*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn by turns to aid you on your walk from Orton to Kirby Stephen. Whilst, the Coast to Coast is waymarked it can be featureless and off the beaten path at some sections so we strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in 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 at Orton Village Hall facing the chocolate factory and TURN LEFT to walk along Front Street. You will pass a sign for a school, and several stone buildings on your right and an open wetland habitat on your left. After 300 metres TURN LEFT to cross the small stone bridge. There is a wooden coast to coast sign and a cycling path sign for Kirkby Stephen. Continue along this road for 1.6 kilometres ignoring all side turns. Walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic.
0.85km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON at the crossroads. On your right, you will have views to the velvety, rounded mountains of the Howgills Fells.
1.90km – As the wooded section finishes on your right, TURN LEFT following the sign to ‘Rejoin Coast to Coast,’ and to walk along the gravel road bordered with dry-wall and trees. After 200 metres you can turn right through a wooden gate to see a prehistoric stone circle.
2.30km – TURN RIGHT just after the remains of a stone building, crossing over the stone stile (steps over a wall or fence) following the ‘Coast to Coast via Sunbiggin’ sign. You are ignoring two footpaths on your left. Walk keeping the dry-wall on your right and after 200 metres BEAR RIGHT over the stile or through the wooden gate (which may be open) to continue with the dry-wall on your left, passing through several gaps in the dry-wall ahead.
2.80km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through two stiles, passing the derelict stone farmhouse on your left, before proceeding over a further three stiles in quick succession. Once over the third stile, the path continues through the middle of the field towards a group of trees just visible beyond the brow of the hill.
3.40km – Proceed over the stile beside the small collection of trees and metal barn headed towards the stone farm building. After 200 metres proceed through the wooden gates immediately in front of the stone farmhouse and then TURN LEFT to walk along the narrow paved lane. Ignore all side paths, including signed footpaths.
4.70km – As the paved road turns abruptly, TURN RIGHT onto the gravel lane; there is a Coast to Coast sign to Sunbiggin Tarn to guide you.
5.20km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through the gate in the dry-wall.
5.40km – As the gravel path runs out, ignore the rutted muddy vehicle tracks heading uphill towards the scattering of the tree ahead, and TURN RIGHT onto the vaguer grassy path that turns towards heather. After 50 metres ignore the grassy fork bearing right and follow the path as it heads uphill towards a dead tree.
5.90km – At the grassy crossroads in the dip of land, TURN RIGHT, ignoring the more major path that appears to continue ahead. This path curves a few times before joining the paved road.
6.30km – TURN RIGHT onto the paved road. After 400 metres, shortly after crossing the stone bridge, TURN LEFT. Again there is a map and wooden post to guide you.
7.10km – As a wide path joins from the right, TURN LEFT to head towards deep muddy vehicle ruts. Continue along this path. This path is well-established and easy to follow. Enjoy distant views on your left to Sunbiggin Tarn.
7.50km – BEAR LEFT to head around a field and downhill towards a wooden bridge. After crossing the wooden bridge CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON headed uphill.
9.00km – As the path forks near the corner of a dry-wall field BEAR LEFT to walk with the dry-wall on your left. After 200 metres TURN RIGHT away from the gate. The path will fork almost immediately BEAR RIGHT to walk towards the drywall ahead.
9.50km – TURN LEFT to walk on the paved road. After 100 metres TURN RIGHT onto the wide stony track. After 300 metres the stony track will disappear with a deep-water well on your left. The path seems to disappear entirely here. BEAR RIGHT to walk keeping the dry-wall on your right.
10.20km – BEAR LEFT away from the dry-wall on your right to pass through a metal gate. Once through the gate CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON keeping dry-wall on your right.
10.50km – Ignore the gates on your right with a yellow footpath sign. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON keeping close to the dry-wall on your right. You should have no dry-wall on your left.
10.80km – After a sharp dip BEAR RIGHT as the path forks, keeping dry-wall on your right.
11.20km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as you reach a crossroads with deeply rutted vehicle tracks, and a farmhouse/B&B on your right, following the sign to Smardale Bridge. After 500 metres continue through a metal gate in the dry-wall ahead, then CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON heading towards the overhead lines. The path disappears somewhat here, so just keep close to the dry-wall on your right.
12.10km – After passing the overhead lines BEAR RIGHT to cross over the steps in the dry-wall and then walk keeping the dry-wall on your left. There are wooden posts to help guide you here. This grassy downhill is steep and can be slippery when wet. Walking poles will be an advantage. Place your feet in the rutted footprints where possible.
13.00km – TURN RIGHT at the stone house, and after 100 metres TURN LEFT to pass through two wooden gates. After the wooden gates TURN RIGHT to walk keeping the wire fence on your right but ignoring the stile.
13.40km – BEAR LEFT to head through the metal gate and to head downhill towards the old picturesque bridge. Once across the bridge CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to head uphill towards Kirkby Stephen and Smardale Fell, ignoring side paths. To you left you can enjoy a view to Smardale Viaduct.
14.00km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through the wooden gate at the top of the field, and then TURN LEFT to walk keeping the dry-wall on your left. Ignore the nearby fence uphill of you.
14.30km - CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through the wooden gate in the dry-wall. You will immediately pass a small stone pen before continuing on the grassy path through the heather. This path will split apart and then rejoin several times; walk generally parallel to the dry-wall on your left.
15.30km – As the dry-wall makes a left-hand bend, BEAR RIGHT to head uphill towards the brow of the hill. There is a wooden post on this corner to guide you, and there is also a wooden post on the brow of the hill for you to walk towards. There are a myriad of paths here so if in doubt check the map regularly. At the next wooden post BEAR RIGHT to continue heading uphill and across the field.
15.80km – Upon reaching the dry-wall BEAR RIGHT to walk keeping the wall on your left.
16.60km – At the bottom of the field proceed through a gate and then TURN RIGHT onto the paved road. After 200 metres TURN LEFT onto the narrow lane, passing the 15”9’ height restriction sign.
17.00km – TURN RIGHT from the paved road to cross a stone stile and then BEAR LEFT diagonally across the field towards the tunnel under the railway tracks.
17.60km – Once through the railway BEAR RIGHT between the scattered trees. After 100 metres you should see the corner of the field; continue through a stile in the corner of the field and then CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON heading directly through the middle of the field heading downhill. There is a wooden post in the middle of the field to direct you as the path heads between two steep grassy slopes.
18.40km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON over stone steps in the wall and then head downhill, passing a stone house on your left.
18.70km – Having passed the derelict stone house CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through a gate and then through vehicle tracks with high roads; the remains of what used to be a railway tunnel.
18.80km – Once past the remains of the railway tunnel, TURN LEFT and then immediately TURN RIGHT ignoring the gravel road downhill, and then BEAR RIGHT to walk along the footpath which passes close to the metal barn on your right. There are regular yellow arrows here to help prevent you from becoming lost.
18.90km – Once through the wooden gate TURN LEFT onto the paved road. Ignore all side paths and gates/stiles for 600 metres.
19.50km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON as the road forks, following the sign for Town Centre via Faraday Road. After 100 metres this road will become gravel.
20.00km – At the junction TURN RIGHT onto West Garth, then after 100 metres TURN RIGHT opposite the Faraday sign, after 50 metres TURN LEFT to walk along the High Street.
20.40km – Finish in the Market Square of Kirkby Stephen.
*** This is the end of our Orton to Kirby Stephen route, use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation ***