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Coast to Coast Trail Running - West Section

Coast to Coast Trail Running - West Section

A trail-running holiday braving the Lake District’s climbs, from St Bees to Kirkby Stephen.

3 to 6 nights
82 miles
Moderate to Strenuous

From £320 per person

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About this route

Short on time but feeling bold? The western half of the Coast to Coast route tackles its most challenging section, with steep climbs to absolutely gorgeous views. You’ll be rewarded at the bottom of the slopes, too: the beautiful and lively Lake District towns of Rosthwaite, Grasmere and Patterdale are the ideal places for a quick tea and cake or a relaxing overnight stay.

From the shore of the Irish Sea at St Bees, the trail crosses Cumbria and brings you out to Kirkby Stephen on the very edge of the Yorkshire Dales. With great views of Pillar and Great Gable through Ennerdale, and a tranquil run along the banks of Haweswater, there are plenty of calmer stretches to catch your breath and appreciate all the breath-taking climbs you’ve overcome.

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

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© Contours Walking Holidays Coast to Coast Trail Running - West Section map
St Bees to Kirkby Stephen
82 miles (131 km)
14th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Taking in stunning views of Pillar and Great Gable as you run through Ennerdale.

Winding between Borrowdale’s many pretty villages, each with their own wonderful characters.

Running along the banks of glittering Haweswater, and clambering the flanks of the Lake District fells.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-CCWW1 From St Bees to Kirkby Stephen 3 nights, 2 days running Strenuous£320
R-CCWW2 From St Bees to Kirkby Stephen 4 nights, 3 days running Demanding£400
R-CCWW3 From St Bees to Kirkby Stephen 5 nights, 4 days running Moderate / Demanding£470
R-CCWW4 From St Bees to Kirkby Stephen 6 nights, 5 days running Moderate£515

Coast To Coast Trail Run - West Section 3 nights, 2 days running

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

Travel to St Bees where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

St Bees to Grasmere. 37.5 miles (60km) / 6811 ft (2076 m) ascent

Day 2

Grasmere to Kirkby Stephen. 44.5 miles (71km) / 6995 ft (2132 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Kirkby Stephen 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
£37.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£32.00 per person / per night


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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Grasmere)
£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

There is plenty to see in Grasmere, particularly for fans of literature. Here you can visit Dove Cottage, the best-known home of William Wordsworth, as well as the school where Wordsworth once taught and St. Oswald's church, the last resting place of the Wordsworth family. Now a popular tourist destination, Grasmere has plenty of gift shops and places to eat, as well as a number of gardens and lakeside walking paths to enjoy.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Grasmere)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 82 miles (131 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days running
Minimum daily distance: 37.5 miles (60 km)
Maximum daily distance: 44.5 miles (71 km)
Code: R-CCWW1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 14th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: St Bees
End of holiday: Kirkby Stephen

Route Profile

Coast To Coast Trail Run - West Section Route Profile

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 city and international airports are Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (St Bees) and at the end of the trail (Kirkby Stephen).

By Bus - Various bus services run to St Bees and from Kirkby Stephen.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to St Bees.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to catch a bus/taxi from Kirby Stephen to Kirkby Stephen rail station. From there trains run to St Bees with changes at Carlisle.

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.

Routes on this trail

Coast to Coast Trail Running
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Dog friendly
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A trail running holiday from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay along Wainwright’s famous trail.Find Out More
Coast to Coast Trail Running - East Section
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Dog friendly
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A trail-running holiday from Kirkby Stephen to Robin Hood’s Bay through the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.Find Out More
Coast to Coast Trail Running Short Break
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Dog friendly
From £275 per person
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