Overview

Experience what some would argue is the most spectacular part of England’s Coast to Coast walk, from St Bees on the Irish Coast to the old market town of Kirkby Stephen in the Yorkshire Dales. This week-long journey covers a distance of just over 131 km, much of which is spent in the iconic Lake District, recognised as a World Heritage Site since 2017. Considered to be the most challenging part of the Coast to Coast track, the route will take you up rugged hills (‘fells’), along the shores of beautiful lakes, and through lush, green valleys, such as Borrowdale and Wordsworth’s Grasmere, studded with sheep and glorious views.

If you are not quite ready to commit to the full Coast to Coast walk or only have a week to spare but are looking for some challenging fell walking, this is the trip for you!

Hot tips

August is one of the best months in which to walk the Coast to Coast. The weather is often relatively stable, the heather is in flower, and it is often less busy at this time than one might expect!

The majority of the Coast to Coast walk is not waymarked. In some places, there are small “Wainwright” stickers on the public path markers to indicate which of the diverse routes is the Coast to Coast. There are occasional signposts kindly erected by local councils, and numerous unofficial signs to prevent you from walking through someone’s garden or field, but on the whole you will need to rely on our comprehensive set of notes! The map we provide and a compass or a GPS is also useful.

Highlights

  • Fabulous pack free fell walking in England’s glorious Lake District
  • Stunning high route routes for good weather days and easier low-level alternatives for those inclement weather days
  • Stay in charming B&Bs with real English country hospitality
  • Walk through the Grasmere Valley which the poet Wordsworth famously called, ‘the loveliest spot that man hath found’
  • Rolling green hills, drystone walls, and fluffy sheep in the Yorkshire Dales not to mention the Spring wildflowers
  • Picturesque country villages and farms and nesting seabirds on the cliffs at St Bees in spring
  • Old churches with stunning stained-glass windows
  • Hearty English home-cooked breakfasts (or lighter, healthier options if you prefer!)
  • Option to ride with your luggage rather than walk if the weather is not cooperating
  • Benefit from walking with a company that has actually walked the track and has nearly 30 year of expertise in crafting walking notes and walking itineraries
Group Gided Walks

SELF-GUIDED

Trip Length

Days

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per person twin/double share

Single Supplement

$420

per person

Grade

Moderate

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