Wainwright's Coast to Coast
Travel from the west coast of England to the east along this breathtaking route devised by Alfred Wainwright. The walk passes through three of England's most beautiful National Parks taking you on a tour of some of the most incredible scenery in the country.
Starting at St Bees Head the route leads you into the wonderful Lake District National Park with its series of beautiful lakes and mountains.
The path continues east into the Yorkshire Dales National Park with more delightful countryside to enjoy.
The final stretch takes you through the splendid moorland scenery of the North York Moors National Park and then along the North Yorkshire coast to the finish point at the fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay.
Wainwright's Coast to Coast Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Wainwright's Coast to Coast Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
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Wainwright's Coast to Coast Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In the village of St Bees you could head to the 17th century Queens Hotel which has a cosy country pub atmosphere with oak beams and log fires in winter. They do good food which can be taken in the nice conservatory or the terraced garden bar on warmer days. They also provide accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the hotel near the train station on 130 Main St, with a postcode of CA27 0DE for your sat navs.
In the Lake District you could stop at The Haweswater Hotel which is perched right on the eastern side of the lake. There's a lovely outdoor terrace with wonderful views over the lake, towards Kidsty Pike. It's the perfect place to relax on a warm day. As an additional attraction the hotel has some pretty gardens to explore. There's mature trees and shrubs, including rhododendrons, maples and azaleas, interspersed with rock gardens, heather and alpine plantings. You may also see some of the tame red squirrels.
The Crown and Mitre is a historic pub of some note. On the route in Bampton Grange, you will find this free house nestled in a wonderful location on the edge of the North Eastern Fells. It's a popular stopping point on the c2c walk and also provides accommodation. You can find it a couple of miles north of Haweswater at postcode CA10 2QR. There's also some nice riverside footpaths in the village if you fancy stretching your legs further.
In Shap there's the Greyhound Hotel. The pub is another popular stopping point for people doing the walk. It's set in a 17 century stone house and does very good food. It also has a series of picnic tables outside for warmer days. You can find the pub on Main St with a postcode of CA10 3PW for your sat navs. Also pay a visit to the atmospheric ruins of the 12th century Shap Abbey if you have time.
Head west of Ennerdale Water to the Shepherd's Arms for some post walk refreshments. An old village-centre farm, the pub is a comfortable and friendly destination in the Lakeland tradition, offering visitors good food and good ales in the company of convivial locals. It's a popular stop off point for walkers doing the Wainwright's Coast to Coast as the route passes right through the area. Indoors there's a cosy interior with two real fires to warm yourself by during the winter months. Outside there's seating overlooking the waters of the pretty beck. The pub is dog friendly and also does good quality accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find it on Kirkland Road at Ennerdale Bridge with a postcode of CA23 3AR for your sat navs.
Falling Foss waterfall in the North York Moors is one of the highlights on the route. Here you can stop off at The Falling Foss Tea Rooms. The little tea rooms are located at Midge Hall, a tiny cottage which nestles at the top of the falls. They have a good range of meals and snacks with an outdoor seating area overlooking the waterfall. You can find them at a postcode of YO22 5JD.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Highlights on the route include:
The High Bridestones on Sleights Moor near Grosmont. There's several fallen megaliths and lovely heather moorland to see here. The moor is located on the Coast to Coast Walk about 2 miles east of Grosmont. The stones date from the Bronze Age with some still standing today.
Richmond - This interesting North Yorkshire town has some lovely riverside trails along the River Swale and two fine long distance trails to try.