This 15 day walk has been created to showcase the highlights of two magnificent walks, England’s famous Coast to Coast walk and the West Highland Way in Scotland. On the Coast to Coast walk, we journey through the spectacular Lake District, across the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors. Whilst in Scotland we discover stunning lochs and mountains of the Scottish Highlands. Transfers are included in between your walks with a visit to Hadrian’s wall en route. You’ll be delighted by the accommodation we have handpicked from the charming Augill Castle to two properties on Loch Lomond. You’ll savour wonderful local produce every day with wine included with every evening meal.
When you walk with Life’s An Adventure you can be sure that our aim is to deliver a tour beyond your expectations. When comparing other tours in this region be sure you check that you don’t you have to carry your own gear, you don’t have to camp and that your accommodation is not a long distance from where you are walking. We believe our tours deliver exceptional value for money, with all the creature comforts you are after.
Your 15 day walking holiday includes:
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.
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 reknown 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 with 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. After lunch, at the cute village of Gunnerside, 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 away.
In the heart of North Yorkshire lies our accommodation for our last night at the 16th century Gisborough Hall this property is full of old-world charm and character. Relax in the cosy main lounge and bar area with its roaring log fires and enjoy the warm hospitality and charm of this special property. Each room at the hotel as its own special character and decor as well as ensuite.
Enjoy breakfast 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 to Carlisle (2 hr 40 mins). Tonight our accommodation is at The Halston Hotel, Carlisle. Enjoy dinner in the restaurant with superb wines.
After breakfast we head out to explore historic Hadrian’s Wall. Built by the Roman army after Emperor Hadrians visit in 122AD, the stone walls stretched from coast to coast forming a continuous Roman defensive barrier that guarded the north-west frontier of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years from Barbarians with a small fort every mile. We will travel to Housesteads to see the best-preserved Roman fort in the country as well as some other key locations. Afterwards, we make our way to Glasgow (2 hr drive), stopping for lunch enroute. Our accommodation for tonight is the boutique Malmaison Hotel with dinner in the stylish Chez Mal Brasserie including wine.
This morning we drive from Glasgow to the start of our walk. The West Highland Way officially starts at Milngavie on the northern outskirts of Glasgow. We will stop here for photos and to pick up lunches but will continue on to the small historic town of Drymen to start our great walk. On leaving Drymen, we join the West Highland Way trail as it veers away from the road and heads towards Conic Hill. The view from Conic Hill is world-class, and your first taste of the epic landscapes you will experience on the West Highland Way. Below you, stretching across the world-famous Loch Lomond, are a chain of islands that mark the highland boundary fault, the literal threshold between the lowlands and the highlands of Scotland. After tearing yourself away from the views of Loch Lomond you descend into the tiny village of Balmaha. In the afternoon we join a boat cruise on stunning Loch Lomond to the island of Inchcailloch, where we take a short walk around this beautiful island. Around this area, keep a lookout for Ospreys, diving into the loch after fish.
Later we check into our accommodation at the charming Oak Tree Inn. Set on the eastern shores of Loch Lomond, this property is ideally located next to the loch and in the centre of the village centre. Tonight enjoy dinner in the Inn’s superb restaurant featuring local Scottish cuisine served with superb wines. You may even be brave to try the famous Scottish Haggis!
Easier Option: For those that want a shorter walk today. Enjoy an 8km walk is available today to Rowardennan.
After a hearty breakfast, we start our walk from Balmaha. This is a day of interesting walking along the ‘bonnie banks of Loch Lomond from Balmaha to Inversaid. The Loch is the largest area of fresh water in Britain and is almost 40km long and up to 190m deep. Enjoy views of the loch and beautiful scenery dominated by water and woodland gives way to the rocky fells and mountain views of the Highlands and Ben Lomond Mountain. Once we arrive at Inversaid we enjoy refreshments at the local pub.
Afterwards we catch the ferry across to Inveruglas before being transferred the short distance to our accommodation. Tonight we stay at the Ardlui Hotel on the northern banks of Loch Lomond. This charming hotel has a superb location with majestic views down Loch Lomond. Tonight enjoy our meal in the restaurant accompanied by superb wines.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring back across the water. From here we drive north and enjoy a short stop at the world-famous Drovers Inn. This reputedly-haunted pub is an eccentric mix of old furniture, stuffed animals and pieces of armour all in a lively hotel.
Today its nearly 16kms of mostly level walking along the worn, cobbled surface of the old military road surrounded by wonderful mountain scenery. For much of its route the trail makes use of historical lines of communication, in particular droving and military roads. The growth of cattle rearing in the Highlands in the 17th and 18th centuries created a network of drove roads through the mountains. Many of the old Inns sprang up at this time to provide accommodation for the drovers and grazing for the animals.
Tonight our accommodation is at the charming Bridge of Orchy Hotel. This hotel is nestled in a tiny hamlet by the river and near the famous Bridge of Orchy. Enjoy dinner created by Head Chef David Hetherington featuring produce from local farmers.
After a hearty breakfast we head out for our day’s walking adventure. Today’s walk takes us from the Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse. We traverse the Rannoch Moor, the largest undeveloped wilderness area in the whole of Britain. This remote landscape composed of boggy moorlands, lochans, rivers, and rocky outcrops supports a variety of flora and fauna including curlews, grouse and red deer. It’s known as the remotest and wildest section of the whole Way. We arrive at our accommodation at the iconic Kingshouse Hotel. Surrounded by dramatic mountains, the hotel has a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty. Relax by the cosy fires as you soak up the sensational views from the lounge and dining room areas. Tonight dine in the stylish Kingshouse Restaurant indulging in sensational cuisine and perfectly matched wines.
Easier Option: Guests that are after an easier day can be transported by our vehicle to Altnafeadh and walk 9km. (includes the Devils Staircase)
After breakfast, we head out for our day’s walk. This stretch gives spectacular walking across inspiring mountainous terrain. After a gentle start walking towards the Glencoe hills we begin our climb to the highest point of the West Highland Way, The Devils Staircase. This ascent of almost 260m is not as hard of the name suggests. It is believed to have been named by soldiers who had to carve this sinuous military road up the hillside in the 1750s. We follow the trail as it climbs to the pass (548m) where there are views over the Glencoe peaks and, in good weather, north towards Ben Nevis. From the top, it’s a long descent across rugged mountainside and then on a rather steep track down to Kinlochleven, a more modern village set amidst dramatic Highland scenery. But after a day walking around Glencoe it seems essential to finish with refreshments at the Boots Bar of the famous Clachaig Inn.
Afterwards we return to our accommodation at the superb Kinghouse Hotel for the evening for dinner in the restaurant served with wine.
After breakfast, we transfer to the start of our last walk. Today’s walk takes us within sight of Britain’s tallest mountain Ben Nevis. We will pass locations famous for the film Braveheart with Mel Gibson, on our way to the village of Glen Nevis. Here we will have our final celebratory lunch at the Ben Nevis Inn. Afterwards, we head to Fort William which has a trail endpoint with sculpture in its main pedestrian street where we can take some final group photos and enjoy some time to shop for souvenirs in the quaint shops. From here we transfer back to Glasgow (2.5 hours drive) where you can be dropped back at the hotel or the airport. The end of a remarkable journey.
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