The incredible scenery you’ll experience on England’s celebrated Coast to Coast Walk can only be rivaled by the warm hospitality you’ll receive along the way. Whether you’re enjoying rich pub meals and luxurious B&B’s or roughing it with some trail mix and a tent, the places you spend your nights on the Coast to Coast Walk are sure to be as memorable as the ones traversed in the daytime hours.
We put together this guide to help you get the most out of your accommodation experience during your Coast to Coast adventure. Here’s what’s covered in the post:
- Do I need to reserve my accommodation in advance for the Coast to Coast Walk?
- How much does accommodation cost on the Coast to Coast Walk?
- Coast to Coast Walk Accommodation Directory
Coast to Coast Walk Accommodation Basics
Do I need to reserve my accommodation in advance for the Coast to Coast Walk?
Generally speaking, yes. During the peak season (May-August), it is very likely that many places will be sold out nearly every night. Even outside of the busy months, it is a good idea to make advance bookings for places in resort areas, small towns with few accommodation options, and on weekends.
Most campgrounds on the Coast to Coast Walk do not require reservations, but there are a few notable exceptions. You should book ahead for any campgrounds in the Lakes District during peak months, and at smaller camping areas like Lord Stones.
When booking for peak season, the earlier the better. If possible, try to reserve the most in-demand accommodations 3-6 months in advance. If you’re more of a last-minute person, don’t despair. Even calling a few days ahead while you’re on the trail could really pay off.
How much does accommodation cost on the Coast to Coast Walk?
A wonderful aspect of the Coast to Coast Walk is its very customizable nature. No two walkers have the same experience on this dynamic trek; in fact, if you walk it twice you’ll likely have vastly different experiences each time! Just as you can tailor your itinerary to match your timeframe and your packing list to fit your travel style, so can you choose accommodation to fit your budget.
Prices vary greatly from place to place, but generally speaking, here’s what you can expect to pay for accommodation along the Coast to Coast Walk:
- B&B/Guesthouse/Hotel: £75+ (per person/per night)
- Bunkhouse/Hostel: £40 (per person/per night)
- Camping: £10 (per person/per night)
In our accommodation directory, we’ve provided our recommendations for high-end, mid-range, and budget options at all of the typical Coast to Coast stops. We’ve defined those categories as follows:
- High-End: £70+ (per person/per night)
- Mid-Range: £40-70 (per person/per night)
- Budget:<£40 (per person/per night)
Want to know more about budgeting and money on the Coast to Coast Walk? Check out our Ultimate Guide for a detailed cost list and other essential information!
Coast to Coast Walk Accommodation Directory
There are fabulous places to stay along the entire Coast to Coast route. In this directory, we’ll give you key details about all of your options, as well as our best recommendations for every budget.
We’ve organized our list to follow most variations of the classic west-to-east walking itinerary.
- St. Bees
- Ennerdale Bridge
- Black Sail Hut
- Kirkby Stephen
- Danby Wiske
- Ingleby Arncliffe
- Clay Bank Top
- Blakey Ridge
- Robin Hood’s Bay
If you’re looking for a helpful visual to go with this list, be sure to check out this Coast to Coast Maps & Routes article!
High-End: Stone House Farm
You’ll start your walk fully energized from the comfortable beds and lavish breakfast spread at Stone House Farm. The service is friendly and personalized and the location is convenient. Those on a tight budget can camp in the lovely garden.
Mid-Range: The Seacote Hotel
The oceanfront location of this hotel means that it provides great views and easy access to the official start of the Coast to Coast Walk. A full English breakfast is included in your room rate and dogs are welcome (for an additional fee).
Budget: Seacote Caravan Park
If you plan on staying in St. Bees for a few nights before starting your walk, this is a great budget option. You can rent a holiday caravan that is quite luxurious and provides beautiful views (minimum 3-night stay). Alternatively, a great budget option is to camp at their well-appointed seaside campground.
High-End: Jasmine House B&B
With spotless rooms, helpful staff, and a hearty breakfast, this is an excellent option in Cleator. It is located just steps from the Coast to Coast route, making it a convenient place to stop.
Mid-Range: Ennerdale Country House Hotel
The friendly staff at Ennerdale Country House Hotel welcome both people and dogs to their tranquil abode. The lovely garden is a perfect place to relax after a day of walking.
High-End: Thorntrees B&B
Thorntrees B&B is an excellent stop on the Coast to Coast Walk for a multitude of reasons. The location is ideal for walkers, the rooms are cozy and luxurious, and the food is top-notch.
Mid-Range: Fox and Hounds Inn
A stay at this cozy pub and inn is sure to be a quintessential Coast to Coast experience. The Fox and Hounds is at the heart of Ennerdale Bridge, and a popular gathering point for C2C walkers to enjoy a pint and swap stories. Rooms are basic but comfortable.
Budget: YHA Ennerdale
To reach this well-appointed hostel, you’ll need to walk an extra couple of hours past the town of Ennerdale Bridge and traverse the entire length of Ennerdale Water. Those willing to go the extra miles will be rewarded with an atmospheric stay at a great value (private rooms and dorms are available).
Black Sail Hut
Mid-Range: YHA Black Sail Hostel
If you are looking to complete the Coast to Coast Walk at a more relaxed pace, you may want to consider staying at the Black Sail to break up a long and strenuous stretch of the walk. If you choose to do this, it is imperative to reserve your bed at the Black Sail in advance, as it only sleeps 16 people in total.
High-End: Hazel Bank Country House
If you’re looking for an all-around exceptional Cumbrian B&B experience, look no further than Hazel Bank Country House. From the stunning setting to their homemade truffles, every detail is curated to make your stay relaxing and memorable.
Mid-Range: Royal Oak Hotel
This cozy family-run hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Borrowdale, giving you easy access to the Coast to Coast route and a smattering of pubs. The knowledgeable staff are happy to provide helpful advice to C2C walkers.
Budget: YHA Borrowdale
YHA consistently provides excellent budget accommodations throughout the UK, and the Borrowdale location is no different. With convenient amenities (drying room, communal kitchen, free wifi), central location, and friendly lounge, it is the best budget option in the area. Private rooms, dorms, camping pods, and tent camping are available.
High-End: Heidi’s Grasmere Lodge
This exceptional B&B is located steps from the center of town, yet still provides a tranquil setting and beautiful views. The staff is friendly and the service exceptional, plus there’s a great cafe on site.
Mid-Range: Raise Cottage
Raise cottage provides both private rooms and dorm-style accommodation, but it is a big step up from your typical bunkhouse or hostel. The delightful owner serves up fresh bread and homemade jam each morning, and the cottage is rustic yet tidy. Bear in mind, however, that you’ll need to walk an additional two miles past Grasmere to reach Raise Cottage.
Budget: YHA Grasmere Butharlyp Howe
You guessed it- another YHA! It it unlikely that you’ll tire of staying at these hostels, especially when you see the gorgeous setting for the YHA Grasmere. Located in a magical old mansion just minutes from the shops and restaurants in town, this hostel is excellent. Choose from private rooms, dorms, and camping.
High-End: Old Water View Hotel
Options in Patterdale are rather limited, but you won’t be starved for creature comforts at the Old Water View. Rooms are cozy and peaceful, and the breakfast is excellent. Those looking for a more affordable and/or more unique accommodation can stay in the quaint “Herdy Hut” shepherd’s hut in the garden.
Mid-Range: The White Lion Inn
While it may be a bit lacking in regards to stellar service and smart furnishings, the White Lion makes up for it in convenience and camaraderie. The downstairs pub is a festive gathering place for Coast to Coast Walkers and it’s located directly along the route.
Budget: YHA Patterdale
From the cozy lounge area to the well-stocked communal kitchen to the newly-renovated showers to the serene lakefront setting, there’s a lot to love at this hostel. The YHA Patterdale offers private rooms, dorms, and camping.
High-End: The Greyhound Hotel
Though its history can be traced all the way back to 1680, there are plenty of modern touches to accompany all of the Greyhound’s old world charm. The hotel offers comfortable rooms, many with nice views, as well as an excellent bar and delicious breakfast.
Mid-Range: Brookfield House B&B
Although the price falls into the mid-range category, the hospitality at Brookfield House certainly feels high-end! The warm and friendly owners are legendary among C2C walkers for knowing exactly what weary hikers need from the moment they arrive and throughout their stay.
Budget: New Ing Lodge
This lovely B&B is located in a pastoral setting on the edge of town. It offers great amenities at a reasonable price, especially for pairs and groups. There is also a large space with great facilities on-site for campers.
High-End: Fletcher House
With a prime location and plenty of thoughtful touches for walkers, Fletcher House is arguably the best place to stay in Kirkby Stephen. After a night at this well-appointed B&B, you’ll be fully rested and fueled up for the next stage of your Coast to Coast adventure.
Mid-Range: The King’s Arms B&B
The central location, lovely terrace, and clean, cozy rooms make the King’s Arms an excellent moderately-priced option. There are en suite rooms available, as well as a few lower-priced rooms with a shared bathroom.
Budget: Kirkby Stephen Hostel
Located inside an old church, this convenient hostel has a beautiful and unique interior. The ambiance is balanced nicely with functional amenities, such as a communal kitchen, free wifi, bike and luggage storage, and a drying room. All of the beds are in dormitories with shared bathrooms.
High-End: Frith Lodge B&B
This atmospheric B&B is set in a stunning location with grand vistas of the Dales in every direction. Guests will enjoy warm hospitality, well-equipped rooms, and delicious homemade meals.
Mid-Range: Butt House B&B
This cozy B&B is centrally located in the small, idyllic village of Keld. The guest rooms offer thoughtful touches and great views, and the common area is a perfect place to relax after a long day on your feet.
Budget: Keld Bunk Barn
This unique accommodation puts a luxury spin on the classic bunkhouse. Not only are affordable-yet-plush dorm beds available, but there are also private en suite rooms and deluxe yurts for rent. Enjoy a soak in the private hot tub and dine on delicious homemade meals to really make the most of this little oasis in Keld.
High-End: The Burgoyne Hotel
Set in a beautiful country house, the Burgoyne offers classic charm and fantastic service. Guests will enjoy super comfortable beds, tasteful furnishings, and delicious breakfast fare.
Mid-Range: Ivy Cottage B&B
This charming bed and breakfast is located right on the village green in the center of Reeth. Each cozy room comes with its own private bathroom and plenty of thoughtful amenities. The afternoon tea is lovely and the breakfast features local ingredients.
Budget: Orchard Caravan Park
Although there is a two-night minimum to rent their caravans, Coast to Coast walkers can camp or stay in the bunkhouse for a very modest fee. Guests are given a warm welcome and a good cup of tea on arrival. Orchard Caravan Park is located in a pretty pastoral setting about fifteen minutes’ walk from the village green.
High-End: The Castle House B&B
If by this point in your Coast to Coast Walk you are seeking a bit of pampering, look no further than the Castle House. Named for its location steps from the iconic Richmond Castle, this bed and breakfast feels just as regal as its neighbor. From the nightly turndown service to the luxurious bathrooms, every detail is impeccable.
Mid-Range: The Turf Hotel
This centrally located hotel offers basic accommodation for a very good value. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Budget: The Golden Lion Bunkhouse
Cheap accommodation is hard to come by in swanky Richmond, so the Golden Lion is truly a hidden gem. The space consists of a small dormitory with a shared bathroom and a kettle. Located above the Golden Lion Pub in the heart of Richmond, this is a comfortable and convenient choice.
Mid-Range: The Farmers Arms Inn
Brompton-on-Swale is an ideal stop for those looking to break up the long walk between Richmond and Danby Wiske, but accommodation options are limited in this area. Fortunately, the Farmers Arms serves up quality hospitality in its well-appointed private guestrooms. A full English breakfast is included, and there is a playground for those walking with children.
Budget: Brompton on Swale Bunk Barn
This dorm-style accommodation offers friendly lodging at a great value. There is a shared kitchen and shower available, and the property is located close to pubs and the village shop. Dogs are welcome and camping is permitted on site.
High-End/Mid-Range: Ashfield House B&B (01609 771628)
Though there are rather few accommodation options in Danby Wiske, you can still find a quality bed and breakfast experience at Ashfield House. The friendly owners will make sure that your stay is pleasant and comfortable.
Mid-Range: Inglenook B&B
This is a lovely option in the heart of Danby Wiske. The B&B has a quaint and charming feel, and the hosts serve up plenty of genuine hospitality. Keep in mind that only twin beds are available here.
Budget: The White Swan
The White Swan is a classic country pub of the very best kind. Beyond good ales and hearty meals, they also offer simple accommodation in recently-updated private rooms for a variety of group sizes. Camping is also available on site.
High-End: Park House Guest House
This beautiful gem is located right on the Coast to Coast path and they know how to cater to weary walkers. From laundry service to lifts to the local pub for supper, the wonderful people at Park House will ensure you feel welcome and rejuvenated.
Mid-Range: Swan House B&B
Friendly hosts, luxurious bedding, a well-stocked bar, and a delicious breakfast spread…there’s a lot to love about the Swan House! This reasonably priced accommodation also offers more budget-friendly lodging in their caravan park. Keep in mind that Swan House is a couple of miles from the main Coast to Coast route, although the owners may be able to provide you with a lift back to the path in the morning.
Budget: The Blue Bell Inn
This family-run inn is conveniently located next to the pub and right along the Coast to Coast path. Rooms are basic, but each one is en suite and breakfast is included with your stay. Campers are welcome in a large grassy field behind the pub.
High-End: Vane House
This bed and breakfast is a clean, comfortable, and cozy place to recharge in the quaint town of Osmotherley. It is located right in the center of the village, with easy access to the pub and shops.
Mid-Range: The Golden Lion Inn
While it’s got plenty of old school 18th-century charm, this isn’t your typical pub accommodation. Rooms at the Golden Lion are very well-appointed with beautiful oak finishes and curated toiletries in the private bathrooms. Breakfast is included with your stay.
Budget: YHA Osmotherley
This is a great budget option with all of the comforts and conveniences you’d expect from a YHA hostel, such as a drying room, lounge, and communal kitchen. There are several choices of room sizes available, and campers are welcome in the large garden.
Clay Bank Top/Great Broughton/Chop Gate
High-End/Mid-Range: Newlands House B&B
Warm hospitality is the trademark of this traditional bed and breakfast in Great Broughton. The friendly hosts will make every effort to ensure your stay is special, from lifts to/from the Coast to Coast path (about two miles away) to home-cooked meals and comfortable furnishings.
Mid-Range: Wainstones Hotel
This comfortable hotel is located in the lovely village of Great Broughton, about two miles north of the Coast to Coast path. If those extra miles sound daunting, fear not- the friendly staff will pick you up and/or drop you off at the trail. Some of the decor could use an updating, but there are plenty of thoughtful touches and good amenities to make Wainstones a great choice.
Lordstones is the only accommodation that can boast a trailside location at this point in the walk. This luxury camping park features camping pods, yurts, and grassy tent pitches, all with access to excellent bathroom facilities, a farm shop, cafe, and restaurant.
Mid-Range: The Lion Inn
Perhaps the most special aspect of traversing the North York Moors is the feeling one gets of being in the middle of nowhere. The only downside of that is there’s not much accommodation to be had in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately, the iconic Lion Inn has been welcoming weary travelers to their remote locales for centuries. A number of room sizes are available, all with private bathrooms and breakfast included. Camping is also permitted on site.
High-End: Red House Farm
Not only does Red House Farm offer well-appointed B&B guest rooms and cottages in their tranquil setting, but they also have a pool, spa, and conservatory on site. This is a great place to get in some pampering before you embark on the final stretches of your Coast to Coast Walk.
Mid-Range/Budget: Arncliffe Arms
Conveniently located in the center of Glaisdale and above the town pub, Arncliffe Arms is an excellent option for Coast to Coast walkers. The generous breakfast will keep you fueled for miles and miles!
High-End/Mid-Range: Geall Gallery B&B
The luxurious rooms at this bed and breakfast are as tastefully curated as the landscape paintings in Chris Geall’s gallery below them. Art fans will appreciate this unique accommodation, and all Coast to Coast Walkers will enjoy the cozy on-site cafe and central location.
Mid-Range/Budget: Intake Farm B&B (Littlebeck)
Those looking for a great value may want to consider walking a few extra miles to reach Intake Farm in Littlebeck. Your extra effort will be rewarded with a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake upon arrival, not to mention an excellent shower and lovely pastoral setting. Those on a shoestring budget can camp in the pretty garden and enjoy access to the nice facilities inside the house.
Robin Hood’s Bay
High-End: Fernleigh B&B
A stay at the luxurious Fernleigh is the perfect way to celebrate the completion of your Coast to Coast walk. The newly renovated victorian home features top-notch amenities and beautiful decor on a quiet street near the center of town. The wonderful owners will make sure you feel welcome and well-fed.
Mid-Range: The Grosvenor Hotel
The Grosvenor is a favorite accommodation for many Coast to Coast walkers and for good reason. Guests at this charming hotel will enjoy spotless rooms, a delicious breakfast, and a location that’s just five minutes’ to the beach.
Budget: YHA Boggle Hole
Of all the fantastic YHA hostels, this might be the most magical. Tucked away in an old smugglers cove, the main building is set in a recently-renovated historic mill building. The entire place embraces a fun nautical theme and boasts excellent facilities and lots of fun activities. Dorms and private en suite rooms are available.
Check out our other great Coast to Coast Walk Resources:
- The Ultimate Guide to the Coast to Coast Walk
- The Complete Coast to Coast Packing List
- Coast to Coast Walk: Maps and Routes
- GPS Digital Download for the Coast to Coast Walk