Two coasts, three national parks and the chance to cross an entire country are just some of the features that make the Coast to Coast walk in England an enduring classic. Known as the C2C walk by the locals, this walk links the Irish and North Seas, and is a testament to the passion of Britain’s most famous walker Alfred Wainwright. Wainwright’s advises to dip a boot in the Irish Sea at the start of the walk and dip a toe in the waters of Robin Hood’s Bay at the walk’s end.
Traditionally to walk the entire 300km Coast to Coast walk, would take around 15 days to complete, walking long days of 20 – 25kms per day. Life’s An Adventure has created a unique and exclusive 8 day itinerary. Our walk covers a maximum of 131kms with the flexibility to walk shorter days or opt out of any day’s walking and enjoy free time in the villages or towns we visit. Our walk is specifically designed for Australian travellers to maximise their travel time, by showcasing the best sections of this walk and avoiding the mundane parts. Our walks takes us across the country from coast to coast, exploring by foot the spectacular mountains, the stunning Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors National Parks.
We have handpicked stunning locations to stay each night, from a grand castle to quirky hotels with amazing views. Indulge in wonderful dining experiences showcasing local produce and magnificent wines. Another great bucket list walk to add to your ever-growing list!
Pack Free Walking Holiday
Walk from Coast to Coast with only a small day pack with as little as your water, camera and lunch, as your overnight bags are transported each day to your accommodation. Our Pack Free walking holidays allows our guests the ability to enjoy their walk not endure it. It’s the only way to walk!
Hand-picked hotels in the best locations
Each new walking holiday we develop, we ensure we personally visit each region and source the best hotels in the best locations. We hand-pick our accommodation based on the overall feel and charm, the hospitality as well as the views and the location to the village centre or to minimise travelling times. Unlike a self guided tour, having a transfer vehicle allows us to access the best accommodation in each area. During your Coast to Coast walk, you will love the old world charm of the Wordsworth Hotel and Spa in the town centre of Grasmere with quaint shops and cafes on your doorstep. Whilst at Glenridding we stay lakefront at the luxurious Inn on the Lake. Set amidst beautiful gardens, this hotel has a 9 hole golf course and croquet lawn.
It’s not every day an Australian gets to stay in a castle, so we couldn’t resist including this experience in our walking itinerary. The boutique Augill Castle will be a highlight stay for your walk. The atmosphere in the castle is far from formal and reserved, owners Wendy & Simon will make you will feel like this is a home away from home, with good old fashioned family hospitality.
Flexible and Personalised Tours
We design our walks to be flexible offering the option of longer or shorter walking days or the ability to opt-out of any day’s walking and have free time to discover one of the villages or towns along your journey. Our tours are small and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.
We walk the highlights
Traditionally this walk takes 15 weeks to complete involving long days of 20 to 25kms per day. Our walks has been designed to take you to the best sections of the trail, avoiding the mundane areas and ensuring you won’t miss out on the highlights in an 8 day experience.
We pride ourselves on having exceptional guides who deliver a world-class walk. Our tours are accompanied by two guides. You’ll be accompanied by a local guide who has a passion and enthusiasm for the area and one of our experienced Senior guides who will ensure our Life’s An Adventure high standard are always met.
Fabulous meals featuring local produce
Our walks feature fabulous meals featuring fresh local produce, with all evening meals accompanied by sensational wines.
Guests will be required to fly into Manchester the day prior to the tour. Manchester is an international airport with connecting flights from many Asian cities and Dubai.
Meet your guides in the foyer of the Raddison Blue Edwardian Hotel in Manchester at 7.30am. This morning we drive from Manchester to the coastal village of St Bees in Cumbria on the West Coast of England, a 3-hour drive. St Bees is a small village with over 1000 years of history. We head to the water to see the Coast to Coast monument near the lifeboat station and as Founder of the walk, Aldred Wainwright’s advises, dip our boot in the Irish Sea to start the walk. From here our walk follows the cliffs of St Bees Head for a few kilometres renown for its birdlife and before reaching St Bees Lighthouse. We then turn inland to pass through the villages of Sandwith with its village green and quaint gardens, then Moor Row and eventually walk into our accommodation at Cleator in the West Cumberland Plain. We spend the night at the charming Ennerdale Country House Hotel enjoying a superb dinner in the restaurant accompanied by wine.
Easier Option: For those that want a shorter walk today. Enjoy an 8kms to the Sandwith where our vehicle will meet you and take you to the hotel earlier, where you can check-in and relax.
Walk Terrain notes: 250m ascents. Grade: easy.
Optional Itinerary: For those that don’t want to walk today, enjoy a free day in the pretty Lake District town of Grasmere with its array of quaint shops and cafes.
This morning we enjoy an early breakfast before the short 10 minute transfer to the start of our walk at Ennerdale Water. Today’s walk will showcase stunning scenery as our path takes us along the pretty shores of Ennerdale Water. This remote region is far less frequented by tourists than the other lakes that make up the Lake District and well worth the effort. From Ennerdale we enjoy a relatively flat walk to the remote Black Sail, before the steep ascent at Loft Beck and the stunning landscapes of Honister Pass. From here we will transfer to the beautiful Lake District village of Grasmere (45 minutes).
Tonight we stay at the charming Wordsworth Hotel and Spa. Set in the centre of Grasmere with quaint shops and cafes at your doorstep, enjoy time to explore this charming village. Tonight we enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant featuring traditional English cuisine with perfectly matched wines.
Walk terrain: Total ascent 765m. Descent 785m.
Walk Terrain: Total ascent 900m. Descent 805m.
Optional Itinerary: For those that don’t want to walk today, enjoy a free morning in Grasmere with its array of quaint shops and cafes and then arrive early in Glenridding to enjoy all the facilities of our lakeside hotel.
After breakfast, we continue our walking adventure through the Lake District from Grasmere to Glenridding. The route ascends to the pass of Grisedale Hause and then head up and over St Sunday Crag (840m) and down the valley to the charming Patterdale village. Note for fitter groups we have the option to take a more challenging route via the summit of Helvellyn which takes an extra 2 hours (3kms extra).
Afterwards, we continue our walk from Patterdale into our hotel at Glenridding. Our accommodation tonight is at the magnificent Inn on the Lake, Ullswater. This 4-star hotel is set on a magnificent 15-acre property on the shores of Lake Ullswater offering breathtaking views and stunning gardens. Tonight dine in the hotel’s grand Lake View Restaurant featuring imaginative local cuisine served with wonderful wines.
Walk Terrain: easy gradients. Total ascent and descent 536m.
Easier Option: For those that want a shorter walk today. Enjoy a 14kms walk to near Tarn Moor. From here you can travel with our vehicle to the Castle earlier, where you can check-in and relax.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before our transfer to the start of our walk (60 minutes) through the wild moorlands. Beyond Sunbiggin Tarn home to abundant birdlife, the route takes you into Smardale, a delightful valley through which a railway once passed and an impressive viaduct can still be seen. Then it’s over Smardale Fell and a descent into the quaint market town of Kirkby Stephen. We transfer to our accommodation (10 mins). Tonight we stay in a boutique castle at Kirkby Stephens. Augill Castle has been painstakingly restored to its former glory by its current owners. You’ll love the warmth, charm and hospitality of this unique location. Tonight enjoy dinner prepared by a private chef.
Walk Terrain: Ascents 838m
Easier Option: For those that want a shorter walk today. Enjoy a 10kms walk to Gunnerside where we stop for lunch, after lunch you can travel with our vehicle to the hotel earlier you can check-in and relax.
This morning enjoy a delicious breakfast before we transfer to Keld to the start of our walk (30mins). The tiny and tranquil village of Keld sits at the head of the Swaledale Valley. Keld’s landscape has four beautiful waterfalls as well as numerous old stone buildings. It was once the heart of a thriving mining industry when the population rose to 6000 in the 19th century. On today’s walk, you will delight in beautiful panoramas of rolling green hills, pretty rivers, and abandoned stone farmhouses and mines. At lunchtime, we stop at the cute village of Gunnerside where we will enjoy lunch in a typical English pub. After lunch, our walk continues on to the village of Reeth with its variety of shops. We walk directly into our hotel at Reeth, the luxurious Burgoyne Hotel, a charming Georgian country house hotel overlooking the village green. Tonight enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant dining on delicious food featuring local produce and wonderful wine.
Walk terrain: Relatively easy and straight-forward walk with only a few ascents.
Easier Option: For those that want an easier option today, walk 8kms from Reeth to Marrick. Our vehicle will meet you here and take you to Richmond where you have the remainder of the day to explore this charming town. Richmond has an impressive Norman Castle, as well as a number of pretty shops and cafes. Or you can visit the Georgian Theatre Royal Tour near the hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we start our walk today. From the village of Reeth our walk takes us past Marrick Priory once a Benedictine nunnery in 1140. Little of this building has survived except for the tower. Our path gradually climbs through woods and then grassy pastures along the way passing the villages of Marrick and Marske. We eventually arrive at the town of Richmond. This beautiful Yorkshire Dales market town has an impressive Norman Castle and a large cobbled market place.
We spend the night at the Kings Head Hotel, Richmond. This hotel has a prime position in the market place square, and has the ideal combination of old-world charm and modern comforts. Tonight enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant featuring fresh local ingredients and perfectly matched wines.
Easier Option: For those that want an easier option today, walk 13kms to Lord Stones Café, Carlton Bank. From here our vehicle will meet you and take you to your accommodation early.
This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to our day’s walk. (40 mins). Today’s walk takes us into the North Yorks Moors with its rolling hills of purple heather. The North York Moors are one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK covering an area of 1436 square kilometres. Our walks takes us through woodlands then climbs steeping up to the northern edge of the moors. From here we take in magnificent panoramic views. We follow the undulating hills to Carlton Bank and arrive at Lord Stone Cafe for a break. Afterwards, we continue our journey enjoying superb views all the way to Clay Bank Top. We transfer to our accommodation 30 minutes.
Tonight enjoy accommodation at the White Horse Farm Inn. Enjoy the old-world charm of this Inn, set on the hillside overlooking Rosedale Abbey with beautiful views over the stunning Nork York Moors National Park. Dinner will be in the Inn’s stylish restaurant offering hearty Yorkshire fare and superb wines.
Enjoy breakfast at our Inn before transferring to the start of the walk. (40 mins). Today we begin at the village of Littlebeck, pass by the ‘Hermitage’ a huge boulder hollowed out to make a home near the 20m high Falling Foss Waterfall. We walk through the last section of moors near Greystone hills before reaching the coast, where the trails takes us along a coastal cliff path into Robin Hood’s Bay. This stunning red-roofed village is set on the hillside overlooking the North Sea. From here we descend down the narrow steep streets of the village till we eventually reach Wainwright’s Bar at the Bay Hotel located on the harbour waterfront. Here we will enjoy a celebratory lunch and take photos near the end’s Coast to Coast plaque! After lunch, we transfer our guests back to Manchester (2.5 hours) to join onwards flights or be dropped at the hotel.
Please note: this tour can be joined with our West Highland Way walk in Scotland which includes transfers from Robins Hood Bay to Carlisle to visit Hadrian’s Wall and enjoy overnight accommodation before travelling on to Glasgow the following day.
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