***When our pathfinder recorded this section, the more popular Red & Blue Routes (that go via Nine Standards Rigg) were in fact closed off, so he had no option but to take the full green route - therefore we only have full written turn by turns for the Green route. (You can still find the Blue/Red route on the Macs App on a GPS track only format). We strongly recommend that you follow the GPS tracks for the Green, Red or Blue Route on the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day. The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***
0.00km - Start in the Market Square in Kirkby Stephen. Walk towards the Parish Church passing the Visitor Centre on your left. After 100 metres TURN RIGHT onto the road, to pass the car parking and toilets on your rights and following signposts to River Eden and Frank’s Bridge.
0.21km – TURN LEFT to head down the steps following the signs for River Eden and Frank’s Bridge. BEAR LEFT to cross the bridge and then TURN RIGHT once across the bridge to walk beside the river on the gravel path. Take some motivation from the signpost; 82 miles since St Bees!
0.73km – TURN LEFT to head through the wooden gate onto the paved path. Ignore the gap on your right with a large rock in the middle.
0.92km – As you reach the terrace of quaint stone houses directly ahead TURN RIGHT to walk along the road. After 60 metres BEAR LEFT to head downhill on the gravel slope and cross over the bridge. Once over the bridge TURN RIGHT on the paved road.
1.10km – After passing the National Speed Limit Signs (white circle with diagonal black stripe) TURN RIGHT onto the stony footpath, keeping the stream on your right. After 100 metres TURN RIGHT as you re-join the paved road.
1.30km – As the road forks, BEAR LEFT heading uphill onto the ‘No Through Road’ sign. There is also an arrow here for Coast to Coast walkers. Continue on this paved road for 2.2 kilometres, ignoring all side roads and footpaths. You will pass a large quarry on your right.
3.50km – After a long ascent the path forks and becomes unpaved rock. BEAR LEFT and then after 50 metres BEAR RIGHT as the path forks again to head through a metal gate. Once through the gate CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON.
4.40km - CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as the stone path becomes grassy near the remains of an old stone farm building. You keep the dry-wall on your right.
5.10km – BEAR RIGHT as the path forks to keep the drywall on your right and head on the grassy track. Follow the wooden bridleway sign to Rollinson and Haggs, ignoring the left fork to Nine Standards. This grassy path curves right to keep close to the wall. for those doing the Blue/Red Routes then take the left turn at the fork and walk towards Nine Standards Rigg (ensuring you switch to the relevant route on the Macs App). Please also respect and adhere to any route closures from local authorities.
5.60km – BEAR LEFT to head away from the drywall remaining on the well-established path that bends towards a wooden post.
5.70km – From the wooden post, the path becomes vague. There is a second wooden post ahead and the map shows the footpath as continuing towards it, but this route was boggy and overgrown. We recommend that you TURN RIGHT from this post; you should see a path crossing the stream and continuing ahead. Once across CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON; this path is vague and grassy but is just visible enough to follow. It walks roughly parallel to the dry-stone wall on your right. We recommend checking the map regularly. There are several streams to cross using stepping stones; bear in mind these may be slippery when wet.
6.80km – As a wide, more-established path joins from the left, BEAR RIGHT to join it, as it bends right to keep close to the drywall and head downhill towards a stream.
7.00km – Once across the stream, BEAR LEFT onto the grassy path heading uphill. After 300 metres this path will curve left towards a gate. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through this gate and continue through a section of limestone pavement towards a second gate.
7.70km – After passing the second gate CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON. After 50 metres TURN LEFT to walk on a wide, grassy track parallel to the wire fence.
7.90 – BEAR RIGHT as a path joins from the left and then immediately BEAR LEFT to head towards the paved road.
8.10km – TURN LEFT to walk on the paved road. Continue for 3.9 kilometres. After 400 metres you will enter Yorkshire and be able to say you have walked across Cumbria!
11.10km – Shortly after the sign for ’bends ahead’ and ‘slow’ painted on the road, there is a wooden post for Coast to Coast which heads uphill on your left through a narrow gorge beside a stream. Ignore this and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON. After 100 metres, TURN LEFT heading uphill on the wide rocky road.
11.70km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON remaining on the rocky road. Ignore the left turn signposted for Coast to Coast May – July.
12.10km – BEAR RIGHT as the road forks and then when the gravel road ends, BEAR RIGHT to head downhill on grassy track passing the small metal hut on your left. This hut is a shelter which hikers are free to use and which provides surprisingly good protection from the elements; inside is the graffiti from Coast to Coast hikers over the years. The door may appear locked; you have to lift the door as you press the latch.
12.20km – Having passed the hut on your left, BEAR LEFT to cross over the stream. There are rocks and planks of wood spread out to assist with the river crossing and the boggier sections. Immediately after crossing the stream CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON ignoring the tracking heading left uphill.
13.00km - CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as you reach the corner of the wire fence, ignoring stiles (steps over a wall or fence) over it. Some of this section may be very boggy; take the time to choose your route carefully.
13.50km - CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along the established path. There is a stream to cross using stepping stones followed by a wooden bridge.
13.90km – As you emerge onto a flat grassy area which may have feeding apparatus for livestock, TURN RIGHT to cross the stream and head uphill on the rocky road. There is a wooden footpath signpost for Coast to Coast to Raven Seat.
14.60km – TURN LEFT to immediately cross over the cattle grid upon reaching the road. After 300 metres CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to cross over the old stone bridge. Ahead is the Raven Seat Farm café, but don’t rely on this for lunch as it isn’t always open. From the stony bridge TURN RIGHT to cross the wooden bridge and continue on the gravel road.
15.00km – With the stone house directly in front, TURN RIGHT to head through the gap in the drywall and then CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON keeping the river on your right and passing through another gate ahead.
15.30km – After passing through a metal gate BEAR LEFT uphill towards two stone buildings which you will pass on your left. There is a footpath sign directing you.
15.60km – The path continues past a derelict building on your right and then CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON a well-established path through two gaps in the drywall (ignoring a gap in the drywall on your left).
15.90km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through two wooden gates, keeping the dry-wall on your right.
16.20km – After a section of wooden fence on your right, with a great view to the river below, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along the more-established path ignoring the left fork.
16.90km – As you pass under overhead lines and reach a derelict stone building, TURN LEFT following the sign to Keld, and walking on the well-established mud path. Ignore the gate through to the derelict building.
17.20km - CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along the rocky road, proceeding through a gate and then passing a farmhouse on your right.
17.50km – BEAR LEFT to head uphill toward Frith B&B and following the Coast to Coast arrow. Ignore the right fork which heads downhill towards the bridge over the stream. The path continues parallel to the river and with a row of trees on your right. After 200 metres continue through a gate and keep the drywall and wire fence on your right.
18.20km – After leaving the woodland behind keep the dry-wall on your left. After 200 metres BEAR LEFT through a wooden gate and then TURN RIGHT onto the paved road to head downhill towards a bridge.
18.60km – After crossing the bridge TURN LEFT following the sign to Keld and Reeth. Walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic.
19.30km – With the Methodist chapel on your right, TURN LEFT to walk on the narrow lane towards ‘Keld Only’. After 150 metres, BEAR LEFT and finish in Keld. Why not go into the Keld Countryside and Heritage Centre to learn more about all these small stone buildings, known as cow’usses (cowhouses)?
*** This is the end of our Kirby Stephen to Keld (Green) route, use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation. ***