Coast to Coast Walk

Coast to Coast Walk

An iconic walk across England via the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

3 to 19 nights
18-190 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous

From £360 per person

Find your holiday

About the trail

Created by Alfred Wainwright, the Coast to Coast path crosses the breadth of the North of England from St Bees on the west coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast. Some of the most varied and beautiful scenery in the country lies ahead, spread over three National Parks.

Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walking tour clambers the rugged mountains of the Lake District to earn views over glittering tarns. It winds through the pretty valleys of the Yorkshire Dales, and sets out across the expansive heather moorland of the North York Moors. Dramatic coastal scenery waits at the end, with a twisting descent to Robin Hood’s Bay. Choose this country-crossing walking holiday and explore the best landscapes of Northern England.

At long last, this well-known walking holiday is on its way to recognition as a National Trail. The work is still in progress, but anyone walking the Coast to Coast will notice brand new waymarkers going in, complete with the National Trail acorn. It’s an exciting time for one of Contours Holidays’ best-loved routes!

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Coast to Coast Walk
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Coast to Coast Walk - East Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Coast to Coast Walk - West Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Coast to Coast Short Break - Central Section
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Coast to Coast Short Break - West Section

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

About this route

3 nights
18 miles
Moderate
1st April to 20th October
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £370 per person

Coast to Coast Short Break - West Section

This walk explores part of the Lake District section of the Coast to Coast Walk. The route explores a beautiful region filled with dramatic mountains, quaint villages and expansive lakes. Starting from Rosthwaite, the trail meanders upstream encountering a series of fabulous waterfalls, before enjoying distant mountain views atop Greenup Edge.

Hardy mountain sheep graze valley pastures on the way to the village of Grasmere, renowned for being Wordsworth's home. The route then winds along undulating summits and descents past the cliffs of Helvellyn, before plunging into Glenamara Park and arriving at beautiful Patterdale.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
CCWSBW From Rosthwaite to Patterdale 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate £370

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
CCWSBC From Keld to Richmond 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate £360

Coast to Coast Short Break - West Section 3 nights, 2 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

Please note this trail is very popular, if you have flexibility with your start date, please advise this when booking. Please do not make any travel plans until we have double checked and confirmed availability for your booking.

Dog friendly accommodation in Grasmere is expensive; therefore, an additional upgrade supplement may be required for your accommodation in Grasmere if you choose to bring your canine companion.

Start

Travel to Rosthwaite where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Rosthwaite to Grasmere. 9 miles (14.5km) / 1873 ft (571 m) ascent

Day 2

Grasmere to Patterdale. 8.5 miles (13.5km) / 1791 ft (546 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Patterdale after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Grasmere)
Price on request
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Coast to Coast Short Break - West Section map
Rosthwaite to Patterdale
18 miles (28 km)
1st April to 20th October

Holiday highlights

Admiring some of the best scenery in the Lake District, from glistening waterfalls to imposing fells.

Exploring Grasmere and visiting Dove Cottage - the best-known home of William Wordsworth - and St. Oswald's church, the last resting place for the Wordsworth family.

Swapping stories with fellow walkers in the welcoming pubs and inns along the trail.

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the villages and old market towns along the trail, catch up with writing postcards or to simply relax and give those weary legs a rest.

Rosthwaite is a good choice for a rest day. There are many lovely walks in the hills around Borrowdale or you could catch a bus into the bustling little town of Keswick.

There is also plenty to see in Grasmere, particularly for fans of literature. Here you can visit Dove Cottage, the best-known home of William Wordsworth, the school where Wordsworth once taught, now home to Sarah Nelson's famous Gingerbread Shop and St. Oswald's church, the last resting place of the Wordsworth family.

If you prefer somewhere quieter, we suggest taking a rest day in Patterdale. A terrific walk here starts by taking one of the iconic Ullswater Steamers across the lake and returning along the lakeshore path.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Grasmere)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 17.5 miles (28 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8.5 miles (13.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 9 miles (14.5 km)
Code: CCWSBW Grade: Moderate
Season: 1st April - 20th October
Start of holiday: Rosthwaite
End of holiday: Patterdale

Route Profile

Coast to Coast Short Break - West Section Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air

The most convenient major cities and international airports are Manchester, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle.

By Rail

The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Rosthwaite) are either Penrith - North Lakes (about 24.5 miles away) or Windermere (about 27 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Patterdale) is at Penrith North Lakes (about 14 miles away).

By Bus

Rosthwaite can be reached by taking two buses from Penrith, but there is no bus service from Windermere, so taxi would be required, and in fact, would be most practical for both journeys. There is a bus service between Patterdale & Penrith Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi would be required on a Sunday.

From London

Trains run from London Euston station to Penrith - North Lakes. From there buses/a taxi will be required to complete the journey to Rosthwaite.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from Patterdale to Rosthwaite.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.