Coast to Coast Walk

The Coast to Coast Walk

Location : St Bees / Cleator / Ennerdale Bridge / Honister Pass / Borrowdale / Grasmere / Patterdale / Haweswater / Shap /Orton / Kirkby Stephen

In 1972 A Wainwright devised the Coast to Coast Walk, which traversed what he described as ‘the grandest territory in the north of England’. The walk starts at St Bees on the West coast of Cumbria. It travels through Cleator, Ennerdale, Honister Pass, Rosthwaite, Grasmere, Patterdale, Haweswater, Shap, Orton, Sunbiggin TarnSmardale Gill, Kirkby Stephen, up to Nine Standards Rigg, then out of Cumbria.




The route then travels through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the North York Moors National Park, heading towards Robin Hood’s Bay on the East Coast of North Yorkshire.


It is suggested that you buy Alfred Wainwright’s classic pictorial guide to give yourself a feel for the walk and experience some of the writer’s unique authority; then as your day-to-day guide, choose one of the more up-to-date writers who have followed in Wainwright’s footsteps and revised the essential information.


Books on the Coast to Coast Walk

  • A Coast to Coast Walk – A Pictorial Guide by A Wainwright
  • Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk by A Wainwright/D Brabbs
  • Coast to Coast Walk by Paul Hannon
  • Coast to Coast by Ronald Turnbull
  • A Northern Coast to Coast Walk by Terry Marsh




The route is covered by 2 Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure maps

  • OSL 33 – St Bees Head to Keld
  • OSL 34 – Keld to Robin Hood’s Bay

The Youth Hostels Association operates an accommodation booking service,through which the entire walk can be booked in one go, many places being Youth Hostels, but where these are not available appropriate B&B’s will be used.

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