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Coast to Coast Trail Running

A trail running holiday from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay along Wainwright’s famous trail.

6 to 12 nights
190 miles
Easy / Moderate to Strenuous

From £565 per person

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About this route

The 190-mile (304 km) Coast to Coast trail carries you through three National Parks on its direct but dramatic route across England.

It’s in at the deep end with the country’s fell-running capital, the Lake District, to kick things off, followed by the windswept yellow hills of the Yorkshire Dales, the heathery, peaty Pennines, and the wildness of the North York Moors, purple in late summer.

With fewer waymarks and some hill descents that absolutely require a compass, the Coast to Coast favours the seasoned outdoorsperson and will test your ability to navigate.

There’s great satisfaction to be had in working your way from one shore and to finish at another, seeing the country change as you go.

This route can be run in the opposite direction upon request. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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© Contours Walking Holidays Coast to Coast Trail Running map
St. Bees/Robin Hoods Bay
190 miles (304 km)
14th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Dipping your toes in the Irish Sea at the start of your journey and in the North Sea at its end.

Running through dramatically changing landscapes as you cross the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors under your own steam.

Delving into an array of charming villages and welcoming towns, perfect for a quick top-up snack before your journey on.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-CCW1 From St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay 6 nights, 5 days running Strenuous£565
R-CCW2 From St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay 8 nights, 7 days running Demanding£680
R-CCW3 From St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay 10 nights, 9 days running Moderate£805
R-CCW4 From St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay 12 nights, 11 days running Easy / Moderate£925

Coast to Coast Trail Run 6 nights, 5 days running

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to St Bees where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

St Bees to Grasmere. 37.5 miles (60km) / 7211 ft (2198 m) ascent

Day 2

Grasmere to Kirkby Stephen. 44.5 miles (71km) / 7864 ft (2397 m) ascent

Day 3

Kirkby Stephen to Richmond. 35 miles (56km) / 5338 ft (1627 m) ascent

Day 4

Richmond to Clay Bank Top(T). 35.5 miles (57km) / 3930 ft (1198 m) ascent

Day 5

Clay Bank Top(T) to Robin Hood's Bay. 37.5 miles (60km) / 3809 ft (1161 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Robin Hood's Bay after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£37.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£32.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Grasmere)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 6 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

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.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Grasmere)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 190 miles (304 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days running
Minimum daily distance: 35 miles (56 km)
Maximum daily distance: 44.5 miles (71 km)
Code: R-CCW1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 14th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: St Bees
End of holiday: Robin Hood's Bay

Route Profile

Coast to Coast Trail Run Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds.

By 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).

By Bus - Various buses run to St Bees and from Robin Hood's Bay.

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

Return 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.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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A trail-running holiday from Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay through the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.Find Out More
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Dog friendly
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A trail-running holiday braving the Lake District’s climbs, from St Bees to Kirkby Stephen.Find Out More
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Running Coast to Coast with Contours Holidays

Outdoor Journalist Damian Hall enjoys a trail running holiday St. Bees in the east to Robin Hood's Bay in the west, traversing the width of the North of England through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
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