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Trail Facts

Total distance: 190 miles (304 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days running
Minimum daily distance: 34.5 miles (55 km)
Maximum daily distance: 43 miles (69 km)
Code: R-CCW1

Grade: Strenuous
Season: 25th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: St Bees
End of holiday: Robin Hood's Bay


Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to St Bees where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: St Bees to Grasmere. 37.5 miles (60km)

Day 3: Grasmere to Kirkby Stephen. 43 miles (69km)

Day 4: Kirkby Stephen to Richmond. 34.5 miles (55km)

Day 5: Richmond to Clay Bank Top(T). 36 miles (58km)

Day 6: Clay Bank Top(T) to Robin Hood's Bay. 39 miles (62km)

Day 7: Depart from Robin Hood's Bay after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.


Extra nights / rest days

As this trail spans the width of England from coast to coast, it should come as no surprise that it passes through countless fantastic towns and villages that are worth exploring. By adding in a couple of extra nights into your holiday, you will have plenty of time to really make the most of these areas.

There is plenty to see in Grasmere, particularly for fans of literature. Here you can visit Dove Cottage, the best-known home of William Wordsworth, as well as the school where Wordsworth once taught and St. Oswald's church, the last resting place of the Wordsworth family. Now a popular tourist destination, Grasmere has plenty of gift shops and places to eat, as well as a number of gardens and lakeside walking paths to enjoy.

Richmond is another excellent option for an extra night?s stay, with its unique character and beauty which has changed very little through time. The town has quaint cobbled streets and a bustling market place, as well as a fascinating Norman castle, an unusual church and a Georgian theatre to enthral those interested in the local history. Richmond also boast many pubs, restaurants and shops to choose from, including sports and health food shops, leisure centres and health spas for all of your running needs.

Once you have completed your holiday, a popular location in which to celebrate your achievement and rest your legs is Robin Hood's Bay; home to sandy beaches, great places to eat and the intriguing Dinosaur Coast. Also within easy reach of Robin Hood?s Bay is the fantastic town of Whitby. Not only is there an attractive harbour to visit, several fascinating museums to explore and the infamous ruined abbey atop a hill in which Dracula was said to have resided, but there is a variety of shops and some of the most famous restaurants and fish and chip shops in the UK. There are also a couple of sports massage clinics in Whitby, which you can take advantage of to help your muscles recover from your trail running holiday.


What's included?

  • 6 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information

Air

The most convenient international airports are Manchester and Newcastle. From Manchester Airport, you can travel to St Bees via train. From Newcastle Airport, take the Metro to Newcastle Station and then continue onto St Bees by train.

Rail

There is a railway station at the start of the trail (St Bees). The nearest railway stations at the end of the trail (Robin Hood's Bay) are Whitby and Scarborough.

For London, trains run from London Euston to St Bees, usually via a transfer at Carlisle.

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (St Bees) is via train, from Whitby or Scarborough station.

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