There’s only 1 space left on our May 2024 Guided Walk!
190 Miles > 3 National Parks > 1 epic journey!
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, then the Official Coast to Coast Guided Walking Tour is for you!
Spanning from one coast to another , the guided walk lasts 14 days – led by one of our expert guides who detailed interpretations of the coast to coast landscape, geology, fauna, flora, history and heritage along the way!
You will be in for a treat! Book your once in a lifetime holiday now, filled with:
- stunning views, cool insights and unspoilt hamlets
- lots of walking
- fantastic accommodation
- delicious food
- secure parking
- daily baggage transfers
- unspoilt hamlets
- lots of laughs
- unforgettable memories & much more!!
Not to be missed!
11th May – 24th May 2024
£2095 – The price is per person and based on twin sharing rooms.
The below optional extras incur a supplement:
• Post-finish accommodation in Robin Hoods Bay or Kirkby Stephen
• Single occupancy rooms – single supplement of £45 per night
We specialise in coast to coast tours, and that means we can deliver a deluxe experience.
High Quality Accommodation
You will be staying in our personally selected and high quality, friendly accommodations. We curate a great range of country inns, guest houses, farmhouses and small family-run hotels for your trip, each visited by our team to ensure excellence. Delicious filling breakfasts are included with your stay.
We organise this guided walk in conjunction with Richard Duckworth. Richard hails from Essex but you’d never believe it from his Lancastrian accent! He lives near Kirkby Stephen at the foot of the Howgill fells and knows the upland regions of Northern England extremely well. He has a true passion for hillwalking, is a qualified Mountain Leader and is known for sharing his energy & enthusiasm with groups during multi-day walks. The guides not only ensure you safely navigate the route each day but bring it all to life by explaining about the features and sights you pass.
Daily Luggage Transfers & Store
Our drivers travel the route each day on a consistent and reliable schedule moving your bag with care and professionalism from accommodation to accommodation, always ensuring it is there by 4pm (and often much earlier depending on location along the route). If you are coming to England as part of a longer holiday and have items you do not need for the Coast to Coast, we can store them safely and securely in our office for the duration of your trip and then drop off at your final accommodation.
If you are unfortunately unable to walk on certain days due to injury or illness, our knowledgeable and friendly drivers will be there to pick you up with your bags and drop you off at your next accommodation, providing local insight along the driven route.
Secure Car Parking & Transport to the Start & Back from Finish
We have a secure (locked) car-park at our operating base in Kirkby Stephen, where you can leave your car for the whole duration of your trip. We will then transport you to the start in St Bees and bring you back from Robin Hood’s Bay. You can also access your car when you pass through Kirkby Stephen.
Assistance Pre- & Post Trip
If you need assistance or advice on anything related to your trip then we will happily help and can arrange for you.
Detailed Information Pack
We have written and produced a comprehensive guide to your Coast to Coast Holiday covering all the things you should need to know to prepare and pack for your trip. It also includes details of what to expect and look out for along the way and the services to be found in each village (such as cash points, banks, shops etc), as well as the times to expect your bag(s) to be picked up and delivered each day. These are all emailed to you several weeks in advance of your trip in PDF format so you can carry on your tablet or smartphone (we advise this over paper versions).
The Coast to Coast Map Booklet is the full route on Ordnance Survey Mapping at 1:25000 scale in an ideal booklet form. It fits perfectly into your hand whilst walking or running and is what we use when on the route! We also supply you with the GPX file of the route if you have an appropriate navigation device.
Support From Us
We’re available 7 days a week and not just in office hours to help you with any query or request either prior to or during your wonderful trip. Don’t forget we are the only local and the only specialist Coast to Coast holiday provider. Meaning we can freely give you any insights into the route, we will meet you as you pass through, we can even look outside our window to tell you exactly what the ground conditions are like and what the weather is doing.
Our packages covers all of the things you will need, with just your lunch, evening meal and travel insurance for you to choose and pay direct.
Tasty options throughout the walk including country pubs, restaurants, bistros, and local takeaways (look for our suggestions in your Info Pack). Allow around £20 – £25 per person for a two-course meal.
Your appetite may change along the route as you adapt to the challenges and you may have special requirements, which is why we avoid choosing your lunches for you. As with evening meals, there are often many great local options to choose from and in any case your accommodations can provide a packed lunch (which you simply order on arrival). Allow around £5-£7pp for a full packed lunch including sandwich, snacks and drink.
We have developed a partnership with the leading travel insurance company Citybond – part of the TIF plc group. They provide a comprehensive range of travel insurance offering high levels of cover for medical emergency, repatriation, personal baggage, cancellation and much more. This partnership grants you 10% discount on their policies when you give the unique referral code C2CP10. To see more please click here.
Planning your Arrival / Departure
Bus links – Train Links
Which airport is closest to route?
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
Stay up to date with the latest route conditions, closures and diversions
Travel Advice to St Bees, Kirkby Stephen and from Robin Hood’s Bay
We recommend that you have suitable and adequate travel insurance that includes cover should you have to cancel your holiday/booking or abandon after you have started.
St Bees – If you are travelling from overseas you might find travelling by rail directly out to St Bees and back from Robin Hood’s Bay your easiest option. In this case your first night will be at St Bees rather than Kirkby Stephen. Manchester is the nearest international airport and there are rail stations at Whitehaven and St Bees on the west coast. Approximate rail journey time from Manchester to St Bees is between 4 – 4.5hrs depending on connections. It is always best to buy your rail ticket in advance – see www.nationalrail.co.uk or traveline.info
Kirkby Stephen – If you are travelling by car, your easiest option is to drive up to Kirkby Stephen, centrally situated just off J38 of the M6. Here you can spend your first night before parking your car in our secure pound in the morning and taking the Packhorse Minibus out to St Bees to start your Coast to Coast journey. If you live close to Kirkby Stephen and can get to us by 8.00am – you could drive directly to us, leave your car and catch the minibus departing by 8.15am prompt. You can also travel to Kirkby Stephen by train – it is on the famous Settle-Carlisle railway line.
Robin Hood’s Bay / The End of your Trip – If you want to come straight back to Kirkby Stephen when you finish your trip, bear in mind that the Packhorse bus departs at 4pm latest from Robin Hood’s Bay. You will need to decide whether you want another night at Kirkby Stephen before setting off home, or whether you want to jump straight into the car and head off at 6.15pm when the minibus gets back. If you are travelling from overseas, Manchester is the nearest major international airport. Travel there by bus or taxi to Scarborough station (we can arrange the taxi on your behalf) and then by train. Total journey time is approximately 3.5 – 4hrs. If your onward travel is heading north then you may find train from Whitby station to be the best option. This is approx. 20min by bus or taxi from Robin Hood’s Bay. See www.nationalrail.co.uk or traveline.info
After an exhilarating day walking, cycling or running along the Coast to Coast, the right accommodation is essential. Welcomed into a friendly, clean, comfortable and characterful accommodation to stay is an absolute must. We are very demanding in the standards we expect for our customers.
Our accommodation hosts are our trusted and valued partners in ensuring you have a special trip. From 400-year-old cottages and farmhouses, through family-owned country inns and colourful guesthouses, there are over 130 places we use and visit frequently.
We look at your overall trip and curate it so the places you stay give you a full flavour of the styles and characters to be found on the Way. No two consecutive nights may be the same as far as the physical surroundings go, though the warmth of the welcome, quality of the lodging & food and facilities to dry your kit are a constant.
With over 130 places, it’s a little hard to list without some key omissions! We take your nights and mornings seriously, and so do our accommodation choices.
For this holiday, accommodation is in twin-sharing rooms, though there will also be a limited number of single rooms booked on first come basis (single supplement incurs a charge).
The below optional extras incur a supplement:
- Post-finish accommodation in Robin Hoods Bay or Kirkby Stephen
- Single occupancy rooms – single supplement of £45 per night