The Coast to Coast was originally described by Alfred Wainwright in his 1973 book A Coast to Coast Walk. Wainwright’s book has since been revised a number of times in recent years (most recently in 2003) with updates to the recommended route.

Wainwright’s book describes the route in 12 stages, each of which ends at a settlement with at least some overnight accommodation nearby. If one stage is walked per day, with one or two rest days, the route makes a two-week holiday, and web logs of coast-to-coasters seem to indicate that this is the most common way of walking the route. However, Wainwright explicitly states that he did not intend people to necessarily stick to these daily stages, or even to his route. For instance, the majority of Wainwright’s stages start and end at low level with a single up-down during the day: many walkers split the Borrowdale–Patterdale stage at Grasmere in order to maintain this pattern and avoid having two major uphill sections in one day. Splitting two or three more of the longer stages, and adding a further one or two rest days, reduces the average day-length to 10 or 12 miles and makes the walk a much easier three-week trip with time to “stand and stare”, an activity much approved of by Wainwright.
The Coast to Coast Walk is a 192-mile (309 km) unofficial and mostly unsignposted long-distance footpath in Northern England. Devised by Alfred Wainwright, it passes through three contrasting national parks: the Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and the North York Moors National Park.(ref:wiki)

Please remember to
1. Keep the weight of your day pack and walking/hiking equipment to a comfortable weight for you to carry
2. Keep your suitcase/luggage under the maximum transfer weight (Maximum: 20kg (44lbs)).

The following checklist is an aid to help you with your packing
Walking/Hiking boots (worn in before your holiday)
Technical walking socks e.g. liner and thick outer socks
Trekking trousers (not jeans/denim)
Waterproof over trousers
Baselayer T-shirts and/or casual shirts
Fleece or warm jumper
Waterproof jacket
Spare warm layer (to carry in your rucksack)
Warm gloves
Warm hat
Rucksack (25 to 35 litres) and waterproof cover
Rucksack liner e.g. large plastic bag
Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
Basic First Aid Kit and personal medication
Insect repellent
Torch / flashlight

🚉By train
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at Reduced price ‘Advanced tickets’ can be purchased from approx 12 weeks prior to departure. Prices can vary greatly and the cheaper tickets sometimes only become available approx 6 weeks prior to travel.
The train station in St Bees is a short walk from your accommodation. Approximate journey times – From Manchester Airport 4 hours. From London 5 hours.
To/From Kirkby Stephen (for coast to coast part 1 and 2 walkers)
The train station in Kirkby Stephen is a short taxi journey (1.5 miles) from your accommodation. Approximate journey times – Manchester Airport 3.5 hours. London 4.5 hours
From Robin Hoods Bay
Scarborough train station is a 40 minute bus or taxi journey from Robin Hoods Bay. Approximate journey times – To Manchester Airport 3 hours. To London 3 hours.

🚘By Car
If parking and transfers are required please request at the time of booking.
Options available –
Parking in St Bees
Off road parking in St Bees – price £3.00 per day.
Transfer from Robin Hoods Bay to St Bees – price from £110 per person (this transfer is over two days and the price includes a night’s accommodation in Kirkby Stephen).
Parking in Kirkby Stephen
Secure parking in Kirkby Stephen – price £4.00 per day.
Transfer from Kirkby Stephen to St Bees – price £30.00 per person (depart 08:30 – arrive 10:15).
Transfer from Robin Hoods Bay to Kirkby Stephen – price £30.00 per person (depart 16:00 – arrive 18:15).

✈️By Air
The most convenient major International airport with rail links is Manchester Airport.

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