Level of Difficulty
- The Coast to Coast is 192 miles long. It is a tough multi-day run, primarily due to the accumulated fatigue. Pacing yourself is key.
- The sections through the Lake District include some steep paths on rocky and variable surface meaning your stride pattern is constantly changing. Coming through this area the descending can be tougher than the ascending.
How Many Days
- Generally, our running customers take 9-10 days.
- To do in less requires a higher level of fitness and be familiar with the terrain encountered.
Any Rest Days
Not advised as your legs may stiffen up more and you find it hard to get going again afterwards.
- The most popular by far is west to east. Primarily as you are more likely to have the prevailing wind at your back rather than in your face. Hence the guide books are written in this direction too.
- Running it from east to west gives as good an experience in a different perspective – as long as you don’t mind the likelihood you will have wind in your face.
- Another thing to be aware of starting from the east is your bag move is more complicated though – you’ll need to have two bags and alternate which bag you have each night. (As we travel W-E we pick up one of your bags – hold it overnight and then drop it in front of you the next day – pick up your other bag – hold & so on. Works fine once you get into the swing of alternating bags).
Doing Part Not All
- If you cannot spare the number of days to run it all in one go, it is equally as good to do particular sections and then do the rest on subsequent trips.
- We can advise and arrange on your logistics to your chosen start and end.
What To Take
We will supply you with our recommendations in our Information Pack sent to all customers 8 weeks ahead of your trip.
When To Go
Although previous weather conditions are not a reliable predictor for the future:
- April – can range from cold (often snow and frost) to warm and sunny. Season starting and so quieter, aside from Easter weekend
- May – most popular time, for good reason. Often the driest and pleasant temperatures. Wildflowers out in full bloom, plenty of nesting birds.
- June – sometimes wetter than May, shortest nights – you probably won’t see darkness for whole trip
- July – similar to June but quieter in terms of walkers in the latter part of month
- Aug – great in 2018 though can often feature rain. The Lake District is at its busiest, but nice on the fells. Heather in full purple colour
- Sept – often the second driest after May. Autumnal colours starting to come through. Light and shadows often the best for photos. As busy as May with regards Coast to Coasters
The closest ones to the start and finish (and hence easiest to travel to/from) are Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
How to get to St Bees from Airport (applies whether London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow)
Train to Carlisle then local service to St Bees.
We recommend that you have travel insurance for your holidays.
Budgeting / Money Matters
- Our package includes everything except lunches (allow £6 a day) and evening meals (allow £20 for two course) along with any personal spending and snacks.
- Most places now take card payment but worth carrying around £30pp in cash as a float.
What Type of Shoes
Trail shoes with some cushioning and soft stud/grip.
Picking up Supplies Along the Way
Main places you can do this are Grasmere, Patterdale, Kirkby Stephen, Richmond and Robin Hood’s Bay.