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Walking from Coast to Coast West

10 days
from
$1,649 USD
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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
W09LY
Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Ages:
12+

Follow the Coast-to-Coast walking route from St Bees, on the shores of the Irish Sea, to Kirkby Stephen in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Travel across country, up fells and down dales experiencing some of the most spectacular scenery that the Lake District has to offer.

The world famous Coast-to-Coast is an exhilarating long-distance walking route originally described by the writer Alfred Wainwright in his book of the same name. First published in 1973, the book has grown in renown and today is as popular as ever, with the walk itself featuring on the bucket list of all keen walkers.

This 9 night tour follows the route from St Bees, on the shores of the Irish Sea, to Kirkby Stephen in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It takes you across country, up fells and down dales and features some of the most spectacular scenery that the Lake District has to offer.

The walking is challenging and only recommended for experienced fell walkers and confident map readers, but the sense of achievement and camaraderie when you encounter fellow coast to coasters makes it all worthwhile.

Your accommodation each night is in carefully picked B&Bs, with either ensuite or private facilities, where friendly smiles and warm welcomes to weary walkers are guaranteed!

Highlights

  • Exhilarating high fell walking through the Lakes District to the Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • Stay 2 nights in Grasmere, renowned home village of William Wordsworth
  • Outstanding sweeping views from the Lake District's remote fells

Key information

  • 9 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 2 hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • GPS tracks and maps
  • Guide book
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom

What's included

  • 9 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of 2 hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps 
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • GPS tracks and maps
  • Guide book

What's not included

  • Hotel upgrades
  • Transfers to and from hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
  • Visas & vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

7

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

The walking is challenging and only recommended for experienced fell walkers and confident map readers. The route takes you across country, up fells and down dales.

Day by day breakdown
Day 223.0km/14.5miles
Day 315.0km/24.0miles
Day 415.0km/9.5miles
Day 617.0km/10.5miles
Day 719.0km/12.0miles
Day 821.0km/13.0miles
Day 920.0km/12.5miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

St Bees
to
Kirkby Stephen
  • Day 1

    Arrive in St Bees

    Check into your B&B, a convenient short walk from St Bees railway station.

  • Day 2

    St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge

    Before setting off this morning, follow the tradition of all coast to coast walkers, and collect a stone from the beach in St. Bees, which you will carry to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea. Then set off along the coast before turning inland towards the village of Sandwith. Once you’ve passed through the sleepy villages of Moor Row and Cleator, you reach the first climb of the trip – Dent Fell - before arriving at the small village of Ennerdale Bridge.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite

    You're now in the Lake District National Park and the day starts with a walk along Ennerdale Water with superb views of the approaching fells. From here, you have a choice: either go high up to Red Pike and over High Stile onto the iconic Haystacks and past Inominate Tarn (where Wainwright’s ashes were scattered) or follow a gentler route up to Black Sail Youth Hostel and then up Loft Beck. Both routes take you to Honister Slate mine – the last working slate mine in England - before a descent into the village of Rosthwaite.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Rosthwaite to Grasmere

    A shorter stage today, but the ascent to the day's only peak, Greenup Edge, is steep and demanding. The view from here is another iconic picture of the unique and beautiful landscape of the Lake District. Overnight in pretty Grasmere.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Free Day in Grasmere

    A day off from walking today and the chance to explore Grasmere, including the Wordsworth Museum and the poet's former residence, Dove Cottage.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Grasmere to Patterdale

    All walkers climb up to Grisedale Hause with gorgeous views back towards Grasmere. From here, you have the option to go even higher and up the famous Helvellyn peak or onto St Sunday Crag - with far reaching views as far as Ullswater - before coming down Grisedale into Patterdale. Alternatively, take the direct route down Grisedale to the village.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Patterdale to Bampton

    The day starts with another climb and impressive panoramic views across to Fairfield, Helvellyn, Hartsop and Kirkstone Pass. You continue beside Angle Tarn, across the old Roman path of High St and onto Kidsty Pike - at 780m, the highest point on the Coast to Coast Walk, from where there are amazing views down to Haweswater and Riggindale. Descend to Haweswater - formed in the 1930's to provide water to the cities of the North West - for an undulating onward walk into the charming village of Bampton.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Bampton to Orton

    There is less climbing today than the previous two days. Set off through fields to Shap Abbey, the ruins of a monastery founded in the 13th century. The monks abandoned it to Henry V111 in 1540 and since then it has served as a memory of a bygone era. After passing through the small town of Shap, the route crosses into the Westmorland Fells in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. From here, the vistas change from dramatic granite rocks to an open limestone landscape as you continue to the tiny village of Orton.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Orton to Kirkby Stephen

    Today's stage takes you through open countryside with occasional villages, remote houses and secluded farms - and a wide panorama towards the distinctive Howgills and the distant Pennines. Pass Smardale Bridge, a stunning piece of Victorian architecture from a long-gone railway. Then it's on into the small yet lively town of Kirkby Stephen, with its welcoming pubs, cafes and restaurants, in the heart of the lovely Eden Valley.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Kirkby Stephen

    Depart Kirkby Stephen after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

Enjoy the local cuisine in quintessentially British pubs, cafes and delicatessens - The Lake District is home to many regional specialities including Cumberland Sausage, Kendal Mint Cake and Grasmere Gingerbread. However, there are also newer twists on traditional flavours to enjoy, with Kendal Mint Cake Liqueur and damson ketchup to name but a few.

Weather

Summers here tend to be slightly cooler and winters milder to what one might expect. The warmest months to visit are from June through to August, temperatures start to warm up around April and remain pleasant until October time. We advise you take waterproofs as showers can occur anytime of year.

Is this trip for you?

Walking Conditions
Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
Average daily distance: 20km
No. of days walking: 7
Terrain and route: The walking is challenging and only recommended for experienced fell walkers and confident map readers, but the sense of achievement and camaraderie when you encounter fellow coast to coasters makes it all worthwhile.

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

INNS AND BED AND BREAKFASTS, COAST TO COAST

On this trip we use well selected bed and breakfasts or traditional village inns, which are generally family owned and with lovely views over the surrounding fells and dales.

Many come with their own restaurant, cafe or pub; otherwise options for refreshments and dinner are available locally.

All are comfortable, with ensuite or occasionally private facilities, with your hosts well accustomed to welcoming weary coast to coast walkers! Hearty English breakfasts are included as standard.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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