Coast to Coast Trail Running Short Break

Coast to Coast Trail Running Short Break

A trail running holiday from Ennerdale Bridge to Patterdale along Wainwright's Coast to Coast.

3 nights
32 miles

From £315 per person

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About this route

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 one of England’s most beautiful National Parks, filled with dramatic mountains, quaint villages and expansive lakes.

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.

This route can be run in the opposite direction upon request. Please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

© Contours Walking Holidays Coast to Coast Trail Running Short Break map
Ennerdale Bridge/Patterdale
32 miles (51 km)
28th March to 30th October

Holiday highlights

Running through some of the best scenery in the Lake District, past rumbling waterfalls and up to imposing mountain views.

Winding along past the cliffs of Helvellyn to plunge into Glenamara Park.

Exploring a region that inspired countless English writers and taking a break to visit Dove Cottage, the best-known home of William Wordsworth.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-CCWSB From Ennerdale Bridge to Patterdale 3 nights, 2 days running Moderate£315

Coast to Coast Short Break - Trail Running 3 nights, 2 days running

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Ennerdale Bridge where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Ennerdale Bridge to Rosthwaite. 14.5 miles (23km) / 2388 ft (728 m) ascent

Day 2

Rosthwaite to Patterdale. 17.5 miles (28km) / 3665 ft (1117 m) ascent


Depart from Patterdale after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 3 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

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.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 32 miles (51 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days running
Minimum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17.5 miles (28 km)
Code: R-CCWSB Grade: Moderate
Season: 28th March - 30th October
Start of holiday: Ennerdale Bridge
End of holiday: Patterdale

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major cities and international airports are Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Ennerdale Bridge) are 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).

By Bus - Few buses run to Ennerdale Bridge from nearby towns. There are no buses from St Bees or Whitehaven to Ennerdale Bridge, so you will need a taxi to complete your journey. Various buses run from Patterdale to nearby towns, including Penrith.

Return 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. Alternatively, a taxi for the whole journey would be quicker.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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