The vast majority of walkers choose to walk from West
to East, that is from St.Bee's to Robin Hood's Bay. Some walkers
who have walked the route the other way round say they prefer this
because they have not travelled the entire route with pretty much
the same people all the way. The accommodation described below follows
the popular direction starting at St.Bee's.
Note : one thing many walkers forget about long distance
footpaths is the rare occasions you will actually stay in a village
or town of decent size to either do your laundry or, more importantly,
withdraw much needed cash from the bank! (there are a few cash machines
in Richmond and Kirkby Stephen).
St. Bee's is on the railway. This enables many people to travel from
Carlisle or other areas to start the walk without having to stay
in St. Bee's itself.
Its all down to ability. My recommendation would be to work out as
much accommodation along the route as possible then ring for availability.
It is possible you will struggle to find somewhere on certain nights
and may need to reconfigure your plans.
I like Youth Hostels so would suggest you use these as often as possible.
They are a great way to meet similar minded people and still relatively
affordable (for now!).
|Youth Hostels Association
|Lake District Park Authority Accomodation Guide
|Yorkshire Dales Accomodation Guide
|North York Moors Park Authority Accomodation Guide
Robin Hoods Bay does not have a railway link and has limited accommodation. 'Boggle
Hole' Youth Hostel is about one mile from Robin Hoods Bay.
It does, however, have a good bus service to Whitby or Scarborough
both of which have alot of accommodation and rail links. Whether
you want to stay and celebrate your final day before heading homeward
is a small decision but I have found the celebration is well worth
The best way to work out your accommodation requirements
is to get the maps / route cards, calculate your abilities, then
plan each nights requirements along the route. I would recommend
a day or two's rest in the truly spectacular locations along the