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Trail Facts

Total distance: 190 miles (304 km)
Duration: 10 nights, 9 days running
Minimum daily distance: 14 miles (22.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 25 miles (40 km)
Code: R-CCW3

Grade: Moderate
Season: 14th 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 Ennerdale Bridge. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 3: Ennerdale Bridge to Grasmere. 23.5 miles (37.5km)

Day 4: Grasmere to Burnbanks(T). 19.5 miles (31km)

Day 5: Burnbanks(T) to Kirkby Stephen. 25 miles (40km)

Day 6: Kirkby Stephen to Reeth. 24 miles (38.5km)

Day 7: Reeth to Danby Wiske. 25 miles (40km)

Day 8: Danby Wiske to Clay Bank Top(T). 21.5 miles (34.5km)

Day 9: Clay Bank Top(T) to Glaisdale. 18.5 miles (29.5km)

Day 10: Glaisdale to Robin Hood's Bay. 19 miles (30.5km)

Day 11: 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.

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?

  • 10 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 major city and international airports are Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds.

Rail

There is a rail station at the start of the trail (St Bees). The nearest rail stations to Robin Hood's Bay are either Whitby (about 6 miles away) or Scarborough (about 20 miles away).

Trains run from London Euston to St Bees with changes at Carlisle/Lancaster.

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 is to take a bus/taxi from Robin Hood's Bay to Scarborough rail station. From there trains run to St Bees.

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