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WAINWRIGHT'S COAST TO COAST - THE WESTERN SECTION

The western section of the renowned Coast to Coast Route.

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 (11.5 miles)
Day 7 Burnbanks - Orton (12.5 miles)
Day 8 Orton - Kirkby Stephen (13 miles)
Day 9 Depart after breakfast

Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk is also available for independent walkers as a part of our Load Off Your Back self-guided holiday programme.




WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent. These walks are in more remote areas such as the Alps or northern Portugal. Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.




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When we visit

Spring, Autumn

Length of stay

8 nights

Price from

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    Wainwright's Coast to Coast - Western Route (Grade 6/P)
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    06 May 2017
    Nights
    8
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    Grade 6/P
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    Wainwright's Coast to Coast - Western Route (Grade 6/P)
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    02 Sep 2017
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    8
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  • Itinerary
    06 May 2017 - 14 May 2017

    Day 1 - St Bees
    Assemble at St Bees and introduction to your tour leader. Dinner and overnight.

    Day 2 - St. Bees
    St. Bees to Ennerdale Bridge. From the sea front at St. Bees, having wet our boots and collected a pebble, we follow the coastal, cliff top path before heading inland across farm land and through villages before crossing our first Lakeland hill, the outlying Dent Hill. We will continue to the village of Ennerdale Bridge. Distance 24Km/15 miles. Ascent 680m/2210ft. Max. Altitude 352m. Walking time 7-8hrs

    Day 3 - Ennerdale Bridge
    Ennerdale Bridge to Seatoller. The majority of today we will spend walking of the length of Ennerdale, known as the remotest valley in the Lake District. Initially we will follow a small path along the southern shore of the Water and then onward through the Ennerdale Forest to Black Sail Youth Hostel. As we walk we are under the shadows of some of the highest mountains in England, Great Gable and Pillar and we pass close to Hay Stacks. On climbing out of Ennerdale, we will make our way to Honister Hause and descend the old road to Seatoller in Borrowdale. Distance 23.5Km/14 miles. Ascent 720m/2340ft. Max altitude 579m. Walking time 7hrs.

    Day 4 - Seatoller
    Seatoller to Grasmere. Following a pleasant stream or two we will gradually ascend to Greenup Edge the slopes of High Raise where we have a choice of two routes. Dependent on the weather, we can tackle the ridge walk to Helm Crag, or else take the more direct, lower route, and descend alongside Easedale Gill as we make our way to the delightful Lakeland town of Grasmere. Distance 16Km/10 miles. Ascent 550m/1790ft. Max Altitude 616m. Walking time 5-6hrs.

    Day 5 - Grasmere
    Grasmere to Patterdale. We will walk on lanes and a bridleway to Great Tongue, and on the toss of a coin fork to the right or the left, the paths meet later and take us to Grisedale Tarn which nestles under the shadow of Helvellyn. Crossing the outflow from the Tarn we can either follow the beck as it tumbles downwards or climb up to walk the St Sunday Crag ridge before descending into Patterdale. Distance 14.5Km/9miles. Ascent 680m/2210ft. Max. altitude 595m. Walking time 5-6hrs.

    Day 6 - Patterdale
    Patterdale to Burnbanks. On leaving Patterdale we will begin our ascent for the day, passing Angle Tarn, the slopes of Rest Dodd and The Knott crossing the course of the Roman road and to the highest point on the walks; Rampsgill Head and Kidsty Pike (780m/2,559ft). We walk down the East ridge before a steep descent to reach Haweswater. A path, which improves as it goes, takes us the whole length of the lake, and we will then walk into the hamlet of Burnbanks originally built . Distance 18.5Km/11.5miles. Ascent 870m/2827ft. Max. Altitude 792m. Walking time 6hrs.

    Day 7 - Burnbanks
    Burnbanks to Orton. After the rigours of the Lakeland Fells today’s walk will seem more leisurely, as we follow paths and lanes to the ruins of Shap Abbey, through the now quiet town of Shap and then continue over and around gentler, limestone hills to the village of Orton. Distance 20Km/12.5 miles. Ascent 327m/1063ft. Max. Altitude 354m. Walking time 6hrs.

    Day 8 - Orton
    Orton to Kirkby Stephen. With limestone scars above us to the north we complete our journey on lanes and paths over gritstone, and limestone moors, some heather clad, as we make our way past the Iron Age enclosed field systems of Severals Settlements, across Smardale Fell, looking out for a wonderful Victorian rail viaduct, to the market town of Kirkby Stephen. Distance 21Km/13 miles. Ascent 315m/1024ft. Max. Altitude 344m. Walking time 6hrs.

    Day 9 - Kirby Stephen
    After breakfast, we say our farewells and depart Kirkby Stephen.


  • Accommodation
    Best Western Shap Wells Hotel 77924

    The Shap Wells Hotel sits on the edge of the Lake District and has scenic rolling hills and mountain streams all around. Some of the bedrooms have good views out over the impressive landscape. Adding to the quiet rural feel, red squirrels and red deer can be spotted in the grounds of the hotel.

    Friendly and welcoming staff serve our dinners at the Birkbeck Restaurant, which has views out over the Birkbeck Stream. The Riverside Lounge and Bar also has views out over the river and fells and is a good place to relax with a drink before and after dinner.

    Bedrooms come with TVs and tea and coffee making facilities. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

     

    Red Lion Hotel, Grasmere

    A former coaching inn with charm, the Red Lion Hotel is well situated in Grasmere, a cultural hub of Lakeland walking with a village atmosphere. The hotel has recently been refurbished and is well equipped to provide you with a pleasant stay, with a bar and restaurant serving fresh produce and local ales. There is an indoor swimming pool, spa and Jacuzzi.

    All of the rooms have views out over the spectacular fells and TVs and tea and coffee making facilities.

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

  • What's Included

    HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES:

    • 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.
       

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


  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    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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When we visit

Spring, Autumn

Length of stay

8 nights

Price from

£ 950

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