The 190-mile (304 km) Coast to Coast trail carries you through three National Parks on its direct but dramatic route across England.

Views over fields from Sutton Bank on Wainwright's Coast to Coast

It's in at the deep end with the country's fell-running capital, the Lake District, to kick things off, followed by the windswept yellow hills of the Yorkshire Dales, the heathery, peaty Pennines, and the wildness of the North York Moors, purple in late summer.

With fewer waymarks and some hill descents that absolutely require a compass, the Coast to Coast favours the seasoned outdoorsperson and will test your ability to navigate.

There's great satisfaction to be had in working your way from one shore and to finish at another, seeing the country change as you go.

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Map of Wainwright's Coast to Coast

Route facts

  • Length 190 miles (304 km)
  • Ascent 28281 ft (8620 m)
  • High point 2572 ft (784 m)
  • Ascent per km 28.5 m
  • Start and Finish
  • St. Bees/Robin Hoods Bay
  • Grade
  • Moderate to Strenuous  

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  • Heading towards Danby Wiske

    Heading towards Danby Wiske, taken by Arthur Brown.

  • Spectacular views above Patterdale

    Spectacular views above Patterdale.

  • Black Sail Hut

    Looking up Ennerdale towards green Gable and Great Gable from Black Sail Hut.

Trail profile

Coast to Coast Route Profile

Itineraries

6 nights
5 days running

Grade: Strenuous

St Bees

60 km (37.5 miles) and 2198 m (7211 ft) ascent

Grasmere

69 km (43 miles) and 2397 m (7864 ft) ascent

Kirkby Stephen

55 km (34.5 miles) and 1627 m (5338 ft) ascent

Richmond

58 km (36 miles) and 1198 m (3930 ft) ascent

Clay Bank Top

62 km (39 miles) and 1161 m (3809 ft) ascent

Robin Hood's Bay

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Tour code: TWCC-1

Price £590 per person

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8 nights
7 days running

Grade: Challenging

St Bees

46 km (29 miles) and 1560 m (5118 ft) ascent

Rosthwaite

41 km (25.5 miles) and 2233 m (7326 ft) ascent

Bampton/Bampton Grange

47 km (29.5 miles) and 792 m (2598 ft) ascent

Kirkby Stephen

36 km (22.5 miles) and 1208 m (3963 ft) ascent

Reeth

41 km (25.5 miles) and 589 m (1932 ft) ascent

Danby Wiske

47 km (29.5 miles) and 1350 m (4429 ft) ascent

Blakey Ridge

46 km (29 miles) and 870 m (2854 ft) ascent

Robin Hood's Bay

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Tour code: TWCC-2

Price £660 per person

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12 nights
11 days running

Grade: Moderate

St Bees

22 km (14 miles) and 885 m (2904 ft) ascent

Ennerdale Bridge

23 km (14.5 miles) and 683 m (2241 ft) ascent

Rosthwaite

23 km (14.5 miles) and 1280 m (4199 ft) ascent

Patterdale

24 km (15 miles) and 1120 m (3675 ft) ascent

Shap

31 km (19.5 miles) and 624 m (2047 ft) ascent

Kirkby Stephen

17 km (10.5 miles) and 607 m (1991 ft) ascent

Keld

33 km (20.5 miles) and 1032 m (3386 ft) ascent

Richmond

35 km (22 miles) and 275 m (902 ft) ascent

Ingleby Cross

18 km (11 miles) and 920 m (3018 ft) ascent

Clay Bank Top

28 km (17.5 miles) and 442 m (1450 ft) ascent

Glaisdale

29 km (18 miles) and 719 m (2359 ft) ascent

Robin Hood's Bay

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Tour code: TWCC-3

Price £900 per person

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Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are running on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:

  • Solo Runner Supplement: £30 per person / per night
  • Single Supplement: £20 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

  • Extra night (Standard): £50 per person / per night
  • Extra night (Grasmere): £55 per person / per night

The price you pay includes:

  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Detailed travel information is sent to you on booking, but we have provided a summary below.

Air

The most convenient major city and international airport is Manchester Airport. You can then continue to St Bees by train (approximately 4 hours).

Rail

There is a railway station at the start of the trail (St Bees) that is within walking distance of all accommodations. The nearest railway stations to Robin Hood’s Bay are Whitby and Scarborough.

For London – There is a train from London Euston to St Bees via Carlisle or with a change at Preston and Lancaster. The journeys take between 5-5.5 hours.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (St Bees) is by taking a train from Whitby via Middlesborough, Newcastle and Carlisle (7 hours) or from Scarborough via Leeds and Carlisle to St Bees (approximately 7 hours
As this trail spans the width of England from coast to coast, it should come as no surprise that it passes through countless fantastic towns and villages that are worth exploring. By adding in a couple of extra nights into your holiday, you will have plenty of time to really make the most of these areas.

The settlement of Rosthwaite is a great rest stop for runners, with a quiet atmosphere that allows you to unwind and relax surrounded by beautiful countryside. Spend the day enjoying a gentle walk or recovery run around the local area, before taking your pick of the fantastic pubs, tearooms and restaurants in which to refuel ready for the rest of the trail.

There is also plenty to see in Grasmere, particularly for fans of literature. Here you can visit Dove Cottage, the best-known home of William Wordsworth, as well as the school where Wordsworth once taught and St. Oswald's church, the last resting place of the Wordsworth family. Now a popular tourist destination, Grasmere has plenty of gift shops and places to eat, as well as a number of gardens and lakeside walking paths to enjoy.

Richmond is another excellent option for an extra night’s stay, with its unique character and beauty which has changed very little through time. The town has quaint cobbled streets and a bustling market place, as well as a fascinating Norman castle, an unusual church and a Georgian theatre to enthral those interested in the local history. Richmond also boast many pubs, restaurants and shops to choose from, including sports and health food shops, leisure centres and health spas for all of your running needs.

Once you have completed your holiday, a popular location in which to celebrate your achievement and rest your legs is Robin Hood's Bay; home to sandy beaches, great places to eat and the intriguing Dinosaur Coast. Also within easy reach of Robin Hood’s Bay is the fantastic town of Whitby. Not only is there an attractive harbour to visit, several fascinating museums to explore and the infamous ruined abbey atop a hill in which Dracula was said to have resided, but there is a variety of shops and some of the most famous restaurants and fish and chip shops in the UK. There are also a couple of sports massage clinics in Whitby, which you can take advantage of to help your muscles recover from your trail running holiday.

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