This short break offers runners a chance to explore a short stretch of Wainwright’s iconic coast to coast route, ideal for those with little time or those needing to practise their fell running and navigation skills. This tour explores part of the Lake District section of the Coast to Coast Trail, which is one of England’s most beautiful National Parks filled with dramatic mountains, quaint villages and expansive lakes.

Views over fields from Sutton Bank on Wainwright's Coast to Coast

Setting off from Ennerdale Bridge, the trail encounters a range of rugged fells, glittering tarns, valley pastures and fabulous waterfalls as it undulates across remote terrain towards the beautiful town of Patterdale. While the ongoing series of summits and descents will test any runner’s endurance, the staggering scenery and hilltop viewpoints continuously serve as excellent motivation throughout your run.

We also offer the Coast to Coast Path as a walking holiday, for those looking to enjoy this trail at a gentler pace. Click here to find out more.

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Map of Wainwright's Coast to Coast

Route facts

  • Length 29 miles (46 km)
  • Ascent 6230 ft (1899 m)
  • High point 2073 ft (632 m)
  • Ascent per km 41.5 m
  • Start and Finish
  • Ennerdale Bridge/Patterdale
  • Grade
  • Moderate  
  • Season
  • 25th March to 31st October

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Holiday options

• Wainwright's Coast to Coast


  • Rosthwaite

    Rosthwaite.

  • Spectacular views above Patterdale

    Spectacular views above Patterdale.

  • Black Sail Hut

    Looking up Ennerdale towards green Gable and Great Gable from Black Sail Hut.

Trail profile

Coast to Coast Route Profile

Itineraries

3 nights
2 days running

Grade: Moderate

Ennerdale Bridge

23 km (14.5 miles)

Rosthwaite

23 km (14.5 miles)

Patterdale

More Information

Tour code: R-CCWSB

Price £250 per person

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Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are running on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:

  • Solo Runner Supplement: £35 per person / per night
  • Single Supplement: £30 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

  • Extra night (Standard): £55 per person / per night

The price you pay includes:

  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Detailed travel information is sent to you in your holiday pack, but we have provided a summary below.

Air

The most convenient major city and international airports are Durham-Tees Valley, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle.

Rail

The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Ennerdale Bridge) is St Bees or Whitehaven (both about 8 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Patterdale) is at Penrith North Lakes (about 14 miles away).

Car

For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit www.theaa.com which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail (Ennerdale Bridge) is to take a bus or taxi from Patterdale to Penrith North Lakes rail station and catch a train to Whitehaven. From Whitehaven take a taxi to Ennerdale Bridge.
The settlement of Rosthwaite is a great rest stop for runners, with a quiet atmosphere that allows you to unwind and relax surrounded by beautiful countryside. Spend the day enjoying a gentle walk or recovery run around the local area, before taking your pick of the fantastic pubs, tearooms and restaurants in which to refuel ready for the rest of the trail.

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