Cicerone The Coast to Coast Walk

St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay
Weighs 256g
Code: AW181340
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Guidebook to the Coast to Coast long-distance walking route from St Bees Head in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire. At 190 miles (300km), this popular long-distance route can be walked in 2 weeks. With clear route description, maps, trek planner and accommodation guide. A separate 1:25,000 map booklet is included with the guidebook.

Cicerone says:

First devised by Alfred Wainwright, the Coast to Coast Walk has emerged as a favourite among long-distance walkers. The route stretches some 185 miles (296km) from St Bees, an historic seaside village on Cumbria's west coast to Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire. It is suitable for most fit walkers and can be comfortably walked in around a fortnight.
This guidebook presents the full route from west to east in 13 stages of 10½-20¾ miles (16.8-33.2km), with summaries covering the opposite direction. Alongside step-by-step route description, 1:100,000 mapping and fascinating notes about points of interest along the way, a comprehensive trek planner offers a helpful overview of facilities on route, and full accommodation listings and useful contacts can be found in the appendices. There is also a wealth of background information covering geology, history, wildlife and plants, and a list of further reading.

In addition, the guide INCLUDES a pocket-sized map booklet containing all the OS 1:25,000 mapping needed to complete the route, saving the need to carry numerous bulky maps.

The Coast to Coast Walk crosses three national parks – the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors – and is characterised by fantastic scenery, varied landscapes and great camaraderie among walkers. This guide is an ideal companion to discovering this captivating route, which was named by Country Walking magazine as the second best walk in the world!

For nearly 50 years Cicerone have been producing guidebooks on recognised treks, regions, areas and general tips for hikers.

We have used them countless times and they've always provided excellent insight and knowledge that you only get through experience, giving you the edge to make your trip a success and more enjoyable too.

If you're a gram counter you can easily remove sections of the book to take with you making your own ultra-lightweight guidebook with only the essential sections that you require.

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear



Accommodation along the Coast to Coast walk may be busy in summer and higher, more remote, parts difficult in winter. Spring or autumn is ideal


St Bees, Grasmere, Shap, Kirkby Stephen, Richmond, Ingleby Arncliffe, Grosmont, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay


The C2C is a two-week route with total ascent of 6995m (22,825ft). Some remote stretches, especially walking on the North York Moors.

Must See

The Lakeland fells, Swaledale, Vale of Mowbray, North York Moors, cliff-top walks at Robin Hood's Bay


  • Edition: Fourth
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Size: 17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Weighs 430g


An unmissable experience
Planning your walk
Suggested itineraries
When to go
Getting there and back
Public transport along the route
First and last nights
Facilities en route
Baggage transfer
Cash management
What to take
Planning day by day
Using this guide
Waymarking and paths
Phones and Wi-Fi
All about the region
Geography and geology
Wildlife and plants
History and pre-history
The Coast to Coast Walk
Across Lakeland
Stage 1 St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge
Stage 2 Ennerdale Bridge to Borrowdale
Stage 3 Borrowdale to Patterdale
Stage 4 Patterdale to Shap
Into the Dales
Stage 5 Shap to Kirkby Stephen
Stage 6 Kirkby Stephen to Keld
Stage 7A Keld to Reeth (high-level route)
Stage 7B Keld to Reeth (low-level route)
Stage 8 Reeth to Richmond
Stage 9 Richmond to Danby Wiske
Stage 10 Danby Wiske to Osmotherley
The North York Moors
Stage 11 Osmotherley to Blakey Ridge
Stage 12 Blakey Ridge to Grosmont
Stage 13 Grosmont to Robin Hood’s Bay

Appendix A Useful contacts
Appendix B Accommodation along the route
Appendix C Further reading

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