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Laura Paterson
Laura Paterson

West or East on the Coast to Coast?

If you don't have 2 weeks to walk the full Coast to Coast across England, you may be trying to decide which section to go for. Here we try to help that decision by highlighting some of the best bits in the West and East sections;

West Section - St Bees to Kirkby Stephen

  • Get high! - it's in the west section of the Coast to Coast that you will get the most impressive views from high atop the Lake District fells. 

  • Quiet Lakeland hamlets - some of the prettiest (and quietest) villages you will pass through are in this section. Hamlets like Ennerdale Bridge, Rosthwaite and Patterdale are tiny little places with little more than one street and exceptionally pretty little places to stop for the night. 
  • Grasmere Gingerbread and Kendal Mint Cake - two essentials to keep any walker running up those hills are available in the Lake District - what other reason do you need??

  • Camaraderie - most walkers walk the Coast to Coast from west to east so if you want to experience the rich camaraderie and sense of achievement you get in doing a long distance walk like this joining the other "Coast to Coasters" at the start is the way to do it!

East Section - Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood's Bay

  • Slightly easier - with less steep climbs, this is definitely the easier of the two sections. Although don't be fooled into thinking it is a walk in the park. Despite not going as high, there are some long days across open moorland in this section, meaning you will still need some stamina!
  • The Yorkshire Dales - this beautiful part of England is really quintessential England at it's best. Think stone walls, pastures dotted with sheep and warm and welcoming cosy country pubs serving fine ales. And all that topped off with a Giant Yorkshire Pudding for dinner! 

  • The North York Moors - a part of England which many people wouldn't think of visiting on a standalone trip, it is an unforgettable experience to walk through the wild and heather-clad moors and visit the Wain Stones which sit on the top. It is also here you will pass by the 4th highest pub in Britain, the very remote Lion Inn at Blakey Ridge and one of the prettiest villages in England - Egton Bridge.
  • Robin Hood's Bay - a real treat of a town, experience the classic British seaside town! Enjoy dipping your toe in the water at the beach and then enjoy a walk along the beach followed by some tasty fish and chips!

Whichever section you choose, you are sure to have a wonderful time! For more information about walking the Coast to Coast, view the itineraries and packages including baggage transfer and accommodation on our website.

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