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A hike across the Lake District from St Bees on the coast to Kirkby Stephen on Cumbria's eastern border covering the western part of Wainwright's famous Coast to Coast.
  • Product Code 77908
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays, Continuous Route Holidays
  • Grade Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 8 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Wainwright's Coast to Coast - The Western Part

The 200 mile Coast to Coast walk from St Bees on the Cumbrian coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea shore has attracted hikers looking for a long distance challenge with the added attraction of three national parks and some of the country’s most inspiring scenery. Despite its fame, this route remains unofficial and has only experienced some minor adjustments since being devised by Alfred Wainwright 40 years ago.

This holiday tackles the western section of the trail crossing the Lake District from St Bees to Kirkby Stephen in seven walking days of 9 – 15½ miles a day. We'll be walking, on average, just under 13 miles a day throughout the walk with our longest days being 15½ miles.

We’ll walk from inn-to-inn staying in B Bs, guesthouses and small hotels with your baggage being transported for you each day leaving you to carry only what you need on the trail each day.

The route starts with a spectacular clifftop walk before heading inland towards Ennerdale and the first of the lakes encountered on this walk and the first mountain pass beyond. Before leaving the Lake District National Park you’ll have experienced some of the best high level hikes, lake shore walks and spectacular views England has to offer...

Intended route (with approximate daily walking distances):

Day 1 Overnight St Bees  
Day 2 St Bees - Ennerdale Bridge (15 miles)
Day 3 Ennerdale Bridge - Seatoller (14 miles)
Day 4 Seatoller - Grasmere (10 miles)
Day 5 Grasmere - Patterdale (9 miles)
Day 6 Patterdale - Burnbanks (11½ miles)
Day 7 Burnbanks - Orton (12½ miles
Day 8 Orton - Kirkby Stephen (13 miles)
Day 9 Depart after breakfast  

You might also be interested in walking the Eastern Section of the trail or walking the Whole Route from coast to coast.

Holiday Highlights

  • A challenging 85 mile walk across the Lake District National Park and beyond…
  • Great panoramic views throughout
  • Your bags transported for you!

The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Accommodation in hotels and B&Bs throughout.
      Breakfasts and dinners each day.
      Any necessary transport between overnight accommodation and daily walks.
      Baggage transport between your accommodations each day.

Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 6/P

    Please see the Holiday Information sheet for this Holidays Itinerary as the content may vary depending on departure date.

Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

Your baggage is transported (one bag per person) from inn to inn for you.

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Seacote Hotel

Right on the seafront in St Bees on the West Cumbrian Coast, Seacote Hotel features stunning sea views and a garden, just 6 miles from the Lake District National Park. It offers free Wi-Fi and free private parking. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and an en suite bathroom with bathtub, free toiletries, shower and hairdryer. Every morning, guests will enjoy a full English breakfast served on site. They can also relax with a drink at one of the 3 bars or sample locally-sourced food at the restaurant. Guests can go for a walk along St Bees sandy beach, where the Coast to Coast Walk starts, or walk 9 minutes to go golfing at St Bees Golf Club. The historical port of Whitehaven is just 4.6 miles away. 

The Kings Arms

Located in Sandy, The Kings Arms features a garden and free WiFi. Guests can make use of a bar. Guest rooms in the inn are fitted with a TV. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower, while certain rooms have garden views. Cambridge is 18.6 miles from The Kings Arms, while Milton Keynes is 20.5 miles away. The nearest airport is London Luton Airport, 18 miles from the property. 

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