(Coast to Coast West) The coastline at St Bees
COAST TO COAST WEST (SELF-GUIDED)   6 stages . 7 nights . Lake District   Booking

Coast to Coast West
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Complete Wainwright's classic long-distance trail
+ Expert advice to find your ideal itinerary
+ Friendly and comfortable guesthouses, inns and hotels

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

Walk the spectacular Coast to Coast path under your own steam on a self-guided trekking holiday. Our package lets you walk at your own pace, takes away the work of planning and gets you straight to the best bits.

Wainwright devised his 314km (196 mile) Coast to Coast route to cross England via the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. The route is a delight throughout and one of the classics of the walking world. The obvious drama and charm of the Lake District stages show only one side of the walk; engrossing views in the Dales and North York Moors later in the trek reveal many more aspects of Northern England.

Each morning, set off after a good breakfast and pick up the trail. Arrive at your next accommodation and settle into a nearby pub or restaurant for the evening. There's great satisfaction to be had from this footloose yet purposeful life; a sense of moving through the landscape. We plan it all for you and give you our detailed routecards, the proper maps and lots of local information.

Your accommodation is in a mix of guesthouses, B&Bs and inns that we hope will invigorate and entertain. The Coast to Coast, as much as any long distance trail in the UK, offers some authentic and memorable overnight stays. One night you could be staying above an inn in the middle of a small village; the next you could be guests in a friendly home hidden away in the hills.


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


Alpine Exploratory
CCWsg Coast to Coast West (Self-guided)
5 May to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
6 stages
(7 nights)

Please ask us
Singles 175
10 per dog
Singles 210
70 per dog
7 stages
(8 nights)

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Singles 200
80 per dog
Singles 240
180 per dog
Specialised schedules
5 stages
(6 nights)

Please ask us
Singles 150
60 per dog
Singles 180
60 per dog
Baggage transfer 70

Baggage transfer

Let us deliver your bag to each stop on the Coast to Coast. Each morning simply leave your bag with your host or at reception.


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 2019

Trip name: Coast to Coast West
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: CCWsg
Route: CTC Coast to Coast
(See our background page on the CTC)
(Prefer one week on the East or the full CTC?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
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)

Prices Summer 2019

6 stages, per person:

CCWsg Classic
GBP 640 (singles 175, dog 70)
Coast to Coast West (self-guided)

CCWsg Comfy
GBP 740 (singles 210, dog 70)
Coast to Coast West (self-guided)

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

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

Alpine Exploratory's service

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

Accommodation and itinerary
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards CTC1-6 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
5 May to 15 September 2019
3 May to 18 September 2020
Trek on your ideal dates

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