Coast to Coast Walk - Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood Bay
The second section of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk starts roughly at the half-way point of the full Coast to Coast walking trail across Northern England.
This journey will take you from Kirkby Stephen all the way to the North Sea on the East coast. You’ll amble over the picturesque Pennines, the backbone of Britain, and follow the Swale river as it rolls down to the coast. You will cross several stunning landscapes on this trip! If one stage is walked per day, with one or two rest days, the route makes a great two-week holiday. The Coast to Coast walk is one of the most popular of all the long-distance walks in the UK, and it was named the second-best walk in the world in 2004 according to a survey of industry experts.
This trip createstonne(s) of CO2, we offset it for free
Robin Hood Bay
This little fishing town owns its name because of the legend of Robin Hood, even though no one has proof of its presence there. The legend begins with an English ballad telling the story of Robin Hood interrupting a robbery by French pirates and returning the loot to the poor of the village. Nowadays this peaceful village, full of charms, is waiting for you!
Yorkshire Food and Drink
In this county, you have plenty of artisanal drinks and breweries, but the most famous dish in all Yorkshire is the pudding! The Regional Yorkshire Pudding Championship sees some of the best chefs in the county competing. You can fill them with anything you want! Insist to have a fresh one, so yummy and still warm (with butter and jam is a true delight!).
North York Moors National Park
This part of the walk offers a stunning walk across green hills and an amazing flora, the view is incredible! You will pass through farmland with the mind that you are going to get the sea. You know when you get close to the sea, the first thing is in the air, you will smell something different and then looking around you, a lot of sea lavender is growing on the sandy hill. And here you get a beautiful view from the top of Robin Hood’s bay.
Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hoods Bay
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KIRKBY STEPHEN (Arrival)
Your walk starts in Kirkby Stephen or continues from there if you do the first part of the Coast to Coast trail too. This market town at the foot of the Pennine range in the Eden Valley makes a picturesque start to this section. Explore the local eateries to find a hearty meal and sample some locally brewed ale. If you have extra time here take a visit to Pendragon Castle, which is the legendary seat of King Arthur’s father.
Day 2 20.8km
For many walkers, the most notable feature of today’s walk is the peat bogs. There are three options for getting to Keld and the weather may be the deciding factor on which route you take. The blue and red routes take you up over the Nine Standards Rigg and through the boggiest part of the walk. In the tiny village of Keld, you can enjoy a freshly prepared meal made with the best seasonal and local produce and appreciate the views down over Swaledale where you will be walking tomorrow.
Day 3 17.6km
From Keld to Reeth you can follow the high-level route described by Wainwright in his original writings of walking across England. The area is rich in wildlife and you may be lucky enough to glimpse pheasants and some deer. Arriving in the archetypical village of the Yorkshire Dales, Reeth, ringed by dry stone walls and flanked by mine-scarred valleys was the location for the 80s TV show All Creatures Great and Small. Here you can gorge on local grub in one of the hotels or pubs but do leave room for some ice cream from the Cuckoo Hill View Ice Cream Parlour which makes its own ice cream.
Day 4 17.6km
The walk today from Reeth to Richmond is leisurely and brief. You will be winding through rolling green fields, wandering through small woods, and sauntering through pretty villages. When you arrive, why not treat yourself to a cup of tea and a scone in The Scone Bar. If you fancy something a bit stronger then we recommend sampling some local Yorkshire Ale at the Richmond Brewing Company. This micro-brewery is housed in the town’s old railway station.
Day 5 22.4km
Another shorter walking day means you have plenty of time to sleep in and enjoy a filling breakfast in Richmond. You will start off following the River Swale for a while, before making your way down quiet country roads. Today’s part of the Coast to Coast walking tour is relatively flat through the Vale of Mowbray. Danby Wiske, your stop for the night, is a cozy and welcoming village for any Coast to Coaster.
Day 6 15km
Day 6 is your shortest walking day, which gives you plenty of time for stops along the way. Take care along these roads as you will pass many working farms, as well as crossing the busy A19, then you will arrive into the quiet twin villages of Ingleby Cross and Ingleby Arncliffe. Just beyond the villages lies the edge of the North York Moors National Park. If you have the time today, it is worth visiting the nearby National Trust Mount Grace Priory.
Day 7 20km
CLAY BANK TOP
The walk from Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top is an undulating trek following the Cleveland Way. You will pass through woodlands and up and over the moors. Weather permitting, there are spectacular views across the moors. From the higher points, you will get your first glimpse of the North Sea as you ascend Carlton Moor. Finishing your trek today at Clay Bank Top, you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation for the night.
Day 8 14.4km
CLAY BANK TOP
You will be dropped back to the trail this morning to continue your walk. This section is a little less undulating than the day before, starting from Clay Bank Top and climbing up to Urra Moor. Leaving the Cleveland Way you will walk along the former Rosedale Ironstone Railway, which has not been used in many years. There is a clamber around the High Blakey Moor to the Lions Inn where you will stop for tonight. This remote Inn is the fourth highest Inn in Britain and will welcome you with a fine selection of local bitters.
Day 9 22.4km
Lookout today for the peculiar and stubby white stone landmark known as “Fat Betty” on the way to unusually named Great Fryup Dale. The walk today will have you descending from the Moors into the unmissable English villages of Glaisdale and Grosmont. You will soon arrive in scenic Glaisdale, which evolved from a farming village when iron began to be mined in the area. Continuing on through woods, passing through the pretty village of Egton Bridge you will arrive at your penultimate stop on this trek, Grosmont.
Day 10 25.6km
ROBIN HOODS BAY
The final day’s walk will test you as it is a long walk up and across moorland to the coast. Passing through the beautiful Little Beck Wood, you can stop at Falling Foss Tea Gardens for a welcome break. Leaving the forest and continuing towards the coast you will rejoin the Cleveland Way. Walking along the cliff tops with the North Sea on your left, you will wind around the cliffs to arrive at your final destination, Robin Hoods Bay. There are plenty of options for you to reward yourself for completing the walk with beautiful meals and a well-deserved drink.
ROBIN HOODS BAY
After breakfast, we bid you farewell. Enjoy your time on the coast and let us know if you’d like to extend your stay in the final hotel.
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