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

by: Henry Stedman & Daniel McCrohan

UPDATES

Updated information

Thank you to those who wrote in with the following updates including: Tony Oldershaw, Ken and Alison Smedley, Volker Gringmuth, John Hedrick, Edith Peters, Bob Story, Mark Faust and Sara Fischer, Rick Toyer, Sue and Andrew Cooper, Fiona Werge, Richard Ward, John Potter, Nick Funnell, Tim and Susana, Karen Johnson, Charlie Knight, Chris Woods, Annie Green, Jon Train, Jan Newton, Mark Goodbody, Matt Falvey, Andy Parrett, Philip Spahr, Olaf Brock, Emily Squires, Mark Wilkinson, Philip Scriver, Alexandra Sirugue-Macleod, David Perry, Mike Thompson, Eli Schuenemann, Volker Gringmuth, Catherine Tudhope, Mike Tierney, Bruce G. Burton, Arie Pieter, Mark and Jan Moore, Steve Sharpe, Rick Toyer, Keith Hills, John Crowther, Stephen Van Dulken, Ken Potter, Christopher Day, Stephen Cunliffe, John Dunn, Bill Paine, Dave Walsh, Robert Eames.

The information has not yet been checked by Trailblazer but it will be for the next edition.

Updates relating to the 8th edition

2019

September

p212, Danby Wiske. The Old School B&B is closing for good on 20th Sept 2019 as the owners are retiring. Very sad for walkers but a well earned retirement for Frank and Doreen.

p218, Ingleby Cross. The Joiner's Shop is now open on Wednesdays (or was on 18th Sept 2019 anyway).

August

p115 Rosthwaite. Yew Craggs B&B, Rosthwaite, Keswick CA12 5XB. Has 3 bedrooms.  Tel: 017687 77348.  www.yewcraggsborrowdale.co.uk

p229 Great Broughton. The shop and post office has now closed.

July

p174, Keld.  Greenlands B&B, Angram Lane, Keld, Muker, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL11 6DY.  Tel: 01748 886532. www.greenlandskeld.co.uk

June

p158 Map 42.  The top left text should read €Great Dun Fell€ and not €œGreat Shunner Fell.

 

May

Robin Hood's Bay.    Aldersyde B & B, Mount Pleasant South, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4RQ. Is newly-opened and has been recommended by a walker. Has 3 rooms. www.aldersyde-robinhoodsbay.co.uk. Tel: 01947 880689.

 

Underhill, Glaisdale.   Bev and Bob's Brew, Underhill Cottage, Underhill, Glaisdale YO21 2PJ. Newly opened as an Organic Tea Garden, aimed mostly for walkers. Most of the menu is homemade from bread to jams and pickles, soup, cakes, scones, tea, coffee, drinks. The garden is 2 acres and an interest in itself. Open Thursday till Saturday 10-4, and Sunday 10-3. Tel: 01947 897842.

 

p85, Map 51c. A walker sent the following feedback: The directions are fine but I think it would be clearer if the map showed the main road in greater detail. The map shows the side road curving round and this was mistaken by all the parties I know as the main road. Of course, the bend in the main road never came and we had to retrace our steps.

p247, Map 89.
Your note "after hermitage take right hand route..." The path forks immediately after the shelter and I took the right hand route. This leads down the valley into woodland. I subsequently checked the A-Z C2C map and this showed the route taking the left hand path. This also appears to correspond with walking along side walls of Newton House.

p99 Map 5 Cleator Moor and Blackhow Wood.  Temporary diversion. See map pdf at www.wainwright.org.uk/coasttocoast.html

April

p147 Shap. The Crown Inn. New owners have taken over and it serves home cooked food all day, and local real ales, has camping & camping pods with toilet and shower facilities. Also has a laundry service, breakfasts served from 0730 and packed lunches (pre booked).

January

p162 Kirkby Stephen.  Lockholme Bed and Breakfast, 48 South Road, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4SN is recommended by two walkers who found it to be most comfortable and run by welcoming hosts. It is not far from the trail and has the added attraction of an excellent view (weather permitting!) of the Nine Standards. Tel:  017683 71321. 

 

November

Robin Hood's Bay.  Fernleigh B&B, Mount Pleasant South, Robin Hood's Bay YO22 4RQ opened in March 2018 following an extensive renovation, has 4 ensuite double bedrooms one of which can also be a twin and/ or a family suite which sleeps 3, and outside facilities for washing boots etc. www.fernleigh-robin-hoods-bay.co.uk. T: 01947 880523

October

p211, Map 67 Streetlam Cross the stile just before the white gate and the phone box (look at the map closely and don't walk through the vegetable garden at Streetlam House). After crossing the stile, head towards the righthand corner of the field to cross the next stile. Follow the fence south of the horse enclosure, then go north-east to cross the stile in the corner of the field (Wpt 122, not 138).

p154, Map 38, Shap to Kirkby Stephen. Sunbiggin. On one of the longer legs was a lovely stopping off place about half way in Sunbiggin. (on grass lawn just as the road bears right, on map it would be just to the right of ‘SIGNPOST-LEFT FOR GREAT ARBY, RIGHT TO TARN MOOR’, a summer house in the garden which has a fridge, a kettle, some chairs and a selection of cakes / scones etc. with payment on an honesty basis.
According to the letter on the wall, some young girls set this up to fund their participation in horse competitions.

 

Map 51d - p186 (Kearton)

Please follow the route as shown on Map 51d since it is not possible to take a shortcut via Langhorne House (marked in red on the amended map shown here)

 

September 2018

A walker advised the following sections need careful attention to ensure you find the correct track:

p185 Map 51b.  At Rampsholme where a walker had difficulty finding the exact route and had to ask.

p192 Map 56.  By signal 113, where you do not cross the road but instead walk about 30 metres to left to get into field. 

p251 Map 92. After Rigg Farm turning, where directions on map say 'no clear path' be watchful because the boardwalk can be hard to find.
This walker also found Littlebeck Wood on maps 89-90 was further than he thought, in the guide it says Littlebeck to Falling Foss 40 mins, and then Falling Foss to path off New May Beck Farm guide suggests 40 minutes.

 

July 2018

p213 Danby Wiske. The Seasons B&B.  Just down the road from the White Swan.  Two walkers enjoyed the accommodation and having 'their own private bit of garden'.
 
p220 Osmotherley.  The Old Mill House B&B, Ellerbeck. 
A walker recommended this B&B saying: '40 minutes walk out of Osmotherley, but excellent.  The landlady offers a pick-up and drop-off service.  She also ferried us to and from the village for our evening meal'.

 

June 2018

Keith Hills wrote: 'We stopped in Ennerdale Bridge, Seatoller, Grasmere, Patterdale, Shap, Kirkby Stephen, Keld, Richmond, Danby Wiske, Ingleby Cross, Blakey Ridge and Grossmont. We did the St Sunday Crag and the Swaledale valley options.
In hindsight I now would have put an extra stop in at Reeth as it was a long day. We had two rest days – Patterdale and Richmond.'

 

May 2018

p126 Grasmere. The Good Sport is a new pub and micro brewery a little way outside the village square. A walker recommends: "They serve very good food and a nice home brewed pint which we could recommend after a long day on the path."

Updates relating to the 7th edition

October

p94 and Map 2 Tarn Flatt Hall. Tarn Flatt Camping Barn no longer offers accommodation in the barn but you can camp.

p213 Map 68. Camping – Medium Pace Itinerary.  Richmond to Danby Wiske.  One walker reports "I camped in Oaktree Hill.  I planned on doing Richmond to Danby Wiske but went on to Oaktree Hill and stayed at Lovesome Hill Farm because it was such an easy hike day. The next day was intended to go to Osmotherly which would have been a very short day but included the extra distance off trail.  From there it would have been a long, much harder day to Blakely Ridge.  But, looking at the guide further we saw Lord Stones Café, Grill and Camping.  That changed our roughly 7 (from Oaktree Hill) and 21 mile days into two roughly 14 mile days and broke up the significant climbing into two days of half flat and half climbing."
With the change to Lord Stones I would add that a reservation for camping is recommended, especially on weekends and during the busy season since it is a car camping site and there are limited spaces.  But I would also add that several tents can go in one reserved tentsite saving considerably.  

 

September 2017

p252 High Hawsker.  Coast Cafe Bar  is closed on both Tuesday & Wednesdays.
p125 Grasmere. Cotswold Outdoor discount centre is useful for additional kit and there are other shops there too. Otherwise the next place for retail stores is Kirkby Stephen.

p172 Map 48 Kirkby Stephen to Keld. When on the green route and at the turning of the B6270 to connect to the red route  a walker suggests that when there is a strong wind walkers (especially those carrying big packs) do not turn at the signpost as due to erosion it is quite easy to fall down the gully. It is much safer (and easier) to continue about 50 metres to the track (also marked on map 48) instead.

p214 Ingleby Cross.  The Joiners Shop, Cross Lane, is a new coffee/tea/food place, on the trail about 25 metres before the Blue Bell. It provides coffee and tea, also food e.g. porridge, sandwiches, before the Blue Bell starts to serve food (so before 12).

 

Plus this positive feedback from Arie and his girIfriend: "I would like to specifically mention the wonderful hospitality and food (as always) of Dave at the Hildyard Arms (I always enjoy staying there), likewise the hospitality and good food of Wolfgang at the Buck Inn near Clay Bank Top and the wonderfully renovated and very friendly people at Grosmont house (best bed and most space so far!). Ah ... and let me not forget the Keld Bunk Barn as my girlfriend found out they have a hot tub that can be rented by the 1.5 hours. An excellent way to celebrate the half way mark ... your muscles will greatly appreciate it."

 

July 2017

p242-243 Grosmont.  Grosmont House.  The book included a comment from a traveller that the place needs decluttering and this has been done.  The rooms are spacious and updated yet retain their manor house charm; the large, airy, light-filled two-story “great room” serves as a dining area and lounge.  The location on a side street assures quiet without being inconvenient.
 
Grosmont. Priory Farm Camping.  Some walkers have said they found it difficult to contact in advance and to find.
 
Grosmont. Linten House B&B has stopped offering accommodation because the owners have retired.
 
p188 Reeth.  Orchard Caravan Park.  One walker reported walkers can rent caravans (approx £34 a night): the caravans are modern and spacious and the caravan park offers excellent, level sites for tents.
 
p126 GrasmereThe Red Lion Inn is now The Inn at Grasmere and its adjunct, <st

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