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Trail Facts

Total distance: 29 miles (46 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days running
Minimum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)

Grade: Moderate
Season: 25th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Ennerdale Bridge
End of holiday: Patterdale


Day 1: Travel to Ennerdale Bridge where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 3: Rosthwaite to Patterdale. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 4: Depart from Patterdale after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.

Extra nights / rest days

As this trail spans the width of England from coast to coast, it should come as no surprise that it passes through countless fantastic towns and villages that are worth exploring. By adding in a couple of extra nights into your holiday, you will have plenty of time to really make the most of these areas.

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.

Another good location in which to enjoy an extra night’s stay is Patterdale. A terrific walk here starts by taking one of the iconic Ullswater Steamers across the lake and returning along the lakeshore path.

What's included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • 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.

Travel Information


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


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).


For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit 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.

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