Level of Difficulty
- The Coast to Coast is 192 miles long. It is generally described as being of an intermediate level of difficulty, though this will depend on your fitness.
- 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 customers take between 14-16 days of walking.
- To do in less requires a higher level of fitness and to be familiar with the terrain encountered.
- Taking more days allows you to fully explore and savour the experiences and places you encounter along the way, and reduces the physical demands.
Any Rest Days
- A great way to allow your feet and legs to recover, visit attractions, chill out, do another activity and such like.
- Grasmere, Kirkby Stephen & Richmond are the larger locations on route with a good range of facilities and things to do/see including some historical interest and quirky attractions. You can also access places not on the C2C easily from these towns.
- 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.
- Walking 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 walking 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 walk 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 (not in 2018), 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
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.
Picking up Supplies Along the Way
Main places you can do this are Grasmere, Patterdale, Kirkby Stephen, Richmond and Robin Hood’s Bay.
Bringing your Dog
- Accommodation choice is more limited and generally apply a dog supplement though this includes blanket & food.
- We ought to point out we see quite a few people set off with their dog only to pull out after a few days because the dog is suffering (cracked pads is the most common).