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

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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 Hoods 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.

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.

Trail running tours available

We also organise trail running holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

6 to 9 nights
83 miles
Moderate to Demanding / Strenuous
1st April to 20th October
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £700 per person

Coast to Coast Walk - West Section

The west section of the Coast to Coast Walk traverses the Lake District National Park from the cliffs of St Bees Head to the old market town of Kirkby Stephen. The Lake District features rugged fells and quiet valleys filled with wildlife, offering variety and intrigue at every turn.

Each town and village along the route boasts its own unique charm and history. Some locations of note include the impressive priory church of St Mary and St Bega in St Bees, and the ‘bound devil’ found in St Stephen’s Church in Kirkby Stephen.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
CCWW0 From St Bees to Kirkby Stephen 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £700
CCWW1 From St Bees to Kirkby Stephen 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding / Strenuous £810
CCWW2 From St Bees to Kirkby Stephen 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding £920
CCWW3 From St Bees to Kirkby Stephen 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate £1030

Short breaks

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

Coast to Coast Walk - West Section 6 nights, 5 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 St Bees where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

St Bees to Ennerdale Bridge. 15 miles (24km) / 2575 ft (785 m) ascent

Day 2

Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite. 14.5 miles (23km) / 2388 ft (728 m) ascent

Day 3

Rosthwaite to Patterdale. 17.5 miles (28km) / 3665 ft (1117 m) ascent

Day 4

Patterdale to Shap. 16 miles (25.5km) / 3284 ft (1001 m) ascent

Day 5

Shap to Kirkby Stephen. 20.5 miles (32.5km) / 1929 ft (588 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Kirkby Stephen 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
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Coast to Coast Walk - West Section map
St Bees to Kirkby Stephen
83 miles (133 km)
1st April to 20th October

Holiday highlights

Marvelling at the amazing views of Pillar and Great Gable during the walk through Ennerdale

Exploring the many pretty villages in Borrowdale, each with their own wonderful characters.

Walking along the banks of Haweswater and enjoying the tranquil atmosphere.

What's included?

  • 6 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.

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. Alternatively, Orton is a charming and peaceful village.

The old market town of Kirkby Stephen is also a good place to take an extra night. Don't miss the unusual 'Bound Devil', a figure of Satan chained and horned in the ancient church of St. Stephen.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 83 miles (133 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Maximum daily distance: 20.5 miles (32.5 km)
Code: CCWW0 Grade: Demanding / Strenuous
Season: 1st April - 20th October
Start of holiday: St Bees
End of holiday: Kirkby Stephen

Route Profile

Coast to Coast Walk - 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 and Newcastle.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (St Bees) and at the end of the trail (Kirkby Stephen), although this is about 1.6 miles from the town centre, so a taxi will be required to the station.

By Bus - Various bus services run to St Bees. There is no regular bus service between Kirkby Stephen town centre and the station, so a taxi would be required.

From London - Trains run from London Euston to St Bees.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Kirby Stephen town centre to Kirkby Stephen rail station. From there, trains run to St Bees.

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.

Customer reviews from the Coast to Coast Walk - West Section

“Of the Contours holidays we take, we thought the accommodation standard was the best we have had, loved having so many baths!”
Mrs Taylor, UK
“It was a fabulous experience, meeting so many interesting people in magnificent scenery. All made possible by your seamless organisation. After speaking to other walkers who had booked their own accommodation, your pricing seemed very fair and took the stress away from the whole experience.”
Mr Winstanley, UK
“Great walk, good weather. Very good B&Bs!!”
Mr van Bilsem, Netherlands
“We had a great time in Britain again and really enjoyed all of our accommodations.”
Mr Verschaeren, Netherlands
“Amazing scenery. Overall the accommodation was very good.”
Mrs Foster, UK
“Overall the holiday was very enjoyable.”
Mr Munn, UK
“Wonderful experience and we really appreciated the efficient and friendly service provided by the baggage transfer and taxi services providers. I'd definitely recommend the hike and booking through Contours.”
Ms Wachmann, Canada
“Good walk; well organised.”
Mr Young, UK
“Great to do a long distance walk again, for the first time in two years, having had to postpone from last year. We are regular customers and have never been disappointed, thanks.”
Dr Roberts, UK
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