• Walk across the neck of Northern England
  • Cover 85 miles and 3 national parks in 6 days
  • Lake District National Park
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • North York Moors National Park

Setting out on England's Coast-to-Coast trail, one can't help feeling it is the start of a special experience. For many walkers, England's most famous route spanning 85 miles from Cumbria to Yorkshire is the holy grail. It is most assuredly among The Wayfarers' most challenging and rewarding; walking 12-15 miles per day, across hills and dales, through farmland and moors, from deep lakes to craggy tarns, following winding rivers and rocky valleys en route to the ocean. Our route follows much of Wainwright's famous plan although we've made some change to allow for better scenery and cultural exploration. And there are transfers to quickly pass the places where the route is less interesting as we want to ensure every moment on the trail is time well spent. This is real Wayfaring, staying away from roads and villages, keeping to the wild open landscape and sleeping in a new place each night. You could say wildlife and wide open spaces are the stars of this Walk, even as we enjoy stops at royal castles and gothic abbeys, traditional farms, and pubs only the local know. It is an experience you'll want to tell the grandkids about.

Saturday Overnight: Grange Hotel

Meet at our hotel in Grange-over-Sands for an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Sunday Overnight: Rothay Garden Hotel

We begin with a hike in the wild and unspoiled landscape of The Lake District National Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll climb Beacon Tarn for a dramatic view of the 'Old Man', a rocky outcrop towering 3,000 feet over Lake Coniston. After lunch, walk along the shores of the lake to our lovely hotel in Grasmere.

Monday Overnight: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

This morning, walk past Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, former homes of the poet William Wordsworth. Then follow a path overlooking Lake Windermere, offering softer and more pastoral scenery. We'll pause for a last look at the mountains of Cumbria as we continue to the hotel.

Tuesday Overnight: The Blue Lion Hotel

Transfer to Aysgarth, in Yorkshire Dales National Park, where we'll see waterfalls and rock-sided valleys, agrarian landscapes, and massive Penn Hill. In the distance, see Bolton Castle where Mary, Queen of Scots, was held. We'll also visit beautiful Wensleydale, famous for its cheese, and pass Middleham Castle (once home to Richard III), crossing the river on stepping-stones.

Wednesday Overnight: Swinton Park Hotel

Now in the heart of James Herriot country, we walk up to Witton Fell, a wild heather-covered moor where grouse and plover thrive, and lunch at the famous White Bear Inn in Masham, home of the famous Theakstons Yorkshire Ales.

Thursday Overnight: The Black Swan Hotel

Drive across the Vale of York to North Yorkshire Moors National Park. There is a good chance we'll see many of the species of birds and wildflowers that make their home on the slopes of Arden Great Moor. We'll stop to visit the still beautiful Abbey of Rievaulx, then follow the monks' trail into picturesque Helmsley for dinner and overnight.

Friday Overnight: Raithwaite Hall

The steam-powered North Yorkshire Moors Railway delivers us to Goathland, before our hike to Aislaby. After lunch, we continue into Eskdale to follow the Esk Valley and complete our journey to the North Sea. Enjoy a well-earned celebratory drink on the beach at Sandsend, near Whitby, and our Farewell Dinner.


After breakfast, The Wayfarers will transfer you to Darlington Railway Station.
"I love pulling on my hiking boots and wet weather gear and getting out into the fields and smelling the air"
Terrain:Well laid-out pathways through three national parks, some brisk hills with walks along hillsides, bluffs and valleys. Mileage: 12-15 miles walking per day.


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US $4,995.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement US $695.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is US $4,745.00


From Jul 4 to Jul 11 (more dates)
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Arrival: Grange-over-Sands
Departure: Darlington Rail Station
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Hotels - Where we stay

Grange Hotel

Grange Hotel

The Grange Hotel enjoys an unrivalled position in Grange-Over-Sands, in the Lake District National Park, with breathtaking panoramic bay views, and only five miles from Lake Windermere. Built in 1866, in a graceful neo-Italianate style, the hotel is surrounded by terraced gardens and mature woodlands. The hotel has 53 well-appointed en suite bedrooms, a sun terrace, bar and restaurant serving fine Cumbrian specialties. The Hotel also features a spa and fitness center along with a laundry service. Wifi is available throughout the hotel and is free to guests.

Rothay Garden Hotel

Rothay Garden Hotel

Perfectly positioned on the edge of picturesque Grasmere village, and nestling in two acres of riverside gardens surrounded by majestic fells, Rothay Garden is a beautiful, four star hotel. Owned and operated by Chris Carss and his dedicated team for nearly twenty years, Rothay Garden has recently benefited from extensive redevelopment.All the bedrooms offer luxury ensuite facilities including internet access, ten-channel TV, welcome tray, hairdryer and complementary toiletries and bathrobes. The two-rosette Conservatory Restaurant at Rothay Garden is an attraction in its own right, with its contemporary furniture, clean elegant lines and great views overlooking the hotel's two acres of gardens.It has an excellent reputation for high quality food, professional service and dishes are prepared using the freshest of regionally sourced produce.

Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Lindeth Howe is an elegant Victorian building, once owned by Beatrix Potter and where she illustrated some of her famous children's books. Built in 1879 as a holiday home for a wealthy mill-owner, the house, which commands stunning views over Lake Windermere, is now transformed into a comfortable and luxurious hotel with a pool and leisure and fitness center. All the 34 bedrooms are ensuite, with bathtub, shower, tea and coffee making facilities, free WiFi, hairdryer, and digital flat-screen TV/radio. The award-winning Lindeth Howe Dining Room prides itself on its fine dining in menus overseen by Head Chef Rob Taylor, using the best locally sourced produce prepared with the season in mind. The dress code is smart.

The Blue Lion Hotel

The Blue Lion Hotel

From the first moment that you set foot into the Blue Lion, you will be overwhelmed by its charm and it's character. Originally built towards the end of the eighteenth Century as a coaching inn, The Blue Lion attracted trade from travellers and drovers, on their journeys through Wensleydale. Extensive, yet sympathetic renovation has produced individually-styled rooms fully equipped with ensuite facilities and hair dryer. Wireless internet access is available in every bedroom. All food is freshly prepared, using a variety of local ingredients and there is always a selection of vegetarian dishes available to choose from.

Swinton Park Hotel

Swinton Park Hotel

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.

The Black Swan Hotel

The Black Swan Hotel

Centrally located on the market square, this lovely hotel offers a unique combination of Georgian, Elizabethan and Tudor styles of architecture. The Black Swan boasts a high level of comfort and service with burning log fires in winter, oak beams and a veritable maze of lounges. The Rutland Restaurant offers a sumptuous menu which changes every day and uses only the finest local ingredients. All bedrooms are beautifully furnished with ensuite bathrooms and come with hairdryer, trouser press, iron and ironing board. Wireless internet access is available in the lounge immediately next to the reception.

Raithwaite Hall

Raithwaite Hall

Set back on the clifftops at Sandsend, 19th-century Raithwaite Hall was once a local shipping magnate's country residence. Now it is a luxurious hotel surrounded by landscaped grounds on the 80-acre Raithwaite estate. All the ensuite guestrooms are individually designed, some with a balcony or terrace overlooking the gardens. Each room has TV, hairdryer, bathrobes, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities and WiFi. Local, seasonal produce is used in the restaurant, specialising in Whitbys famous produce from both the sea and the land. Spa and fitness facilities include a swimming pool, steam room and whirlpool.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants