coaching inn. Modern amenities meet timeless Georgian architecture in the guest rooms as well as in the spacious common areas—including the ballroom, where Franz Liszt once gave a piano recital. Share a cozy, casual meal with fellow travelers in the Kings Lounge, with its wood burning fireplace. The Kings Restaurant offers excellent food for larger groups and private parties in a lovely setting, where every table has a view of the charming cobbled market square.

The Mallyan Spout Hotel — Goathland

Named for the waterfall located a short walk from the hotel, the Mallyan Spout Hotel is a charming country house hotel dating back to 1892.  As the property is surrounded by the verdant countryside with spectacular panoramas across the Esk Valley, many of the rooms offer views that will take your breath away. Guest rooms also feature quaint decor, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and en-suite bathrooms. Spend an afternoon wandering through the gorgeous gardens, curled up with a book in one of the lounges, or join friends for a pint in one of the two bars.

The Victoria Hotel — Robin 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.

Three Tuns — Osmotherley

Set in the charming village of Osmotherley in the North Yorkshire moors, The Three Tuns is a classic pub B&B. The four rooms are individually decorated, each with its own tongue-in-cheek theme (Goldilocks & The Three Bears, The Big Sleep, Bed Knobs & Broomsticks and The Apartment). Dining at the restaurant is a must for those staying at The Three Tuns, where locally sourced ingredients are lovingly prepared and expertly executed.

Vane House — Osmotherley

At the heart of the quaint village of Osmotherley, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, Vane House, offers charming bed and breakfast accommodation. The intimate property has three twin rooms, two double rooms and one family room for parties of up to four. All rooms are en-suite and feature soothing, neutral decor, TVs and tea and coffee making facilities. Lying on both the Cleveland Way and Luke Wake Walks, and in close proximity to Wainwrights Coast to Coast path, this is a popular stop-over with walkers and cyclists.

Westmorland Hotel — Westmorland

The Westmorland Hotel is a  family owned establishment located near the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. One of the wonderful down-home aspects of the hotel is its mouthwatering food, consisting of fresh local produce, grass-fed wild game, and no shortage of delicious artisan bread. The cozy atmosphere is enhanced by eclectic furniture, artwork, and architecture, and the comfortable rooms were designed with relaxation in mind. Guests have an opportunity to enjoy watching the sun set on the Cumbrian Fells from the comfort of their rooms. The Westmorland is a serene combination of artistic touch and traditional country living, which creates the ideal environment for a relaxing stay in the English countryside.

"This was the best vacation I have taken in my adult life. This wasn't just a vacation, it was an experience. The guides are very special people. They are not only talented as guides they are just genuinely good people who add something really extra to an experience like this. The hike itself was great. The length of each day hike, the choice of the inns, the food, the other hikes all made for one of the best vacations of my lifetime." Jeffery Bell

"A first class trip with excellent hotels. Food was great and above expectations. The people on the trip were great as well as the guides." Michael Stebbins

"Strong sense of accomplishment to have hiked across an entire country. 200 miles in two weeks is awesome." Doug & Sandy Canright

"Our excellent guides worked tirelessly to see that our experience was the best it could possibly be regardless of terrains, weather, or circumstances.  It is why this challenging trip was a memorable experience." Mary Rowe        

"The quality of hiking was outstanding. The trip was extremely well organized, and all staff members did their job professionally." Richard Gutkind

"The England Coast to Coast Walk is a challenging yet very rewarding trek on its own, but our experience was enhanced immeasurably by the preparation and support of MTS's guides and logistical staff." Steve Morrison

  • 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

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!

review

"This was the best vacation I have taken in my adult life. This wasn't just a vacation, it was an experience. The guides are very special people. They are not only talented as guides they are just genuinely good people who add something really extra to an experience like this. The hike itself was great. The length of each day hike, the choice of the inns, the food, the other hikes all made for one of the best vacations of my lifetime." Jeffery Bell

"A first class trip with excellent hotels. Food was great and above expectations. The people on the trip were great as well as the guides." Michael Stebbins

"Strong sense of accomplishment to have hiked across an entire country. 200 miles in two weeks is awesome." Doug & Sandy Canright

"Our excellent guides worked tirelessly to see that our experience was the best it could possibly be regardless of terrains, weather, or circumstances.  It is why this challenging trip was a memorable experience." Mary Rowe        

"The quality of hiking was outstanding. The trip was extremely well organized, and all staff members did their job professionally." Richard Gutkind

"The England Coast to Coast Walk is a challenging yet very rewarding trek on its own, but our experience was enhanced immeasurably by the preparation and support of MTS's guides and logistical staff." Steve Morrison

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Meet in Penrith and Transfer to Cleator/Ennerdale Bridge

Arrive in England and take the train to Penrith railway station in northwest England. (Penrith is served by mainline trains from London, Manchester, or Glasgow.) Your trip leader will pick you up at the station between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m. and transfer you to Cleator/Ennerdale Bridge, a small town in the English county of Cumbria. We’ll have a trip briefing in the afternoon, then gather for a “welcome” dinner at the Ennerdale Country House Hotel. 

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ennerdale Country House Hotel

Day 2: Hike from St. Bees to Ennerdale Bridge

After a short transfer, we'll begin our long-distance hike in traditional style, by dipping at least a toe in the Irish Sea, by the sea wall at St. Bees! The walk continues four miles along the sandstone cliffs of St. Bees Head, where puffins, kittiwakes, and guillemots can sometimes be seen. Turning inland, we pass through a former coal and iron ore industrial area before reaching the small village of Cleator, with its well-kept cricket ground. The mountain panorama of the Lakeland fells begins to open up, with views across to the Scafell Massif, at 3,208 feet England’s highest range, only 11 miles away. We’ll end today’s hike at our hotel in the unspoiled little Lakeland village of Ennerdale Bridge. Dinner is at the Ennerdale Country House Hotel. (14 miles; 1,900 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Ennerdale Country House Hotel

Day 3: Hike from Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite

A day of lakeshore, forest, and mountainside, beginning with a splendid ramble along the southern shore of Ennerdale Water, Lakeland’s most easterly lake. Following are enticing place names like Black Sail Hut and Moses Trod, as we ascend into the Lake District proper. The day ends after descending from Honister Pass (1,163') to Borrowdale, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful valleys in the Lake District. (14½ miles; 1,800 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Borrowdale Hotel

Day 4: Hike from Rosthwaite to Grasmere

The day begins with a gentle walk along Stonethwaite Beck, a mountain stream running along the dominating profile of Eagle Crag, before pulling up to the 2,000-foot pass of Greenup Edge. From here, the view is filled by the immense switchback of the Helvellyn range, Lakeland’s second highest range of mountains. A short descent is followed by an ascent to Helm Crag (1,328'), then another descent to the Vale of Grasmere. (9 miles; 2,200 feet of ascent.)

Lying along Lake Grasmere, this pretty little town is best known for its association with William Wordsworth. We'll have time to relax and explore Grasmere, and perhaps take an optional boat ride on Lake Windermere.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Red Lion Hotel

Day 5: Hike from Grasmere to Patterdale

Another relatively short day gives us time to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding lakes and fells of the Lake District. In the morning, we'll visit the Wordsworths House and Dove Cottage before setting off on our walk. Today' we’ll climb up from Grasmere over Grisdale Hause (1,936'), offering splendid views over Grisdale Tarn toward the foreboding ridge walk of Striding Ridge leading to the Hellvelyn summit. We descend to the picturesque Patterdale Valley, dominated by the enchanting reflections of Lake Ullswater, Lakeland’s second largest lake. Dinner tonight is at the Inn on the Lake.  (8½ miles; 1,800 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Inn on the Lake

Day 6: Hike from Patterdale to Shap

Our last day in the Lake District reaches up to the highest point of our coast-to-coast journey. Leaving the Patterdale Valley and waters of Lake Ullswater, we ascend to the old Roman road of High Street. High Street was the Romans’ highest road in the country, reaching 2,700 feet, and links the fort at Brougham, near Penrith, with Ambleside on the shores of Lake Windermere. The impressive massif of High Street takes its name from this ancient route.

We cross the old Roman road and continue up to Kidsty Pike, at 2,558 feet the highest point of our walk. Descend to Haweswater, where we walk about four miles along the lakeshore before heading off to today’s destination of Shap, a village best known for the ruins of its 12th-century abbey. (16 miles; 2,800 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Westmorland Hotel

Day 7: Hike from Shap to Ravenstonedale

Having now left the lakes and fells of the Lake District, we cross a limestone plateau interspersed with ancient stone circles, burial mounds, and prehistoric settlements. Passing through the charming Westmoreland village of Orton, with its old houses, chapels, and roadside stream, we reach Gamelands stone circle. This ancient circle originally contained over 40 granite boulders and is 130 feet in diameter. We then pass by Sunbiggin Tarn on our way to Smardale with its 16th-century deer park. We continue to Ravenstonedale, a delightful quintessential English village, where our accommodation is by the stream. (16 miles; 1,200 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Black Swan

Day 8: Hike from Ravenstonedale to Keld

Passing by the intriguing Giants Graves and the Eden Valley, we now head for the Pennine Chain, a ridge of mountains and hills that form a backbone down the length of England. The town of Kirkby Stephen, sitting along our route, has a market charter dating back to 1351! But now it’s on to Nine Standards Rigg, at 2,171 feet our highest point of crossing the Pennines, before descending into the scenic Yorkshire Dales National Park. This national park is characterized by its sheep-populated, rolling green hills, with little stone built villages nestling by streams on the valley floors. Its limestone features and dry stone walls give it a picture book appeal. And it’s where the popular TV series All Creatures Great and Small was filmed.

Our destination is Keld, in Swaledale, in the heart of the national park, and there are lovely waterfalls (known as “force”) to be seen along the river Swale as we approach the village. Note—For those wishing to walk only the 6 miles to Kirkby Stephen, a taxi or minibus will be available to transfer you to Keld (cost not included). (18 miles; 2,300 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Black Swan

Day 9: Hike from Keld to Reeth

On our journey across the Dales we first follow the river Swale through flowery meadows and enchanting stone villages as it descends into Swaledale proper. After lunch, we ascend to the old lead mining areas overlooking this beautiful valley, among them the intriguingly named “Surrender bridge.” Our destination is Reeth, the proud capital of Swaledale. Its inns and shops are a popular haunt for locals and tourists alike, and it even boasts a little folk museum. Many consider this the most picturesque day of the hike. (11 miles; 1,800 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Buck Hotel

Day 10: Hike from Reeth to Richmond

Today is easier as we continue through Swaledale to Richmond, passing an old priory, a couple of lovely villages, limestone geological features, and leafy streams. Richmond is a town steeped in history and dominated by the 11th-century Norman castle, with its imposing 12th-century keep. It’s an impressive sight towering over the town, which itself has 14th-century churches and a cobbled market place. The restored Georgian theater dating from 1788 may offer the chance to catch a play while we are here. (11 miles; 900 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The King’s Head Hotel

Day 11: Hike from Richmond to Danby Wiske

Only 200 feet of ascent today—a real contrast to the fells of the Lake District and the Pennines! Following the river Swale, we pass near the substantial ruins of Easby Abbey, which was founded in 1152 for a group of white canons of the Premonstratensions order, and was occupied until Henry VIII abolished the abbeys and monasteries in the 16th century.

Passing through the villages of Colburn and Catterick Bridge (once the home of a Roman garrison and now a modern garrison town, with a well known horse racecourse nearby), we reach the charming small village of Bolton on Swale. Here, in the village churchyard, is a memorial to Henry Jenkins, said to have been born in 1500, and died 169 years later! Perhaps a pint in the local pub will help to mull over this, before heading off to complete our day at Danby Wiske. (14 miles; 200 feet of ascent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The King’s Head Hotel

Day 12: Hike from Danby Wiske to Osmotherley

It’s off to the hills again, as we leave Swaledale and the rolling green hills of the Yorkshire Dales, and head toward the bleaker landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. After passing through Ingleby Cross, we visit the interesting remains of Mount Grace Priory. These are 14th-century Carthusian remains now owned by the National Trust and administered by English Heritage. Here, wealthy monks gave money to the order to purchase their very comfortable houses and have their needs taken care of. Mostly a silent order, they worked transcribing colorful biblical texts. The rows of monks’ cells are still visible.

Today, by way of contrast, we pass through the flat and arable farmlands of the Swaledale plain. Our destination of Osmotherley is a charming and typical small English village. (13 miles; 500 feet of ascent.) 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Three Tuns OR Moon House OR Vane House

Day 13: Hike from Osmotherley to Blakey

We are in for a real roller coaster of a day along the Cleveland Hills, where ascent is followed by descent as we make our way through the sometimes bleak, often dramatic North Yorkshire Moors National Park for the last part of our journey. After an early start, we pass through Arncliffe Wood and ascend to the escarpment for dramatic views over the flat Swaledale plain, before reaching Carlton Bank where a hidden café offers a mid morning warm snack (a distance of about 7 miles). We then pass through Cringle End and Cold Moor before reaching the crags and boulders of the Wainstones and the scarp cliffs of Hasty Bank.

We make a lunch break at Clay Bank (about 4 miles) before ascending to Carr Ridge where we follow the track bed of the old Rosedale Ironstone Railway. This remarkable feat of engineering was built in 1861 to carry ironstone from the heart of the moors to the furnaces of Teeside, and crossed the moors at 1,300 feet. It was finally closed in 1929. The 400-year-old Lion Inn at Blakey (said to be England’s third highest pub!) is a welcome sight at the end of the day (this last section is about 8 miles). (19 miles; 2,900 feet of ascent.) Note—The day’s hike can be broken at Carlton Bank or Clay Bank for those not wishing to walk the whole day. Taxi will be provided if required (cost not included).

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Mallyan Spout Hotel

Day 14: Hike from Blakey to Grosmont

A mostly downhill day as we descend to Great Fryup Head, where track ponies would earlier have carried coal from the pits scattered in the area, and on through the bracken of Glaisdale High Moor to the valley of Glaisdale and the river Esk. Glaisdale was a part of the iron ore boom of the 19th century, with three blast furnaces and a railroad nearby.

Nearby Beggars Bridge is a work of art. Its graceful arches above the river Esk date from the early 1600s, when it was used in the times of the packhorse. The path on goes through East Arncliffe Wood, and follows a centuries-old trade route through Eskdale and on to our day’s destination of Grosmont, in the Esk Valley. (13¾ miles; 400 feet of ascent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Mallyan Spout Hotel

Day 15: Hike from Grosmont to Robin Hood’s Bay - The End!

We can almost smell the North Sea now, but there is still a good day’s hike ahead, as we leave the Esk Valley and head up over Sleights Moor and the Graystone Hills. The little hamlet of Littlebeck will have you reaching for your camera, while a pleasant walk through the wooded slopes of Great Wood along May Beck spurs thoughts of reaching our destination. The interesting man-made features of the “hermitage,” hewn from solid rock, contrast nicely with nature’s answer at Falling Foss, a wooded waterfall.

And then it’s on to a final three-mile cliff-top walk before reaching Robin Hood’s Bay, itself a picturesque little fishing village with narrow alleys and 400-year-old houses. Finally to the North Sea, and a very welcome ritual: bathing of the feet as we reflect on a great journey. (15 miles; 1,700 feet of ascent.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:The Victoria Hotel

Day 16: Transfer to York - Departure

Transfer to the rail station in York for onward destinations. We arrive at York by 11:00 a.m., so you should arrange train departures for after this time. Returning homeward flights from London may require an additional overnight in London (cost of accommodations is on your own), and we do not advise scheduling a return flight home on this same day. 

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Ennerdale Country House Hotel — Cleator / Ennerdale Bridge

The Ennerdale Country House Hotel is a quaint hotel perched on five acres of manicured gardens complete with Italian fountains. Inside, you'll find authentic details such as painstakingly restored fireplaces, intricate latticed ceilings and grand antique furniture. There are 30 guest rooms, each decorated in a unique style, each charming in their own way. Enjoy dinner in the Fountain Room Restaurant, or grab a quick drink at the bar.

Moon House — Osmotherley

Located in the quaint village of Osmotherley, the Moon House Inn has been renovated to combine modern amenities with old world charm. All rooms feature en suite bathrooms, tea and coffee-making facilities, flat-screen TVs and free wireless broadband internet access is available on request. A hearty, home-cooked English breakfast is included in your stay.

Red Lion Hotel — Grasmere

It's no wonder that this area has been immortalized in the poetry of Wordsworth and other Romantics. The pristine glacial lakes, craggy mountains and quaint villages are filled with inspiration. Nestled in charming Grasmere is the Best Western Grasmere Red Lion Hotel, where heritage and friendly service create a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Many rooms have recently been refurbished, though still give a nod to the history of this location with handsome furniture in traditional styles, updated in neutral tones with spa baths and other modern amenities. Directly next door to the hotel you'll find the 1769 Bar & Restaurant, which serves traditional pub food and hand-pulled beer.

The Black Swan — Ravenstonedale

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. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, plush bedding, organic hand-made toiletries, and flat screen digital Freeview televisions. The inn also serves as the village pub, and the selection of real ales—including the notable Black Sheep bitter—is plentiful.

The Borrowdale Hotel — Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria

Nestled at the foot of Shepherd's Crag in the picturesque Borrowdale Valley, this historic hotel combines original charm with modern comfort. Each of the 40 bedrooms are individually styled, and include amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, hairdryer, LCD TV, bathrobes and luxury beds with sumptuous bedding. The Borrowdale Hotel is famous for its exceptional silver service, and the elegant dining room offers a menu brimming with locally sourced produce. There is also a wine tasting cellar that boasts a comprehensive wine list.

The Buck Hotel — Reeth

This former Coaching Inn dates back to the 18th century and still boasts many original features, such as beautiful beamed ceiling in the main bar and the fireplace. The Buck Hotel offers a a generous selection of Yorkshire Cask Ales, a renowned carvery, and friendly, communal character. As the hotel sits in the center of Reeth, its spacious rooms overlook the town's main square. Breakfast is included in your stay, and don't forget to seek out the secret garden!

The Inn on the Lake — Glenridding

This stately inn offers generous amenities on 15 acres of green gardens on Lake Ullswater's shore. The meticulously renovated 47 en-suite rooms showcase stunning views of either Ullswater or the Helvellyn Mountains. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, flat screen TVs and luxury Sealy beds. Several dining options are available, including the award-winning Lake View Restaurant and the more casual Ramblers Bar and Candle Room.

The King’s Head Hotel — Richmond

A warm, classy townhouse inn with generous rooms facing the market place, The Kings Head Hotel is a historic 18th century coaching inn. Modern amenities meet timeless Georgian architecture in the guest rooms as well as in the spacious common areas—including the ballroom, where Franz Liszt once gave a piano recital. Share a cozy, casual meal with fellow travelers in the Kings Lounge, with its wood burning fireplace. The Kings Restaurant offers excellent food for larger groups and private parties in a lovely setting, where every table has a view of the charming cobbled market square.

The Mallyan Spout Hotel — Goathland

Named for the waterfall located a short walk from the hotel, the Mallyan Spout Hotel is a charming country house hotel dating back to 1892.  As the property is surrounded by the verdant countryside with spectacular panoramas across the Esk Valley, many of the rooms offer views that will take your breath away. Guest rooms also feature quaint decor, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and en-suite bathrooms. Spend an afternoon wandering through the gorgeous gardens, curled up with a book in one of the lounges, or join friends for a pint in one of the two bars.

The Victoria Hotel — Robin 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.

Three Tuns — Osmotherley

Set in the charming village of Osmotherley in the North Yorkshire moors, The Three Tuns is a classic pub B&B. The four rooms are individually decorated, each with its own tongue-in-cheek theme (Goldilocks & The Three Bears, The Big Sleep, Bed Knobs & Broomsticks and The Apartment). Dining at the restaurant is a must for those staying at The Three Tuns, where locally sourced ingredients are lovingly prepared and expertly executed.

Vane House — Osmotherley

At the heart of the quaint village of Osmotherley, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, Vane House, offers charming bed and breakfast accommodation. The intimate property has three twin rooms, two double rooms and one family room for parties of up to four. All rooms are en-suite and feature soothing, neutral decor, TVs and tea and coffee making facilities. Lying on both the Cleveland Way and Luke Wake Walks, and in close proximity to Wainwrights Coast to Coast path, this is a popular stop-over with walkers and cyclists.

Westmorland Hotel — Westmorland

The Westmorland Hotel is a  family owned establishment located near the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. One of the wonderful down-home aspects of the hotel is its mouthwatering food, consisting of fresh local produce, grass-fed wild game, and no shortage of delicious artisan bread. The cozy atmosphere is enhanced by eclectic furniture, artwork, and architecture, and the comfortable rooms were designed with relaxation in mind. Guests have an opportunity to enjoy watching the sun set on the Cumbrian Fells from the comfort of their rooms. The Westmorland is a serene combination of artistic touch and traditional country living, which creates the ideal environment for a relaxing stay in the English countryside.

Dates and Pricing

Jun 07 - 22, 2017 Guaranteed Departure

Jul 19, 2017 - Aug 03, 2017

Aug 23, 2017 - Sep 07, 2017

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2017 Prices
$6,995 (5-16 members)
$800 single supplement
 

Activity Level Strenuous
Trip Length 16 days

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