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England Coast to Coast Hiking

Spectacular Trails in the Lakes, Moors & Dales

 

Traverse England by foot on this classic hiking adventure, including the most spectacular stages of Alfred Wainwright's epic "Coast to Coast" trail. Journeying from the Irish Sea to the North Sea, you'll cross three national parks: the Lake District, featuring England's highest mountains; the rolling green hills and river valleys of the Yorkshire Dales; and the dramatic landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors. Along the way, you'll pass medieval castles, historic houses, and ancient standing stones - and enjoy beautiful, ever-changing scenery. End days on the trail at top-notch hotels in picturesque villages, where a warm English welcome awaits.

  • Gear up for incredibly rewarding hikes on the best legs of England's famous trail

  • Delight in breathtakingly scenery, from the rugged Lake District to the windswept North Yorkshire Moors

  • Enjoy warm hospitality and hearty local fare at traditional inns and charming guest houses

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Arrive:

Penrith, England

Depart:

York, England

Price: from $5,695

Duration:

10 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

6-10 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

Moderate to difficult hiking on gently rolling terrain for 7-8 hours (11 to 15 miles) most days, on terrain that can be uneven, rough and boggy.
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  • Arrive in the Lake District

    Day 1

    Arrive in Penrith on the edge of the Lake District, where you'll meet your guides and fellow travelers at the train station. Transfer to your luxury hotel in the western Lake District and settle into your accommodation for the next two days. Before dinner, your guides will deliver a welcome brief to talk through the adventure ahead.

    Accommodation: Moresby Hall

    Experience 5-star grandeur at magnificent Moresby Hall, a 16th-century historical building and award-winning country guesthouse. Its sumptuous rooms come with modern amenities and a regal flair. Enjoy traditional English and Cumbrian fare at the hotel's onsite restaurant and delight in a truly warm welcome from friendly staff.

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike England's West Coast

    Day 2

    Start your journey near St Bees Head on the shores of the Irish Sea. Follow paths from the sandy shore up to the red sandstone cliffs, before turning inland through scenic fields and tranquil country lanes. Stop for a pub lunch at Cleator and prepare to tackle the first hill of the trip, walking up and over the bald crown of Dent (1,154'). Enjoy spectacular views of the hilly Lake District and end the day's hike at the unspoiled Lakeland village of Ennerdale Bridge. Return to the hotel for dinner.

    Accommodation: Moresby Hall

    Experience 5-star grandeur at magnificent Moresby Hall, a 16th-century historical building and award-winning country guesthouse. Its sumptuous rooms come with modern amenities and a regal flair. Enjoy traditional English and Cumbrian fare at the hotel's onsite restaurant and delight in a truly warm welcome from friendly staff.

    Activity: 8 hours/15 miles hiking

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Lakeland Trails from Ennerdale to Honister

    Day 3

    Head back to Ennerdale Water, where today's picturesque hike begins. Set off on a lakeside trail to Ennerdale Forest, gradually ascending up the valley and into the heart of the hills. Arrive at Black Sail Hut, a remote youth hostel, for a picnic lunch. From the hut, the trail climbs steeply up alongside Loft Beck stream. It's a short but tough ascent that's rewarded with epic views back down to Ennerdale. Descend to Honister Slate Mine and transfer to your luxurious lakeside hotel in the gorgeous village of Glenridding.

    Accommodation: The Inn on the Lake-Glenridding, England

    The Inn on the Lake is an award-winning 4-star hotel, spectacularly situated on the shore of Ullswater. Its 48 en-suite rooms are beautifully appointed and come with modern amenities. Stroll through the hotel's manicured grounds, enjoying sweeping views of the lake, then have a drink at the Rambler's Bar or dinner at the onsite restaurant.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/11 miles hiking

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Follow in the Footsteps of William Wordsworth

    Day 4

    Explore the heart of the Lake District National Park, starting from the home of one of England's most revered poets - William Wordsworth. Visit Dove Cottage to learn about Wordsworth's life and love of the Lakes before taking to the hills. Hike a high pass up and over Grisedale Hause, then down into craggy Grisedale Valley. Enjoy superb views of Ullswater on the final stretch of the hike which ends at the door of your hotel in Glenridding. Take the opportunity to browse the local village shops, or grab a pint of ale at the hiker's bar.

    Accommodation: The Inn on the Lake-Glenridding, England

    The Inn on the Lake is an award-winning 4-star hotel, spectacularly situated on the shore of Ullswater. Its 48 en-suite rooms are beautifully appointed and come with modern amenities. Stroll through the hotel's manicured grounds, enjoying sweeping views of the lake, then have a drink at the Rambler's Bar or dinner at the onsite restaurant.

    Activity: 5 hours/9 miles hiking

    Transportation: 40-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Shap to Ravenstonedale

    Day 5

    After breakfast, set off for the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park, known for its rolling flower-filled meadows and miles of traditional stone walls. Stop for lunch in the little village of Orton and visit a family-run village chocolate shop. Then continue hiking east across the moors before descending to the charming village of Ravenstonedale, your base for the next two nights.

    Accommodation: The Black Swan-Ravenstonedale, England

    Experience the tranquility of the Eden Valley at the award-winning Black Swan, a traditional village hotel in the heart of Ravenstonedale. Its well-appointed rooms come with classic touches, comfortable beds, and en-suite baths. Enjoy the hotel's riverside pub garden and restaurant, where dishes are freshly made from local produce.

    Activity: 8 hours/15 miles hiking

    Transportation: 30-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Trails from Ravenstonedale to Gunnerside

    Day 6

    Today you'll cross the spine of England and reach the halfway point of the trip! Set out on foot from Ravenstonedale to the market town of Kirkby Stephen, crossing fields and styles along the way. After lunch, transfer across the Pennine Hills to the pretty hamlet of Keld. From here, you'll continue to Swaledale Valley, one of the most picturesque areas of the Dales, and follow a winding river fringed by wildflowers. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the village of Muker and make a last push to the village of Gunnerside, where the hike ends. Have an evening at your leisure back in Ravenstonedale.

    Accommodation: The Black Swan-Ravenstonedale, England

    Experience the tranquility of the Eden Valley at the award-winning Black Swan, a traditional village hotel in the heart of Ravenstonedale. Its well-appointed rooms come with classic touches, comfortable beds, and en-suite baths. Enjoy the hotel's riverside pub garden and restaurant, where dishes are freshly made from local produce.

    Activity: 3-4 hours/5 miles hiking

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Across the Moors to Blakey Ridge

    Day 7

    Rise for a journey across the Vale of Mowbray to North Yorks Moors National Park, famous for its windswept heather-clad moorland. Traverse several low hilltops, ascending and descending along a stage whimsically known as the 'rollercoaster.' Then follow a historic railway track through the wild landscapes of the moor to Blakey Ridge. Reward your efforts with a drink at the Lion Inn, a 16th-century tavern located at the highest point on the Yorkshire Moors. Return to your hotel in the village of Goathland.

    Accommodation: The Mallyan Spout Hotel-Goathland, England

    The Mallyan Spout Hotel is a charming 3-star country hotel, located in the village of Goathland near Whitby. Each of its rooms has a unique feel, but all come with cozy beds, comfortable seating areas, and modern amenities. Grab a drink at the splendid Spout Bar or enjoy a hearty meal at the hotel's Valley View Restaurant.

    Activity: 7-8 hours/11 miles hiking

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Moorland Hike to Grosmont & Steam Railway Ride

    Day 8

    Beginning from a high point on Blakey Ridge, set out across the moor and descend into the wonderfully-named dale of Great Fryup. Head for the village of Glaisdale and Beggar's Bridge, which was built in 1619. At Grosmont, jump aboard a heritage steam railway and enjoy a short ride through beautiful scenery to Goathland Station, which has featured in many TV shows and films including Harry Potter. After the ride, walk up through the pretty village directly back to our hotel. Enjoy an evening at your leisure.

    Accommodation: The Mallyan Spout Hotel-Goathland, England

    The Mallyan Spout Hotel is a charming 3-star country hotel, located in the village of Goathland near Whitby. Each of its rooms has a unique feel, but all come with cozy beds, comfortable seating areas, and modern amenities. Grab a drink at the splendid Spout Bar or enjoy a hearty meal at the hotel's Valley View Restaurant.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/12 miles hiking

    Transportation: 40-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Final Leg from Littlebeck to Robin Hood's Bay

    Day 9

    Your last hike starts at Littlebeck, where gorgeous woodland trails lead to the waterfall of Falling Foss. From here, strike out for the coast — just a few miles away — and follow a trail above beautiful cliffs with sweeping sea views. Reach the delightful village of Robin Hood's Bay and hike down to the water's edge, where you can dip your toes in the North Sea. Celebrate your coast to coast hike with a drink at the Bay Hotel Bar and enjoy a fun farewell meal tonight.

    Accommodation: The Victoria Hotel-Robin Hood, England

    TEST: The landmark Victoria Hotel is exquisitely perched at the top of Robin Hood's Bay on the North Yorkshire Heritage Coast. With panoramic sea views, luxury rooms, and an excellent restaurant serving meals made fresh local fare, this is the perfect end point to your adventure.

    Activity: 7 hours/12 miles hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Head to York & Depart

    Day 10

    After a relaxed final breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to Robin Hood's Bay and transfer to the railway station in York where the trip ends.

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

England Coast to Coast Hiking

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has been operating adventures in England for decades, working closely with local expert guides.

Reason #02

This specially designed adventure includes the best parts of the coast to coast trail in an achievable timeframe.

Reason #03

We seek out the finest accommodations, restaurants, and insider experiences so that you get the ultimate adventure every time.

Meet your guides

Pete Long

Pete Long

Pete has spent most of his life hillwalking and trekking around the globe. He has trekked in Nepal, Bolivia, Patagonia and Europe but loves hillwalking in his home country, particularly the Lake District. He's also gained many bushcraft skills on his travels and now utilizes his greatest interest and skills together in guiding others in the outdoors. Meet Pete on one of MT Sobek's incredible adventures in England.

Ben Walker

Ben Walker

Ben Walker makes his home in England's beautiful Lake District, having spent much of his life traveling and leading groups in the wild and remote corners of the world. He has lived in Thailand and Borneo, has led trips throughout Southeast Asia, and now works as a full-time trekking leader. Ben typically spends his autumns in Nepal, his winters in Morocco, and his summers leading MT Sobek treks in the UK.

Activities

Long guided hikes through rolling hills and picturesque villages with stops at traditional pubs and taverns, and plenty of hearty local food.

Lodging

Award-winning hotels with traditional English charm located in scenic villages. Includes the famous Victoria Hotel in Robin Hood's Bay.

Climate

The weather in the north of England is constantly changing. It is often cool, wet and windy, but be prepared for sunshine too.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

You will need to travel to the trip's starting point on your own. Plan to arrive in Penrith on the edge of the Lake District, where you'll meet your guides and fellow travelers at the train station.

Can I wear hiking shoes or cross-trainers, or do I need hiking boots?

The best footwear for this trip are water-proof, lightweight hiking boots. Ankle support is a good idea on wet, slippery terrain.

Can I skip a day of hiking on this trip?

Yes. If we are staying in the same hotel, you may simply relax at the hotel and explore the nearby villages. When we are changing hotels, you would ride with our guide in the minibus.

Will I need to purchase much equipment for this trip?

You will want to have a daypack large enough to carry your warm, rainproof layers; a packed lunch; drinking water; and personal belongings (phone, wallet, keys.) We also recommend trekking poles for support and balance.

Do I need to train for this trip?

You'll be hiking up to 15 miles in a single day on challenging terrain. We recommend that you arrive with boots that have been well broken in from your previous hikes, and that you are fit and ready for the experience.

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • May 29 - Jun 07, 2022
    $5,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$850 single supplement
    Available
  • Jun 19 - 28, 2022
    $5,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$850 single supplement
    Available
  • Jul 17 - 26, 2022
    $5,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$850 single supplement
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  • Sep 04 - 13, 2022
    $5,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$850 single supplement
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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guide
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional driver-guide
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine or beer with dinner on Day 1 and Day 9)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and Guide-Drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Price Includes

  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guide
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional driver-guide
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine or beer with dinner on Day 1 and Day 9)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and Guide-Drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

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