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

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 Bronte 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.

Saturday Overnight: Netherwood Hotel

Rendezvous at our hotel near Grange-over-Sands for an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Sunday Overnight: Rothay Garden Hotel

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 ft 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.

Monday Overnight: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

Our morning walk takes us past Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both former homes of the poet William Wordsworth. 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 and walk on to our overnight accommodation near Bowness.

Tuesday Overnight: The Blue Lion Hotel

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.

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. At lunch, we may choose to sample the eponymous brew in the famous Black Sheep Brewery in Masham. Then the tranquil banks of the River Ure, where we might spot a kingfisher, lead us to our magnificent hotel at Swinton Park.

Thursday Overnight: The Black Swan Hotel

We cross the Vale of York to the 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.

Friday Overnight: Raithwaite Hall

We take the steam-hauled North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Grosmont, 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.


After breakfast, The Wayfarers will transfer you from your hotel 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. 12-15 miles walking per day.(Walk rating is due to long mileage -not arduous trails.)


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Arrival: Grange-over-Sands
Departure: Darlington Rail Station


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Hotels - Where we stay

Netherwood Hotel

Netherwood Hotel

Situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park in the Edwardian town of Grange over Sands, the Netherwood Hotel is set in extensive grounds overlooking the spectacular Morecambe Bay. This dramatic and stately residence was built as a family house in the 19th century, and still retains its close, friendly ambience in the careful hands of its long-standing owners, the Fallowfield family. All the bedrooms offer en-suite bathroom with hair dryer and picturesque views looking across Morecambe Bay, the gardens or the woodland to the rear of the hotel. The restaurant has dramatic views over Morecambe Bay. There is wireless internet access in the reception area.

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 childrens 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