The Coast to Coast is one of the most spectacular and well-loved walking routes in the UK. It takes you through three national parks, across some of the finest wild scenery in England and stops off in towns and villages where you will feel part of rural life. The Coast to Coast is not a national trail, but it is intensely well waymarked and puts many of the National Trails to shame with its outstanding beauty.
It is important for us to make sure you have all the information you need before you trek from one side of England to the other. Everything you need to know should be on this page, but if you find you are still looking for info, you can contact our Destination Specialists at [email protected] or you can download our free Coast to Coast guide.
6 Essential Planning Tools for Walking 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 - Take a look at our Coast to Coast equipment blog for more details – as 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
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.
Q: Can I park my car and go back for it?
A: There is very limited parking in Kirkby Stephen and St Bees, so it can be tough to find appropriate space to leave it for the duration of your walk. We would recommend taking public transport, however, you can see a more comprehensive answer and details about public transport by checking out our Coast to Coast travel guide blog.
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