A Coast to Coast Adventure
Across hills and dales, lakes and moorlands, this challenging Walk from Cumbria to Yorkshire spans 85 miles of quintessentially English landscape. Following in the footsteps of Charlotte Brontë and William Wordsworth, we discover the wild, unspoiled Lake District and the mountains of Cumbria, pass tranquil lakes and climb by craggy tarns. In Yorkshire we encounter pastures and dales, winding rivers and rocky valleys. We explore royal castles and Gothic abbeys, sample local ales and traditional cheeses. Wildlife is the real star of this walk and at any moment on our trip we might spot a grouse or plover, kingfisher or deer.
Walk Rating: Energetic. Well laid out pathways through three national parks, some brisk hills with walks along hillsides, bluffs and valleys. 12-15 miles walking per day. (Walk rating is due to long mileage - not arduous trails.)
US$4295.00 per person double occupancy
US$4295.00 per person double occupancy
Walk begins at Grange-over-Sands, arrival Grange-over-Sands Station. Walk ends in Whitby, departure Darlington Station
Rendezvous at our hotel near Grange-over-Sands for an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.
We walk the wild and unspoiled landscape of The Lake District National Park. From Beacon Tarn we have a view of the 'Old Man', a rocky outcrop towering 3,000 feet over Lake Coniston. After lunch we walk along the shores of the lake with views of Brantwood where John Ruskin lived from 1872 until 1900. We end our day at our lovely hotel in Grasmere.
Our morning walk takes us past Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both former homes to Wordsworth, and we then follow the old "Coffin Road". Overlooking Windermere, England's largest lake, we enjoy softer, more pastoral scenery. After lunch our walk continues across fields, pastures, and hillside farms. We pause for a last look at the distant mountains of Cumbria, say farewell to Windermere and walk on to Crook.
From Aysgarth, our walk in The Yorkshire Dales National Park encompasses the contrasts of waterfalls and rock-sided valleys with agrarian landscapes and the massive Penn Hill. We have great views of Bolton Castle where Mary, Queen of Scots, was held on her way to London and her execution. This afternoon, we walk in beautiful Wensleydale, famous for its cheese, past Middleham Castle (once home to King Richard III), finally crossing the river on stepping-stones as we approach our day's rest in East Witton.
Now in the heart of James Herriot country, we walk up to Witton Fell, a wild heather-covered moor where grouse and plover thrive. At lunch, we may choose to sample the eponymous brew in the famous Black Sheep Brewery in Masham. Then the tranquil bank of the River Ure, where we might spot a kingfisher, leads us to our magnificent hotel at Swinton Park.
We cross the Vale of York to North Yorkshire Moors National Park with chances to identify the many birds and wildflowers on the slopes of Arden Great Moor. We visit the great Abbey of Rievaulx and follow the monks trail into the picturesque market town of Helmsley, where the castle was a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War, for dinner and overnight.
We take the steam-hauled North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Goathland, before our hike to the picturesque village of Aislaby. We continue into Eskdale where we follow the Esk Valley to complete our journey to the North Sea with a celebratory drink on the beach at Sandsend, near Whitby, and our Farewell Dinner in Dunsley.
After breakfast, The Wayfarers will transfer you from your hotel by private bus to Darlington Railway Station(journey time approx 1hr 15mins), arriving by 10am.
This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.
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The Famous Wild Boar - Monday
Cumbria LA23 3NF
T: + 44 (0)1539-445-225
F: + 44 (0)1539-442-498
Set in the ancient beauty of the Gilpin Valley, this former Coaching Inn takes its name from the local legend of Sir Richard de Gilpin who bravely fought and killed a particularly ferocious wild boar close by. It has an eclectic mix of comfortable ensuite rooms which include TV, phone and hair dryer.
The restaurant places particular emphasis on offering a variety of local fare throughout the seasons and it also provides a perfect setting for those who are looking for a stylish contemporary eating environment with traditional lakeland values. There is no internet access for guests in this hotel. All guests enjoy free access to the extensive facilities of Low Wood Leisure Club and Activity Centre nearby.
Swinton Park Hotel - Wednesday
North Yorkshire HG4 4JH
T: +44 (0)1765-680-900
F: +44 (0)1765-680-901
An exclusive luxury castle hotel, Swinton Park is the ancestral home of the Cunliffe-Lister family and is set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens. The bedrooms are individually designed and decorated on the theme of a Yorkshire town, dale, castle, abbey or garden. All ensuite rooms are equipped with telephones, a modem point, CD player, satellite TV, trouser press, drinks tray and coffee/tea facilities. Wireless internet access is available in the reception and lounge areas.
The courtyard houses a spa and fitness area in the conservatory with a variety of health and beauty treatments available. There is also the bar (in the family museum), a private cinema and a snooker and Victorian games room.
Spa: Opening times for Sauna & Jacuzzi are from 7am-9pm daily with Beauty treatments available until 5pm. All treatments must be pre-booked at least 24 hours in advance - Tel: +44 (0)1765 680900. To fit in with the walking itinerary, please arrange your massage no earlier than 4pm on the day you arrive at Swinton Park. Your Walk Manager can assist you with booking treatments.
Dunsley Hall Country House Hotel - Friday
North Yorkshire YO21 3TL
T: +44 (0)1947-893-437
F: +44 (0)1947-893-505
A genuine Victorian country house, this independent, family run hotel offers traditional comfort and wonderful food against a backdrop of period elegance and modern charm. Set in four acres of landscaped gardens with croquet lawn, nine hole putting course and tennis court, the hotel provides 18 en-suite rooms, all elegantly furnished and equipped with TV, phone, hair dryer and tea and coffee facilities.
A feast of historic features including original oak panelling, stained glass windows and other period gems have been preserved in the public rooms. Wireless internet access is available in the bar area only.
This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.
Before & After Your Walk:
- Extend your arrival or departure in the Lake District or Yorkshire
- In particular, check out the Northern Lakes, centered on Keswick
- Take the Carlisle-to-Settle train for one of England's most spectacular railway journeys
- Take the train to Scotland and visit the Borders, Lowlands or Edinburgh
Temperatures usually range from around 45º to 65ºF (7º to 18ºC) in spring/autumn and from 60º to 70º F (15º to 21ºC) in summer although it can rise to around 80º F (27ºC) on some days. You are likely to need a light jacket or sweater in the evenings. Rainfall is unpredictable but occurs all year round and can be heavy, even in summer. Equally there can be long spells of warm dry weather so you will need to bring clothing to accommodate all situations
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When it said bluffs, I'm wondering if you are hanging over any cliffs....I don't like to feel likeI might fall off! thanks for input.
No - there are no cliff-hanging moments on the Coast to Coast Walk. But there are a few hills which provide exceptional views of the Lakes beloved of Wordsworth, the Yorkshire Dales recalled by James Herriott, the romantic North York Moors and Whitby Bay.
Are there any hidden costs?
Our Vacations do not include the cost of air or rail fares to and from the destination or tips for your walk leader and manager.
How large are the Groups?
Our maximum group size is 16, but groups average between 8-12 people.
Will I feel welcome as a single traveler?
Yes! Our walks are the perfect environment of comfortable camaraderie for the single traveler.
Can you accommodate special diets?
How physically fit do I have to be to do a Wayfarers Walk?
If you are in good health and reasonably fit you will be comfortable participating in a walk.
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