Coast to Coast Hike England

Wainwright’s coast to coast hike in England is one of the world’s most famous walk and a great way to experience quintessential England. Follow tradition and dip your toe in the Irish sea on the west coast then 200 miles later in the North Sea on the east coast. Along the way you’ll travel through three of England’s national parks each with their own incredible beauty.

Described by Wainwright as “paradise on earth” the Lake District is home to England's highest mountains and largest lakes. In contrast the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales are divided by traditional stone walls and dotted with sheep. This area has a rich heritage with historic castles, charming stone villages and country pubs. Famed for its moorland, the North York Moors are moody and magnificent all at once, a fitting end to your coast to coast hike.

Choose to hike the full Coast to Coast England, or if you’re stuck for time just Coast to Coast West England or Coast to Coast East England. For all the information you will ever need on walking Wainwright's Coast to Coast, you can download our free guide to the Coast to Coast

Discover Coast to Coast

  • Top Tips for the Coast to Coast
    Top Tips for the Coast to Coast

    Take a Break - We recommend that you incorporate at least a couple of rest days into your walk. Grasmere, Kirkby Stephen or Richmond are great places to break up the walk, with plenty to do in each. This really helps to re-charge those batteries and give you a new lease of life!

    Take your time - You will enjoy the route much more if you don’t push yourself too much, and it gives you more time to take in the beautiful scenery along the way! We offer Coast to Coast itineraries up to 17 days long but will happily tailor-make an itinerary for you if you require something longer.

    Make sure you have the right gear - This can make a big difference to how enjoyable you find the walk.  In particular, we recommend having a pair of gaiters for those tricky boggy bits and a good pair of walking poles for those gnarly descents.

    Meet the locals. - Quite often the B&B owners and locals are the best people to speak to about ideas for alternative routes, places to see, lunch stops etc. This local knowledge can really help make your walk go as smoothly as possible. 

     

  • Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Coast to Coast
    Most Frequently Asked Questions on the Coast to Coast

    Q: How far in advance do I need to book?

    A: We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Wainwright’s Coast to Coast is extremely popular, especially over April/May and September. You will find up to date availability on our website, and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

    Q: Which itinerary should I take?  

    A: We offer several different itineraries so that all levels of walkers can tackle this mighty trail. So, basically, the answer is, it depends on your level of fitness. However, you can read a far more extensive response to this particular question on our blog post- How many days to walk the Coast to Coast.

    Q: When is the best time of year to walk the Coast to Coast?

    A: Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. This said any time between late March and October offers a beautiful experience.

     

  • Coast to Coast

    The Coast to Coast is one of England's most iconic walks.  While not a National Trail, it still holds its own as one of the great walks of England.  It takes in two National Parks, crammed with natural beauty and takes you through some of the loveliest villages in the North of England.  

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