(Coast to Coast) Ullswater and Patterdale
COAST TO COAST (SELF-GUIDED)   14 stages . 15 nights . Northern England   Booking

Coast to Coast
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 May 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 Self-Guided walking holiday


Alpine Exploratory
CTCsg Coast to Coast (Self-guided)
5 May to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
16 stages
2 rest days
(19 nights)
Please ask 1,380
Singles 475
190 per dog
Singles 570
190 per dog
15 stages
1 rest day
(17 nights)
Please ask 1,260
Singles 425
170 per dog
Singles 510
170 per dog
14 stages
(15 nights)

Please ask 1,140
Singles 375
150 per dog
Singles 450
150 per dog
Specialised schedules
13 stages
(14 nights)

Please ask 1,080
Singles 350
140 per dog
Singles 420
140 per dog
12 stages
(13 nights)

Please ask 1,020
Singles 325
130 per dog
Singles 390
130 per dog
11 stages
(12 nights)

Please ask 960
Singles 300
120 per dog
Singles 360
120 per dog
Baggage transfer 120

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.


Few Coasts to Coast are alike. We don't have set schedules or start dates and we'll chat with you to plan the best approach. Please ask us to advise.

Alternative schedules
We can book different lengths of trip according to your preferences. A prime example is our 16-stage trek which lets us split the longest stages to give a maximum stage of 25km. Or, for seasoned long-distance trekkers only, our 11-stage trek contains several days of over 30km. It's worth remembering that even our normal 14-stager is an unusually tough walk, that is easy to underestimate.

Rest days
Add one or more rest days, to recuperate during the route. Over a two-week trek this can be welcome to many; others prefer to keep going. Kirkby Stephen and Richmond are good locations and we can advise.

Coordinating with travel
As normal we include your accommodation in St Bees and Robin Hood's Bay. If travel time is short, we can suggest ways to fit journeys in before your first stage and after your last. If driving, there are ways to minimise time needed to return to your car, for instance by using Kirkby Stephen as a base to go out and back. Please ask us about these options.

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

Happy Clients

"An excellent service right from the start. We booked fairly late (and had a dog) but you managed to organise the trip for the dates we wanted. We were given regular updates and lots of information to help us plan and prepare.

"Very impressed with the organisation and service overall - would definitely book again with you."

Linda Simpson, UK
(Coast to Coast)

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Coast to Coast
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: CTCsg
Route: CTC Coast to Coast
(See our background page on the CTC)
(Prefer one week on the West or East?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 14 days' trekking
Start: St. Bees in Cumbria
End: Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire
Typical walk: 22.5km, 550m ascent
(Longest stage 38km on 14-stage trek)
Highest altitude: 792m
Grade: Red3 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

14 stages, per person:

CTCsg Classic
GBP 1,140 (singles 375, dog 150)
Coast to Coast (self-guided)

CTCsg Comfy
GBP 1,290 (singles 450, dog 150)
Coast to Coast (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

A light rain shower in Robin Hood`s Bay
Robin Hood's Bay (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

15 nights, staying in:
B&Bs and guesthouses (10)
Small hotel (1)
Inns (4)

Accommodation and itinerary
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards CTC1-14 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

On St Sunday Crag looking to Grisedale Tarn
Grisedale Tarn (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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