Coast to Coast Walk Self Guided Walking Holiday

Holidays from 10-18 Days Walking, 190 miles, Price from £725 per person



The Coast to Coast walk is a 190 mile route crossing the North of England. The route was devised by renowned walker and writer Alfred Wainwright and has become one of the most inspiring long distance walks in the world.

Our Coast to Coast self guided tours are independent walking holidays. You walk from west to east through stunning scenery, crossing the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks.

Typically you travel to the village of St Bees on the Cumbria coast 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 Coast to Coast route levels to cross the undulating farmland between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, where the high ground returns but with less exerting ascents. At Richmond you leave the Dales and walk across the low lying Vale of Mowbray to Ingleby Cross and the beginning of the North York Moors. From here the trail leads you on a roller coaster ride across the heather covered hills to the North Sea and Robin Hoods Bay.

Each night on the trail you stay in a different location in prebooked selected walker friendly accommodation, with breakfast provided. Your luggage is collected daily and moved 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 Coast to Coast walk and would like to gain a better idea of its landscapes and terrain please click on Coast to Coast photo diary.

The Coast to Coast route is not generally way marked, therefore map and compass reading skills are essential. This is a challenging route in parts, the valleys through the middle section, and the arable land in the eastern section make for straightforward walking, but the hills of the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are rugged and gradients can be steep, so before you embark on this walk you must be physically fit, and equipped to meet it.

We walk this route several times a year so we have a very good knowledge of the paths that you are walking and the places you are staying. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the route either before you start your holiday or while you are walking the trail.

Book with Northwestwalks and you can be confident of a personal, professional and well organised service. You can be assured we select quality walker friendly accommodation and provide a reliable daily luggage transfer service, plus a holiday pack which includes route information, accommodation details, set of route maps, guidebook and the reassurance we can always be contacted should you need assistance.


Coast to Coast Walk Itineraries and Prices

Our self guided holidays are booked on an individual basis and therefore you can start your holiday on any date of your choice between April and early October.
You can include rest days from £45ppn if required.
To book your holiday choose an itinerary that meets your requirements, then click Book Your Holiday


11 Nights Accommodation/10 Days Walking
Coast to Coast self guided holiday

  • 11 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 191 miles

  • Average daily distance 19 miles

  • Shortest day 14 miles

  • Longest day 24 miles

  • Holiday price £725 per person.
    Single supplement £165.

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12 Nights Accommodation/11 Days Walking
Coast to Coast self guided holiday

  • 12 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 191 miles

  • Average daily distance 17.5 miles

  • Shortest day 13 miles

  • Longest day 22 miles

  • Holiday price £785 per person.
    Single supplement £180.

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13 Nights Accommodation/12 Days Walking
Coast to Coast self guided holiday

  • 13 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 191 miles

  • Average daily distance 16 miles

  • Shortest day 11 miles

  • Longest day 22 miles

  • Holiday price £845 per person.
    Single supplement £195.

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14 Nights Accommodation/13 Days Walking
Coast to Coast self guided holiday

  • 14 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 191 miles

  • Average daily distance 14.5 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 22 miles

  • Holiday price £910 per person.
    Single supplement £210.

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15 Nights Accommodation/14 Days Walking
Coast to Coast self guided holiday

  • 15 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 191 miles

  • Average daily distance 13.5 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 22 miles

  • Holiday price £975 per person.
    Single supplement £225.

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16 Nights Accommodation/15 Days Walking
Coast to Coast self guided holiday

  • 16 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 192 miles

  • Average daily distance 12.5 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 19 miles

  • Holiday price £1035 per person.
    Single supplement £240.

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17 Nights Accommodation/16 Days Walking
Coast to Coast self guided holiday

  • 17 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 192 miles

  • Average daily distance 12 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 15 miles

  • Holiday price £1095 per person.
    Single supplement £255.

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18 Nights Accommodation/17 Days Walking
Coast to Coast self guided holiday

  • 18 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 191 miles

  • Average daily distance 11 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 14 miles

  • Holiday price £1150 per person.
    Single supplement £270.

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19 Nights Accommodation/18 Days Walking
Coast to Coast self guided holiday

  • 19 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 191 miles

  • Average daily distance 10.5 miles

  • Shortest day 6 miles

  • Longest day 14 miles

  • Holiday price £1210 per person.
    Single supplement £285.

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Holiday price - Our holiday prices are based on two people sharing a room.

Single supplement - There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £15 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

Extra nights/rest days can be added to your itinerary. Price from £45 per person per night.

If you want to follow an itinerary that is not listed please contact us on 01257 424889 or email nww@northwestwalks.co.uk

Holiday Information


Holidays include

  • Carefully selected walker friendly accommodation.

  • Breakfast each day.

  • Luggage transfer between overnight accommodation.

  • Backup accommodation to accommodation personal transfer if needed.

  • Route information and itinerary.

  • Detailed instructions to find your accommodation.

  • Guidebook and Harvey maps for the group Leader.

  • Emergency contact.

Tour Availability
This walking holiday is available from April to October. You can book your holiday to start on any date of your choice.

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

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

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the holiday 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 walks the Coast to Coast route will complete their challenge, however illness and injury sometimes occur. For this reason you are supported by a daily transport service, which can drive you from accommodation to accommodation if needed.

Accommodation directions
We provide detailed instructions to find you accommodation.

Guide Books and Maps
A guidebook and Harvey route maps are included.


Coast to Coast Route Description


The Coast to Coast walk is a 190 mile route crossing the North of England. The route was devised by renowned fell walker and writer Alfred Wainwright and has become one of the most inspiring long distance walks in the world. The following is intended to provide further information about the route. Please note that all distances and heights in this document are approximate and along with all the other information are provided as an aid to describe the route.

Start of route St Bees, Cumbria

End of route Robin Hoods Bay, North Yorkshire

Direction of walk West to East

Grade of walking


Terrain
The terrain varies from rocky paths (especially in the National Parks), to farmland and country lanes. The National Parks provide the added challenges of some steep ascents and descents (perfect if you like walking in the mountains and hills).

Waymarking and Navigation
Despite its popularity the route is not a National Trail and therefore waymarking is limited. We recommend you are able to navigate with a map and compass. A GPS is also a good backup device.



Route description


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.

St Bees to Cleator (village height above sea level 60M). Distance 9 miles
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. The route heads north across the coastal path with views of Scotland and the Isle of Man. Leave the coastal path and head east towards the Lake District Mountains. The route passes through the villages of Sandwith and Moor Row to Cleator.

Cleator to Ennerdale Bridge (100M). Distance 5 miles
From Cleator the route starts to climb and a steep walk takes you to Dent (352M). Admire the views before continuing across the hilltop. Descend steeply down a forest track, follow Nannycatch Beck and then the roadside paths to Ennerdale Bridge.

Ennerdale Bridge (100M) to Rosthwaite (100M). Distance 14 miles
Follow the country lanes to Ennerdale Water then the rocky path along the banks of the Lake. At the far end of the Lake make for the forest track that climbs gradually along Ennerdale valley to the remote Black Sail Hut YHA (290M). The adventurous and experienced fell walkers can leave the track and climb to follow the alternative route over High Stile (807M), rejoining the main route near the top of Loft Beck. 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. 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.

Rosthwaite (100M) to Grasmere (75M). Distance 10 miles
Follow the track alongside Stonethwaite Beck then the rocky path climbing steadily alongside Greenup Gill. Climb 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. You then have the option to 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.

Grasmere (75M) to Patterdale/Glenridding (150M). Distance 8 miles
Follow the road to Mill Bridge then take the rocky path which climbs steadily alongside Tongue Gill to Grisedale Tarn (550M). The adventurous and experienced fell walkers can leave the route and climb higher to follow one of the alternative routes, either right over St Sunday Crag (841M), or left onto Helvellyn (950M) and then across the infamous Striding Edge. From Grisedale Tarn follow the route down hill alongside Grisedale Beck into Patterdale.

Patterdale (150M) to Burnbanks (210M) near Bampton. Distance 12 miles
From Patterdale a sharp steep walk brings you to Boredale Hause (400M), the rocky path now climbs with less gradient past Angle Tarn and close to Satura Crag (600M), it descends to 500M and then climbs sharply again to round The Knott (739M). The route then turns sharp left onto High Street, an old Roman Road, and then right onto 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. Descend gradually at first then steeply down to Haweswater (250M), and follow the rocky path alongside the banks of the reservoir to Burnbanks. If staying in Bampton 1.5 miles away follow the country lanes to your accommodation, if not continue onto Shap.

Burnbanks (210M) to Shap (250M). Distance 4 miles
Follow the paths across undulating farmland to the village of Shap.

Shap (250M) to Orton (230M). Distance 8 miles
The Lake District Mountains are left behind and the gradients ease to cross the rolling farmland in Eden Valley. Follow the footpaths across the limestone plateau passing the secluded hamlet of Oddendale and granite boulders deposited by ice age glaciers. Orton is a mile to the south of the route so if you are walking to Kirkby Stephen you can bypass the village.

Orton (230M) to Kirkby Stephen (180M). Distance 12 miles
Continue over rolling farmland and across the moors passing Sunbiggin, the hidden remains of several ancient settlements, and Smardale Bridge to the market town Kirkby Stephen.

Kirkby Stephen (180M) to Keld (350M). Distance 13 miles
Cross Franks Bridge and head for the lane which becomes a broad path onto the Pennine Moors and the summit of Nine Standards Rigg (662M). Depending on the time of year there are three routes over and around Nine Standards; green (avoiding the summit) for winter and spring, red for early summer, and blue for late summer and autumn. All routes cross peat, which is notoriously boggy in wet weather, before descending to the River Swale and the road in to Keld. If the weather is poor a road over the moor leads from Kirkby Stephen to Keld.

Keld (350M) to Reeth (200M). Distance 11 miles
From Keld you have a choice of routes. The main route stays high and crosses moorland that is scarred from a lead mining industry that disappeared at the end of the 19th century. From Keld the route descends to the river then climbs past Crackpot Hall and the ruins of Swinner Gill mine workings. It crosses the moor (580M) before dropping into Gunnerside Gill (400M) and then up onto Melbecks Moor (550M). From here a broad track descends gradually passing the ruins of Old Gang Smelting Mills to Surrender Bridge (350M) and another smelt mill. The last test of the day is to drop into Cringley Bottom, cross the river and then continue over the farmland to Reeth. The alternative route, which is very appealing if staying in Thwaite or Muker, is to follow the ‘royal road’ through Swaledale valley. The route passes through Gunnerside and a few small pleasant Yorkshire Dales villages.

Reeth (200M) to Richmond (150M). Distance 11 miles
This is a much easier day’s walk across rolling countryside passing Marrick Priory, Marske village and Whitecliffe wood to the largest town on route, Richmond.

Richmond (150M) to Danby Wiske (36M). Distance 13 miles
The route to Danby Wiske is almost level and generally easy going, it crosses farmlands to Bolton on Swale and then follows 7 miles of country lanes across the low lying Vale of Mowbray.

Danby Wiske (36M) to Ingleby Cross (80M). Distance 9 miles
The path remains easy going initially following the country lanes before returning to farm land. Take care crossing the busy A19 road.

Ingleby Cross (80M) to Clay Bank Top (250M) near Great Broughton. Distance 13 miles
This is the start of the crossing over the Cleveland Hills and the North York Moors, which are covered in purple heather during late summer months. The route follows the Cleveland Way trail and climbs steadily over Beacon Hill (299M) then descends into Scugdale (100M). Not keen to stay low the sometimes paved path climbs steadily at first then steeply onto Gold Hill (315M). It continues onto Carlton Moor (408M) before descending to Green Bank (300M). Once again it climbs going over Cringle Moor (430M), descends to 280M back up to 400M, down again to 300M and then a final climb through the Wainstones onto Hasty Bank (398M) before descending to the road at Clay Bank Top (250M). If all the up and down seems like too much hard work there is a path that contours round the hills from Green Bank to Clay Bank

Clay Bank Top (250M) to Blakey Ridge (400M). Distance 9 miles
There is a steep ascent to Carr Ridge (390M) followed by a gradual rise to the summit of Round Hill (454M), the highest point on the North York Moors. The path descends to Bloworth Crossing (400M) were it leaves the Cleveland Way and continues on an almost level disused railway line across the desolate moors to the remote Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge.

Blakey Ridge (400M) to Glaisdale (120M). Distance 10 miles
After a few miles alongside the road the route follows a track across the heather clad moors. Another road walk and then the route continues along a broad disused track gradually descending Glaisdale Moor into Glaisdale village.

Glaisdale (120M) to Grosmont (50M). Distance 4 miles
Never far from the River Esk the route passes through East Arnecliffe Wood to Egton Bridge where it follows a once toll road through the private estate of Egton Manor to Grosmont.

Grosmont (50M) to Littlebeck (50M). Distance 4 miles
The road climbs steeply out of Grosmont (its not called the 1 in 3 for nothing) to its high point on Sleights Moor (285M), there are wonderful views to Whitby and the sea. Still on heather moorland the route descends into Littlebeck (50M).

Littlebeck (50M) to Robin Hoods Bay. Distance 11 miles
The route follows a woodland trail. After the woodland the path rises and crosses a final stretch of heather moorland before following country lanes to the coast. This time the path turns south to follow a coastal path to Robin Hoods Bay and a final last descent to the sea. Follow tradition once more by dipping your boot in the sea and throwing your pebble in (that should baffle the geologists in years to come). Your challenge is complete.

Robin Hoods Bay
Robin Hoods Bay is a picturesque once fishing village and reputed smugglers haunt. Being built on the hillside the street from top to bottom of the village is the final steep descent/ascent on route.

Travel


By train
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at www.thetrainline.com
Prices can vary greatly and reduced price ‘Advanced tickets’ are sometimes available and can be purchased from approximately 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.
To/From Kirkby Stephen (for coast to coast part 1 and 2 walkers)
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
From Robin Hoods Bay
Scarborough train station is a 40 minute bus or taxi journey from Robin Hoods Bay. Approximate journey times – To Manchester Airport 3 hours. To London 3 hours.



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.
Transfer from Robin Hoods Bay to St Bees - price from £110 per person (this transfer is over two days and the price includes a night’s accommodation in Kirkby Stephen).
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).
Transfer from Robin Hoods Bay to Kirkby Stephen - price £30.00 per person (depart 16:00 – arrive 18:15).

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


Equipment List


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 (30 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

Customer reviews

Hello Dean. Just wanted to say a big thank you …for the magnificent organisation of our C2C walk. Accommodation was great and never had a worry that our luggage wouldn't be waiting for us!! Will happily recommend your company to our friends.
Once again thanks so much from Australia. Gill, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015


Hi, Dean, Our walk went well and all the baggage connections were successful. Interesting and varied choice of places to stay... I hope to post something on the logistics of what we walked and if so will mention your company.
Thanks, John, USA, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015

Hello Dean and Corinna, We really enjoyed our Coast to Coast walk which you arranged for us from Aug to Sept. The accommodations were lovely and bag transfers went without a hitch. This was our first long walk and we so enjoyed it we’d like to try another. Many thanks for arranging and overseeing our C2C walk.
Best regards, Christa, Canada, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015


Hello Dean & Corinna, Just a quick note to express my thanks to you for the extremely efficient and seamless organisation of our Coast to Coast accommodation and baggage transfers last week. We managed to complete the walk in the scheduled 10 days, and all the arrangements you made for us were spot-on and faultless, which was much appreciated. We may well come back and do the walk again with some others, so rest assured that we will then engage your services once again. Thank you again.
Best wishes, Alan, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015

Dear Dean and Corinna…. I have just returned from our Coast to Coast walk. The trip was outstanding. We enjoyed every moment of the walk. The scenery, accommodations, hosts and organization were all superb. We want to thank you for all your help in setting the trip up for us, and for your assistance both before and during the trip. We are most appreciative. Although all accommodations were great, two or three merit special comment. …In all, it was a wonderful experience. You helped create a lifetime of memories for us and for that we thank you.
Regards Wayne, USA, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015


Hi Dean and Corinna, My husband and I were the second couple of the…party and did the C2C June/July this year. We just wanted to thank you both so much for the role you played in making this one of the most memorable “ holidays” (sort of ha ha) ever!! We have travelled in the UK before but had never really got “in to” those areas the way one can when walking – and had not expected such high quality of the B&Bs you organised – we were very impressed! The ferrying of our luggage went smoothly and every day our bags were waiting for us – fantastic! We are committed to continuing our long walks now – and I notice you offer several others.… No doubt you will hear from us again in the not too distant future.
Thank you both, Vicki and Peter, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015

Dean and Corinna just want to let you know that we had a great time on the C2C that you arranged for us and everything went smoothly. Thank you for the superb arrangements, choice of B&B’s and bag movements – it all went flawlessly…And I will be recommending Northwest walks to organise it for them! But the quality or the walk is sensational – every single day is interesting and has plenty of variety. I can easily see why it is such a popular long distance walk. So now, what next? Well we are interested in doing some more walks, maybe next year or the year after…And thank you once again for arranging a sensational holiday, one that we will remember for a long long time.
Regards, Russell and Carol, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015


Hi Dean, I have been meaning to drop you a quick line to say how much I enjoyed the Coast to Coast walk recently. I had a great time and met some fab people ... and I didn't get lost!!!! I was also very lucky with the weather overall. Thanks again for all the last minute arrangements you made for me. Everything worked perfectly.
Kind regards... Lindy, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015

We completed the walk last Sunday and now that I am back in the office on behalf of both of us I just want to pass on my thanks for the way that you organised out trip which hugely enhanced the enjoyment of the holiday. The only drawbacks had nothing to do with you but were entirely due to my errant map reading and road works…If I hear of anyone mad enough to consider doing the walk I will highly recommend your company. Many thanks again!
Regards, Keith, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015


Dear Dean and Corinna, I just wanted to thank you for the outstand service you and your company provided. I had a truly wonderful time on my Coast to Coast walk. It really was more than I could have imagined. I was sad when we got to Robin Hoods Bay, and was ready to just keep walking. The accommodations were wonderful and transfer service superb. I have been looking at your website and am looking forward to booking another one of your self-guided walks. Thank you again for a truly wonderful holiday.
Very respectfully, Martin, USA, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015

We recently used your service for the coast to coast walk. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk and would gladly recommend using your company…Thank you for your services.
Pamela and Karl, Canada, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015


Dear Dean, Just to let you know that we have finished our week of walking on the C2C and everything work very well. The walking was excellent, the countryside fabulous, the accommodation pleasant and welcoming and the weather OK. Thank you for co-ordinating our walk with Liz and Alan so efficiently.
Best wishes, David, Canada, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015

Just a quick note on my return home to say thank you for the organisation of accommodation and baggage transfer during our coast to coast adventure. It was really reassuring to know that our bed and breakfast accommodation would be easy to locate, comfortable and friendly and never far away from a local hostelry for an evening meal. The luggage transfer was well organised and coped with a passenger on one day! Really appreciated your help when one of our party locked his accommodation info in his bag … Thank you Dean for being with us every step of the way!
Jean, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2015


My brother Brian and I have recently completed our walking trip from 4-11 October which you organised for us - Helmsley to Robin Hood's Bay using the first part of the Cleveland Way and the last part of the Coast to Coast. We'd like to thank you very much for making it so enjoyable. All the arrangements worked without a hitch. The bags arrived when and where they should … and all our accommodation was of a good standard. We were struck by how friendly and helpful all our hosts were, with those at Sutton Bank, Clay Bank Top and Littlebeck in particular going out of their way to make sure we got the best from our stay. It was clear from chatting to other walkers that your choices of accommodation were particularly good in comparison with some others. So we felt fortunate to have been able to benefit from your knowledge of the area, and pleased that we'd asked you to do the organisation for us. We hope to be able to walk with you again!
All best wishes, Amy & Brian, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014

Now that we have successfully completed the C2C you arranged for us, we thank you for it. The organisation was excellent, the accommodation very good and the luggage transfers faultless. We really enjoyed the experience - or, rather, the experiences because the countryside is so different in different places - and your seamless and invisible booking and transfer services took a lot of anxiety off our shoulders. We will not hesitate to recommend you to anybody who shows an interest in copying our walk. Once again, many, many thanks.
Eleanor and Bob, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014


Dear Dean & Corinna, We completed the Coast to Coast walk last week and just wanted to thank you for your prompt and efficient organisation of our accommodation and smooth transfer of bags. All the accommodation was excellent and we loved the variation. Everyone we met was helpful and welcoming. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk and had no difficulties - pacing the walk over 19 days with 2 rest days is a great way to maximise enjoyment! Once again many thanks.
Regards, Robyn & David, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014

Dear Northwest walks, I wanted to let you know that my experience of walking the Coast to Coast from May 3 to May 22 was a most wonderful time enjoyed with two friends. Your bookings and management of the whole trip worked seamlessly with luggage arriving each time. It was a pleasure to arrive at each B and B as anticipated guests and often greeted with a cup of tea and home-made cake. The facilities were all acceptable with some being exceptional and the helpfulness about attending to our requests for information or extra services were all met with politeness...Thanks for contributing to the success of our holiday and for running your business so efficiently.
Kind regards, Ruth, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014


Hi Dean & Corinna Our group of 8 completed the C2C with everyone hiking the entire way without injury! Thank you for transporting our baggage and booking our accommodation. We thoroughly enjoyed the hike. There were a few B&B’s that were outstanding... Each of those establishments went out of their way to welcome us and ensure our stay was comfortable... Thank you for your service.
Sincerely, Donna, Canada, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014

Dear Dean and Corinna, We finished our walk last Thursday and wanted to let you know how fantastic it was, thanks to your seamless organisation. It was the most amazing experience and we feel we have at last achieved a major milestone in our walking. We met such super fellow walkers from Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK and swapped blisters with them! We have many lovely stories to tell our friends and families and are already swapping photos with fellow walkers. Must come back to earth now and book another walk.
Best wishes, Frances and Martin, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014


Dear Dean, We arrived back home on Wednesday having all reached RHB without any serious problems, apart from a sore foot or knee... Everything went smoothly without any hitches... We thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip ... we would be happy to use your services again if we take on any more of these trails.
Best wishes John, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014

Dean, Just to let you know we completed the C2C on Wednesday. Everything worked well; I think we got the stage break-down (balance between longer/harder and easy days) about right bearing in mind I was not using luggage transport...
Many thanks...Warren, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014


Hello Dean and Corinna, Thank you very much for the organisation of our marvellous Coast to Coast Walk for us in August. Every day since we are talking about the experience... Walking the C2C was a fantastic experience. The landscape was very nice, the walk very relaxing. We enjoyed it a lot and think already of our next long distance walk.
Kind regards, Benoît & Ann, Belgium, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014

Dear Dean and Corinna, My friend and I have just returned home to Melbourne having completed the Wainwright walk you put together for us. I want you to know what a great pleasure it was for us to do the walk and how very grateful we are to your Company for making the experience such a happy one. The accommodation was always delightful, the hosts charming and helpful and … the hospitality was always wonderful. We loved the walk, we loved the truly beautiful English countryside, we loved the fresh air, the wildflowers, the little pubs and farms, the amazing friendliness of the people we met on the way and we loved the efficiency of the luggage transfers. I am very happy to refer your Company to my friends and I congratulate you and thank you for making our walking holiday such an outstanding success.
Thank you Sincerely, Anna, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014


Dean just returned from our c to c walk and wanted to give you some feedback. First let me say our group of five enjoyed this true physical challenge, and the people we met along the way, especially those at the b&b's. The baggage transfers went without a problem... and we are looking at doing future walks and will think of you guys when we do.
Jack, USA, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014

Our walk was fantastic, and we had a wonderful time with absolutely no problems, injuries or blisters. Even the weather was on our side (2013 was awful!)… There has been an amazing amount of work done on the track since, and it was in excellent condition. The weather Gods couldn't resist a bit of rain and mist for the last few days, so we still haven't seen the scenery between Ingleby Cross and Clay Top! The standard of all the B&Bs was excellent...
With many thanks and kind regards, John & Hilary, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014


As a member of the ‘P..t party’ which recently undertook the coast to coast walk recently can I thank you for the efficient operation throughout. The chosen accomodation was also excellent and a super time was had by all. The glorious weather helped too!
John, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014

We are back in NZ now and just wanted to let you know that we had really enjoyed the Coast to Coast Walk we did with your company. We appreciated the effort you put into finding us accommodation bookings at a late stage in the season and have to say that all the accommodation met or exceeded our expectations. It is certainly a challenging walk, in NZ terms a "trek" but with guidebook and maps, the GPS we had with us and the help of other walkers we found our way and were able to enjoy the range of scenery and terrain the walk offers. The movement of our bags was so efficient... A bonus was we had good weather and met some great people.
With regards Elizabeth and Stephen, New Zealand, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2014


Dear Dean, Now back from my 2014 self-guided Coast to Coast walk. Many thanks to Northwest Walks for the organisation of this, my fourth walk with you. Your demonstrated care to detail, promptness, genuinely personalised service and, when asked for, "after-sales" service come highly recommended. Thanks again Best wishes Ian, Australia

Can I take this opportunity to thank and congratulate you both on your North West Walks business and the amazingly smooth operation that you have created. We have had the most wonderful experience, in some gorgeous weather (that really helped!) and met some delightful locals along the way as well. The Brits really do take their walking and outdoor pursuits seriously don't they!Each B&B and hotel that we stayed in were well appointed, brilliantly placed (always on the way for the next days walk, or at a point where we easily linked up - which helped our next days planning), with friendly knowledgable hosts as well. Our walk was completed over 17 days with three rest days built in, which we really enjoyed and which gave our legs and feet some well needed rest, as well as allowing us time to soak up three lovely towns and villages. The luggage always arrived (or in Keld arrived straight after we did) before we did and that operation in itself was fantatsically managed (so thank you to those businesses also). Can I wish you both well for the future and encourage you to continue to provide such a seamless experience for your clients. For us, this holiday was the best we have had and we are both extremely happy and proud to have walked such a fabulous route and had such a brilliant experience along the way. As we describe it to our friends, now that we are home I am confident that more Aussie business will be coming your way over the ensuing years. Again to both of you, thank you.
Vaughan and Lyn, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2013


This is a very big thank you for setting up and booking the necessary details of our Coast to Coast walk. Everything went perfectly! We were very pleased with the accomodations that you selected for us, and the daily baggage transfers went flawlessly. The guidebook and the maps that you supplied were also excellent, and we made great use of them. We were also very pleased to discover that each time we arrived at a new location the proprietors were expecting us and greeted us by name. They also spoke very highly of you and your operation. We are aware that you can't actually take credit for the weather, but as it turns out, that was fantastic as well. All in all this was our best holiday ever, and we're hoping to come back next year to do it all again! Thanks again, Dean and Corinna, you did a fantastic job!
Dan & Kristen, Hawaii, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2013

This is to thank you for putting together a wonderful walking holiday for us. "The B&Bs we’ve stayed in have all been beautifully presented with comfortable beds and clean linen. The hosts have been invariably pleasant and usually happy to chat about themselves and their town or village. Some have been tiny cottages dating back to 16th century; a couple have been in large Victorian villas. Some hosts have been obsessively neat and controlling; one was a bloke’s B&B – a pint of beer and a discussion about 1990 Mercedes cars; one was run in a 16th C pub that was much bigger on the inside than the outside but the ceiling beams were built for Kerry’s height rather than Gordon’s. All looked after us with a solid breakfast that generally kept us going until dinner with a few snacks during the day. Dinner was sometimes memorable, like steak and ale pie at Ennerdale Bridge, Thai ginger fish and stir-fried veges at Broughton, filet Rossini at Richmond, fish pie and turbot at Robin Hoods Bay. And lots of great beers." Please thank the B&B owners.
Gordon and Kerry, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2013


Just a quick note to say thanks for making possible our Coast to Coast holiday which we found to be a richly enjoyable experience. We would like to compliment you all at Northwestwalks for a friendly and efficient service and hope to use your services in the future.
Andy, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2013

One week on, just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the walk. Your organisation was perfect and everything went to plan.
Peter, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2013


I have recently completed the C2C. The biggest compliment I can pay to you is that you provided info up to the walk and I never had cause to contact you again. All went smoothly, I enjoyed the B&Bs and the luggage transfers went without hitch to add to a wonderful experience overall. Got the long distance bug now so will be in touch again I am sure.
Bob, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2013

Having finally got back to home base wanted to thank you for the great job you did in organizing and facilitating our Coast to Coast.....
Christine, USA, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2013


We have just returned to NZ and reflect on our walk. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The B&B's were very good...If we were to do it again we would build in one rest day somewhere....You are so fortunate in the UK in having so may walks/pathways to follow and do. So thanks for what you did for us and we have already recommended you to others.
Maurie and Denise, New Zealand, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2013

A follow up note after our successful C2C walk. Everything went perfectly, without a hitch....B&B drying facilities were usually very good, some superb, and we had no trouble getting some washing done from time to time. The B&Bs were almost always excellent. We were lucky enough to be sole occupants at a couple of farm-type accommodations which meant huge rooms and top-class service. Owners were usually helpful with lifts to pubs, etc....Finally, thank you for the excellent service, and we will have no hesitation using you again if possible, and we have already recommended you to friends.
John and Hilary, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2013


We used the services of Northwestwalks for our recent self-guided Coast to Coast walk. We were most pleased with all of the accommodations and the luggage shuttle. Thank you for arranging everything so that we could focus on the walk. The weather was not the most hospitable, but it all added to the experience of the journey and will certainly allow us to embellish our tales to friends and family!
Ethel and Glen, USA, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2013

Just to let you know that our Coast to Coast walk was very successful and that all your arrangements and baggage transfers worked perfectly......
Janet and Michael, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2013


Just wanted to send a brief note to thank you for the work you did to arrange the itinerary, lodging, and baggage transport on our coast to coast walk. The accommodations at every point were incredible! Beautiful lodging, great hosts, amazing food! The baggage arrived without hitch. Thank you thank you...everything was fantastic!
Laurel, USA, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2012

Finished my coast to coast walk at Kirkby Stephen and just wanted to thank you for the package you put together for me at short notice. Everything was great...
Steve, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2012


Just a quick e mail to say thank you we had a fantastic walk all went well and the quality of the accommodation was spot on, thank you.
Sarah, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2012

I've just completed the Coast to Coast walk which I booked through your company. Just a short message to say that everything was spot on...Food was excellent everywhere and walkers' needs well catered for. The luggage moving was also excellent with my suitcase waiting for me at every location.
Jim, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2012


We just wanted to thank you for all the arrangements you made on our behalf for our recent coast to coast walk. All the B&B and luggage transporting arrangements worked out really well and we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. You will be pleased to know that everyone we mentioned Northwest Walks to en route was very complimentary about you both! The standard of B&Bs was really good...
Sara, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2012

Thank you for making a truly memorable holiday made very easy!! thank you for all your hard work, all the transfers were bang on time and our bags were waiting for us at the end of each day, a brilliant service we will certainly be recommending you......This was our first walking holiday which was made better by your knowledge and attention to detail. Thank you for all your hard work, very much appreciated.
Debby, Simon and Chris, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2012


I recently completed this Coast-to-Coast with a couple of friends. All three of us wanted to say a big thank you to NWW for a superbly organized holiday. Luggage transfers worked like clockwork and we were very impressed by the standard of accommodation, which was above our expectations. So many of our landladies went out of their way to make us welcome and help us on our way. We traveled at a fairly gentle pace, had a great time and took home lots of memories. Thank you both once again.
Richard, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2012

Just a short line to thank you both for organising a wonderful experience for me. I had no experience of any kind of serious walking but I did my training and knowing I had comfortable, welcoming accommodation every night (who were all expecting me) was very reassuring. You obviously take your research seriously and I absolutely loved it all....
Robin, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2012


Got back from our vacation last night and just wanted to drop you a great big THANKS. It was wonderful and mainly in part to all that you did. The B & B's, pubs, and inns were perfect with all the hosts kind and very helpful… It was a great experience and we will recommend you to anyone we hear of going that way. Thanks again so much for all your help in planning our trip we appreciate it.
Beverly, Hawaii, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011

I want to thank you for helping organize our recent (August) coast to coast walk. We had a memorable holiday made all the more enjoyable by the standard of accommodation arranged on our behalf. Without fail our hosts were friendly and helpful and the daily luggage transfer was faultless. Even the weather was kind to us.
Bruce, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011


I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing adventure, the accommodation was excellent and the staff at all the locations were helpful and friendly, all of your arrangements including bag transfers made what could have been a challenging trip carefree apart from a few blisters. Thanks again for everything; we will be using you again for the next adventure.
Roger, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011

We are home and starting to get over jet lag, so I wanted to take this chance to thank you for the well-organized and great trip you put together for us. The B&B's were very good… The logistics for trips like these are complicated and it all went smoothly. Our bags were always there waiting for us and the proprietors were always expecting us. Thanks so much.
Meg, USA, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011


Well we completed the Coast to Coast on the 10th July and felt we must write and say THANK YOU! We found the service that North West Walks provided to be excellent, reasonably priced and without exception the B&B’s we stayed at to be extremely comfortable and the hosts friendly and very obliging…. Thank you once again and we will have no hesitation in recommending your company to our walking friends in Australia.
Ray and Winsome, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011

Just a quick email to say a huge thank you for enabling me to complete the Coast to Coast walk recently. It was a wonderful experience - unforgettable. Thank you for all your help in booking my accommodation & transferring my luggage. It all went without a hitch. I am now thinking of doing the West Highland Way & I'll definitely book it with you if I do decide to do it. Many thanks again - see you next year!
Sue, Ireland, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011


Well here we are back in NZ having finished the C 2 C in fine fettle… In other words we thoroughly enjoyed…Many thanks for the fine organising of our trip, everything worked out very well, we enjoyed the contrasts in our accommodation plus the anticipation of what lay ahead at the end of each day…We have no hesitation in recommending your company to others and may be tempted to look at coming back to do another walk sometime. Once again thank you
Sheila and Ray, New Zealand, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011

We completed our Coast to Coast to walk on Sunday. We just wanted to let you know that it was a wonderful experience for us and that all the arrangements made by you worked like clockwork. So thank you very much for all your organisation - we appreciated it all immensely - including the selection of B&Bs and hotels. We would not hesitate to recommend your company to friends.
Jennifer and David, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011


Many thanks for your organisation of our walk and making things go so smoothly. All of us had a great time and found the whole experience very rewarding…The places we stayed at were all very good and we'd be very happy to recommend your firm …
Nigel, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011

Recently my son... and I with Steve as the guide completed the Coast 2 Coast walk. We were both blown away by the experience and would like to sincerely thank you and your company for making our adventure so enjoyable…your advice about being prepared and equipped for the walk was correct. Hoping to be back soon to tackle another walk…soon.
Howard, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011


We thought you might like some feedback as we have just returned from doing the Coast to Coast booked through you. All of your arrangements were excellent and we were very pleased with the high standard of B&B accommodation. The transfer of the bags went very smoothly …Your instructions and other paperwork were very clear…Some of the B&B’s were exceptional…All in all, some very good choices by North West Walks. We were recommended to your company by our friends…we would certainly recommend North West Walks to others. With many thanks.
Michael, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011

We have successfully completed our Coast to coast and want to thank you for organising it for us. Everything went perfectly to plan - our bags always waiting for us and the accommodation and breakfasts were all very good and a few even exceeded our expectations. It was a fantastic experience with wonderful walking and … we had great weather and did not want to stop walking!
Susie, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011


Just wanted to say what a great time I had doing the coast to coast walk between 18th April and 30th April… the whole trip was great and I'm grateful to North West Walks for organising it all for me… It was an awesome experience.
Jessica, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2011

Just returned home from our UK trip which included the Coast to Coast walk booked through your company. Thought I would write to say how much we enjoyed the walk and although strenuous the fantastic scenery and friendship among walkers met along the way made it a most wonderful experience. The walk was made all the more enjoyable due to the excellent B & B's and luggage service.
Ivan, Australia, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2010


Thanks a lot myself and my son had a great coast to coast walk. And we were well looked after at the Bed and Breakfast would recommend your company to everybody. br />David and Mark, UK, Coast to Coast Self-Guided, 2010.


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