See the very best England has to offer during a 13-day expedition that will take you to some of the country’s most spectacular and historic destinations. Cross England on foot, trekking from the Irish Sea to the North Sea through three incredible national parks. Immerse yourself in the mystical landscapes of the Lake District, where gemlike lakes reflect England’s highest mountains and poets like William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge drew their inspiration. Visit the Yorkshire Dales and visit picturesque villages, teeming with serene landscapes, half-timbered cottages and cosy pubs. Journey on to the North York Moors, taking in the ancient stone circles, medieval castles and monasteries, and the legendary charm of northern England along the way. Completing 128-mile hike, this expedition has been designed to introduce you to the very best England has to offer, taking inspiration from Alfred Wainwright’s famous 190-mile Coast-to-Coast walk.

Trip highlights

Set out on one of the ten best long-distance hikes in the world, trekking through three national parks: Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and North York Moors.

Delve into England’s fascinating history with visits to some of the country’s most historic sites from prehistory to the Roman era to the Tudors and beyond.

Visit the home of world-renowned poet William Wordsworth in the enchanting Lakeland village of Grasmere.

Enjoy a lakeside ramble with a ranger from Wild Ennerdale and hear about the partnership’s efforts to return the valley to its natural state.

Itinerary - 13 Days

1 Penrith, England/Cleator

Make your way to Penrith train station situated in Northwest England. Your guide will meet you at the station for transfer to our charming hotel in Cleator, a rural village in Cumbria. After a trip briefing, gather for a welcome dinner. (D)

Accommodation: Ennerdale Country House Hotel

2 St. Bees/West Cumbria

Start your expedition with an early morning Coast to Coast tradition; dipping your toes in the Irish Sea. Set off along the magnificent sandstone cliffs of St. Bees Head, turning inland for a traditional English pub lunch as you make your way to Ennerdale Bridge, nestled at the foot of the Lake District mountains. (15 miles hiking, 8 hours) (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Ennerdale Country House Hotel

3 Lake District National Park

Spend the next three days of your expedition in the beautiful Lake District National Park where you will spend time amongst splendid lakes, towering mountains and peaceful landscapes. Meet a ranger from Wild Ennerdale—a wilderness partnership dedicated to returning the valley to its natural state—and set out together on a splendid lakeside ramble, tracing the southern edge of Ennerdale Water. After lunch near the legendary Black Sail Hut, climb a 2,000-foot pass for views of peaks, lakes, and sheep-speckled pastures. Finish the hike in Borrowdale. (11 miles hiking, 7–8 hours) (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Inn on the Lake

4 Lake District National Park

Drive to Grasmere, where the great poet William Wordsworth wrote some of his most renowned works. Visit the poet’s home, and stroll through the village where he found inspiration. Then climb over Grisedale Hause (1,936') enjoying views of Helvellyn, England’s third-highest peak. Hike down the valley toward Lake Ullswater, ending at our hotel. Before dinner, enjoy lively stories and songs by a local storyteller. (9 miles hiking, 5 hours) (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Inn on the Lake

5 Lake District National Park

Start your day with a scenic cruise on Lake Ullswater to Howtown. From here cross a historic Roman road on the way to Bampton and hike to the 12th-century Shap Abbey, a monastic religious house of the Premonstratensian order. Take a short transfer to our hotel in the quintessential English village of Ravenstonedale. (12 miles hiking, 6–7 hours) (B/L/D)

Accommodation: The Black Swan

6 Westmorland/Yorkshire Dales National Park

A hike will bring you to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. In the charming village of Orton, stop for lunch and visit the local chocolate shop and factory. Continue the hike, or transfer back to Ravenstonedale for a wander along the riverside or a pint of local ale at the village pub. (6 or 15 miles hiking, 4–9 hours) (B/L/D)

Accommodation: The Black Swan

7 Yorkshire Dales National Park

Take a short drive to the hamlet of Ravenseat in the heart of Yorkshire Dales National Park. enjoy a picturesque hike along the River Swale, discovering waterfalls and enchanting villages tucked in among the dales. Tuck into a delicious cream tea in Muker, then meet a local shepherd and witness a sheepdog trial. (5 miles hiking, 3–4 hours) (B/L/D)

Accommodation: The Black Swan

8 Yorkshire Dales National Park

Staying within the Yorkshire Dales, journey to the village of Reeth, and continue hiking through the scenic Dales. Walk along fascinating stretches of limestone on the way to historic Richmond, where we’ll explore an 11th-century Norman castle. (10 miles hiking, 5–6 hours) (B/L/D)

Accommodation: The Kings Head Hotel

9 Vale of Mowbray

Our path takes us along the River Swale past the remains of Easby Abbey, founded in 1152. Upon arrival in Catterick Bridge, transfer by bus to Mount Grace Priory and venture into the ruins of this important 14th-century Carthusian Priory. After lunch, hike toward the Cleveland Hills in the heart of the moorland. Return to Richmond for free time to explore. (7 or 14 miles hiking, 3–7 hours) (B/L/D)

Accommodation: The Kings Head Hotel

10-11 North York Moors National Park

Head towards the North York Moors National Park and begin a hike that crosses the dramatic moorlands. Enjoy the spectacular views that present themselves and see heather that changes from a lush green colour in the summer to a rich purple in August.
The following day descend into Great Fryup Head, an important region during the 19th-century iron ore boom. See Beggar’s Bridge in Glaisdale, then hike an old trade route to Grosmont. Guests who would like the day off from hiking can relax at the hotel. (Day 10: 9–13 miles hiking, 5–7 hours; Day 11: 12 miles hiking, 6–7 hours) (B/L/D daily)

Accommodation: Mallyan Spout Hotel

12 North York Moors National Park

As your expedition comes to an end enjoy one last walk in the hamlet of Littlebeck, then venture into the Scarry Wood to see the gorgeous waterfall of Falling Foss. Trace a cliff top to the picturesque fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay and bathe your feet in the North Sea to mark your triumphant finish. (12 miles hiking, 7 hours) (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Victoria Hotel

13 York

On your last day enjoy breakfast before transferring to the train station in York where you will begin your journey home. (B)

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