Coast to Coast

St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay

Printed book £14.99

Sandra Bardwell and Jacquetta Megarry

Our new, expanded and fully revised second edition of this guidebook has just arrived (July 2018) and is available to buy.

This challenging walk of 184 miles (296 km) crosses the north of England from St Bees on the Cumbria coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea. It passes through three National Parks – the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors – with splendidly varied scenery. Many walkers complete it within 12 to 16 days, although some divide it into two separate week-long walks.

Devised by the legendary Alfred Wainwright, the Coast to Coast is justly famous as England's most popular walk. It is waymarked, has plenty of accommodation and features welcoming pubs. Both its ends and two midpoints (Kirkby Stephen and Richmond) are accessible by public transport.

The new edition features many photographs by the award-winning landscape photographer Karen Frenkel. It also has freshly commissioned mapping, which appears on 25 of its 126 pages. It covers many more route options than before, but it weighs only 295g/10 oz. It contains all that a walker needs:

  • concise directions (revised 2018) for the route walked west to east
  • 25 pages of easy-to-follow mapping (1:55,000)
  • altitude profiles for each section and for route options
  • background on geology, history and wildlife
  • pros and cons of high-level route options
  • ten top tips from experienced Coast-to-Coasters
  • bonus content free to download
  • contact details for accommodation and transport
  • features on St Bees, Grasmere, Richmond and Robin Hood’s Bay
  • over 150 superb colour photographs
  • rainproof, rucksack-friendly format.

For more, please use the buttons at far right: click to Look inside the book, view a Gallery or read Reviews of the first edition. View its Route map, visit our Coast to Coast forum or follow our Coast to Coast links to other websites.

If you wish to use GPS on this route, please read our page 125 carefully and then download our GPX route file.

Coast to Coast: St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay cover

Book data

  • Coast to Coast: St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay
  • Sandra Bardwell and Jacquetta Megarry
  • 4 July 2018
  • UK price £14.99
  • 126pp
  • 140x220 mm
  • ISBN: 978-1-898481-82-9

Companion maps

Our guidebooks include small-scale maps as a dropdown flap. On some itineraries a good map may be vital for safety, and some walkers prefer always to carry detailed maps. Here is our list of recommended maps:

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“The type of publication that Wainwright himself would have appreciated ... a credit to the author and publisher.”

The late Dr W R Mitchell, MBE, personal friend of AW and "founding father of outdoor journalism"

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