Coast to Coast Walk Part 1 Guided Walking Holiday

9 day holiday, 8 nights accommodation, 7 days walking, 83 miles, from £395 per person



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This is an 83 mile guided walking holiday following Wainwrights Coast to Coast route across Cumbria. Five days hiking are in the Lake District National Park. This tour is a group walking holiday with a guide. You walk from west to east through stunning scenery, crossing the Lake District Mountains. Typically you travel to the village of St Bees on the Cumbria coast, meet your guide and fellow walkers in the evening, and overnight ready to start your walk the following morning.

The route follows the coastline before heading east and entering the Lake District National Park. The Lake District is home to spectacular lake and mountain scenery. Although not high the mountains are rugged with steep footpaths. From Shap the route levels to cross the undulating farmland between the Lake District and the Pennines.

Each night on the trail you stay in a different village along the route in selected accommodation, with breakfast provided. Your luggage is transferred to your next accommodation. The minibus service will also transfer you with your luggage if you are ill or injured.

The terrain on this trail is a diversity of rocky mountain paths, limestone plateau’s, country lanes, rolling hillsides and farmland. If you are contemplating the walk and would like to gain a better idea of its landscapes and terrain please click on Coast to Coast photo diary.

This is a challenging route, gradients are steep and some days long, so before you embark on this walk you must be physically fit, and equipped to meet it.

Guided Coast to Coast Part 1 Walk Date 2017

Date

Duration

Availability

Price

5th Aug - 13th Aug 2017

9 days

1 Place Available
1 x Male Twin Share

Late Availability Offer £395 per person



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Availability
Groups are a maximum of 12 people plus a Guide. Above are the holiday dates and the places still available on each holiday. All holidays are guaranteed to operate.



Outline Itinerary


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Day 1 St Bees:
Arrive at your accommodation in St. Bees. Meet your guide and walking companions at the welcome meeting in the evening.

Day 2: St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge. Distance 14 miles
Following Coast to Coast walker tradition we go down to the beach to dip our boots into the sea. Initially our route heads north across the cliff tops, on a clear day you can see Scotland and the Isle of Man. The path heads in land and the landscape changes as we enter the Lake District National Park.

Day 3: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite. Distance 14 miles
The day starts along the banks of Ennerdale water. After joining a forest track the path climbs gradually through the trees to the bottom of Loft Beck, and a steep 300M ascent to our high point of the day at 600M. If the weather is clear there are wonderful views back to the sea. After crossing the fell we descend into Rosthwaite.

Day 4: Rosthwaite to Grasmere. Distance 10 miles
Although not a long day it is a strenuous but gradual walk to the top of Greenup Edge at 600M. We cross the high pass before descending into Easedale, and then arriving in the picturesque village of Grasmere; once home to the poet Wordsworth.

Day 5: Grasmere to Patterdale. Distance 8 miles
A lunch time start today to allow you more time to explore Grasmere. The path rises gradually before a final steep ascent to Grisedale Tarn at 550M. The tarn sits in a dip between two of Lakeland’s highest peaks; Fairfield 873M and Dollywaggon 858M. From the tarn it is all down hill into Patterdale.

Day 6: Patterdale to Bampton Grange. Distance 13 miles
A sharp steep walk out of Patterdale to Boredale Hause at 400M from here the path rises, with the odd undulation to the summit of Kidsty Pike 780M. This is the highest point of the holiday. Look back to take a look at the serrated mountain skyline of the Lake District. From here the path descends steeply to Haweswater, and on to Bampton Grange.

Day 7: Bampton Grange to Orton. Distance 12 miles
Less strenuous walking as we leave the Lake District Mountains behind. We walk through Shap and then cross the limestone plateau and heather clad moors. The trail crosses undulating farmland to Orton.

Day 8: Orton to Kirkby Stephen. Distance 12 miles
We continue across rolling farmland, passing the ancient ‘Giants Graves’, to the market town of Kirkby Stephen.

Day 9: Kirkby Stephen
Depart from your accommodation and head for Home

Holiday Information


Duration of tour
9 days (8 nights)

Total distance
83 miles

Holidays include

  • Carefully selected walker friendly accommodation.

  • Breakfast each day.

  • Experienced Coast to Coast walk guide.

  • Luggage transfer between overnight accommodation.

  • Backup accommodation to accommodation transfer.

Grade of walking

This is a challenging route most days are either classed as strenuous or long moderate. The terrain varies from undulating countryside to steep rocky ascents and descents.

Start of tour
St Bees, Cumbria.

End of tour
Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.

Group size
Maximum 12 people.

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. We try to book ensuite rooms every night, however in a few villages ensuite accommodation is limited and we have to book rooms with shared facilities for one or two nights of your holiday.

Extra nights accommodation
Additional nights accommodation can be booked on request for anyone wishing to arrive in St Bees or depart Kirkby Stephen a day or two earlier/later.

Single travellers
This group holiday is a good way to meet like minded people who share a passion to walk the coast to coast. Almost half our customers are single travellers. It’s a great way of meeting new people and making new friends. There is no single supplement as we will room you in a twin room (with two single beds) with a fellow traveller of the same sex. Single occupancy rooms are not available on this tour.

Meals
Breakfast is included. Packed lunches can be purchased from your overnight accommodation or from local convenience stores. Evening meals can be purchased in pubs and overnight accommodation when a pub is not available.

Your Guide
Your experienced Guide will provide daily information about the route, and guide the way. Your Guide will provide information about your accommodation and places to eat in the evening, etc. Your Guide is emergency first aid trained.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the walk your luggage is transferred between overnight accommodation so all you need to carry is a day rucksack and its contents.

Support vehicle
We hope that everyone who joins us on the Coast to Coast route will complete their challenge, however illness and injury sometimes occur. For this reason we are supported by a daily transport service, which can drive you from accommodation to accommodation if needed.

Travel


By train
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at www.thetrainline.com Reduced price ‘Advanced tickets’ can be purchased from approx 12 weeks prior to departure.
To St Bees
The train station in St Bees is a short walk from your accommodation. Approximate journey times – From Manchester Airport 4 hours. From London 5 hours.
From Kirkby Stephen
The train station in Kirkby Stephen is a short taxi journey (1.5 miles) from your accommodation. Approximate journey times - Manchester Airport 3.5 hours. London 4.5 hours

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By Car
If parking and transfers are required please request at the time of booking.
Options available -
Parking in St Bees
Off road parking in St Bees - price £3.00 per day.
Parking in Kirkby Stephen
Secure parking in Kirkby Stephen - price £4.00 per day.
Transfer from Kirkby Stephen to St Bees - price £30.00 per person (depart 08:30 – arrive 10:15).

By Air
The most convenient major International airport with rail links is Manchester Airport.

Equipment List


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Please remember to
1. Keep the weight of your day pack and walking/hiking equipment to a comfortable weight for you to carry

2. Keep your suitcase/luggage under the maximum transfer weight (Maximum: 20kg (44lbs)).

The following checklist is an aid to help you with your packing
Required
Walking/Hiking boots (worn in before your holiday)
Technical walking socks e.g. liner and thick outer socks
Trekking trousers (not jeans/denim)
Waterproof over trousers
Baselayer T-shirts and/or casual shirts
Fleece or warm jumper
Waterproof jacket
Spare warm layer (to carry in your rucksack)
Warm gloves
Warm hat
Sunhat
Rucksack (25 to 35 litres) and waterproof cover
Rucksack liner e.g. large plastic bag
Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
Basic First Aid Kit and personal medication
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Torch / flashlight
Whistle

Optional
Spare Laces
Gaiters
Shorts
Thermos flask for hot drinks
Antibacterial hand wash/wipes
Camera, film, batteries
Trekking poles
Sunglasses

Dossier


This is an 83 mile guided walking holiday following Wainwrights Coast to Coast route across Cumbria. Five days hiking are in the Lake District National Park. This tour is a group walking holiday with a guide. You walk from west to east through stunning scenery, crossing the Lake District Mountains. Typically you travel to the village of St Bees on the Cumbria coast, meet your guide and fellow walkers in the evening, and overnight ready to start your walk the following morning.

The route follows the coastline before heading east and entering the Lake District National Park. The Lake District is home to spectacular lake and mountain scenery. Although not high the mountains are rugged with steep footpaths. From Shap the route levels to cross the undulating farmland between the Lake District and the Pennines.

This is a challenging 'trek' and should not be under estimated, the mountains of the Lake District are rugged and gradients can be steep, so before you embark on this walk you must be physically fit, and equipped to meet it. The terrain on this trail is a diversity of rocky mountain paths, limestone plateau’s, country lanes, rolling hillsides and farmland.

Our guided coast to coast holidays are group holidays with a guide. Each night on the trail you stay in a different village along the route in selected accommodation, with full English breakfast provided. Your luggage is transferred for you between overnight accommodation, the minibus service will also transfer you with your luggage if you need to miss a days walking.

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Start point
St Bees, Cumbria

End point
Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

Direction of walk
West to East

Group size
There will be a maximum of 12 people plus guide on your holiday.

Grade
A challenging route walked at a steady pace and therefore a good level of fitness (stamina and cardiovascular) is required.

Terrain
The terrain varies from rocky paths to farmland and country lanes. The Lake District provide the challenge of some steep ascents and descents (perfect if you like walking in the mountains and hills).

Included in the price of your holiday

  • 8 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Experienced guide

  • Luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Personal accommodation to accommodation transfer if required

Not included in the price of your holiday
Evening meals, packed lunches, drinks and snacks, travel insurance, travel to St Bees and from Kirkby Stephen, souvenirs, etc.

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in a variety of selected comfortable B&Bs, Guest Houses, small hotels and Inns. Types and standards of accommodation vary from village to village, and room sizes and facilities vary within accommodation. Many properties are hundreds of years old, and although many rooms have been converted to ensuite (or have a private bathroom) it has not been possible to do so in some properties or rooms due to space limitations or buildings having listed status (a property preservation order). You can expect to share a bathroom (i.e. have non ensuite/private bathroom) for one or two nights of a full tour.

Guide
Your experienced Guide will provide daily information about the route, and guide the way. Your Guide will provide information about your accommodation and places to eat in the evening, etc. Your Guide is first aid trained.

“The Luggage transfer
For the duration of the holiday your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation by a luggage transfer agent. Luggage allowance is 1 bag/person weighing not more than 20kg (44lbs).

Support vehicle
We hope that everyone who joins us on the Coast to Coast route will complete their challenge, however illness and injury sometimes occur. For this reason we are supported by a daily transport service, which can drive you from accommodation to accommodation if needed.

Meals
Breakfast is included in the cost of your holiday and is served at your accommodation. Packed lunches (average cost £5) are available to buy from your accommodation or local shop, and evening meals (average cost £12) are generally available from local pubs (see itinerary below for further information).

Extra nights accommodation
You can add extra nights accommodation in St Bees or Kirkby Stephen. Price from £38 per person per night.

Weather
The weather in Northern England is best described as changeable but we do get long dry warm spells. You should be prepared for all possibilities as weather, particularly in the mountains, can change quickly. Weather statistics are available from the Met Office at www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/

Clothing
Good outdoor clothing and waterproofs are essential.

Footwear
Comfortable walking boots which provide good grip on multiple terrain and ankle support are recommended.

Equipment
Specialist equipment is not required for this walking holiday. A suggested equipment list will be sent to you with your booking confirmation.

Laundrette
There is a laundrette in Kirkby Stephen.

Travel
For information on travelling to and from the route please click here


Route description

The following is intended to provide some further information about the route and points of interest. Please note that all distances, timings and heights are approximate and along with all the other information are provided as an aid to describe the route. The time to cover the distance includes time spent walking and time for breaks. If further information is required please contact our office. Several guide books providing detailed route descriptions and information are also available.

Day 1 St Bees
The seaside village of St Bees on the Cumbria (west) coast is the official starting point for Wainwrights world famous Coast to Coast walk.

Day 2 St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge (village height above sea level 100M).
Distance 14 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 685m/2250ft – 7.5 hours

A plaque on the seafront marks the start of Wainwrights coast to coast walk. Tradition says to dip your toe in the sea and then collect a small pebble to carry with you to the east coast. Initially our route heads north along the coastal path with views of Scotland and the Isle of Man. We leave the coastal path and head east towards the Lake District Mountains. The route passes through the villages of Sandwith, Moor Row and Cleator followed by a steep walk up Dent (352M), the high point of the day. Admire the views before continuing across the hilltop and descending steeply down a forest track to Nannycatch Beck. We follow the beck and then a roadside path to Ennerdale Bridge.

Day 3 Ennerdale Bridge (100M) to Rosthwaite (100M).
Distance 14 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 530m/1740ft - 8 hours

We follow the country lanes to Ennerdale Water then the rocky path along the banks of the Lake. At the far end of the Lake we take the forest track that climbs gradually along Ennerdale valley to the remote Black Sail Hut YHA (290M). From the YHA continue to the bottom of Loft Beck and a steep ascent to the high point of the day at 600M. The views back to the sea are spectacular. We follow the rocky path across the fell and descend to Honister (330M). Continue descending into the beautiful Borrowdale valley to the village of Seatoller (120M) then follow the footpaths to Rosthwaite.

Day 4 Rosthwaite (100M) to Grasmere (75M).
Distance 10 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 530m/1740ft - 6 hours

We take the track alongside Stonethwaite Beck then a rocky path climbing steadily alongside Greenup Gill. We walk steeply up the steps and rocks (a bit tricky but not technical) to the left side of Lining Crag (500M) and admire the views to the north and east. Continue to Greenup Edge, today’s high point at 620M, and then descend the rocky path to the head of Far Easedale. Your guide then considers several factors and decides to either follow the ridge walk across Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag before descending steeply into Grasmere or take the less arduous route down Far Easedale.

Day 5 Grasmere (75M) to Patterdale/Glenridding (150M).
Distance 8 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 505m/1655ft - 5 hours

We follow the lane to Mill Bridge then take the rocky path which climbs steadily alongside Tongue Gill to Grisedale Tarn (550M). From Grisedale Tarn we follow the route down hill alongside Grisedale Beck to Patterdale valley and the village of Glenridding on the shores of Ullswater.

Day 6 Patterdale/Glenridding (150M) to Bampton Grange (175M).
Distance 13 miles - Strenuous - Height Gain 760m/2500ft - 7.5 hours

A short valley walk then a sharp steep walk up to Boredale Hause (400M), the rocky path now climbs with less gradient past Angle Tarn and Satura Crag (600M), it descends to 500M and then climbs sharply again to round The Knott (739M). We then walk a short section of High Street. Our final Lakeland summit is Kidsty Pike (780M) the highest point on route. From here look back across the Lake District and then turn to view the Eden Valley and the Pennine Mountains. We descend gradually at first then steeply down to Haweswater (250M), and follow the rocky path alongside the banks of the reservoir to Burnbanks. We then follow the country lanes to Bampton Grange.

Day 7 Bampton Grange (175M) to Orton (230M).
Distance 12 miles - Moderate - Height Gain 200m/650ft - 6 hours

The Lake District Mountains are left behind and the gradients ease to cross the rolling farmland and hills in Eden Valley. We follow the footpaths across the limestone plateau passing the secluded hamlet of Oddendale and the granite boulders deposited by ice age glaciers.

Day 8 Orton (230M) to Kirkby Stephen (180M).
Distance 12 miles - Moderate - Height Gain 100m/325ft - 6 hours

We continue over rolling farmland and across the moors passing Sunbiggin, the hidden remains of several ancient settlements, and Smardale Bridge.

Day 9 Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen is a small market town situated in the Eden Valley.

Customer reviews

Hi Dean & Corinna…Overall. I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday - the views, the good company, the sense of achievement each day capped off by comfortable accommodation run by cheerful and helpful people were the main elements in its success… Accommodation. This was good overall… Luggage transfer was generally excellent…The holiday was good value for money… I thought your pre walk info was good… I would certainly recommend you…
Kind regards. Michael, Australia, Combined Coast to Coast part 1 and part 2 Guided, 2016


Hi Dean and Corinna, Just a quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed my recent 7 day walk from St Bees to Kirkby Stephen...Chris was a great leader, and although we were only a small group, we all had a great time. Chris ensured we were all comfortable with all the ups and downs and looked after us extremely well. The accommodation at each place was really good and very comfortable... I don’t think I ever emailed my appreciation of the 2nd part I did in 2011 either, which was also a great trip. I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone who wishes to undertake a guided walk in any of the areas that your company provides this service, and would certainly book with you again should I decide to head back to that part of the world for more walking in future.
Kind regards Judy, Australia, Coast to Coast part 1 Guided, 2014

Dear Dean and Corinna just wanted to say how very much I enjoyed my recent Coast to Coast part 1 walk. The organisation and accommodation was first class and our guide Chris was superb...Thank you so much for all the care and thought you obviously put in to arranging everything so well, it was a really wonderful experience.
Yours with many thanks Pam, UK, Coast to Coast part 1 Guided, 2014



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