Dales and Moors - Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hoods Bay
Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay in 8 Days Walking Code: CCY9
The second half of the Coast to Coast, takes in the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and finishes on the Yorkshire coast. From Kirkby Stephen at the head of the Vale of Eden, the route climbs into upper Swaledale, one of the longest and most remote valleys of the Yorkshire Dales. It follows the dale along riverside paths and across moors over its entire length to the historic market town of Richmond. The route continues through the remote heather clad North York Moors to the North Sea. A fine walk through Yorkshire's most distinctive countryside. We have 3 itineraries covering this stretch.
The middle itinerary for the Dales and Moors walk. There are a couple of longer days at the end, but before that no day is more than 14 miles/23km. Most walkers choose either this or the 9 days itinerary.
|Day 1||Travel to Kirkby Stephen for your first nights accommodation|
|Day 2||Kirkby Stephen to Keld||14||23|
|Day 3||Keld to Reeth||11||18|
|Day 4||Reeth to Richmond||11||18|
|Day 5||Richmond to Danby Wiske||14||23|
|Day 6||Danby Wiske to Ingleby Arncliffe||10||16|
|Day 7||Ingleby Arncliffe to Great Broughton||13||21|
|Day 8||Great Broughton to Glaisdale||21||34|
|Day 9||Glaisdale to Robin Hood's Bay||20||32|
|Day 10||Depart from Robin Hood's Bay after breakfast|
Kirkby Stephen to Richmond: The Yorkshire Dales
After Kirkby Stephen the route climbs up to Nine Standards, high above the Eden valley, then onwards into Swaledale, one of the longest and quietest areas of the Yorkshire Dales. The route crosses open moorland above the steep sided valley, punctuated by limestone drystone walls and field barns. Then between the upland sections the route drops into the valley to follow delightful stretches of riverside path, passing through the charming farming villages of Keld and Reeth.
Closer to Richmond, the moorlands give way to woodlands. Richmond is a bustling market town and is the largest settlement on the route, worthy of a day off to explore, with its cobbled market place overlooked by the castle originally built in the 11th century.
Richmond to Ingleby Arncliffe: ‘The Flat Bit’
This is the only point in its entire length of the Coast to Coast Path where you spend a considerable time at low altitude in relatively flat countryside. The route, which is often on country lanes, mainly passes through agricultural land as it crosses the Vale of Mowbray.
Ingleby Arncliffe to Blakey: North York Moors
Ingleby Arncliffe marks the start of the North York Moors. The route climbs through woodlands first, then follows the steep northern edge of the moors, affording panoramic views to the north. Gritstone outcrops and heather moorland are populated by grouse which provide added interest. After Great Broughton/Urra there is the last big climb of the route which leads to Urra Moor, around the head of pretty Farndale and begins the long descent to the coast.
Blakey to Robin Hood’s Bay: Country Villages & the North Sea
With the upland part of the route completed the route descends to the River Esk at Glaisdale, which it follows downstream to Egton Bridge and Grosmont, thought by many to be the prettiest villages on the route. Littlebeck, and its accompanying woodland, provide a final taste of picture postcard countryside before more agricultural land leads to the sea cliffs, which are followed south to Robin Hoods Bay, a fishing village famed for its narrow, steep streets, and characteristic roofscapes.
This is the second half of the Coast to Coast and is undoubtedly less demanding than the first half. It is completed by thousands of ordinary people every year. A degree of walking fitness, the right equipment and common sense should get you there!
Terrain: Varied! Upland moorland with some reasonable hills through the first part of the Dales, lowland paths and country lanes after Richmond, then rolling, sometime remote moorland through the North York Moors.
What’s it like underfoot? Again, varied! Much of the route is on well defined paths, tracks, and country lanes, but there are sections that can be muddy, wet, rough, and steep (although not often all at the same time!)
How Much Up & Down? Quite a bit – but not every day and nothing like the first section through the Lakes
Signposting: Some but by no means comprehensive. You will need to use your map and guidebook.
Weather & Navigation: Bad weather can be encountered, even in the summer months, so the ability to navigate is essential. You may be lucky enough to encounter warm, dry weather over the whole route and enjoy dry paths and tremendous views. Although you must always be prepared because the weather can change quickly.
|Accommodation||Overnight Bed and Breakfast accommodation in selected hotels, farmhouses, village inns, guest houses and family B&Bs.Full English or Continental breakfast.|
|Guidebook||A detailed guidebook with route information, maps, photos and background information.|
|Information of Services Along the Route||A comprehensive Service Info sheet, including services such as cash points, banks, post offices, village shops, inns, cafes and taxis.|
|Maps||2 Harvey Maps (1:40000) covering the whole route.|
|Personal Itinerary||A personal itinerary setting out each overnight stop, including large scale maps of each accommodation, to ensure you find it easily.|
|Emergency Telephone Support||If you get in to difficulties during your holiday, we are always available to help, even out of office hours.|
|12.5% discount at Cotswold Outdoors||We will issue you with a 12.5% Discount Card valid at all Cotswold Outdoor stores, and online, for the whole year on confirmation of your booking.|
|Luggage Transport||We will transfer your luggage between each overnight stop – if you leave your luggage at the accommodation when you set off in the morning, it will be moved on to your next B&B. You only need to carry a small day sack with the clothes and provisions you require during the day’s walk.|
| Packed Lunches
||Provided for each day’s walking and recommended on this holiday as there will not always be a handy shop or cafe on the route.|
|Off Road Parking||If you are travelling by car we can usually arrange off road parking for the duration of your trip. (There may be a small charge for this).|
|Arrangement of return transport||We can also arrange your transfer back to your car, (or advise you when public transport is a better option)!|
What’s not Included
|Evening Meals||Your evening meal isn’t included in the package, but we include full details and recommendations for each evening meal in your itinerary. You will normally be within walking distance of a pub and/or restaurant, or where there is good food available at the accommodation, we’ll book that for you. Allow about £20.00 per night.|
|Transport to the Start & Away from the Finish||Have a look at the “Travel Info” tab above for suggestions. If you’re still struggling, get in touch and we’ll help you sort it out.|
|Travel Insurance||Even if you are based in the UK travel insurance is worth having.|
Good accommodation and friendly hosts are an essential part of any holiday. We understand this and go out of our way to find the best. We put a great deal of effort into hand picking our accommodation and matching it to individual customer requirements. As well as visiting the accommodation ourselves, we ask all our customers to complete a short evaluation on each night’s accommodation, which then gives us an insight into the day-to-day operation and lets us spot any potential issues before they become a problem.
We use a variety of accommodation, including small country house hotels, guest houses in market towns, bed and breakfasts in farm houses, country cottages and Victorian town houses. In selecting the accommodation we look for helpful, friendly hosts with good quality, characterful accommodation close to the trail. For example, over the course of your trip you might stay in a village inn, a bed and breakfast in a converted barn, a Victorian guest house, on a working farm, and in a Georgian hotel.
We always try to arrange en suite accommodation, i.e. rooms with their own bathrooms for each night of your stay. However, in some of the more remote locations accommodation is limited and occasionally we may have to book rooms with shared bathrooms for one or two nights of your holiday, (especially if the booking is made at short notice), but we will always let you know if this is likely to be the case.
We are happy to book single rooms on our holidays but cannot normally book more than 2 for any one group. Single room bookings include a supplement.
Here are some examples of the accommodation we use along the Coast to Coast Path:
The Langstrath County Hotel is set in the Lakeland village of Stonethwaite. It is a small, local and family-run haven for walkers and lovers of the countryside. It was built around 1590 as a miners cottage and is now a quality hotel offering comfortable bedrooms and excellent service. The restaurant serves quality Lakeland dishes using the finest local ingredients. Visit their website
With the atmosphere of a Yorkshire Country Inn The Wainstones Hotel is known for its attentive staff and excellent food. An 18th century building in a very picturesque location, this hotel is popular with walkers on the Coast to Coast path who can relax in the bar or treat themselves to a delicious meal in the restaurant. Visit their website
The Old Croft House is a bed and breakfast full of character. A wonderful old building in the centre of Kirkby Stephen with individually designed, quirky bedrooms that are a treat to stay in. Nick and Rachel take very good care of their guests, welcoming with home made cakes and open fires. Visit their website
General travel information on the Coast to Coast area will be in your holiday pack including train and bus timetables where available.
Detailed instructions on getting to your first night’s accommodation by car, or on foot from the nearest train or bus station, will also be included in the holiday pack on individual accommodation maps.
If you require secure car parking whilst walking this route, please contact us for detailed information – we can usually arrange car parking in Kirkby Stephen with a transfer back to your car from Robin Hood’s Bay.
By Air: Fly to Manchester (MAN) or Newcastle (NCL), train to Kirkby Stephen (1.5 miles from town centre), taxi to B&B. There is a list of taxi companies in your holiday pack.
By Public Transport: There is a train station in Kirkby Stephen (1.5 miles from town centre), taxi to B&B. There is a list of taxi companies in your holiday pack.
By Road: From the east: Leave the A1 at Scotch Corner and head west towards Brough on the A66. At Brough take the exit for the A685 and turn left off the slip road towards Kirkby Stephen. From the west: Leave the M6 at Junction 38 and follow the signs towards Kirkby Stephen.
Returning from Robin Hood’s Bay:
The nearest main railway station is in Scarborough – you can take the bus from Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough: Number 93 (hourly, 40 minutes travel time).
Kirkby Stephen is a traditional market town of historic buildings, cobbled yards, quaint corners and interesting shops. It is situated in a landscape of pastoral rural scenery with wild uplands. Being remote from large towns and population centres, Kirkby Stephen has developed a strong and self-sufficient identity and a vibrant sense of community.
Richmond is an historic market town, dominated by its Norman Castle. The castle (which is open daily) sits on a hill above the town, with great views over the Dales. There are regular markets and quite a few places to enjoy a meal and a cup of coffee. There’s also a lovely riverside walk. It’s by far the biggest town on the Coast to Coast, and a very pleasant place to spend a day. If you’re only taking one rest day, make this it!
Robin Hood's Bay
This picturesque village is a hidden gem on the East Yorkshire coast consisting of a maze of tiny streets with individual shops, cafes and pubs. Robin Hood's Bay has a tradition of smuggling (during the late 18th century smuggling was rife on the Yorkshire coast) and there is reputed to be a network of subterranean passageways linking the houses. The rocks of Robin Hood’s Bay play host to a wealth of Jurassic history and fossilling is a wonderful activity for people of all ages along the huge, unspoilt beach. Likewise, the thrill of finding your first crab or starfish in a rock pool is equally as pleasurable.