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An active exploration in the great outdoors

Strung across northern England from the Irish Sea to the North Sea are three remarkable national parks, and our ambitious hike traverses all three: the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

In 1971, the great walker and author Alfred Wainwright created a 180-mile-long hike across these landscapes. We’ll take in half of his 12 stages, combining the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District, the grandeur of the Dales, and the rugged wilderness and coastal splendor of North Yorkshire. Along the way, we’ll enjoy daily picnic lunches, the comforts of country hotels and inns, and the company of Anglophile and comparative literature professor Linda Paulson and trail guide Peter Watson.


July 8–15, 2022


8 days


From $6,895 per person

Trip size

24 participants

Minimum age

18 years

Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Linda Paulson


An expert in comparative literature, Linda Paulson regularly retraces the footsteps of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters in her trips to the U.K.


A scenic hike along the famed Coast to Coast route

From the lovely Lake District on the coast of the Irish Sea, cross England to the North York Moors on the edge of the North Sea. Climb stark mountains in the Yorkshire Dales and hike across open heathland studded with stone-built hamlets.

  • Manchester, England / Keswick

    Arrive in Manchester and travel by road to our hotel near Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District National Park, where we spend the next two nights. Gather this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.


    Borrowdale Gates Hotel

    Included meal: Dinner
  • Lake District National Park, England

    Drive to St Bees Head, where we start our hike with a short walk from the beach along the headland. From here continue by road to the edge of Ennerdale Water to enter the stunning natural beauty that is the high Lake District. Following small paths, we hike around the lake to lunch. From here we continue over a low ridge to Buttermere, one of Cumbria’s most beautiful lakes, from where we return by road to our hotel.


    Borrowdale Gates Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Keswick / Appleby-In-Westmorland, England

    This morning depart from our hotel on a hike that takes us south past the mountain of High Raise and descends to Wordsworth country at Grasmere. Here, Dorothy and William Wordsworth made their home in Dove Cottage. Continue our route by vehicle, driving through the Lake District’s beautiful Eastern Lakes region to our overnight stop near Appleby-in-Westmorland in the Eden Valley.


    Black Swan Inn

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Appleby-In-Westmorland / Yorkshire Dales National Park / Reeth, England

    We begin today in the county of Cumbria, in its easternmost town, Kirkby Stephen. Climb to the ridge of the Pennines in the Yorkshire Dales National Park as we cross the watershed of the “spine” of England. Leaving the marker stones of the Nine Standards, we hike down to the village of Keld, ending in the famous county of Yorkshire. From here we continue by road to our inn, situated at the eastern edge of the national park, near the small town of Reeth.


    Charles Bathurst Inn

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

    Return to Keld to hike up to a high-elevation route that crosses the wide-open grouse moors of the fells and leads down to the beautiful Swaledale valley and the little town of Reeth. Return by road to our inn on the moor.


    Charles Bathurst Inn

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Reeth / North York Moors National Park / Helmsley, England

    Driving into the Cleveland Hills on the northwestern edge of the North York Moors National Park, we begin a full day’s hike leading across the heights of the moors. The lauded British fellwalker and guidebook author Alfred Wainwright described this landscape as “heatherclad, unenclosed, uninhabited and remote from industry.” This is wild and blustery scenery at its best. From Clay Bank continue by coach to the charming market town of Helmsley.


    The Black Swan

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Whitby / Robin Hood’s Bay, England

    Our final hike leads us to the edge of the North York Moors and the dramatic scenery of the North Sea shoreline below Whitby, home to the explorers Captain James Scott and the ill-fated Captain James Cook. It was also where the earliest known English poet, Caedmon, once dwelled. We then turn south along the coast to Robin Hood’s Bay, where we pause for the ritual of dipping our boots in the waters of the North Sea to celebrate our trek all the way across northern England from the Irish Sea. Return to our hotel by coach to continue celebrating our accomplishment at our farewell reception and dinner.


    The Black Swan

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Helmsley / Manchester, England / Home

    This morning depart Helmsley for the two-and-a-half-hour drive to Manchester Airport for outbound flights.

    Included meal: Breakfast

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