WHY CHOOSE AUSWALK FOR THE COAST TO COAST
For starters, we’ve actually walked the track and take the time to curate what we actually offer. The Coast to Coast follows clear walking tracks throughout but there are lots of tracks going in all directions. In areas like the Lakes District National Park, walking tracks are not signposted at all, it is apparently against their “ethos”. Not to worry, our very comprehensive day-by-day walking notes that we’ve created, together with our marked copy of a detailed walking map, will ensure that you can walk the Coast to Coast with full confidence, and no fear of becoming lost, even when it is foggy and misty.
AVAILABILITY OF THE COAST TO COAST WALK
The walk is available from March to October. Outside that time please check with us.
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! However, we also recommend spring and autumn as the best time to walk the Coast to Coast track as the weather is pretty good for walking.
HOW TO GET THERE AND GET AWAY
We offer this walk from St Bees to Kirkby Stephen, from west to east so the walk starts in St Bees. The closest airports to the St Bees are Manchester and Newcastle, then it’s a 4-hour train ride from there. Of course, London is the most popular entry route into the UK. You can take a train which takes 5 to 6 hours from Euston Station central London northwards to St Bees (via Carlisle).
- Travelling to the Start of the walk
Please refer to your itinerary. To make it easy we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.
By Air: The easiest option would be to fly into the UK, any of the major cities will suffice as the UK’s excellent train network will ferry you to St Bees. The main UK airports for international flights are: Heathrow Airport www.heathrowairport.com, Gatwick Airport www.gatwickairport.com, Manchester Airport www.manchesterairport.co.uk.
The nearest airports to St Bees are: Durham-Tees Valley Airport www.dtva.co.uk, Leeds Bradford Airport www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk, Newcastle Airport www.newcastleairport.com
By Ferry: International ferry services run to UK ports from France, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. There are also local ferry services that run from the Channel Islands, Isles of Scilly, Isle of Man and the Scottish Isles. Visit www.aferry.co.uk/ferryports.htm
By Rail: The easiest way to get to the start of the track from London is by train. St Bees has good train services. For easy train bookings in the UK (and beyond), we recommend using the LOCO2 website https://loco2.com/en. They have an excellent smartphone APP too. Just enter your station of origin, your destination, date of travel etc, and options will be presented (times, fares etc). You can pay online. Electronic tickets or ticket pick up at the station (from dispenser machine). Trains from London connect with the Cumbrian Coast Line (Northern Rail) which services St Bees. There are several trains daily. Trains to St Bees from London will take approx. 5 hr, with 1 or 2 changes required.
If you would prefer not to change trains, consider going direct from London to Penrith and spend the night there before continuing to St Bees by private transfer.
By Coach: National Express Coaches link most major towns and cities in the UK. For details of departure times and to book tickets call 0871 781 8181 (or +44 (0) 871 781 8181 from overseas) or visit https://beta.nationalexpress.com/.
By Bus: Various buses run to St Bees from nearby towns. Please visit http://www.traveline.info/ for up to date bus journey schedules.
By Road: If you have your own vehicle and are thinking of driving up to the walk, we would suggest driving to Penrith where we can arrange secure car storage for the duration of your walk. You will spend the night in Penrith and then get a private transfer out to the start of the walk. If this appeals to you, please contact the Auswalk office about this as soon as possible. For advice on driving to St Bees, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.
- Travelling from the End of the walk
By Air: The nearest airport to Kirkby Stephen is: Manchester Airport https://www.manchesterairport.co.uk
By Rail: Kirkby Stephen in on the main Carlisle to Leeds Train Line. To get to London from Kirkby Stephen, take the train to Leeds (Northern Rail Line). Then change at Leeds to continue to London Kings Cross Station (North Eastern Railway). Travel time is approximately 4.5 hr. For easy train bookings in the UK (and beyond), we recommend using the LOCO2 website: https://loco2.com/en.
As with flights, the earlier you book, the cheaper it is. Pick up tickets at the station machine – you just need to provide the credit card that you used to book the tickets online, and they’re printed and ready to go.
By Coach: National Express Coaches link most major towns and cities in the UK. For details of departure times and to book tickets call 0871 781 8181 (or +44(0) 871 781 8181 from overseas) or visit https://beta.nationalexpress.com/.
By Bus: Various buses run from Kirkby Stephen from nearby towns. Please visit http://www.traveline.info/ for up to date bus journey schedules
By Road: For advice on driving from Kirkby Stephen, visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.
- Returning to the Start of the Trail:
To return to the start of the walk, from Kirkby Stephen take a train directly to St Bees (approx. 3 hrs). Please note that there are different options for this journey, depending on the date and time you wish to travel. We recommend visiting the LOCO2 website https://loco2.com/en.
If you left your car in St Bees you would need to take the train to St Bees (approx. 4 hrs). Again please check National Rail or the Trainline website for timetables.