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From Coast to Coast: A Walking Holiday in England

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green trees and houses in the distance near a beach in Robin Hood’s Bay, England.

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Get your running shoes or hiking boots ready and embark on an unforgettable walking holiday in England, I’m not talking about the popular trail West Highland Way, I’m talking about one of the most unique walking adventures the country has to offer, from coast to coast, get ready to walk from St. Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay.

This scenic route takes you through picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and historic sites.

The Trail’s Origins and Significance

The St. Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay trail is not a new one, it’s a popular trail that has gained a lot of attention lately with people from all over the world visiting it to enjoy what it has to offer.

It’s a long-distance trail that spans 190 miles along the rugged coastline of northern England, it connects the coastal towns of St. Bees in Cumbria and Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire. But this trail is more than just a physical challenge; it’s a bridge between history, nature, and adventure.

What Can You Expect on This Trail?

This trail is unique, it has a lot to take in, from history to medieval landscapes, and scenic views to charming towns. Many people flying to the island decide to pair this trail with the West Highland Way and do both on a single holiday.

But if you only have time for one trail, I highly recommend you do this one, it’s one of the best walking holidays in England, and here’s why:

Coastal Beauty and Dramatic Cliffs

First, you need to take at least one day to explore St. Bees, which is your starting point. Next, you can move to the next location, as you set off from St. Bees, the trail immediately treats you to breathtaking views of the Irish Sea in Whitehaven.

The rugged cliffs, carved by centuries of wind and waves, stand tall against the horizon. Keep your camera in hand, you’ll want to capture every moment of this coastal splendor.

Charming Villages and Local Hospitality

Something you will notice while walking this path is how friendly people are. Along the way, you’ll find charming villages that seem frozen in time and where you can take a break, spend a night, or try some local food.

Rosthwaite, Ennerdale, and Grasmere (just to name a few) invite you to explore their cobbled streets, cozy pubs, and friendly locals.

Stop for a traditional cream tea or try a pint of local ale, you’ve earned it!

Historical Sites and Legends

One of the biggest draws of this trail and path is the amount of history and historical sites you can visit, and a good example is a visit to the 12th-century Whitby Abbey, where Bram Stoker found inspiration for his iconic novel, Dracula.

Listen to tales of smugglers, shipwrecks, and ancient mariners. The trail is a living museum, and every step reveals a new chapter.

Wildlife Encounters

As you hike you’ll be able to discover at least three different national parks and that’s the perfect excuse to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife!

Seabirds are common as they fly overhead, and if you’re lucky, you might spot a playful seal or a pod of dolphins on the coast.

On the other hand, on land, if you’re lucky enough you will spot a Red Squirrel or a Red Deer, and even a Golden Eagle!