One of the Best Long-Distance Hikes in the World

Overview

The coast-to-coast journey across England 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 cut a swath across England’s historic and literary landscape and through three magnificent national parks. We bring you from west to east, which puts the prevailing wind at your back, starting in the romantic Lake District, heading into the upland pastures of the Yorkshire Dales, then across the dramatic purple-heather moors of North York to reach the wild North Sea. Roman roads, storybook villages, friendly country pubs—this is England at its best!

This is a great hiking trip and a wonderful way to experience England outside the big cities. The scenery is varied enough to keep it interesting, and we fell in love with hiking in the Lake District.
— Sunny M. Marietta, GA

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-6
Irish Sea / Lake District National Park

At Ravenglass, we christen our boots in the Irish Sea (a coast-to-coast tradition), then hike the Lake District’s tranquil landscapes of crystal lakes surrounded by an amphitheater of emerald mountains. In Grasmere, visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, then hike over Grisedale Hause (hause is Old Norse for pass) and along an ancient Roman road.

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Days 7-9
Yorkshire Dales National Park

Entering the Yorkshire Dales, James Herriot country, you’ll hike across Nine Standards Rigg, a summit marked by mysterious massive stone cairns, along the banks of the River Swale, and through some of the most charming villages in England. In ancient Richmond, enjoy its historical treasures.

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Days 10-14
North York Moors National Park / North Sea

Our hike along moorland escarpments evokes images from the Bronte sisters’ masterpieces. The last leg of our journey brings you along coastal paths to Robin Hood’s Bay, where the North Sea laps our boots and we celebrate the culmination of our hike. On Day 14, depart for Manchester via the medieval city of York.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike through three fantastic national parks: Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and North York Moors
Serene landscapes of stone barns and wooded valleys, glistening pastures where flocks of sheep graze, purple heather-strewn heaths
Visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and the castle town of Richmond, whose massive Norman castle shelters narrow cobblestone alleys
Overnights in village inns and historic hotels
Enjoy lively pub lunches

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $6195  
Arrive: Manchester, England
Depart: Manchester, England
Lodging: 13 nights inns, hotels, and B&Bs
Meals: All meals included except 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

13 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 6-8 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day's hike). This is a strenuous hiking trip. Please read the “What the Trip is Like” section or contact our Europe Team for more details.

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