(Coast to Coast West) Signpost on the Coast to Coast
COAST TO COAST WEST (GUIDED)   6 stages . 7 nights . Lake District   Booking

Coast to Coast West
Guided trekking holiday

+ Six days on Wainwright's Coast to Coast
+ Cross mountain passes in the Lake District
+ Guided walking with the option to carry on self-guided

Latest news March 2019
Please ask us about a trip during our 2019 season. Thank you.

Walk the first week of the Coast to Coast path, completing the Lake District section. We walk a 6-day route as far as Kirkby Stephen on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

After walking the coast from St Bees, we head inland to visit Honister, Borrowdale, Grasmere, Patterdale and more parts of the Lake District. Our last stage takes us out of the Lakes, crossing open moorland to Kirkby Stephen. Treat this as a self-contained trek at a hard level, or use it to start your Coast to Coast in a superb way: we would be delighted to book our self-guided Coast to Coast East as a continuation.

The walking is generally at the tougher end. The middle 4 days involve continuous climbs to Lakeland passes, then long descents on the far side. Underfoot, paths are often rough and rocky. Our first and last stages are more cross-country but involve varied terrain and longer distances still.

The group's accommodation is in a series of friendly guesthouses, B&Bs and inns. Every village is a new base for the evening. In our years of operating the Coast to Coast we have grown to know some sweet B&Bs and their owners.


Map showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's Coast to Coast West Guided walking holiday


Alpine Exploratory
CCWg Coast to Coast West (Guided)
5 May to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Options on the scheduled guided trips
6 stages
(7 nights)

Please ask 1,120
Singles 175
Our main CCW
Singles 210
Options on a private guided trip
7 stages
(8 nights)

Please ask 1,240
Singles 200
Singles 240
Baggage transfer 70

Baggage transfer

Let us deliver your bag to each stop on the Coast to Coast West. Each morning, the group leaves its bags with your host or at reception.


If you join us as a private group instead of joining our scheduled treks, then we can adjust your Coast to Coast West in various ways.

+ Faster treks like our 5-stage schedule, or...
+ Slower by making it 8 stages, breaking up the longer days
+ Stay in hostels at locations where these are available
+ Spend a rest day in Keswick which is off-route at Borrowdale

Please ask us to add a self-guided or guided Eastern continuation (Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood's Bay) to complete your Coast to Coast. The guided CTC West makes a perfect introduction.

Of course, on a private trip you can come on the dates that suit you. Except for the composition of the group and the dates, everything else is the same as on our scheduled treks.

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Coast to Coast West
Guided or self-guided? Guided
Trip code: CCWg
Route: CTC Coast to Coast
(See our background page on the CTC)
(Prefer a Self-guided trip or the full CTC?)
Group size: 4 to 8 people
Length: 6 days' trekking
Start: St. Bees in Cumbria
End: Kirkby Stephen in Yorkshire
Typical walk: 23km, 600m ascent
Highest altitude: 792m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Dates Summer 2019

Scheduled trips 2019
Please join our guided trip:

CCWg1 4 to 11 May 2019
Guided by leader to be announced
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Leaders at Alpine Exploratory

Private trips 2019
Please join us any time in our season from
5 May to 15 September 2019

Scheduled trips: Starting 2 May 2020
Season: 3 May to 18 September 2020

Research Summer 2019

People at Alpine Exploratory Alpine Exploratory's 2019 research on the Coast to Coast will be led by:
Pete Ellis in March

Recces 2019

A Land Rover outside the Black Sail Hut
The Black Sail Hut (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

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

Accommodation and itinerary
Guided trekking with your IML

Leaving Borrowdale
Leaving Borrowdale (Photo gallery)

Find out more

Holiday Notes Read our trip dossier,
    a 2-page PDF which is easy to print

Walking guides Our CTC background page

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