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

by: Henry Stedman

UPDATES

Updated information

Thank you to those who wrote in with the following updates including: 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, 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.

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

Updates relating to the 7th edition

September 2017

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, The Little Inn at Grasmere, whichis across the street from the main hotel.  
 
p106 Ennerdale Water.  YHA Ennerdale. One walker expected to be able to resupply water here but the building was closed and they could not find an outside tap - which they later learnt does exist but may be hard to find.
 
p152 Orton. One group of walkers recommended wamly the village and on May 31 the scarecrow festival, which featured a congregation of formally dressed scarecrows attending a scarecrow wedding in the church.   They also recommended the path that turns off the main trail from Shap, passes by Robin Hood’s Grave and heads due south into Orton.  "This footpath got a slight notation on Map 37, but mentioning it in the narrative is justified; taking the direct trail shaves a mile or so off the long march from Shap to Kirkby Stephen, and the village is well worth a stop.  Farther ahead on the trail, a set of boulders across the road from Sunbiggin Tarn provides excellent seating for a lunch break."
 
p239 Glaisdale. Glaisdale Tea Garden has been reported as closed.
 

 

20 June 2017

p104 Ennerdale Bridge. The Gather Cafe is a new cafe/social centre opened this year by the Prince of Wales. It serves a range of food and drinks.  Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 9am – 5pm,  Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10am – 4pm.


p140 Patterdale to Shap. 
Some walkers took a ‘bad weather’ route from Patterdale to Bampton, it's the easterly path along Ullswater and then across Askham Fell to Bampton. Just before Sandwick, they visited The Lowther Tea Room in a converted barn at the side of the trail. It serves coffee, tea, scones and cake.

p201. Richmond. The Scone Bar has gone out of business.

p206 Richmond to Danby Wiske.   Near Bolton-on-Swale - Kiplin Hall Tea room is slightly off the route but is part of the house and where you can sit down for tea/coffee and cake.

p221 Osmotherley. The Coffee Pot has ceased trading.

Osmotherley Tea and Coffee Shop, next to the Golden Lion, serves coffee and light bites. Open February - end October, check website for opening hours, closed on Tuesdays.

p239 Glaisedale. Glaisedale Tea Garden has ceased to trade.

p240 Egton Bridge. The Old Mill B&B has 6 rooms. 

June 2017

p102 Map 6. Please note -  just before the stream - take the left path off the hill.

p184 Map 51c. There are public toilets alongside the Kings Arms which are next to the phone.

p229 Map 79.  Bloworth Crossing. One walker has advised caution at this point in bad weather because they had 20 metre visibility and pelting rain and took the Cleveland Way south instead of the route to Blakey Ridge - in all four directions it is 4WD track. The clue to having taken a wrong turn are the paths off both right and left on the Cleveland Way shortly after the intersection.

p247 Map 90. After leaving Falling Foss Tea Garden be aware the way is now over the road bridge to where there is a Coast to Coast sign and boardwalks which start immediately; look for the C to C sign which is closer to the bridge.

pp248 and 249 Maps 91 and 92. A walker suggested the bog across the Graystone Hills can be avoided by taking the unnamed Raithes Lane shown on the left of Map 91 - they'd received a recommendation from locals in view of the recent rain. 

 

May 2017

p188 Reeth. The Orchard Caravan Park.  The campsite changed ownership at the start of 2017. The new owners are replacing old caravans  with newer ones but comfortable shelter for Coasties in poor weather will still be offered if possible. They plan to install camping pods as a cheap alternative for Coasties.

p253  Robin Hood's Bay.  Middlewood Farm Holiday Park. A reader was charged £24 which was much more than the £8-10 pounds for camping they expected to pay.

April 2017

The last of almost 400m of flagstones has been laid in place to repair the path at Nine Standards Rigg on the Cumbria and North Yorkshire border began four years ago and the section should now be open - and your boots less muddy!

February 2017

p163 Kirkby Stephen. Lockholme Bed and Breakfast, 48, South Road, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4SN. Tel: 017683 71321.  www.lockholme.co.uk. Has new owners and offers: 3 rooms, 2 x twin or super king and 1 x dedicated twin, each with new decoration and ensuite facilities.  Each room has free wifi, colour tv, tea tray, complimentary luxury toiletries, hairdryer. Tea and homemade cake will be offered on arrival and full drying facilities are available. They have secure storage for cycles and areas for washing boots and 'tinkering' of bikes etc!!! There is a sunny back garden and a  breakfast room with views.

January 2017

p218 Ingleby Arncliffe and Ingleby Cross.   Somerset House Farm is no longer providing accommodation from the end of 2016.

 

October 2016

p104 Ennerdale Bridge. Has a shop again: a community shop with a cafe.  Definite plus for any backpackers and gets round the Cleator to Grasmere with no supplies issue. Part of the Ennerdale hub project that started with the purchase of the Fox and Hounds

p242 Grosmount. Grosmont House has new owners. Extensive refurbishment has been undertaken  since they took over in March 2016 and all bathrooms have been replaced, and all bedrooms redecorated, all rooms are  ensuite, 3 doubles, 2 twins and a single doubles and twins £90 - 100, single £75. Free wifi. All guest accommodation on first floor.  New phone number 01947-895699
 www.grosmonthouse.co.uk. Booking 07769-114283.
Cottages also to rent - 2 bedroom £120 /night, 1 bedroom £110/night.

September 2016

p220 Osmotherley. Braemar Bed & Breakfast, Clack Lane,Osmotherley, Northallerton, N. Yorks DL6 3PW   www.braemarbandb.co.uk
Tel. 01609 883566 Mob. 07866 615108.

August 2016

p161 Kikby Stephen. Locholme B&B, 48 South Road.

p234 Fat Betty. The 'tradition' is now just causing litter. Fat Betty needs to go on a diet so we'd advise not leaving anything here. Best to take a break here and just eat something you've brought with you to honour the tradition.

 July 2016

p148 Shap. The Greyhound Hotel has closed since May 2016.

p155 Raisbeck, Orton. Rookery Barn B&B, Raisbeck, Orton, Cumbria CA10 3SG.Tel: 015396 24971www.orton.org.uk/accommodation

June 2016

p222 Map 72 Arncliffe Wood. The path, even in June, can be very muddy in places. 

p252 Map 93 High Hawkser. Coast Cafe Bar, Northcliffe Holiday Park, Bottoms Lane, High Hawsker, Whitby YO22 4LL.  Tel: 01947 881044. Opening and closing times update: Monday      closed (except bank holiday Mondays), Tuesday closed, Wednesday open 9am - 4pm. Thursday/Friday/Saturday open 9am-9pm, Sunday open 9.30am-4pm.

Updates relating to the 6th edition

2016

18 January

p100 Cleator. Parkside Hotel. Is under new ownership and has recently undergone a full refurbishment. They no longer allow pets into the hotel and the prices have changed to reflect the establishment. www.theparksidehotel.co.uk

 p221 Clay Bank Top to Chop Gate. One reader wrote: I would also like to confirm that a walk along the road south from Clay Bank Top to Chop Gate is the stupidest idea in the world. Alternative rights-of-way found on Harvey and OS maps are not maintained by landholders and so not possible alternatives.

General.  Please recommend to your readers that they order lifts with their accommodation, no matter how long they have to wait or how energetic they feel!

26 September 2015

Olaf Brock from the Netherlands sent the following:
St. Bees. ATM in the shop did not work for foreign ‘overseas’ cards. Take cash in Carlisle or Whitehaven.
p125 Grasmere.  ATM at the Co-op does not accept overseas debit cards, but  you can use the cashback system at the Co-op with a maximum of 50 pounds.
Grasmere.  Post Office is replaced and is now located opposite to Potted Out Italian food restaurant.
p161 Kirby Stephen. Panda Chinese Take-away’ probably gone and take-away now provided by the existing and popular Chinese Century restaurant.
p198 Richmond. Richmond Tourist Information Centre is closed, but might be replaced.
p228 Chop Gate. The Buck Inn, camping is free when you order food in the pub.  No shower, but you can use the toilet in the pub until it closes at 11pm.
p220 Osmotherley.  The village store is for sale and might be closing soon.
Lion Inn.  Campsite only for Coast-to-Coasters.  Camping in a sheep field and breakfast is available when ordered the night before. Showers can be accessed through the restaurant.
Fat Betty. Tradition must have broken, during high season, there was not a single snack to take and replace.
p242 Grosmont. Station Tavern start serving pub food at 6pm.
Review of visited campsites/hostels/etc.:
Low Cock How Farm is a good resting spot before Ennerdale Bridge, if you have tired feet.  You can order food. We camped in the garden.
p113 Black Sail YH.  We wanted to stay here however it is very isolated and booking is therefore necessary. Camping can be difficult because of the strong wind and food must be booked ahead. We therefore continued to Honister Hause YHA.
p114 Honister Hause Hostel definitely earns a good review.  It is a cosy and clean hostel, the location is beautiful, the food is very good.
Reeth tourist office.  Kind owner booked the hostel for us, internet access was available for 1 pound Sterling.
Grinton Lodge YHA is a very good hostel.
Colburn. Hilyard Arms pub. We camped here and it's free if you eat in the pub, very cosy, they even made a fire for us. Shower is 50pp.

Other remarks:

Arriving by ferry to Newcastle: 1. Take yellow metro line from Percy main to monument and then monument to central station 2. There buy train tickets to St. Bees (Approximately 4.5 hours travelling) 3. Newcastle – Carlisle and Carlisle – St. Bees (train goes further to Barrow-in-Furness).

 

Philip Spahr from Germany sent the following:

p231 High Blakey Moor / Path to Feversham Arms Inn. The path south towards Farndale Valley / Feversham Arms Inn is overgrown and disappears after a while. I found myself in the backside of some farms, climbing stone walls …Better to walk to the Lion Inn and get a lift / Feversham Arms offered a lift (minibus or jeep) the next morning for a small amount.

p247-248 Sneaton Low Moor. I think in this section new paths have been designated, providing clear signposting:  At the 2nd signpost/ p247 247, the path changes direction and is heading more east towards a group of trees behind a stonewall with gate and signpost (C2C).
After passing through gate/stonewall the path changes direction to the north (almost 90°) and is leading along the stonewall towards the B1416, boggy sections are bridged by a gutter.
When arriving the fence along B1416 the path changes direction east again (90°) but stays inside the fence, so it’s not necessary to walk along the street.
When arriving at the junction towards Graystone Hills there’s a gate to pass and cross B1416

 

August 2015

P.177 Map 51, East Grain, path up Swinner Gill. Path is shown on the map too close to the stream: only when at the top did we realise that we were on the ‘wrong’ path. See p. 180: “make sure you head uphill to follow the correct trail…”.

P.180 Keld to Reeth, Map 52. Last para.suggests using the “less steep gully” to reach Melbecks Moor. But the line of this path shown on Map 52 has it going south of the ruin marked on the map. In fact the easier path starts before you get to the ruin, only a few yards away from the fingerpost pointing up Bunton Hush.
P.209 Map 65: John & John’s garage is now “Wayne’s Autos”.
P. 218 and Map 72, P.219. You need to delete the section about Mount Grace Priory and the path shown leading to it on the map. There are clear signs at the start of this path behind Park House that it is Private – and Bev at Park House assured me that you’d be in dead trouble if you ignored the signs. If staying at Park House (or indeed if walking in the area) there’s no short cut other than approaching via the main road so I don’t think it is worth including.
P.233 Map 82: the “Shortcut on Bridleway ….” Shown on this map is also boggy ! (August)
P.245 Map 88: the disused carpark I saw was on the other side of the road.
P.246 Map 89: change description in bottom left-hand corner: “… until you come to another C2C sign on the right-hand (East) side of the A169”
P.247 Map 90: a) when leaving Falling Foss Tea Garden don’t go straight across the road, signed for May Beck: rather, turn left, over the nearby road bridge and turn off right, following the C2C fingerpost and along some new boardwalks. This avoids crossing the stream on stones as shown on the map. b)signpost “Hawkser 4 miles” was not there: neither was “post ahead”. Another footpath post indicates a different direction. So go by a NE compass direction – following a path. The solitary tree becomes visible as you get over the brow on the hill.
P.248 Map 91: No sign of “white top post “ or “old post”, but follow reasonably well-used footpath and eventually a yellow-topped post by the new boardwalk comes into view. The warning on the map about getting confused and using a compass should only be an issue in foggy weather.
P.250 Map 93: a) forget about the instruction “turn off road to small path” – stay on road. b) Woodland Tearoom & Shop is closed on Tuesdays.

1 July 2015

p116, Map 13, Honister Slate Mine disused tramway. From July to October 'Fix the Fells' will be working on this section so there maybe diversions in place or reduced access.

p135, Map 22, Striding Edge.  Please note there is a steep cliff at this point and you have to scramble along a crumbling slope so walkers should think carefully beforehand which route they choose for this section.

p204 Richmond to Ingleby Cross.  An alternative route worth considering. Being aware that the bridge under the A1 at Catterick was closed and not wanting to take the recommended diversion, we left Richmond via Lombards Wynd and Easby Low Rd, sticking to the north bank of the Swale. This was a delightful route through meadows and past Easby Abbey, meeting a minor road at Easby House for a short stretch, then across more meadows finally picking up the B6271 into Brompton. Even this was not too bad with wide grass verges or pavements almost all the way into Brompton on Swale, there is even a village stores upon entering Brompton that sells sandwiches, snacks and coffee. Worth considering to avoid the sewage works and the "clammy saturnine mush" of the woods.

 

pp207-208 Maps 63 and 64. The extensive gravel working to the east of Brompton on Swale means that one has to leave the river and take the road somewhat earlier than the guide mentions. There is a fenced path alongside the gravel workings, but it is not well signposted and the view of the works is hardly inspiring.

 

22 June 2015

p96 Moor Row. Walkers Pop In Cafe has closed.

 

1 June 2015

Page 101, Map 5.  One reader wrote: 'The ascent from Blackhow Farm through Blackhow Wood starts on a forest track and the suggested route is then to leave this track and follow a couple of easily missed signs to a muddy path up between the tress. We tackled this after heavy rain and were ankle deep in mud for much of the climb. An easier alternative is to stay on the forest track and take a left turning higher up the hill bringing one out at the same spot as the recommended path. Quite a few people end up doing this anyway, having missed the first sign.'

Page 152, Tebay, near Orton. Primrose Cottage B&B, Orton Road, Tebay, CA10 3TL, Tel: 01539624791. They have rooms and a self-contained ground floor flat where dogs are welcome. The flat has a small kitchen, "wet room" bathroom and lounge area.  Packed lunch available and the owners are happy to collect and deliver walkers from/to Orton.

Pages 248-249, Maps 91 and 92.   A reader writes: 'Crossing Greystone Hills (in good conditions) we did not see ANY posts. The path was fairly well defined thanks to other walkers and GPS helped. We found the board walk but from here a new gate on the horizon to the north was the best guide to the field and thence the walled path.'  Map 91 does give the warning that it is easy to get confused on Graystone Hills and advsies to the direction to keep.

26 May 2015

p251, High Hawsker.  York House Hotel Deluxe B&B, Hawsker, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4LW. Tel: 01947 880314.  http://york-house-hotel.co.uk/. Also do evening meals.

 

20 May 2015

p144, Bampton Grange.  Howgate Foot Bed and Breakfast, Askham, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2PU. Phone: Landline: 01931 713454. Mobile: 07796 493541. The accommodation is a barn conversion adjoined to the main house comprising of a king sized bedded room and shower room with large walk in shower (much commented on by guests) an upstairs sitting room with wood burner where breakfast and dinner are served.  They offer a collect and drop off service free to guests.  They do accept dogs but not in the house, they have an outhouse where they can go.

24 March 2015

p 45 Maps. The Ordnance Survey have produced a book of the entire walk (Coast to Coast AZ Adventure) at a scale of 1:25000, which is an even more user friendly format than the strip maps, which, incidentally, are produced by Harvey.

12 February 2015

p 162 Kirkby Stephen. Eden House B&B, High St, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4SH,  offers accommodation to walkers on C2C. Open April 1-30 Sept only. Website www.edenhousebandb.co.uk  now live.

 

15 November 2014

p141 Map 26.  Past Angle Tarn where the stone wall turns right there is a gap but no stream, a "false gap", the stone wall becomes a wire fence and where the stone wall begins again is the creek, then the "real gap".

10 November 2014

p110 Hay Stacks.  One reader gave feedback that the elevation profile for the ascent of Hay Stacks on Day 2 underestimates how large the climb is up from Scarth Gap to the summit; he said it must have been at least 200 metres and not an easy climb.

p103 Maps 6 & 7 Low Cock How Farm to Ennerdale Bridge. A reader suggests on the path from Low Cock How Farm to Ennerdale Bridge where the guide says to walk along the road, there is actually a signed footpath for walkers that goes alongside the road hidden by bushes. It isn't an immediately obvious path so walkers might miss it and walk along the busy road which is not only more dangerous but is a much less pleasant walk.

27 October 2014

p44 First-Aid Kit. Stride Out - Foot Oil is recommended by the manuafacturer as a blister preventative.

30 September 2014

p127 and p143 Grasmere lake and Haweswater. Red squirrel sightings at the lake and halfway along Haweswater.

p152 Orton. Deer sighting in fields near Orton.

p135 Maps 24 and 25. There is a further about 1.5 miles between maps before you get to Patterdale.

p148 Shap. The new ATM still wasn´t open but should be open now (30 September 2014).

p218 Ingleby Cross and p228 Chop Gate. The Blue Bell in Ingleby Cross and Forge House, Chop Gate, went out of their way to please (two walkers sent feedback).


19 August 2014 

p104 Ennerdale Bridge. Fox & Hounds. Camping in small beer garden, friendly welcome, great beer and food more than makes up for lack of shower, great breakfast too.
 
p137 Patterdale. Side Farm, get there early because finding a flat pitch after 4pm difficult.
 
p174 Keld. Park House Camping. Beer, food delivered to your tent and a barn to dry in. Outstanding and will get even better as the enthusiastic and welcoming owners develop the site.
 
p188 Reeth. Orchard Caravan Park.  Even in the height of summer they still keep a couple of old caravans for Coasters.
               
p212  Colburn.  Hildyard Arms. Completely renovated pub. They have just built a shower and drying room for campers, welcomed like a VIP, top food and beer, breakfast. Owners keen to be recognised as a first choice stop for Coasters.
 

18 August 2014

p239 Glaisdale. Greenhowe B&B. Has 3 bedrooms and is directly on the Coast to Coast path. At Hall Lane, Glaisdale, North Yorkshire  YO21 2PR. Tel: 01947 897217.

17 July 2014

Cumbria County Council Public Transport confirmed that Telford will stop operating the 185 bus service from the end of August but that Arriva will take it over (using the same number) though the frequency will be reduced - probably it will only go to Carlisle once a day.

 

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