The Coast to Coast Walk has become the UK’s most iconic long-distance walking route, traversing some of the most beautiful terrain England has to offer. The Coast to Coast hike takes you from the Irish Sea at St Bees to the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay, a distance of 192 miles (309 km). The walk takes you through 3 major national park areas – the famous Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and the North York Moors, keeping to the higher ground where possible and avoiding the urban areas. There’s an option to walk the East or West sections separately if you’re pressed for time.

The varied landscapes that you encounter on this journey are truly epic, from windswept crags and fells of the Lake District to the upland tarns and waterfalls of the moors and dales and of course Sea cliffs at St Bees. The walk meanders from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay near Whitby, traversing the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the North York Moors and all manner of peaty bogs, rock-strewn hills, rivers, quarries, meadows, trails, tracks, farms and derelict mines along the way.

Each day ends at a village with overnight accommodation in a pub, a quaint Bed and Breakfast or in a character filled English lodge. However, your welcome will always be the same, warm, humorous and very Yorkshire. Not to mention the added delight of the camaraderie between walkers that’s infectious as you traverse the stunning Coast to Coast track.

Coast to Coast West

Self-guided

Walk arguably the most spectacular part of England’s Coast to Coast track: St Bees on the Irish Coast to Kirkby Stephen in the Yorkshire Dales

Self-guided 9 Days From $1495 Moderate What's Included

Coast to Coast West

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What's Included
  • Walk the entire Lake District section and more of the Coast to Coast track pack free
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in character filled English B&Bs and pubs
  • Excellent home cooked breakfast daily and walkers lunches (except for one day)
  • Stunning high routes for good weather days and low level routes for those bad weather days
  • Grasmere Valley, ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’ according to Wordsworth, rolling green hills, picturesque country villages and farms plus a lot more
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with our comprehensive track notes (written by one of our head guides who has walked every section of the Coast to Coast track and more), maps, map case, Coast to Coast book, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • All luggage transport and 24/7 support with our local partner network on the ground

Coast to Coast East

Self-guided

10 day walk from Kirkby Stephen  to the small fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay through some of the most celebrated parts of England: the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

Self-guided 12 Days From $1695 Easy to Moderate What's Included

Coast to Coast East

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What's Included
  • Walk from Kirkby Stephen all the way to Robin Hood’s Bay through the Yorkshire Dales and the North York moors on the Coast to Coast track pack free
  • 11 night’s accommodation in character filled English B&Bs and Pubs in ensuite rooms
  • Excellent home cooked breakfast and walkers lunches daily
  • Stunning high routes for good weather days and low level routes for those bad weather days
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with our comprehensive track notes (written by one of our head guides who has walked every section of the Coast to Coast track and more), maps, map case, Coast to Coast book, insulated lunch bag etc & info pack
  • All luggage transport and 24/7 support with our local partner network on the ground

Coast to Coast

Self-guided

Traverse some of the finest ground in England. Irish Sea at St Bees to the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay. The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales & North York Moors

Self-guided 19 Days From $3055 Moderate What's Included

Coast to Coast

BACK
What's Included
  • Walk the entire iconic Coast to Coast track, end to end, pack free
  • Walk in 3 major national park areas – Lake District, Yorkshire Dales & North York Moors
  • 18 nights accommodation in character filled English B&Bs and pubs
  • Excellent English home cooked breakfast daily and walkers lunches (except for one day)
  • Stunning high routes for good weather days and low level routes for those bad weather days
  • The glorious Lake District, Yorkshire dales and beautiful North York Moors
  • Grasmere Valley, ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’ according to Wordsworth
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with our comprehensive track notes
  • 24/7 support with our local partner network on the ground

OVERVIEW

The Coast to Coast Walk is best enjoyed in stages, and the most captivating ones are as follows:

  • St Bees to Ennerdale – Cumbria

The walk begins at the small seaside town of St. Bees in Cumbria where there is a monument to mark the beginning of the trail. St Bees is a town located 4-hour train journey away from London. After pocketing a pebble and dipping your booted feet in the sea (A tradition encouraged by Alfred Wainwright), a delightful day of walking quiet country lanes, high cliffs and distant views of the Ennerdale Lake awaits. Ennerdale Water is the park’s most westerly lake—and one of its most remote.

This stage of the walk is 24 kilometers (15 miles) long.

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history

The Coast to Coast walk was initially described by Alfred Wainwright in his 1973 book bearing the same title. He was an established fellwalker (mountain walker/hiker), guidebook author and illustrator. The manual, which is one of his 40 literary works, has since been revised several times most recently in 2017. The updates cover recommended routes, alternative routes due to erosion and poor weather, public footpaths, minor roads, and tracks.

Wainwright’s book describes the Coast to Coast walk in 12 stages. With each step ending at a settlement with at least overnight accommodation nearby. However, Wainwright did not intend people to follow his route or his stages explicitly.

He encouraged other fellwalkers to create and discover their own stages and routes:

          “I want to encourage in others the ambition to devise with the aid of maps their own cross-country marathons and not be mere followers of other people’s routes: there is no end to the possibilities for originality and initiative.”

According to Wainwright, one should periodically stop and stare at the surrounding from time to time to enjoy the magnificence and beauty of the surrounding views. A survey of experts in 2004 named the walk as the second-best walk in the world.

Although the Coast to Coast Walk is one of the most popular of all the long-distance walks in the UK, it lacks the National Trail status.

Flora & Fauna

Due to overgrazing and harvesting of wood for shipbuilding, large sections of the fell area were left bare. This attribute has led to the Lakeland area, having some of the most daunting walking routes. However, afforestation efforts have resulted in rows of a carefully planted conifer forest.

As you walk the coast to coast, you will traverse through rough terrain, moors, and valleys. You will also come across pasture lands, not forgetting the jaded rocks of the coastal areas. Wind-sculpted millstone grit, glass-like lakes, and gentle streams make this walk one that truly helps one to appreciate nature.

Local Cuisine

During the coast to coast walk, you will come across hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and pubs that are family-run offering genuine Yorkshire hospitality. Most accommodation properties provide a vast English breakfast of cereal, eggs, bacon, broiled tomatoes, beans, toast, and marmalade. This bill of fare is the most common breakfast presented by every establishment.

Food along the walk is relatively affordable, and most of the bed and breakfasts provide tasty ready meals.

ACCOMMODATION

There are numerous accommodation facilities along the coast to coast. However, as the walk is trendy one needs to book accommodation early. Accommodation can be found in the towns and villages along the trail and they provide all the necessary amenities that one may require to fuel up for the journey ahead.

Hostels and Bunkhouses

Hostels are top-rated and common in the Lake District. However, thanks to the popularity of the walk, some can be found on other parts of the route. Bunkhouses are also available along the trail. However, they also require advance booking as they are limited.

Hotels, Inns, Guesthouses and Bed and Breakfast’s

In every village or small town that you will come across during the walk, you will find a bed and breakfast, an inn, or a pub. They all provide walkers with a warm welcome and delicious local food.

The accommodation available in the route is adequate with hearty meals, traditional hospitality, and delicious local food. When walking during harsh weather conditions, the hotels, pubs, and inns are a massive relief as the provide areas where walkers can dry their gear. The baths are more than adequate and are ideal after a long day of walking.

Camping

If you fancy camping, it is also a welcome way to experience the walk. The trail is very well served for campers with tents, and there are some campsites along the route. Equally, many pubs and farms offer space for walkers to pitch a tent as well as a few camping barns that provide this service too.

If you are a fan of camping in the wild, there are numerous great camping spots in the Lake District. It is worth noting, however, that there is no legal right to wild camping in England, although it is tolerated in some areas. However exciting wild camping may be, it is advisable to stay in proper facilities as camping in the wild may be a little challenging for the inexperienced.

Transport

Here’s a few tips on how you can travel to and from the start and end of your Coast to Coast walk.

To St. Bees

By Airplane

You cannot get to the start of the coast to coast walk by plane alone. However, you can fly to the closest airports to the beginning of the trail which is in Manchester and Newcastle. From both airports, you will need to catch a train to St Bees.

Train

The travel time by train from most locations in the UK is approximately 4 hours. From London, you can take a train north from London Euston to Carlisle and another connecting train to St Bees. There are also alternative trains going via Preston and Barrow-in-Furness.

The train ride takes you through beautiful sceneries of England, giving the journey a great beginning. It is worth noting the importance of checking the train schedule as you plan your trip to avoid inconveniences.

Driving

Public transport provides the ideal means of getting to the beginning of the coast to coast. Public transportation is perfect because it the walk takes you across the UK, and driving to St Bees means having to travel back to retrieve it. There is also a shortage of parking facilities with train stations providing limited public parking, which is not intended for coast to coast walkers. Many bed and breakfasts provide parking facilities at a small fee per night.

Luggage Transfer

It would be close to impossible if not impossible, to walk with all your luggage. For this reason, we provide luggage transfer services for the main luggage. This transfer is carried out between accommodations along the way and therefore allows the walkers to only to wear lightweight daypacks.

From Robin Hood's Bay

By Airplane

The closest airports to Robin Hood’s Bay are either Newcastle or Manchester. The two airports are approximately 4 hours from Robin Hood’s Bay by bus and train.

By Road

From Robin Hood’s Bay, you can catch a bus to Scarborough where you can find a train to Newcastle, Manchester, and London to make your onward journeys. Scarborough is a 30-minute taxi or 60-minute bus journey from Robin Hood’s Bay and regular trains connect to York and the other UK destinations.

If you left your car at St Bees, you could use the bus and trains to get to St Bees.

Robin Hood’s Bay also has hourly buses on route X93 to Whitby or Scarborough. During the summer, the coaches are available half hourly. Whitby is nearer Robin Hood’s Bay; however, there are more trains from Scarborough. The bus journey from Scarborough is also not much longer. Scarborough trains go via York, which also has excellent rail links.

By Train

There are no running trains in Robin Hood’s Bay. However, neighboring towns of Whitby and Scarborough run regular train services. Similar to the train journey to St Bees, the views are scenic and a great memoir of your walk across the UK.

climate/weather

England is famous for its rain and the lush green of its countryside. The Gulf Stream ensures mild, maritime-influenced weather which provides rainfall throughout the year. The Lake District with the lakes and mountains is prone to sudden weather changes and moisture which experienced walker’s advice people to prepare adequately.

By being along some of the remote and harshest regions, the climate and weather significantly differ as one walks further from St Bees and moves closer to Robin Hood Bay.

when to walk

The Coast to Coast could be walked all year round. However, navigation and conditions can be difficult during the winter season. As such, it is best hiked from May to October.

walking fitness levels

This trek is a strenuous 309 kilometer (192-mile) hike designed for you to take in the most beautiful and historic sections of Alfred Wainwright’s and the UK famous English countryside. This trip is considered as a strenuous activity and is regarded as ideal for experienced hikers in excellent physical condition. However, you can design an itinerary that suits your walking style and expertise. On average, hikes range from 4 to 9 hours on moderate trail conditions, and one should adequately prepare for these conditions.

walking essentials

Besides your enthusiasm and company, some vital necessities are necessary for making the walk a success.

Waterproof Boots and Gear

Hiking boots are essential for this trip, and waterproof boots are a necessity. English weather has a reputation for being unpredictable, and having boots that can withstand the elements is essential. Waterproof gear that will keep you dry is vital during the beginning sections of the walk where rain or ‘heavy drizzle’ may hamper your tour.

Keeping your feet comfortable is essential on the Coast to Coast, especially as the terrain is quite rough and the distances walked in a day are numerous. As you will be out walking over a long period, hiking boots that provide sufficient ankle support is a necessity. Ensure that your shoes are comfortable and well-worn in otherwise the experience may not be a pleasant one.

Socks

Using the right socks is as important as using the right pair of boots. Wearing the right pair of good quality walking socks and coating your feet with petroleum jelly will help prevent blisters.

Waterproof Wax

Waterproof wax is as crucial as waterproof boots. Marshes, harsh weather and wear and tear are sure to ruin your shoes. Waterproof wax will help you keep your feet dry for the course of the journey.

Backpack

If you are booked through Auswalk, the chances are that you have the main bag which has the bulk of your clothes and equipment will be transferred to your accommodation. However, you still require a backpack to carry spare clothing, food, and water. An ideal pack should be 15-30 liters and have a waistband for additional support.

Walking Poles

Walking the coast to coast requires having reliable walking poles. There are numerous benefits of arming yourself with one for the trek. Walking poles provide support when going uphill and a brake when going downhill. A walking pole also provides a balance point when crossing ravines and rivers. Having a pair is ideal, but many walkers are generally ok with just one. There are numerous brands of walking poles in the market, and one should seek the advice of knowledgeable mountain hikers before purchasing one.

Sunscreen

During the warmer summer months, sunscreen is necessary as most of the walking will be done in open paths resulting in direct risk of sunburns. Besides sunscreen, insect repellant is also required during the summer months. A good sun hat that covers the back of your neck is also essential when attempting the walk during the summer while a waterproof jacket and trousers are highly recommended during the winter, autumn, and spring. A waterproof jacket and pants are also ideal as the weather may prove unpredictable, and it can rain at any time of year.

Water Carrier

As every hiker can attest, water is essential when walking. It is vital to carry a water carrier for the length of your journey as it is key to keeping hydrated. Recent advances have seen the hydration system with a reservoir in your pack, and a drinking tube become popular.

Snacks

It doesn’t hurt to have snacks that will provide you with much-needed energy during the coast to coast walk. Energy bars and snack low on sugar are ideal.

Camera

Although the experience of walking the coast to coast is hard to replicate, having a camera to capture your journey will help. A camera will also help you capture the picturesque and breathtaking views of the English countryside.

locations

There is an abundance of breathtaking views along the route. The route provides a look into the old English life of years-gone-by surrounded by awe-inspiring sceneries. One cannot fail to appreciate the oneness with nature, though it remains almost out of touch. The Lake District provides picturesque views of the Ennerdale Water as well as other lakes with the mountains serving as a gargantuan backdrop.

The Innominate Tarn (lake) was Alfred Wainwright’s favorite spot. His wrote of the area “A quiet place, a lonely place, where the water gently laps the gravelly shore and the heather blooms and Pillar and Gable keep unfailing watch.” 

The Haystacks are a prehistoric heap of rocks that are also found along the route of the Coast to Coast. The further one walks the coast to coast; the deeper one goes into British history. With the help of a guide, one can get the opportunity to learn of the tumultuous history of Britain that played out in the region.

The walk takes you through sites and settlements occupied by the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and later the Normans. The history is evident by surrounding prehistoric standing stones, ancient ruins of Roman forts, and old terms like gill and fell, which were used by the Vikings. There is also a prehistoric stone fence from the 18th century.

During the rest days, one can also explore the history of the villages and towns around. These communities include;

Grasmere

This is a village that one gets to in very early stages of the Coast to Coast. It was home to the great poet William Wordsworth and also where he wrote some of his most accomplished works. You can visit Dove cottage, one of William Wordsworth’s home, stroll the village and the nearby hills, as well as buy some freshly baked gingerbread. Grasmere is a walker’s paradise stuck in time. You can climb over Grisedale Hause and enjoy the views of the Helvellyn, England’s third-highest peak before hiking down the valley toward Lake Ullswater.

Kirkby Stephen

A great place to explore almost halfway through your trip. The little town is in the beautiful Eden Valley, and one can enjoy an iconic steam train experience. It’s also a lovely town surrounded by hill country.

Nine Standards Riggs as the summit of Hartley Fell in the Pennine Hills of England is a few kilometers away from Kirkby Stephens on the Coast to Coast route. At least 200 years old and of uncertain origin, the nine standard Riggs is a much-loved landmark for most hikers.

Richmond

The largest town on the Coast to Coast. It is a bustling place with a castle and lots of history to explore. Although not considered as a layover town, it’s an ideal location to rest before pushing on with your walk. Richmond Castle is a historical landmark built by Alan Rufus who was one of William the Conqueror’s lieutenants. Richmond provides a welcome break from the peace of the walk.

Grosmont

Home to the NorthYork Moors Railway. Stopping over at Grosmont is much advised although it is only a few kilometers away from Robin Hood’s Bay. Steam trains operate daily during the summer school holidays, but operation patterns vary during other seasons. You can also enjoy walking through moorland and forest in the area.

You will pass by High Street, the old Roman road, picturesque lakes and mountain peaks, historical sites, and more. The Coast to Coast provides numerous memorable sites seemingly without any effort.

Overview

OVERVIEW

The Coast to Coast Walk is best enjoyed in stages, and the most captivating ones are as follows:

  • St Bees to Ennerdale – Cumbria

The walk begins at the small seaside town of St. Bees in Cumbria where there is a monument to mark the beginning of the trail. St Bees is a town located 4-hour train journey away from London. After pocketing a pebble and dipping your booted feet in the sea (A tradition encouraged by Alfred Wainwright), a delightful day of walking quiet country lanes, high cliffs and distant views of the Ennerdale Lake awaits. Ennerdale Water is the park’s most westerly lake—and one of its most remote.

This stage of the walk is 24 kilometers (15 miles) long.

READ MORE
History

History

The Coast to Coast walk was initially described by Alfred Wainwright in his 1973 book bearing the same title. He was an established fellwalker (mountain walker/hiker), guidebook author and illustrator. The manual, which is one of his 40 literary works, has since been revised several times most recently in 2017. The updates cover recommended routes, alternative routes due to erosion and poor weather, public footpaths, minor roads, and tracks.

Wainwright’s book describes the Coast to Coast walk in 12 stages. With each step ending at a settlement with at least overnight accommodation nearby. However, Wainwright did not intend people to follow his route or his stages explicitly.

He encouraged other fellwalkers to create and discover their own stages and routes:

          “I want to encourage in others the ambition to devise with the aid of maps their own cross-country marathons and not be mere followers of other people’s routes: there is no end to the possibilities for originality and initiative.”

According to Wainwright, one should periodically stop and stare at the surrounding from time to time to enjoy the magnificence and beauty of the surrounding views. A survey of experts in 2004 named the walk as the second-best walk in the world.

Although the Coast to Coast Walk is one of the most popular of all the long-distance walks in the UK, it lacks the National Trail status.

Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna

Due to overgrazing and harvesting of wood for shipbuilding, large sections of the fell area were left bare. This attribute has led to the Lakeland area, having some of the most daunting walking routes. However, afforestation efforts have resulted in rows of a carefully planted conifer forest.

As you walk the coast to coast, you will traverse through rough terrain, moors, and valleys. You will also come across pasture lands, not forgetting the jaded rocks of the coastal areas. Wind-sculpted millstone grit, glass-like lakes, and gentle streams make this walk one that truly helps one to appreciate nature.

Local Cuisine

Local Cuisine

During the coast to coast walk, you will come across hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and pubs that are family-run offering genuine Yorkshire hospitality. Most accommodation properties provide a vast English breakfast of cereal, eggs, bacon, broiled tomatoes, beans, toast, and marmalade. This bill of fare is the most common breakfast presented by every establishment.

Food along the walk is relatively affordable, and most of the bed and breakfasts provide tasty ready meals.

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION

There are numerous accommodation facilities along the coast to coast. However, as the walk is trendy one needs to book accommodation early. Accommodation can be found in the towns and villages along the trail and they provide all the necessary amenities that one may require to fuel up for the journey ahead.

Hostels and Bunkhouses

Hostels are top-rated and common in the Lake District. However, thanks to the popularity of the walk, some can be found on other parts of the route. Bunkhouses are also available along the trail. However, they also require advance booking as they are limited.

Hotels, Inns, Guesthouses and Bed and Breakfast’s

In every village or small town that you will come across during the walk, you will find a bed and breakfast, an inn, or a pub. They all provide walkers with a warm welcome and delicious local food.

The accommodation available in the route is adequate with hearty meals, traditional hospitality, and delicious local food. When walking during harsh weather conditions, the hotels, pubs, and inns are a massive relief as the provide areas where walkers can dry their gear. The baths are more than adequate and are ideal after a long day of walking.

Camping

If you fancy camping, it is also a welcome way to experience the walk. The trail is very well served for campers with tents, and there are some campsites along the route. Equally, many pubs and farms offer space for walkers to pitch a tent as well as a few camping barns that provide this service too.

If you are a fan of camping in the wild, there are numerous great camping spots in the Lake District. It is worth noting, however, that there is no legal right to wild camping in England, although it is tolerated in some areas. However exciting wild camping may be, it is advisable to stay in proper facilities as camping in the wild may be a little challenging for the inexperienced.

Transport

Transport

Here’s a few tips on how you can travel to and from the start and end of your Coast to Coast walk.

1. To St. Bees

By Airplane

You cannot get to the start of the coast to coast walk by plane alone. However, you can fly to the closest airports to the beginning of the trail which is in Manchester and Newcastle. From both airports, you will need to catch a train to St Bees.

Train

The travel time by train from most locations in the UK is approximately 4 hours. From London, you can take a train north from London Euston to Carlisle and another connecting train to St Bees. There are also alternative trains going via Preston and Barrow-in-Furness.

The train ride takes you through beautiful sceneries of England, giving the journey a great beginning. It is worth noting the importance of checking the train schedule as you plan your trip to avoid inconveniences.

Driving

Public transport provides the ideal means of getting to the beginning of the coast to coast. Public transportation is perfect because it the walk takes you across the UK, and driving to St Bees means having to travel back to retrieve it. There is also a shortage of parking facilities with train stations providing limited public parking, which is not intended for coast to coast walkers. Many bed and breakfasts provide parking facilities at a small fee per night.

Luggage Transfer

It would be close to impossible if not impossible, to walk with all your luggage. For this reason, we provide luggage transfer services for the main luggage. This transfer is carried out between accommodations along the way and therefore allows the walkers to only to wear lightweight daypacks.

2. From Robin Hood's Bay

By Airplane

The closest airports to Robin Hood’s Bay are either Newcastle or Manchester. The two airports are approximately 4 hours from Robin Hood’s Bay by bus and train.

By Road

From Robin Hood’s Bay, you can catch a bus to Scarborough where you can find a train to Newcastle, Manchester, and London to make your onward journeys. Scarborough is a 30-minute taxi or 60-minute bus journey from Robin Hood’s Bay and regular trains connect to York and the other UK destinations.

If you left your car at St Bees, you could use the bus and trains to get to St Bees.

Robin Hood’s Bay also has hourly buses on route X93 to Whitby or Scarborough. During the summer, the coaches are available half hourly. Whitby is nearer Robin Hood’s Bay; however, there are more trains from Scarborough. The bus journey from Scarborough is also not much longer. Scarborough trains go via York, which also has excellent rail links.

By Train

There are no running trains in Robin Hood’s Bay. However, neighboring towns of Whitby and Scarborough run regular train services. Similar to the train journey to St Bees, the views are scenic and a great memoir of your walk across the UK.

climate/weather

climate/weather

England is famous for its rain and the lush green of its countryside. The Gulf Stream ensures mild, maritime-influenced weather which provides rainfall throughout the year. The Lake District with the lakes and mountains is prone to sudden weather changes and moisture which experienced walker’s advice people to prepare adequately.

By being along some of the remote and harshest regions, the climate and weather significantly differ as one walks further from St Bees and moves closer to Robin Hood Bay.

when to walk

when to walk

The Coast to Coast could be walked all year round. However, navigation and conditions can be difficult during the winter season. As such, it is best hiked from May to October.

walking fitness levels

walking fitness levels

This trek is a strenuous 309 kilometer (192-mile) hike designed for you to take in the most beautiful and historic sections of Alfred Wainwright’s and the UK famous English countryside. This trip is considered as a strenuous activity and is regarded as ideal for experienced hikers in excellent physical condition. However, you can design an itinerary that suits your walking style and expertise. On average, hikes range from 4 to 9 hours on moderate trail conditions, and one should adequately prepare for these conditions.

walking essentials

walking essentials

Besides your enthusiasm and company, some vital necessities are necessary for making the walk a success.

Waterproof Boots and Gear

Hiking boots are essential for this trip, and waterproof boots are a necessity. English weather has a reputation for being unpredictable, and having boots that can withstand the elements is essential. Waterproof gear that will keep you dry is vital during the beginning sections of the walk where rain or ‘heavy drizzle’ may hamper your tour.

Keeping your feet comfortable is essential on the Coast to Coast, especially as the terrain is quite rough and the distances walked in a day are numerous. As you will be out walking over a long period, hiking boots that provide sufficient ankle support is a necessity. Ensure that your shoes are comfortable and well-worn in otherwise the experience may not be a pleasant one.

Socks

Using the right socks is as important as using the right pair of boots. Wearing the right pair of good quality walking socks and coating your feet with petroleum jelly will help prevent blisters.

Waterproof Wax

Waterproof wax is as crucial as waterproof boots. Marshes, harsh weather and wear and tear are sure to ruin your shoes. Waterproof wax will help you keep your feet dry for the course of the journey.

Backpack

If you are booked through Auswalk, the chances are that you have the main bag which has the bulk of your clothes and equipment will be transferred to your accommodation. However, you still require a backpack to carry spare clothing, food, and water. An ideal pack should be 15-30 liters and have a waistband for additional support.

Walking Poles

Walking the coast to coast requires having reliable walking poles. There are numerous benefits of arming yourself with one for the trek. Walking poles provide support when going uphill and a brake when going downhill. A walking pole also provides a balance point when crossing ravines and rivers. Having a pair is ideal, but many walkers are generally ok with just one. There are numerous brands of walking poles in the market, and one should seek the advice of knowledgeable mountain hikers before purchasing one.

Sunscreen

During the warmer summer months, sunscreen is necessary as most of the walking will be done in open paths resulting in direct risk of sunburns. Besides sunscreen, insect repellant is also required during the summer months. A good sun hat that covers the back of your neck is also essential when attempting the walk during the summer while a waterproof jacket and trousers are highly recommended during the winter, autumn, and spring. A waterproof jacket and pants are also ideal as the weather may prove unpredictable, and it can rain at any time of year.

Water Carrier

As every hiker can attest, water is essential when walking. It is vital to carry a water carrier for the length of your journey as it is key to keeping hydrated. Recent advances have seen the hydration system with a reservoir in your pack, and a drinking tube become popular.

Snacks

It doesn’t hurt to have snacks that will provide you with much-needed energy during the coast to coast walk. Energy bars and snack low on sugar are ideal.

Camera

Although the experience of walking the coast to coast is hard to replicate, having a camera to capture your journey will help. A camera will also help you capture the picturesque and breathtaking views of the English countryside.

locations

locations

There is an abundance of breathtaking views along the route. The route provides a look into the old English life of years-gone-by surrounded by awe-inspiring sceneries. One cannot fail to appreciate the oneness with nature, though it remains almost out of touch. The Lake District provides picturesque views of the Ennerdale Water as well as other lakes with the mountains serving as a gargantuan backdrop.

The Innominate Tarn (lake) was Alfred Wainwright’s favorite spot. His wrote of the area “A quiet place, a lonely place, where the water gently laps the gravelly shore and the heather blooms and Pillar and Gable keep unfailing watch.” 

The Haystacks are a prehistoric heap of rocks that are also found along the route of the Coast to Coast. The further one walks the coast to coast; the deeper one goes into British history. With the help of a guide, one can get the opportunity to learn of the tumultuous history of Britain that played out in the region.

The walk takes you through sites and settlements occupied by the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and later the Normans. The history is evident by surrounding prehistoric standing stones, ancient ruins of Roman forts, and old terms like gill and fell, which were used by the Vikings. There is also a prehistoric stone fence from the 18th century.

During the rest days, one can also explore the history of the villages and towns around. These communities include;

Grasmere

This is a village that one gets to in very early stages of the Coast to Coast. It was home to the great poet William Wordsworth and also where he wrote some of his most accomplished works. You can visit Dove cottage, one of William Wordsworth’s home, stroll the village and the nearby hills, as well as buy some freshly baked gingerbread. Grasmere is a walker’s paradise stuck in time. You can climb over Grisedale Hause and enjoy the views of the Helvellyn, England’s third-highest peak before hiking down the valley toward Lake Ullswater.

Kirkby Stephen

A great place to explore almost halfway through your trip. The little town is in the beautiful Eden Valley, and one can enjoy an iconic steam train experience. It’s also a lovely town surrounded by hill country.

Nine Standards Riggs as the summit of Hartley Fell in the Pennine Hills of England is a few kilometers away from Kirkby Stephens on the Coast to Coast route. At least 200 years old and of uncertain origin, the nine standard Riggs is a much-loved landmark for most hikers.

Richmond

The largest town on the Coast to Coast. It is a bustling place with a castle and lots of history to explore. Although not considered as a layover town, it’s an ideal location to rest before pushing on with your walk. Richmond Castle is a historical landmark built by Alan Rufus who was one of William the Conqueror’s lieutenants. Richmond provides a welcome break from the peace of the walk.

Grosmont

Home to the NorthYork Moors Railway. Stopping over at Grosmont is much advised although it is only a few kilometers away from Robin Hood’s Bay. Steam trains operate daily during the summer school holidays, but operation patterns vary during other seasons. You can also enjoy walking through moorland and forest in the area.

You will pass by High Street, the old Roman road, picturesque lakes and mountain peaks, historical sites, and more. The Coast to Coast provides numerous memorable sites seemingly without any effort.

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