Wilderness Travel - vacations and travel
England Coast to Coast
|from $5,595* per person||14 Days||June, July|
|Comfort accommodations||Exertion level: 4|
|Operator: Wilderness Travel||15 people max|
- Manchester, england
- Active & Adventure trips
One of the greatest hikes in the world is the coast-to-coast journey across England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. We’ve perfected this classic walk, hiking its most spectacular stretches as we cut a swath across England’s historic and literary landscape and through three magnificent national parks. We start in the impossibly romantic Lake District, the sublime countryside that provided inspiration for Wordsworth and Coleridge, hike into the stone-built villages of the Yorkshire Dales (James Herriot country), then enter the purple-heather lands of the North York Moors, hiking from Bronte country to Robin Hood’s Bay on the wild North Sea. The good cheer of village inns and rural pubs where we relax with fellow hikers adds to the charm of this delightful journey.
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Irish Sea / Ravenglass / Lake District National Park
At the village of Ravenglass in the Lake District, we christen our boots in the Irish Sea (a tradition for coast-to-coast hikers), then set out on a coastal path with stunning views out to the Isle of Man. Entering Lake District National Park, we hike through a tranquil landscape of old stone walls and glistening green fields where flocks of sheep graze. The scenery is magnificent, with crystal lakes surrounded by a great amphitheater of emerald mountains. In the famous village of Grasmere, we visit Dove Cottage, home of the poet William Wordsworth, then enjoy a steep hike over Grisedale Hause (hause is Old Norse for pass). Our final Lake District hike follows an ancient road, the highest engineered by the Romans in England.
Yorkshire Dales National Park
Entering Yorkshire Dales National Park, we hike across the main watershed of England by way of Nine Standards Rigg, a summit dominated by massive mysterious stone cairns. Our hike along the banks of the River Swale brings us past stone barns and wooded valleys, and through some of the most charming villages in England. On Day 9, we enjoy the historical treasures of ancient Richmond, whose massive Norman castle shelters narrow cobblestone alleys.
North York Moors National Park / Robin Hood’s Bay
We experience a dramatic change of scenery as we hike along moorland escarpments where purple heather-strewn heaths evoke images from the Bront? sisters’ masterpieces. The last leg of our journey brings us through the lovely Esk Valley and along coastal paths to Robin Hood’s Bay, where we let the North Sea lap our boots. Depart for Manchester via the medieval city of York on Day 14.