COAST TO COAST

FROM KIRKBY STEPHEN TO ROBIN HOODS BAY – SECTION 2/2

Trip Style

Moorlands

Availability

From May to October

Highlight

County of Yorkshire, Robin Hoods Bay, North York Moors National Park

Price from

960 EUR

 

Grade

The section of the walk starts roughly at the half-way point of the full Coast to Coast trail.

 

From Kirkby Stephen you will leave the county of Cumbria and move into the county of Yorkshire. Crossing the Pennines, which is the back-bone of Britain all rivers now flow to the North Sea and you will be following the Swale as it heads for the coast over the next few days. Despite these trail defining features the most remarkable part for many walkers is walking over the peat bogs of the Pennines. Moving then into the Yorkshire Dales and through the tranquil Vale of Mowbray you will then enter the third national park on the Coast to Coast, the North York Moors National Park.

 

Here you will clamber up and down the moorlands heading for the coast before a final cliff top walk down and into Robin Hoods Bay where you can dip your well weathered feet in the North Sea.

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Arrive into Kirkby Stephen. This market town at the foot of the Pennine range in the Eden Valley makes a picturesque start to this section. Here you can enjoy a hearty meal and sample some locally brewed ale.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Kirkby Stephen


Arrive into Kirkby Stephen. This market town at the foot of the Pennine range in the Eden Valley makes a picturesque start to this section. Here you can enjoy a hearty meal and sample some locally brewed ale.

Day 2: Kirkby Stephen to Keld (20.8km 5hr)


For many walkers the most notable feature of today’s walk is the peat bogs that are to be navigated. 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, whereas the Green route is a low level walk that follows the Rigg Beck before joining the road. All routes across the moors arrive at Ravenseat Farm which is a greatly appreciated rest spot. Winding down then through the ravine of the Whitsundale Beck you will arrive into Keld a tiny village at the top of Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales. Here 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: Keld to Reeth (17.6km, 4hr30)


From Keld to Reeth you can follow the high-level route described by Wainwright which is rich in wildlife and you may be lucky enough to glimpse pheasants and some deer. This landscape however is scarred by the lead mining that was once the main activity of this region and if you choose this route be sure to pack a picnic. The low level option though proves very popular with walkers as it provides a leisurely stroll through the meadows and quaint villages of the valley before arriving into Reeth. This archetypical village of the Yorkshire Dales 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: Reeth to Richmond (17.6km, 4hr30)


The walk today from Reeth to Richmond is relatively short and has you winding through rolling green fields, wandering through small woods and sauntering through pretty villages. Emerging on the horizon are the terracotta and slate rooftops of houses before you then arrive into the market town of Richmond. Situated on the fast flowing River Swale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park the town is surrounded by wonderful views. With its own Norman Castle and some pretty Georgian architecture among its cobbled streets it is a town worth strolling around. Before exploring this town though why not treat yourself to a cup of tea and a scone in The Scone Bar. If you fancy something a bit stronger then why not sample some local Yorkshire Ale by visiting the Richmond Brewing Company housed in the old railway station.

Day 5: Richmond to Danby Wiske (22.4km, 5hr30)


As the walk is not too long today you may want to give yourself the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing breakfast in Richmond before setting out today. Initially following the River Swale before leaving it behind, the walk today will be predominantly on quiet country roads and is relatively flat through the Vale of Mowbray. Danby Wiske, your stop for the night, is a welcoming village for any Coast to Coaster and here you will also receive a wholesome meal and perhaps sample some more local ales.

Day 6: Danby Wiske to Ingleby Cross (15km, 3hr45)


Another short walk today and similar to yesterday you will continue through the Vale of Mowbray mostly on quiet country roads. Passing by many working farms you will have to take care in crossing the busy A19. Leaving the A19 behind you will arrive into the surprisingly quiet twin villages of Ingleby Cross and Ingleby Arncliffe that lies on 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. Here you will find the ruin of a 14th century Carthusian priory hidden behind a beautiful 13th century manor house.

Day 7: Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top (20km, 5hr)


The walk from Ingleby Cross to Clay Bank Top is an undulating trek following the Cleveland Way through woods and up and over the moors. Weather permitting you will be inundated with spectacular views across the moors and also get your first glimpse in the distance of the North Sea as you ascend Carlton Moor. Finishing your trek today then at Clay Bank Top where you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation for the night.

Day 8: Clay Bank Top to Blakey Ridge (14.4km, 3hr30)


Returning to Clay Bank Top to continue your walk, this section is shorter and a little less undulating than the day before. It will however start out from Clay Bank Top with a climb up to Urra Moor after which you can feel a definite relent in the gradient. Leaving the Cleveland Way you will follow the former Rosedale Ironstone Railway and then clamber round the High Blakey Moor to the Lions Inn and your stop for tonight. This remote Inn is the fourth highest Inn in Britain and will welcome you with a fine selection of local Bitters as well as an extensive food menu to choose from.

Day 9: Blakey Ridge to Grosmont (22.4km 5hr30)


The walk today will have you descending from the Moors where you will then come upon the pretty quintessentially English villages of Glaisdale and Grosmont. Look out today for the stubby white landmark known as Fat Betty before you go by the unusually named Great Fryup Dale and arrive down into Glaisdale. Continuing on through a wood, passing through the pretty village of Egton Bridge you will arrive at your penultimate stop on this trek, Grosmont.

Day 10: Grosmont to Robin Hoods Bay (25.6km, 6hr30)


This final day’s walk will test you as it is a long walk up and over and across moorland to the coast. The climb up out of Grosmont will certainly get your blood pumping before you descend down into the small hamlet of Littlebeck. Passing then through the beautiful woodland of Little Beck Wood where you can stop at Falling Foss Tea Gardens for a welcome break. Leaving the forest and continuing your trek to the coast you will then re-join the Cleveland Way. Walking along the cliff tops with the North Sea on your left you will wind round the cliffs and then arrive at your final destination, Robin Hoods Bay. This quaint fishing village will not disappoint as the final destination and will provide plenty of options for you to reward yourself with a beautiful meal and a well deserved drink.

Day 11: Robin Hoods Bay, end of the walking holiday


After breakfast we bid you farewell.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 10 nights in Guesthouses, 2* & 3* hotels
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra night stays

Access

Getting there

To get to Kirkby Stephen:

From Manchester or Liverpool you can get a train to Oxenholme from here you can then get a bus that goes once a day to Kirkby Stephen.
Information on the bus can be found on the following website here.
Information on the train can be found on the following website here.
Alternatively we can arrange a private transfer from Oxenholme to Kirkby Stephen which is approximately a 30 minute drive. Get in touch for details on pricing.
If travelling from Leeds, where there is Leeds Bradford Airport you can get a train to Appleby and then from here get a bus to Kirby Stephens. Information for the bus can be found on the following website here and information for the train can be found on the following website here.

Getting Home

To get home from Robin Hoods Bay:

From Robin Hoods Bay the best option is to get a taxi or we can arrange a private transfer to Scarborough where you can then get a train on the national rail network.
Information on the trains and prices can be found on the following website here.

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