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Accommodation Details Kearton Country Hotel
Thwaite North YorkshireDL11 6DR
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Comments by walkers who stayed at Kearton Country Hotel in Thwaite on The Coast to Coast Path
Arrived at Kearton Country Hotel in June 2013 on the C2C walk.Had a very nice coffee in the adjoining cafe.Lovely Position in the centre of this very small quiet hamlet.Our room had a view of the Kitchen Extractor System.NOT the surrounding fields and countryside...Dinner was 6.30-7pm.Breakfast was 8.30-9am...No other choices of times.We felt this hotel did not really cater for Coast to Coasters,and did not want them...
Raymond Alsop, left on 11 June 2013
Did coast to coast in September. And this was our joint first stay. Well worth the extra 2 miles extra walk, makes the next day very short to reeth.
The best nights sleep on the whole walk. Lovely view from room,very light and airy and nicely decorated and not cluttered.
Food and drink were excellent. Very very well run hotel.
Looking to book again fir a couple of days walking in swaledale in the spring.
Miss t walls, left on 07 January 2011
Single room was very small and basic, but restaurant and evening meal more than made up for this. Restaurant has amazing views over the fells through large windows while you eat the large portions of excellent food. Breakfast was as good as the evening meal.
If you don't want to walk back up the road to Keld the next day, walk around the back of village to take the Cleveland way around the Fell to keld, adding a few miles to the walk, or simply break off onto the footpath to Muker, the only other place to cross the Swale, and take a shortcut.
Steve - July 2010, left on 12 August 2010
We agree very much with Dave and Cynthia, below. The walk down from Keld seemed really long to us, but when we got to the Kearton it all seemed worthwhile. The Keld place also looked great, so it's worth trying to book there.
Jeanne and Bonnie, left on 09 October 2008
The plushest venue of our coast to Coast fortnight. Very pleasant indeed. Very friendly staff. Food was superb.

Room was terrific.

Highly recommend.
C. Hirst, left on 11 September 2008
Kearton Country Hotel was almost 4 km off of the route and not worth the extra walk. The Keld Lodge (not listed on the Sherpa Van options) is a great pub/inn on the route right in Keld and would be a much better option. However if you do walk to Thwaite, you will find a lovely village. The room at Kearton Hotel was very basic. The restaurant was very good and did serve dinner as well. The Swaledale Valley is beautiful and we would recommend the valley walk versus the walk thru the mining area on your next day to Reeth.
Dave and Cynthia, South Carolina, USA, left on 28 July 2008
Extra nice Pub with fantastic meals. Worth the long walk down the road. Peter and Kate, Australia.
Peter Ridding, left on 02 November 2007
Great stay, comfortable room, dinner was a treat, well cooked, presentation and service excellent and as everyone will tell you, the desert table is to die for.
Definitely a highlight of the entire walk.
Dave Partridge, left on 13 October 2007
The food at the Kearton Country Hotel was better than any on the route. We thought it was a bit expensive until we realized that a 3-course dinner and EXCELLENT breakfast were included. We kept the window open all night due to the excellent weather, but the cows next door were a bit noisy. Otherwise it was great.
Rip from California, left on 12 September 2007
Definitely our favourite accommodation of the entire walk. The hotel is charming and has a resteraunt with fantastic views. The evening meal was superb especially the sweet table from which you helped yourself and the set price of dinner, bed and breakfast for £41 was excellent value. There are no televisions but a lovely lounge is provided for guests to relax and chat. If you can face the extra 2 miles from keld we highly recommend this hotel - one tip though - don't set off on the footpath linking keld to Thwaite without walking poles as they come in very handy for beating off the Jacob's ram which attacked us half way along!
julie and pete, left on 18 August 2007
What an experience! Well worth the walk from Keld.
Joan, left on 01 August 2007
Friendly and helpful staff. Excellent dinner. Special mention for the table of sweets and cheeses.
Monique & Jerry Greene from Arizona, USA stayed on June 17.
Monique & Jerry, left on 05 July 2007
Wow! we really liked this place,very busy with a'noon teas when we arrived but welcoming.Dinner at 7pm,earlier than we're used to but excellent food & sweets to dream about,great b'fast too & lovely clean bright rooms-everything a c2c walker wants,many thanks.
Jane & Mick,stoke on trent, left on 06 August 2006
Beautiful town. Great Hotel. A little different than we thought, though, They definitely cater to the older non- hiking patrons. Well, at least when we were there. The woman who was running the hotel, serving the food, bartending etc... was wonderful and very accomodating. The room was very nice and the dinner excellent. Depending on your schedule do not walk back up to Keld to start the walk it will be a 2.5 mile uphill walk just to start. Take the alternative and pick up the trail again in Reeth. If you are going on to Richmond be prepared for a very long day even if you take The Swale Alernative. Very nice place though a little out of the way, but there is really no alternative in the area.
Scott and Justine Logan-Bourne, left on 01 August 2006
Excellent Accommodation, friendly atmosphere and good food.
David Wilson, left on 29 July 2006
If The Grasmere Hotel has survived from an earlier era, it has nothing on what appears to be Thwaite’s only commercial enterprise. While the ambience is somewhat Dickensian, it offered a warm welcome and a nostalgic reminder of school dinners from days teaching in London in the sixties. We enjoyed it.

George & Kay, New Zealand, June 2005
George & Kay Horsburgh, left on 14 January 2006

Warm,welcoming with excellent food.Decor and plumbing a little dated but very good value for money. Everyone who we met there said they would recommend it.

Kath & Ian from Manchester, left on 22 September 2005
A great stay. Large room although furnishings a bit dated. Great bath/shower. Wonderful evening meal, one of the best we had on our trip. It is a 3 course prix fixe...quite reasonable with great food. Service was fantastic. Would stay again.
B. Daugharty, left on 10 February 2005
We started and finished the Herriot Way here and I stopped overnight during the Coast to Coast last year. I would stay again. The previous comments about being ina time warp is true but that is its appeal - it reminded me of my childhood holidays. It is a very comfortable and relaxing hotel with friendly and welcoming hosts. The food is superb and the company of fellow walkers convivial.
Simon, Denise & Peter Thorn, left on 12 April 2004
Stayed here on the Sun 29th Feb 2004. The hotel was very nice, as though it had been caught in a time warp. The room was clean and very warm. The hosts were very pleasant and the evening meal was excellent, with some of the best beef i`ve tasted! The cooked breakfast the next day was a bit lacking (no sausage or beans) although there was a good choice of fruit salad. The packed lunch the next day was poor.
Simon, left on 04 March 2004
We arrived there on October 28th.This was our last days walking. We will do the second half of the walk next year. I booked this hotel because there was nothing else on this web site. Having walked through Thwaite there are other B&B`s and I wish I`d booked one of them! The Kearton Country Hotel, might suit some, but its not for me or the mate I was walking with. None of the rooms have baths which is a real downer. Dinner must be taken between 6.30 and 7pm and breakfast between 9 and 9.30am! The staff are very courteous and friendly but the place lacks atmosphere. No television anywhere and it was pouring with rain that evening and no roaring fire!
Trevor Lewis, left on 05 November 2003
The Kearton is a bit of an acquired taste, and it took us a while to acquire it. We wanted to take the Swaledale route anyway, so we didn`t have a problem with the location. All the other guests were staying a week and doing day walks when we were there in September. so I don`t think we got the best room, as it was over the kitchen exhaust fan and had no view despite the beautiful countryside. And the "ensuite" was odd, being all in different parts of the room. But the dinner and breakfast were very enjoyable and the hotel does achieve a sort of country house atmosphere.
Jean Woy, left on 16 October 2003
An interesting old inn in a lovely setting where we had some real Monty Python moments. Or perhaps it was Faulty Towers. The food was great...authentic roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and wonderful desserts.
Judy Missakian, left on 22 September 2003
A really good value with a superb meal. (Secret - if you ask for room 11 you will be well satisfied.)
Howard Smale, left on 29 May 2003
Good accomodation. Received a good meal in the evening and a superior breakfast the following morning. A nice relaxing living room for good conversation is also provided. Thumbs up.
Chris Wright, left on 08 November 2002
Comfortable accommodation and good home cooked food.
But the thing I liked most about this place was the atmosphere in the lounge after dinner. Everyone there was either doing the C2C or the Pennine Way and it was an open forum with lots of laughs. The beer was good too!
Kirton CH is perhaps a little old fashioned, and a latest dinner time of 7.00pm perhaps a bit too early for long summer walking days, but our party really enjoyed our stay here.
The extra two miles from Keld has to be taken into account, but it is mostly gently downhill and it does give you the option of taking the scenic Riverside route to Reeth unless you are determined to visit the desolation of the old lead workings and the miles of hard miners road that accompanies it!
Richard Bell, left on 31 August 2002
A little off the route (two miles I would say) but worth a visit. The hotel is very relaxing with an excellent, home cooked, three course meal in the evening (real custard!). We did not fancy the extra two miles in the morning so the owners son (Lee) kindly gave us a lift back to Keld.
Mark, Steve and Maurice, left on 02 June 2002
Comfortable and friendly. Good evening meal and superb stopping point if travelling north over Great Shunner fell. visited June 2000
Alex Niven, left on 14 January 2001
I stayed here on 29th July while doing the C2C, Breakfast started too late for me but they put some sanwiches in the fridge and I collected them at 0645 next morning.
Nice place good beer and nice evening meal.
made to feel welcome
Terry Mumby, left on 23 November 2000


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