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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






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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    Wainwright's Coast to Coast - Western Route (Grade 6/P)
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    05 May 2018
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    Wainwright's Coast to Coast - Western Route (Grade 6/P)
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  • Accommodation

    We stay in a variety of accommodation close to or along the route with private facilities.

    The group may be split between different B&Bs or guesthouses at some overnight stops.

    Occasionally we may spend more than one night in the same accommodation; if this is necessary, we include tranport to return you to the trail.

    Half board is provided with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel or local restaurants. Picnic lunches are not included.

    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
    • 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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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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