Coast to Coast route and accommodation
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The classic route by Alfred Wainwright was intended in part to encourage others to devise their own routes, walking coast to coast connecting the Irish and North Seas. This particular route also links three National Parks taking a high level traverse wherever possible.
From the west, the coastal plain is crossed to, and through, the Lake District to Shap, followed by the crossing of the Westmorland limestone plateau to Kirkby Stephen, a climb across the Pennine watershed to reach Keld and over Gunnerside Moor and Melbeck Moors to Reeth and Richmond to the low level Vale of Mowbray, before again achieving height across the North York Moors. Between Keld and Reeth you have a choice to take the high level route or a low level route through beautiful Swaledale.
The new revised edition (June 2010) of Wainwright's original guidebook includes marked alternatives to his original route where there was no public right of way or where erosion issues have required seasonal route options. These are clearly identified in the text. The original maps have been updated by Chris Jesty.
Alfred Wainwright's pioneering route is modestly named 'A Coast to Coast Walk'. Details of route publications for some of the alternative routes are listed below the principal route items.
Places to Stay - Where we recommend
We have a few places on route that we have stayed at and we cannot recommend these enough. Please see our reviews of the accommodation on the coast to coast walk below:
Shap - New Ing Lodge
New Ing Lodge is a grade 2 listed farmhouse that now hosts a friendly bed and breakfast and campsite. We are situated in Shap, Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District National Park in the beautiful Eden Valley and just off the M6. We have been awarded Green Tourism Gold award thanks to our commitment to responsible tourism and for our environmental practices. We have 8 bed and breakfast rooms as well as two 4-bedded mixed dorm rooms with their freshly renovated bathrooms just across the corridor.
They offer evening meals and breakfast, which can be ordered on arrival. They don't have a self-catering kitchen facilities, please talk to the staff about your needs. The hostel is run by a young couple and their youthful team who are into anything that keeps them outdoors.
They welcome walkers, cyclists, wanderers, adventurers, families and friends, anyone who comes to visit this beautiful part of the world. They are positioned in Shap, on Wainwright's Coast to Coast path and the Westmorland Way, and are easily accessible for the Eastern Fells of the Lake District, The Howgills and The Pennines. There are also plenty of beautiful and remote walking routes from the door.
Check in is from 3:30 pm onwards. Cancellation Policy : 14 days before arrival
Kirkby Stephen - Kirkby Stephen hostel
Highly affordable and comfortable accommodation along the coast to coast walk in Kirkby Stephen.
Kirkby Stephen Hostel offers accommodation in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria. Formerly a youth hostel, it is now a converted Methodist Chapel and boasts a range of accommodation for individuals, couples, families and groups amongst beautiful, authentic features stained glass windows, arches, oak panels and stone covings.
Spend a memorable night in a striking building converted from a Methodist Chapel - with stained glass windows and original pews. Kirkby Stephen offers a comfortable stay in unique surroundings and is centrally situated in the Upper Eden Valley, nestled between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.
Kirkby Stephen Hostel have accommodation perfectly situated to make the most of The Pennine Bridleway, The Pennine Cycle way, Cumbria Cycle Way, W2W Cycle Route, Lady Ann Clifford s Walk and the famous Wainwright Coast to Coast walk.
Richmond - The White Swan
A five star little find in Richmond. Very central and a little luxury for just over mid way.
Property Location With a stay at The White Swan in Gilling with Hartforth and Sedbury, you'll be close to Richmondshire Museum and Richmond Castle. This inn is within close proximity of Georgian Theatre Royal and The Station. Rooms Stay in one of 3 guestrooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment.
Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, and housekeeping is provided daily. Amenities Take in the views from a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access. Dining Grab a bite to eat at the inn's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours).
Quench your thirst with your favourite drink at a bar/lounge. English breakfasts are available daily from 8 AM to 11 AM for a fee. Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby and luggage storage.
Robin Hood Bay - Victoria Hotel
So now you are finally at the finish, staying near the coast in a very nice little spot is a must!
The Victoria Hotel, the Jewel of the beautiful North Yorkshire Coast, offers excellent hotel accommodation, restaurant, weddings, functions and coffee shop facilities and a personal service.
Welcome to our luxury Victorian hotel purpose built in 1897. Enjoy the Victorian architecture whilst taking in the unobstructed panoramic cliff top views overlooking Robin Hoods Bay. Our family owned child friendly hotel offers the luxury of premium parking during your stay. The rooms are much larger than modern hotels of today. The hotel boasts various facilities such as a sea view restaurant, sea view tea room, , free wifi connection (subject to availability) . The hotel prides itself on cooking homemade food using only the finest local suppliers. The location is certainly second to none on the whole east coast.
Date: 6th February 2019