Coast to Coast Rambler - 18 Days

Coast to Coast Rambler - 18 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Across England on Wainwright’s Walk
  • One of the World’s Great Walks
  • Walking from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay
  • English Lake District, Pennines and North York Moors

Trip Summary

As a result of popular demand, for people with more time, or who want to break up some of the longer days of the original two week tour, we have given you the option to increase Wainwright’s masterpiece to 18 days! This is the quintessential English hill walking and long distance trail experience: 190 plus miles traversing three national parks and a lot of interesting landscapes, old towns and of course public houses in between! It is amazing to think that this most famous of routes, totally eclipsing the Pennine Way in terms of popularity and variety, is still not classified as a National Trail! Starting at the tiny Cumbrian seaside resort of St. Bees on the Irish Sea we head east, with the wind, into the Lake district to pass by some of its most famous lakes and cross some important passes, with options to extend days (with ascents of peaks such as Helvellyn). Then it is on into the Yorkshire Dales and over the mystical Nine Standards Rig, before following the beautiful River Swale for a couple of days into the old market town of Richmond. There follows a marathon section to link up with the North York Moors National Park from where we roller coaster around to the North Sea Coast to make a triumphant entrance into Robins Hoods Bay where a celebratory pint, bottle of Champagne or ice cream whilst standing in the sea is in order. Along the way you will be amazed at the variety of the dry stone walls, the charming little villages and just how much that you get to eat for a full English cooked breakfast! There are cozy small hotels, guesthouses and pubs to stay at on this tour and these, as well as the rich variety of the people that you meet enroute, reflect something of the great diversity of England.


Moderate to Challenging. Some long days with steep climbs and descents. You must be comfortable climbing up over stiles, walking on steep rocky and coastal terrain. Mixed weather can be expected. We would not recommend the route for first time walkers.


Make your own way to the starting point St Bees on the edge of the Irish Sea with views across to the Isle of Man. You should have time to visit the Abbey church, which has features on the local history and has a display on a mummified knight that was discovered in a lead coffin from the graveyard. If you have an extra night here, you can follow the coastal path or quiet inland roads to the attractive town of Whitehaven, with its marina and great museum. It is famous in the annals of the US navy as the site of an elaborate raid on the British mainland by one John Paul Jones during the American War of Independence. Accommodation: A family run bed and breakfast in a large modernised Georgian farmhouse in the centre of St Bees.

Meals:  Nil

Climb from the beach taking a footpath along red sandstone coastal cliffs of St Bees Head with England’s only breeding colony of Black Guillimots, then inland over hilly ground to the edge of the Lake District National Park. Dent Hill is the first real fell that you cross and will give you some indication as to whether you are fit enough for the pursuivant days! Although short, there follows possibly the steepest descent of the whole tour down to Nanny catch Gate and beck a delightful stroll along which brings you to the final descent to leafy Ennerdale Bridge. The day’s total ascent 780m / descent 665m. Accommodation: Overnight at a friendly, family owned hotel. Enjoy a home cooked meal of local produce including fish and game in season. A traditional feel is retained by the hotel, with its open fire, and the fully licensed bar serves a range of beverages including locally produced ale.

Meals:  B

Follow a quiet and scenic footpath along the shore of Ennerdale Water, with a bit of an easy scramble under Angler’s Crag at Robin Hood’s Seat. A long walk on a forest track then continues to Black Sail Hut, which is the smallest Youth hostel and originally a shepherd’s hut. A steep climb follows up the Lowther Beck before traversing some of the Lake land fells, perhaps with views down to Buttermere. Finally you reach the ‘drum house’ which marks the descent path to the Honister slate mine workings with its useful cafe to Borrowdale; perhaps the most delightful valley in the Lakes with its crags and broadleaved trees. This is a delightful ensemble of hamlets, Seatoller (the wettest place in England), Longthwaite, Rossthwaite and Stonethwaite. Delightful riverside paths connect the places and their pubs, together if you have sufficient energy left of an evening. You might be interested to know that ‘thwaite’ is old Norse for paddock. The day’s total ascent 765m / descent 785m. Accommodation: Tonight we stay in a small and long established guesthouse. It is set in a beautiful small hamlet town. A popular peaceful retreat for former clients. Ensuite facilities are not available here as it is a listed building that changes cannot be made to.

Meals:  B

Classic Lakeland scenery over Greenup Edge to Easedale and Grasmere. Grasmere is one of Lakeland’s most celebrated villages, and hopefully there is time either this afternoon or tomorrow morning to visit the poet Wordsworth's home at Dove Cottage and drop into the famous Ginger bread shop! The day’s total ascent 750m / descent 760m. Accommodation: Our small family run guesthouse is conveniently placed in the centre of this delightful village.

Meals:  B

A great walk over Grisedale Pass (609m/2000ft) and around the small mountain lake of Grisedale Tarn to Glenridding or Patterdale. In good weather if you are reasonably strong, the best option is to take the route up St. Sunday Crag, for some exceptional views down across Ullswater as you descend to Patterdale, possibly the most breathtaking of the trip. Add 2 miles and 2 hours if include detour via Summit of Helvellyn. Add 1 ½ hours for detour of St. Sunday Crag. The day’s total ascent: 900m / descent 805m via the recommended route over St. Sunday Crag. Accommodation: Tonight’s accommodation is a family run guesthouse. It is located in the centre of Glenridding alongside Glenridding Beck, situated at the Southern top of Ullswater - the second largest Lake in the Lake District.

Meals:  B

Some would say this was the most difficult stage. The day starts with a steep climb up past pretty Angle Tarn, and then up and onwards to a critical cairn where you turn off the route to High Street to go up and over Kidsty Pike (780m / 2560ft), the highest point on the whole route) and then descend steeply to walk along Haweswater, a huge body of water conceived in 1929 to supply Manchester with drinking water, drowning a couple of villages in the process. At the end of Haweswater, at Burnbanks we leave the original Wainwright route to complete the final mile and a half to Bampton Grange. Accommodation: This is a traditional country inn, in whitewashed stone with great atmosphere and a sense of history about it.

Meals:  B

Rejoin the original route a couple of miles down the country road from Bampton near Rosgil. You then undulate through fields to Shap Abbey, the most easterly point of the Lake District National Park. This was the last Abbey to be founded in England in 1199 and the last to be destroyed in 1540. It nevertheless is a pretty place to pause with some new interpretation signs. After this continue into Shap, the old granite mining town with several pubs and shops. There follows a hilly section across Limestone Moors with limestone pavements in places strewn with ‘erratic’ boulders moved there by glaciers. Finally you drop into the gentler climes around Orton, a quaint picturesque village with Kennedy’s Chocolate factory to lead you into temptation, but yes, you have earned it! Accommodation: We use a number of guesthouses in this small village. With its attractive architecture, chocolate factory and tea shops.

Meals:  B

A bridging day between Cumbria and The Yorkshire Dales. Mainly farmland walking with a section of moors around Sunbiggin Tarn, which is an important site for birds. A steep descent to the Scandal Beck at Smardale Bridge makes for a nice lunch stop. Then ascend over Smardale Fell for the pretty descent into Kirkby Stephens and attractive market town, with St. Hedda’s Church containing the 8th Century Loki stone relating to Norse mythology. Accommodation: A Grade II listed Georgian town house full of character, with a friendly relaxed atmosphere.This accommodation has many unusual features, and is of an exceptionally high standard.

Meals:  B

Climb out of town to the cairns of Nine Standards Rigg (661m / 2170 feet) with its array of obelisks. This is an ancient possibly boundary feature that no one has any real knowledge of. It marks the Watershed of England. Next you cross squelchy moors down to Keld in Swaledale. If it is a wet and cold day you might relish a scone and tea made on the farm at Ravenseat, where they breed prime rams. The moors then become increasingly gentler as you walk into Keld with its many waterfalls and old stone barns. The day’s total ascent 780m / descent 575m. Accommodation: Keld - A medium sized guesthouse with traditional Yorkshire fayre served in an attractively decorated dining room, and there are tea and coffee making facilities in all rooms. Thwaite - traditional stone hotel with 12 rooms ensuite rooms.

Meals:  B

There are two options today, the slightly longer higher alternative over wild moorland with long-abandoned lead mines, a magnet for the industrial archaeologist. If you have unfavourable weather or just prefer a lower level walk, the pretty alternative route via Swaledale is a lovely option. There is a really nice pub in Gunnerside on this route. Your day finishes in Reeth an attractive Green Village which flourished at the height of the mining age and today does well out of tourism, hence a collection of pubs and tea shops. The day’s total ascent 838m / descent 911m via the higher route. Accommodation: Formed from a terrace of traditional C16th miners' cottages, a peaceful and comfortable hotel with courtyard and garden, renowned for its cuisine.

Meals:  B

A morning walk through pretty Swaledale lined with limestone crags on either side, allowing time in Richmond for shopping (note most shops closed Sunday) and sightseeing. The extremely picturesque North Yorkshire town of Richmond, with its cobbled market square and Norman castle, is an ever-popular destination for visitors. You can also follow the swale to Town Falls, which are quite impressive when the river is in spate. The days total ascent 395m / descent 510m. Accommodation: The extremely picturesque North Yorkshire town of Richmond, with its cobbled market square and Norman castle, is an ever-popular destination for visitors. Our accommodation is in a small, very comfortable, guest house within easy reach of all the sights in Richmond.

Meals:  B

A gentle rural day, walking out from Richmond beside the River Swale and across the fields to Catterick Race Course, then threading your way to Brompton on Swale, an ideal lunch stop in the church yard before trundling along beside tiny streams and quiet country roads reaching the village of Danby Wiske with its Green and single pub. Accommodation: This popular B&B is in the centre of the village.

Meals:  B

Today is primarily a road walk although there are cross country sections. The two hills are towards the end, a short climb to what was East Harlsey Castle, and then with the North York Moors pressing ever closer you have to carefully cross the main A19 road to take a lovely woodland footpath up to Osmotherley. On the way we may visit Mount Grace Priory (built 1398) this is a ruin but there has been some restoration work. Osmotherley is a quaint hill village with three pubs to choose from, and Britain’s oldest functioning Methodist Church 1754. John Wesley came to preach here. Accommodation: Tonight's accommodation is set in an extremely picturesque village on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. All rooms are ensuite and have tea and coffee making facilities.

Meals:  B

This is a roller coaster walk. A steep stretch from Osmotherley introduces us to the North York Moors, sandy heather clad hills with areas of forest. After coming off Scarth Wood Moor, there is a long ascent up Live Moor and Carlton Bank (408 m) before descending to Lord Stones Café, almost hidden in an off road embankment, ready for coffee time. There then follows the succession of Cringle Moor, Broughton Bank and White Hill all at or over 400m. You loose and then re ascend 100-200m between each one. White Hill has an area of sandstone boulders called The Wainstones that we thread through on the way up. Great views in clear weather, Roseberry topping, Vale of Mowbray and back to the Pennines. We come off the ridge at Clay Bank Top and you will get a transfer to your accommodation (included) from the car park at Clay Bank Top to Great Broughton. Accommodation: Great Broughton - Wainstones Hotel, this present day structure has developed around a former dwelling dating from early 1700.

Meals:  B

Transfer back to the car park and then the walk follows a moorland ridge up over Round Hill (454m) and the track maintains its height as it follows the line of the old dismantled Rosedale railway line. The moor is bleak in bad weather punctured in places by standing stones some marked with inscriptions. There are enticing views at times into the fertile upper valleys of Farn and Esk dales, but especially when it is misty, wet and cold, the arrival at the ancient Lion Inn at Blakey is a great relief. Accommodation: We stay at the Lion Hotel in this bleak moorland location. This pub hotel has been a refuge from the elements for 400 years or so, and very cosy it is to! Normally there are a large number of species of Real Ale and great dining in either the bar or the restaurant.

Meals:  B

After a bit of a road perambulation past a white cross called Fat Betty, there follows an easy undulating descent down to beautiful wooded Eskdale. The latter part of today's walk follows a pretty path through the woodlands on the banks of the River Esk, where we come across the ‘Beggars Bridge’ a parabolic stone structure that has a story of love lost and love refound! Egton Bridge features a church with relics of the Catholic Martyr, Oliver Postgate. A really pretty setting, the river is famous for fly fishing and has some interesting stepping stones, which enables you to hop between the two pubs faster than using the road. Accommodation: Egton Bridge or Grosmont - We use a variety of guesthouses/B&B in either of these villages.

Meals:  B

Following a delightful private road to Grosmont, you might get there in time to see a steam engine pull out for Pickering. There then follows a very steep pull up across heather moors with views down to Whitby and its Abbey. But the sea and journey’s end is still tantalizingly far as the route abruptly changes course to visit the May Beck valley with its Falling Foss waterfall. A last area of high moor brings you to the coast, where the last 5 km/3 miles are spent on the coastal cliff path to Robin Hood's Bay, which appears almost by surprise as we near it. This is a village of red roofed houses clustered around its harbour on the North Sea coast marking the end of this 190 odd-mile crossing of England. Celebrate with a drink at the Bay Hotel and as tradition states, dip your toes into the sea. The days total ascent 775m / descent 770m. Accommodation: Your final night is spent in an elegantly refurbished Victorian guesthouse with many original features. This is a popular seaside location so one of many similar B&B's may be used.

Meals:  B

Trip concludes in Robin Hood's Bay after breakfast.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 17 breakfasts
  • 17 nights accommodation in hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available
  • One piece of luggage transferred from Inn to Inn, not exceeding 20kg
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (1 pack per room booked)
  • Emergency hotline
  • GPX Files

What's Not Included

  • Lunch, Dinner and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip

Upcoming Travel Dates


It's a fantastic walk and also something of an extended pub crawl. Sherpa did a great job of sorting out accommodation and luggage for us. Everything went smoothly and we will be considering another trip with Sherpa next year.

J. Grayland, Birmingham, UK, 21 Sep 2020

The route notes were an 8 out of 10! Could have been better in the higher elevations and in getting out of Richmond while headed east. Newcomers to this hike or any long distance hike need to be warned about foot problems (blisters, etc.) and how best to prevent them (e.g. using products like Glide and using thin liners with good wool socks, and properly sized boots).

R & S. Michie, Washington, USA, 21 Oct 2019

Excellent organisation, everything went seamlessly during my trek; comprehensive notes and route information; GPX maps were a godsend! Great customer service. Thank you!

G Rast, QLD, Australia, 14 Oct 2019

Trina was very helpful. Most route notes and maps worked well. Alternate route maps hard to read. Notes helpful but mobile service Non-existent with EE. Difficult to contact B&B when required for transport. Overall things worked out well. Some ensuite arrangements were very small and tight. Need better notes when dinner reservations are advised, especially if B&B is away from village or only a couple of options for dinner.

J. Sanclaria, Colorado, USA, 01 Oct 2019

In June 2019 my wife, daughter and myself walked the Coast to Coast walk. A wonderful walk with spectacular views over the countryside - no one can accuse Wainwright of looking for the easy option where you can over every mountain instead of around it. The experience was spoiled a little by the English summer weather which is worse than mid-winter where we live - ample use was made of our wet gear although we did have one or two sunny days. The walk was hassle free thanks to the excellent arrangements made for us by Sherpa Expeditions - the accommodation booked for us was all great and we especially enjoyed the well earned beers and pub meals in the evening with fellow walkers we met along the way. Keld Lodge at the halfway point was particularly hospitable. I also thanked the hiking gods at the top of every hill, of which there were many, that we had made use of Sherpavan to transfer our luggage instead of carrying large packs.

M. White, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 30 Aug 2019

Our trip organized through Sherpa Expeditions was excellent. Booking was easy, contacting them was straight forward and the maps and Trailblazer book provided made navigating straightforward. Would highly recommend Sherpa Expeditions.

C. Ludbrook, South Australia, Australia, 27 Aug 2019

The organisation of our adventure was excellent. The selection of accomodation was superb. Movement of our luggage went well. We would recommend Sherpa to anyone considering this type of adventure.

J. Chesher, NSW, Australia, 16 Aug 2019

Really enjoyed my interactions with Trina . She was very helpful. I booked a little late and Trina worked very hard to get accommodations for me near to the C2C path. She was very successful. Though varied all were great. I had a fabulous time as a solo traveller with Sherpa Expeditions. The route notes were detailed and the accommodations were above my expectation. The path itself was rigorous and gorgeous! I met several others who were also supported in their travels by Sherpa. Our bags arrived in a timely fashion at each accommodation. Of the several outstanding B and B's, "The Jolly Farmer" in Kirkby Stephen topped the list. the Old Brewery in Richmond was excellent and cozy and I also so enjoyed my time on Beekskill Farm with a very inviting family and their Jack Russells and Beagles!

M Noble, California, USA, 10 Jul 2019

Great experience. Excellent hiking through widely variable terrain (and weather conditions!) with a great opportunity to meet and share stories with many other similarly-minded hikers.

P Walmsley, Alberta, Canada, 10 Jul 2019

Your choice of accommodations for our group of four was an unexpected delight upon every arrival. The proprietors were welcoming and cordial. The reliability of our suitcases being delivered correctly and before arrival allowed so much more time to concentrate on our day ahead. I can't say enough about the quality outcome of Sherpa's services and dependability.

G. Barnes, Bozeman, USA, 28 Jun 2019

We met a whole bunch of wonderful people, both walking the path and those running the various accommodation venues you booked. It is amazing how invisible things like getting luggage transfers every day certainly took the stress out of the whole experience. Trina was great and suggested excellent locations for our requested five rest days. We are so pleased that the walk has provided a lot of people and places with an ongoing income and kept many of the small villages going. I hope we contributed in achieving this. I am not sure what magic wand we waved but we had blue skies a lot of the time and only one afternoon of rain (Ingleby Cross) - people following our progress kept commenting on how great the weather looked So thank you once again from Australia

M & S Ross, South Australia, Australia, 17 Jun 2019

Fabulous, fell training is absolutely critical, and if one chooses to miss days of walking,the C2C book you supplied was very good, but some places only a taxi from another village/town can be used and they are expensive. But we would not have missed this incredible experience. Thank you for the superb accommodation. All the hosts/hostesses were wonderful.

R. Gard, Western Australia, 14 Sep 2018

It's not an easy adventure. Make sure that you are mentally and physically prepared (I had knees problems which did not evolve till day 3). But this is the beauty of these treks it's challenging but oh so satisfying in the end. Make sure you properly prepare for it but once on your way enjoy and enjoy the camaraderie.

P. Rugg, Brighton Le Sands, NSW, 31 Aug 2018

This trip was challenging, breathtaking,visually and socially stimulating through each stage. Thanks for organising a great trip.

R. Wilson, Eltham, VIC, 30 Aug 2018

We have had a lot of active holiday experiences and this would have to be one of the best we have completed. We planned the route over 18 days, 16 days walking and a rest day in Kirkby Stephen and Richmond. This allowed us to really enjoy each day, with each day an achievable challenge. The Lakes District was by far the most enjoyable as was walking across the Moors. You don't have to be super fit to complete the walk but some training over undulating ground is advisable, particularly climbing steps. A good breakfast, including fruit, is also a key to having sustainable energy for each days walking and a camel back water supply also helps.

C. McCurry, VIC, Australia, 30 Jul 2018

My overall satisfaction of the tour, excellent. I can remember only one instance where I felt directions were different from reality. High points were the folks I met along the way and seeing a walker I met on the Dingle Way last year. Should schedule a rest day after the Lake District, highlight in your notes as a suggestion, especially for older walkers. I was very happy with the notes supplied, Trina was good to work with and very helpful. Great experience.

J. Liedy, Florida, USA, 30 Sep 2017

Just wanted to let you know the trip was awesome. Pete found the maps excellent, very detailed and the extra route choices and information very helpful. All of our accommodation was amazing, the food they provided was fantastic and they went out of their way to help. The length (we had two rest days ie 20 in all) was perfect for us, and made many 'faster' folk jealous. Everything went like clockwork, thanks again for your help.

R & P Clark, Australia, 02 Aug 2017

Overall this wa a lovely walk and we would recommend to others. England is a lovely country for walking. Enjoyed the scenery, going through 3 national parks. The old English pubs we stayed in and the people we met along the way.

R & R Doyle, Nelson, New Zealand, 05 Jun 2017

High points were the challenge, the people we met, sense of achievement and hospitality. Keep up the good work, it was a pleasure dealing with Trina.

F. O'Sullivan, Paynesville, VIC, Australia, 18 Sep 2016

We were glad we added in the extra days so we could enjoy the Lakes District more and not have the 37km day followed by the 34 km day later on. We could enjoy the hike and not just have a forced march. I would suggest this to other people.

A. Lonsdale, Balnarring, VIC. Australia, 18 Jul 2016


Duration:18 Days
Starting Point:St Bees
Finishing Point:Robin Hood's Bay
Activities:Self-Guided Walking
Grade:moderate to challenging  Click for more information
Trip Code:WCL
Prices From:GBP£1385 Per Person
2021 Single Supplement:GBP£360  Click for more information
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