Coast to Coast Walk UK

The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path

Coast to Coast walk UK

Coast to Coast Walk

Where the Coast to Coast walk is

England's Coast to Coast walk begins on the coast of Cumbria at St Bees, and ends on the North Yorkshire Coast at Robin Hood's Bay. It passes through three National Parks: Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. It is not a walk along the Coast but a walk from one side of England to the other.

The walk is 192 miles long. The scenery along the walk is stunning, whatever the weather. Hikers who enjoy rare photographic opportunities are often in awe of the walk's beauty.

St Bees Head (Start of the Coast Walk)

Coast to Coast Location Map
Coast to Coast Location Map
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What the Coast to Coast walk is like

All walkers, all over the world talk about this walk. This is THE walk to be done. Want to know what its like?

The path is made up by joining together dozens of existing footpaths, bridle ways, roads and other rights of way crossing the breadth of England, from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire. So the Coast walk is not actually a path in its own right, but a network of paths created by Alfred Wainwright. This allows walkers to experience a wide variety of England's best countryside and history and also allows for variability. Wainwright's intention all along was to allow walkers to choose their own walking route, using his walk as a guide.

The Coast to Coast's National Parks:
  • Lake District National Park

The Lake District contains high mountains, deep valleys, exotic lakes and stunning scenery. It is unrivalled for its beauty and tranquillity. This is the first of the National Parks to be walked through, and begins at the foot of Dent Fell. The walk passes around Ennerdale Water, and passes close to Buttermere, Grasmere and Ullswater.

  • Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales rivals the Lake District for its splendour, although at a lower elevation. Its mixed and varied scenery includes Swaledale and its exotic flowering meadows, upland moorland and timeless villages.

  • North York Moors National Park

The North Yorks Moors has the largest area of upland heather moors in the country, with many secluded valley towns and a diverse wildlife.

The whole of the walk passes through areas steeped in history, with neolithic burial chambers, stone circles, ancient castles and villages, drowned valleys, ancient boundary stones and Bronze Age stone crosses.

Swaledale (midway along the Coast Walk)

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Robin Hood's Bay (end of the Coast Walk)

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Information Articles

The menu at the top of this page contains headings for each chapter of the walk, i.e. Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Vale of Mowbray and North York Moors. The menus then subdivide into sections for each day's walk (16 altogether). The menus are indexed and sub-indexed for ease of reference and are added to and updated with weekly constancy. They will enrich your knowledge of the places and countryside discovered as you walk the path. If you would like to walk it but are unable to, you can at least see it in pictures and learn all about it.

Facts about the Coast to Coast Path

Statistical Facts
  • Length : 192 miles
  • Average time to complete : 16 days
  • Average Daily Walk : 12-14 miles
  • Counties Traversed : Cumbria and North Yorkshire
  • National Parks passed through : Lake District, Pennines (just), Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors
  • Highest Point : Kidsty Pike in the Lake District, near to Hawswater : 780 metres
  • Status of path : Although it is the most renowned long distance walk it is not a National Trail, but only a walking trail created by joining up sections of established footpaths and rights of way. The walk shares parts of some National Trails such as the Cleveland Way and the Cumbria Way.
  • Founder of the Walk : Alfred Wainwright
  • Lakes walked around : (west to east) Ennerdale Water, Grisedale Tarn, Angle Tarn, Hawswater
Geographic Facts
  • Lakes walked around : (west to east) Ennerdale Water, Grisedale Tarn, Angle Tarn, Hawswater
  • Lakes within 1 mile but not walked around : (west to east) Longlands Lake, Buttermere, Easedale Tarn, Lake Grasmere, Ullswater, Hayeswater, Blea Water, Small Water, Sunbiggin Tarn, Cow Dub, Birkdale Tarn, Moss Dam, Bolton-on-Swale Lake, Ellerton Lake, Cod Beck Reservoir
  • Major rivers crossed : (west to east) River Ehen, River Derwent, River Rothay, River Lowther, River Eden, River Swale, River Esk
  • Named Waterfalls encountered : (west to east) Galleny Force, Tonguegill Force, Thornthwaite Force, East Gill Force, Kisdon Force, East Grain Waterfall, Hard Level Force, Falling Foss
  • Mountain or Hill Summits bagged (height in metres) ("AR" = alternative route) : (west to east) Dent Fell 283m, Red Pike 755m (AR), High Stile 806m (AR), High Crag 744m (AR), Seat 561m (AR), Lining Crag 500m, Seat Sandal 736m (AR), Fairfield 873m (AR), St Sunday Crag 841 (AR), Birks 622 (AR), The Knott 739m, Kidsty Pike 780m, Smardale Fell 362m, Nine Standards Rigg 662m, White Mossy Hill 659m, Buzzard Scar 445m, Scarth Wood Moor 258m, Live Moor 315m, Carlton Moor 408m, Cold Moor 402m, White Hill 398m, Round Hill 454m

Sections of the Coast Walk

Section 1: Lake District and Cumbria
Ennerdale Water
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Days 1-7
1 St Bees to Ennerdale
2 Ennerdale to Rosthwaite
3 Rosthwaite to Grasmere
4 Grasmere to Patterdale
5 Patterdale to Haweswater
6 Haweswater to Raisbeck (Orton)
7 Raisbeck to Kirkby Stephen
Section 2: Pennines and Yorkshire Dales
Gunnerside Bottoms - Swaledale
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Days 8-10
8 Kirkby Stephen to Keld
9 Keld to Reeth
10 Reeth to Richmond
Section 3: Vale of Mowbray
Bolton-on-Swale
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Days 11-12
11 Richmond to Danby Wiske
12 Danby Wiske to Swainby
Section 4: North York Moors
Clay Bank, North Yorks Moors
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Days 13-16
13 Swainby to Clay Bank
14 Clay Bank to Lion Inn
15 Lion Inn to Grosmont
16 Grosmont to Robin Hood's Bay

How to Navigate the Coast to Coast Path

Recommended Navigation Aids
1 Digital Map : Ordnance Survey
2 Paper Map : Route Map published by Cicerone. There are many others also available.
3 Waterproof plastic wallet
4 Compass
5 Guidebook : You may wish to obtain my own. It is both a travelogue and a guidebook and as well as describing and showing the route, it lets you see it and describes hazards, weather and the path - Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast path.
6 Torch and whistle
Navigating the Coast to Coast path is one of the most exciting parts of the walk, or at least it was for me. Every person we met was navigating with the use of a printed OS Map and/or guide book. I had to be different! My wife and I, while lost on the boggy plateau on the top of Birkdale Common, soon came to realise that navigating solely with the aid of a smart phone using a digital version of OS maps was not foolproof, or rather, it was not weather proof or temperature proof.

While trying to discern an almost imperceptible path in dense mist, pouring rain and howling wind my phone switched itself off and would not re-start. The temperature had dropped below the level required for the phone to work. We had no paper maps or any other form of backup navigation. We had never been on the Coast to Coast path before and were not familiar with the route. Even if we had been, the rain and mist hid the path from view. Everywhere looked the same.

We learned a lesson that day. Simply put, this was to always have a backup paper map, suitably covered in a waterproof plastic wallet as the more experienced hikers had done. It is so much easier to navigate digitally, following a route plotted onto the OS digital map, but only when it is dry! In future we would carry both.

Longitude and Lattitude of the start days

Location
St Bees
Ennerdale Bridge
Rosthwaite
Grasmere
Patterdale
Hawswater
Orton
Kirkby Stephen
Keld
Reeth
Richmond
Danby Whiske
Ingleby Arncliffe
Clay Bank
Lion Inn
Grosmont
Robin Hood's Bay
Longitude
54.491115
54.529203
54.522775
54.460595
54.536669
54.517468
54.468311
54.477282
54.406592
54.389311
54.405923
54.381746
54.399274
54.424519
54.388035
54.436012
54.433539
Longitude
-3.607976
-3.438495
-3.146245
-3.023677
-2.943055
-2.799470
-2.582088
-2.353812
-2.168106
-1.942378
-1.738096
-1.483272
-1.309108
-1.119894
-0.955598
-0.726118
-0.534755
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Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path

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The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path

The Wild Beauty of the Coast to Coast Path is designed both as a trail guide, and as an informative and adventurous travelogue. Written by Roy David McKee, this is a must-read for anyone contemplating the walk.

The book is available from the iBooks store and has been digitally enhanced.

Features of the Book:
  • Route described in detail
  • Large scale detailed digital Maps of the route
  • Hundreds of colour photographs that can be expanded to full page
  • Photo-galleries of particular areas of interest.
  • Research notes of Historic and Interesting places on the path.
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