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Coast to Coast West
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Follow part of Wainwright's famous route
+ Link up Lake District valleys over high passes
+ Ready to go without any planning hassle

Latest news October 2017
Booking is open for 2018! Please ask us any questions; thank you.

Walk the famous Coast to Coast path in its first week across the Lake District. This holiday tackles the popular route devised by Wainwright, but in a 6-day route as far as Kirkby Stephen on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

The scenery is rich and varied. Setting off inland from the cliff-top coastal path near St Bees, the route crosses farmland for the first section towards Ennerdale Bridge. From this point the walk visits many famous names in the Lake District: Honister, Borrowdale, Grasmere, Patterdale and more. The walking is sometimes strenuous, crossing high passes where the route is not always clear on the ground. We describe detours up various mountains along the way including Helvellyn and High Street.

As a continuous trek, your focus can be solely on enjoying the walks and the feeling of moving through the landscape. The last day from Shap to Kirkby Stephen is outside the Lake District, across open moors and fields with distant views to the Howgill Fells - a pleasant change. Kirkby Stephen makes a suitable terminus, being an attractive and well-connected village.

Your accommodation is in a series of friendly guesthouses, B&Bs and inns. Every village has its own charm and gives you a new scene to settle into each evening.

Map showing the route of UK Exploratory's Coast to Coast West Self-Guided walking holiday


We don't have set schedules or start dates - instead we can book your trip to suit you.

Alternative schedules
Our normal 6-stage trek is fairly strenuous. It can be made quicker still, but of more appeal might be to make it slower. Here are some itineraries that we book. Firstly, walking through Grasmere direct to Patterdale makes it a day shorter at 5 stages and 6 nights. Or, for a slower finish, add a night in Orton for 7 stages and 8 nights.

Rest days
Add one or more rest days, to recuperate during the route and to see more of the Lakes.

Coordinating with travel
As normal we include your accommodation in St Bees and Kirkby Stephen, both of which have train stations. Please ask us to advise if you'd like to come by car or if you'd like to combine traveling with your first or last trek days. We know some excellent solutions.

Please let us know if you fancy a more comfy or more basic trip. At many villages on the Coast to Coast West we can adjust your schedule, for example by booking smart little hotels or good youth hostels.

Happy Clients

"We loved it, and want to complete the CTC as soon as we can, and do other trails..."

Kate Horne, UK
(Coast to Coast West)

Key information Summer 2018


6 stages (7 nights) £640 per person
£175 single supplement, £70 per dog
Coast to Coast (self-guided)

We take 6 stages as the norm and we also book other lengths of trip:

5 stages (6 nights) £590 per person
£150 single supplement, £60 per dog
Coast to Coast (self-guided)

7 stages (8 nights) £690 per person
£200 single supplement, £80 per dog
Coast to Coast (self-guided)

6 days' trekking
Lake District, England
 Grade (Explained)
Starting in St Bees
Ending in Kirkby Stephen
Typical walk 23km, 600m ascent
Highest altitude 792m

Research 2017
April 2017 (Simon

Dropping into Patterdale on the Coast to Coast walk
Patterdale (Photo gallery)

7 nights, staying in:
B&Bs and guesthouses (4)
Inns (3)

Accommodation and itinerary
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards, maps, local info
Emergency card

Season for self-guided treks
1 May to 23 September 2018
1 May to 22 September 2019 (TBC 1 Oct 2018)
Trek on your ideal dates

The Coast to Coast on the edge of forests by Ennerdale Water
Ennerdale Water (Photo gallery)

Baggage transfer
Let us move your bags between stops for an extra £70 per person

Find out more

Holiday Notes - our full trip dossier (PDF)
A guide to the trek - our background page
About our walking holidays - general FAQs
Contact us - please ask us any questions

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