Coast to Coast Short Break - West Section

A short self-guided walk along the western stretch of the Coast to Coast Walk from Rosthwaite to Patterdale.

3 nights
18 miles
Moderate

From £240 per person

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About this route

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.

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Coast to Coast Short Break - West Section map
Rosthwaite to Patterdale
18 miles (28 km)
25th March to 31st 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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CCWSBW From Rosthwaite to Patterdale 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate£240

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

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

Important information

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 has been booked

Day 1

Rosthwaite to Grasmere. 9 miles (14.5km)

Day 2

Grasmere to Patterdale. 8.5 miles (13.5km)

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.

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 walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

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 walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£27.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£22.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Grasmere)
£60.00 per person / per night

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)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Grasmere)
£60.00 per person / per night

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: 25th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Rosthwaite
End of holiday: Patterdale

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent to you in your holiday pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Durham-Tees Valley, 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 - Various bus services run to Rosthwaite and from Patterdale.

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

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the bus 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.

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