Coast to Coast Part 1 Self Guided Walking Holiday

Holidays from 5-8 Days Walking, 83 miles, Price from £425 per person



This is an 83 mile self guided walking holiday following Wainwrights Coast to Coast route across Cumbria. Our Coast to Coast self guided tours are independent walking holidays. You walk from west to east through stunning scenery, crossing the Lake District Mountains.

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 walker friendly 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 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 hills 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.

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, route map, guidebook and the reassurance we can always be contacted should you need assistance.


Coast to Coast Walk Part 1 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 October.
You can include rest days from £50ppn if required.
To book your holiday choose an itinerary that meets your requirements, then click Book Your Holiday


6 Nights Accommodation/5 Days Walking
Coast to Coast part 1 self guided holiday

  • 6 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 83 miles

  • Average daily distance 16.5 miles

  • Shortest day 14 miles

  • Longest day 21 miles

  • Holiday price £425 per person.
    Single supplement £90.

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7 Nights Accommodation/6 Days Walking
Coast to Coast part 1 self guided holiday

  • 7 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 83 miles

  • Average daily distance 14 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 21 miles

  • Holiday price £485 per person.
    Single supplement £105.

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8 Nights Accommodation/7 Days Walking
Coast to Coast part 1 self guided holiday

  • 8 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 83 miles

  • Average daily distance 12 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 14 miles

  • Holiday price £560 per person.
    Single supplement £120.

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9 Nights Accommodation/8 Days Walking
Coast to Coast part 1 self guided holiday

  • 9 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

  • Backup accomm. to accomm. passenger transport

  • Guidebook & route map

  • Accommodation directions & holiday information

  • Total distance 83 miles

  • Average daily distance 10.5 miles

  • Shortest day 6 miles

  • Longest day 14 miles

  • Holiday price £620 per person.
    Single supplement £135.

Click here to view Itinerary


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 £50 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 route map 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 map are included.


Coast to Coast Part 1 (West) Route Description


The Coast to Coast Part 1 is an 83 mile route across Cumbria. The route is the western half of Alfred Wainwright's famous coast to coast route. The following is intended to provide further information about the route and points of interest. 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. Several guide books providing more detailed route descriptions and information are available.

Start of route St Bees, Cumbria

End of route Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

Direction of walk West to East

Grade of walking


Terrain
The route is mainly through the Lake District Mountains on rocky paths with some steep ascents and descents (perfect if you like walking in the mountains and hills). There are also sections of undulating countryside.

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
Kirkby Stephen is a small market town in the eden valley with a few pubs, cafes and shops.

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.
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




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


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

Dear Corinna, Many thanks for making such excellent arrangements for the first half of our Coast to Coast walk. It was a great success. We look forward to booking the second half with you next year.
Kind regards, Mark, UK, Coast to Coast Part 1 Self-Guided, 2015

Hi Dean, Just a quick line to say thanks for a great holiday. The walking was great and all the arrangements worked well. The accommodation choices were all ideal ….being in good locations for the walk and all really comfortable and friendly. ..So thanks again for a really enjoyable holiday.
Kind regards, Dave, UK, Coast to Coast Part 1 Self-Guided, 2015


I have been meaning to email you ever since we got back from our walk to say how much we enjoyed it and how impressed we were with the organisation, accommodation and baggage transfer service…We have already decided we must do the second half of the walk another time, so you will doubtless be hearing from me again.Thanks again for a very successful holiday.
Jean, UK, Coast to Coast Part 1 Self-Guided, 2011

We got back from the first half of the C2C on Friday night and wanted to write and say how much we enjoyed the walk. It was great to have everything booked up in advance and our cases waiting for us when we arrived at each B and B… we were really pleased that you had booked us into such comfortable accommodation along the route. We are already planning the second half and will be contacting you shortly. Meanwhile, thank you so much for organising everything so well!
Sara-Jane, UK, Coast to Coast Part 1 Self-Guided, 2011


My husband and I have just recently completed the first half of the Coast to Coast Walk with North West Walks and wanted to say thank you so much for arranging a fabulous trip for us.
Philippa, Australia, Coast to Coast Part 1 Self-Guided, 2010


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