Introduction to the Coast to Coast (West)
This is a 6 day walk along some of the finest countryside England has to offer. After dipping our boats into the Irish Sea by St Bees, we will journey along the first 6 days (82 Miles) of Wainwrights world famous Coast to Coast. Travelling through the heart of the Lake District, you will be inspired by stunning views of rugged mountains and tranquil tarns, and spend your evenings in picture-postcard villages.
Highlights of the Coast to Coast (West)
- Walking the length of Ennerdale Water.
- Descending into Patterdale from Grisedale Tarn.
- Visiting the charming villages scattered along the route.
What's Included with this Holiday
- Accommodation for 7 nights
- 6 Days walking
- A Qualified Mountain Leader
- A Full Information Pack
- Luggage transfer
- Maximum group size of 8
- Free transport back to St Bees if needed
- Support Vehicle available (so you can skip a section)
- Free pick up and drop off to St Bees train station if needed
Coast to Coast (West) Gallery
- Bracken on the Coast to Coast Hills on a sunny day
- Small island on The Coast to Coast with autumnal foliage
- Shallow river on a summer day
- Farmers Fields, mountains and river on The Coast to Coast with blue sky
- Dry Stone wall on The Coast to Coast with mountains in the background
- Crag on a beautiful clear day in the Lake District in Cumbria
Coast to Coast (West) Guided Walking Itinerary
Each day you will be guided along The Coast to Coast to the next B&B, there is no need for you to worry about being lost, we will be with you from the moment you set off in the morning to the moment you enter your B&B in the evening. You will only be expected to carry your daypack (what you will need to keep you warm, dry, fed and watered for the day). Everything else will be transported to your next B&B for you. Everything will be arranged for you so all you need to worry about is the walking itself!
Day 1: Arrive in St Bees
This is your chance to get to the start of the holiday by making your way to St Bees. We will have accommodation arranged for you so you just need to turn up and tell them your name. If you plan to get the train to St Bees and would like a lift to your accommodation this can usually be arranged, just let us know. In the evening you will get the chance to meet the rest of your group as well as your guides at a local pub for a drink or two.
Accommodation St Bees
Day 2: Walking to Ennerdale Bridge - 14 miles
Today is the beginning of your journey along the Coast to Coast and the beach at St Bees makes for a fine starting point. Keeping with tradition we will begin at the sea front, with everyone dipping their boots into the Irish Sea before heading up on to the coastal path, giving spectacular views over St Bees. We will follow the coastal path north before heading inland where the scenery will change, we will soon be crossing fields before walking through the village of Cleator. After lunch we will be making our way up Dent Fell, which on a clear day gives spectacular views over Whitehaven, St Bees, Sellafield, Scotland, Ireland and, of course, over to the Lake District. Once we descend down, a short section next to the road will bring us into Ennerdale Bridge. Today’s distance of 14 miles (22.5km) with nearly 700m of ascent should take around 7 hours to complete.
Accommodation St Bees
Day 3: Walking to Rosthwaite - 14 mile
We head out of Ennerdale Bridge and soon arrive at Ennerdale Water, giving dramatic views over the lake as well as the forest and fells beyond. We will follow a rocky path all the way to the other end of the lake, whereby we will cross over the river into Ennerdale forest. The path will now become much wider and the walking easier, offering excellent views of Pillar. We continue along the well maintained path all the way to Black Sail Youth Hostel, which was described by Wainwright as “the loneliest and most romantic of youth hostels”, you will see why once you arrive. From here we ascend to a height of almost 650m, and if clear, we gain the best views of the day. Next we will descend to the Honister Slate mine, still in operation before making our way through Seatoller and into Rosthwaite. Today’s distance of just over 14 mile (22.9km) with around 700m of ascent should take around 7 hours to complete.
Day 4: Walking to Grasmere - 9 miles
Today you will head out of Rosthwaite by following Stonethwaite Beck. Soon we will be ascending up to Greenup Edge, while a tough ascent the scenery along the way make it well worthwhile. The views back along the valley and the cascading waterfalls next to the path, make this a fantastic section of the route. Once at the top of Greenup Edge, you will descend into Easedale, a beautiful and wild area, soon reaching Grasmere itself. This is a shorter day of around 9 miles (14.5km) and a little over 500m of ascent, and so it should take around 5 hours to complete.
Day 5: Walking to Glenridding - 8.5 miles
Today we start with a short section on the road before we can head up the flanks of Fairfield, alongside Tongue Gill, to Grisedale Hause. Here you will find Grisedale Tarn and your first views into Patterdale. We cross the stream running from the tarn itself on good stepping stones with equally good photo opportunities. Then we head down the path to the upland pastures of Grisedale. Walking past fields of Herdwick sheep and woodland groves on a good farm track takes us to our final destination; the village of Glenridding. The day is 8.5 miles (13.8km) with around 750m of ascent and should take roughly 6 hours to complete.
Day 6: Walking to Shap - 16 miles
To start our day we will wonder down the road from Glenridding for a short way until we can leave by bridleway to Side Farm. From here we undertake our biggest climb of the day. You will be rewarded for your efforts by stunning views of the mountains and valleys of the Lake District. After the climb the character of the day changes as you follow high level footpath amongst mountain terrain to the stunning Angle Tarn. Photos taken we carry on over The Knott (our high point) and along Kidsty Pike before dropping back down to the shores of Haweswater Reservoir. The stunning views continue as we travel the length of the reservoir on improving track to the hamlet of Burnbanks. We now leave the mountains behind and head through the pastures to the small town of Shap, passing the ruins of it's historic abbey on the way. Arguably the hardest day on the route this is 16 miles (25.7km) long with 1300m of height gain.
Day 7: Walking to Kirkby Stephen - 20 miles
Longer but easier going than the previous day, our last day is 20 miles (31.2km) but with only 660m of height gain. Walking out of Shap we cross the M6 via footbridge and have contrasting views of Hardendale Quarry and the Lakeland fells we left behind the previous day. These soon fade into the distance as we travel the rolling farmland around Orton. From the farmlands we pass a disused railway and cross Scandal Beck before heading into the town of Kirkby Stephen to celebrate finishing.
Accommodation Kirkby Stephen
Day 8: Depature/Transfer back to St Bees
Today we will pick you up from your accommodation in Kirkby Stephen and drive you back to St Bees, unless you would prefer to make use of the train station in Kirkby Stephen for your onward travel . From here it is time to say goodbye and make your way home.
Coast to Coast (West) Accommodation Options
All our Coast to Coast guided walking holidays are offered with B&B accommodation, this is our most popular option for all our treks.
Bed & Breakfast
The Bed and Breakfast option provides you with good standard Bed and Breakfast accommodation, with breakfast included within the price of the holiday. The B&Bs we use are located within small towns or villages and so you will have access to local shops as well as a choice of pubs to make sure you have plenty of opportunity to have an evening meal. In areas where there are no B&Bs or there are no facilities such as shops or pubs we will instead drive you out to another nearby village where a better overall experience can be achieved.
Dates & Prices
The dates of our scheduled treks can be seen below. We also off the option of private bookings for groups. Please get in touch if you'd like to book privately.
|Date of Trek||Availability|
|Saturday 12th September 2020 to Saturday 19th September 2020||Guaranteed - spaces|
|Date of Trek||Availability|
|Saturday 11th September 2021 to Saturday 18th September 2021||Spaces|
No Suitable Date?
If there are no dates on this calendar to suit you please let us know, sometimes we can add extra dates if there is enough demand for an extra trip to be added.
If a trek is full but you would like to be added to the waiting list, please do let us know. The waiting list is there so that if anyone drops out of the trek we will contact you and let you know, so you can take their place on the trek instead.
We are hoping to publish our calendar for 2021 in the spring of 2020. If you are keen to book early and secure a trek on a date to suit you please do feel free to get in contact with us.
Price for Bed & Breakfast:
The price of this trip is £1049 per person (based on two sharing).
To book this trip we will require a £200 deposit per person with the rest to be paid a month before your trip.
If you are booking as a solo traveller and happy to share a twin room with another solo traveller of the same sex the price is £1049.
If you are a solo traveller and would like a single room to yourself there is a £25 per night single supplement (£175 in total).
How to Book
Booking is simple, you can either phone us, email us or use our online shopping cart below.
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What Happens Once you Have Booked
Once we have received your booking (either through the online shopping cart, email or phone). We will then confirm with you that your accommodation option and room type, single, twin or double, is available. We will then send you a full booking form and information about paying your deposit for your trek. All deposits can be paid by cheque, bank transfer or debit/credit card. Once we have received back both your booking form and deposit we will let you know and your place on the trip will be secure.