Originally named ‘Wainwright’s Way’, Alfred Wainwright’s ‘Coast To Coast Walk’ (as it is now called), crosses England from the west coast in Cumbria, through into North Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Dales and on into the North York Moors right to the east coast. Its route passes through three of the UK’s National Parks and offers the long distance walker some of the most spectacular scenery available in the whole of the UK.
Overall the walk is 190 miles long and many walkers complete the whole distance in about 15 to 16 days, usually travelling west to east from St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay. If you don’t have the time or the energy for the full walk then consider completing the Yorkshire Dales section only, which will take you around 4 to 5 days to complete, and will guide you on a memorable journey through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park and North Yorkshire.
A good place to start the walk is the village of Orton which is actually just over the border in Cumbria, but offers cosy accommodation and a village pub. Then make your way along to Kirkby Stephen where the walk enters the Yorkshire Dales proper and you will notice the change in landscape as you enter Swaledale. You will be passing traditional Yorkshire Dales dry stone walls and numerous quaint villages, and then onto the village of Keld, which is a good place to stop for the night. The next destination is Reeth following the route of the river Swale, and then head for the North Yorkshire market town of Richmond, where it would be wise to spend the night in local Yorkshire Dales Bed & Breakfast Accommodation. Some walkers spend 2 nights in Richmond as there is a lot to see, do and eat!, and it gives a chance to stock up on energy and provisions. The next and final stretch is down out of the Dales and across the Vale of Mowbray to Ingleby Cross where superb traditional Yorkshire accommodation is available at the Blue Bell Inn. Alternatively you could finish part way at Danby Wiske, and then go and sample the delights of the interesting Yorkshire town of Northallerton for your final night away.
So if you would like a few days walk through some of the most varied and beautiful landscape available in the UK, give the Yorkshire Dales section of the Coast To Coast Walk a go!This blog article has been written by John Shimeld (StayIn Ltd)