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England Coast to Coast

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

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Hike coast-to-coast all the way across England from the impossibly romantic Lake District to the stone-built villages of the Yorkshire Dales and onward to the purple heather lands of the North York Moors.

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Our coast-to-coast journey from the Irish Sea to the North Sea is one of the great hikes of the world. We've perfected this classic walk, hiking the most spectacular stretches as we make our way across England's literary landscapes and through three renowned national parks. We do the hike from west to east, putting the prevailing wind and weather at your back as we traverse the romantic Lake District, the limestone uplands of the Yorkshire Dales, and the purple-heather moors of Brontë country. Journey's end is Robin Hood's Bay on the wild North Sea, where we dip our boots in the water, the traditional celebration of this grand hike. En route, we visit delightful villages and ancient castles, stay at welcoming inns, and savor a pint or two at friendly rural pubs.


Days 1-6
Irish Sea / Lake District National Park 
At Ravenglass, we christen our boots in the Irish Sea, then hike the Lake District's famously scenic landscapes of sapphire lakes and craggy peaks. After we visit Wordsworth's Dove Cottage in Grasmere, we make the classic Lake District hike over Grisedale Hause, with a descent along the long, blue ribbon of Ullswater, one of England's most beautiful lakes. Our final Lake District hike brings us over the highest Roman road in England. 

Days 7-9
Yorkshire Dales National Park 
Entering James Herriot country, we cross the watershed of England, with the Lake District behind us and the Yorkshire Dales ahead. Our hikes bring us to a ruined Benedictine nunnery, through wooded Yorkshire valleys, and into charming villages. In ancient Richmond, poised majestically above the River Swale, we explore narrow, cobbled alleys below a massive Norman castle.

Days 10-14
North York Moors National Park / North Sea 
Our hike along moorland escarpments evokes images from the Bronte sisters' masterpieces, and the play of light and color can give you the feeling of hiking through an 18th century landscape painting. Following paths to Robin Hood's Bay, we let the North Sea lap our boots and celebrate the culmination of our hike. On Day 14, depart for Manchester via the medieval city of York.

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14 Days


Manchester, England


Manchester, England

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