Wainwright's Coast to Coast

The Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors national parks.

Length 182 miles (293 km) - not waymarked, route not marked on OS maps
Toughness 8 out of 10 - 26,250 ft (8,000 meters) of ascent over 12 to 15 days, some very long

OS Explorer Maps : 303, 4, 5, 19 (a few km), 30, 302, 26, 27

Walk Notes

The "Coast to Coast" is an unofficial but very popular long footpath. It starts on the west coast, at St Bees in Cumbria, and passes through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and The North York Moors National Parks to finish on the east coast at Robin Hood's Bay.

The route was devised by Alfred Wainwright (of Lake District pictorial guides fame) in his 1973 book "A Coast to Coast Walk", but has since been changes slightly to reflect rights of way etc. He originally created it to start and finish at train stations. St Bees still has one, but Robin Hood's Bay's has long since closed. He suggested you deep your feet in the sea at either end of the walk, and take time to stand and stare.

The start in the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the finish in the North York Moors are the best bits, however there is a long slog between the Dales and the Moor's national parks. It is by far the most popular long distance path in the country. Wainwright '... finished the Pennine Way with relief, the Coast to Coast with regret.'

Due to the routes popularity, there are several baggage companies, who will transport your bags from overnight stop to overnight stop. Accomodation options include camping, Hostels, and B&s;Bs

The GPX route (see the map page) was fully updated in Jan'16. It includes the main options, e.g. the season dependant routes over Nine Standards Rig hill.

 mileskmAscent ftAscent m
Day 1 St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge14.122.72950900
Day 2 Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite14.423.21900575
Day 3 Rosthwaite to Grasmere 7.912.72300700
Day 4 Grasmere to Patterdale 7.011.31800550
Day 5 Patterdale to Shap15.024.13100950
Day 6 Shap to Kirkby Stephen19.431.21650500
Day 7 Kirby Stephen to Keld11.418.31900575
Day 8 Keld to Reeth11.718.81250375
Day 9 Reeth to Richmond10.016.11050325
Day 10 Richmond to Danby Wyske13.121.225075
Day 11 Danby Wyske to Ingleby Cross 8.814.120075
Day 12 Ingleby Cross to Blakey Ridge Lion Inn 19.831.836001100
Day 13 Blakey Ridge Lion Inn to Egton Bridge11.218.0400100
Day 14 Egton Bridge to Robin Hoods Bay16.827.01950575
Swaledale Ridge Option 9.916.02200675
Nine Standards Rigg North Option 3.0 4.8800250
Nine Standards Rigg South Option 4.2 6.7500150
Helvellyn Option 5.1 8.22650800
Alt climb Fairfield Option 1.1 1.8950275
Far Easedale Gill Option 2.5 4.000
Trailblazer - recommened The (updated) Original Harvey's 'Strip' Map BBC Julia Bradbury DVD
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