Coast to Coast Part 1 Self Guided Walking Holiday

Holidays from 5 to 8 days Walking, 83 miles, Price from £435 per person



The Coast to Coast part 1 walk is a spectacular 83 mile route across Cumbria. The route is the Western half of Alfred Wainwright's famous coast to coast route. You walk from west to east through stunning scenery, crossing the Lake District National Park.

You start your self-guided coast to coast part 1 walking holiday at St Bees and follow the coastline before heading east and entering the Lake District National Park, home to spectacular lake and mountain scenery. Between the Lake District and Kirkby Stephen the Coast to Coast route levels to cross undulating farmland.

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.

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 between accommodation each day. The minibus service will also transfer you with your luggage if you are ill or injured.


To contact Northwestwalks
Telephone Dean or Corinna on +44 (0)1257 424889 or email nww@northwestwalks.co.uk
Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Northwestwalks, 16 Langham Road, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0TF


You can start your coast to coast walk part 1 self-guided holiday on any date of your choice between April and early 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 £435 per person.
    Single supplement £108.

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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 £510 per person.
    Single supplement £126.

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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 £575 per person.
    Single supplement £144.

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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 £630 per person.
    Single supplement £162.

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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 £18 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 with your requirements.


To contact Northwestwalks
Telephone Dean or Corinna on +44 (0)1257 424889 or email nww@northwestwalks.co.uk
Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Northwestwalks, 16 Langham Road, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0TF

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

Start of route
St Bees, Cumbria

End of route
Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

Direction of walk
West to East

Grade of walking

The Coast to Coast part 1 is a wonderful but challenging route. You will need to be physically fit (stamina for back to back long daily walks/hikes and cardiovascular for steep ascents) and be equipped to meet your challenge.

Terrain
The route is mainly through the Lake District Mountains with some steep ascents and descents. There are also sections of undulating countryside. The terrain on this trail is a diversity of rocky mountain paths,limestone plateau’s, country lanes, rolling hillsides and farmland.

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.

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 route map.

  • Emergency contact.

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, laundry services, etc.

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. We aim 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 a room with shared facilities for one night of your holiday.

Accommodation directions
We provide detailed instructions to find you accommodation.

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 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 all our customers walking 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.

Guidebooks and Maps
A guidebook and route map are included.

Emergency contact
We can be contacted 24 hours a day if required.

Weather
The weather in Northern England is varied 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/public/weather/climate

Clothing
Good outdoor clothing and waterproofs are essential, please see equipmement list for further details.

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

Equipment
Please see equipmement list for further details

Laundrette
There is a laundrette in Kirkby Stephen. Some accommodation owners also provide a laundry service for a small fee.


To contact Northwestwalks
Telephone Dean or Corinna on +44 (0)1257 424889 or email nww@northwestwalks.co.uk
Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Northwestwalks, 16 Langham Road, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0TF


The Coast to Coast Part 1 (west) 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. 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.




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 several pubs, cafes and shops.


To contact Northwestwalks
Telephone Dean or Corinna on +44 (0)1257 424889 or email nww@northwestwalks.co.uk
Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Northwestwalks, 16 Langham Road, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0TF

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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

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.


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


To contact Northwestwalks
Telephone Dean or Corinna on +44 (0)1257 424889 or email nww@northwestwalks.co.uk
Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Northwestwalks, 16 Langham Road, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0TF

Customer reviews

Dear Dean, I am currently in Kirkby Stephen, having enjoyed the first half of the C2C. The standard of accommodation was as expected: all good, or excellent, apart from one which was adequate (you had explained that it was a bit of a last resort so it wasn't a problem and we had a warm welcome)…Thank you very much for arranging this first trip - it was excellent.
Regards, Vicki, UK, Coast to Coast Part 1 Self-Guided, 2017

Hi Dean and Corinna, Just to say thank you for organising our holiday over the first half of the coast to coast. All the arrangements were without any problems, and our only disappointment was the two days of bad weather, which meant we didn't walk, but I can't blame you for that!
Thanks once again, Derek and Rosemary, UK, Coast to Coast Part 1 Self-Guided, 2017


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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