The Coast to Coast Walk (C2C)
The Coast to Coast walk across England is one of the most popular long distance walks in the UK. It is traditionally walked from west to east, starting at St Bees, on the coast in Cumbria, and finishing at Robins Hood Bay, in North Yorkshire.
Championed by the great Alfred Wainwright, the walk is roughly 190 miles long, and usually takes between 12 and 15 days. It takes walkers through some of the most beautiful (and sometimes demanding!) landscapes of England, including the Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales, and across the North York Moors. It has everything from rolling valleys, desolate moors to rugged peaks.
The highest point on the walk is Kidsty Pike, between Patterdale and Shap in Cumbria at 2560 feet, although some walkers take an extra day in Grasmere before walking to Patterdale so they can also ascend Helvellyn.
These days there are numerous companies that will assist in your walk, primarily by carrying your luggage from one stop to another, and there is a well worn route of bed and breakfasts, and Hotels along the route to cater for all tastes and budgets. However, some like to stay true to themselves and carry their own backpacks and in fairer weather even camp overnight. Some of the companies offering this service are listed to the right.
The route is outlined on the map to the right.
Coming from the west from Grasmere or Rosthwaite, Coast to Coasters descend the Grisedale Valley from Grisedale Tarn and enter Patterdale through Glenamarra Park to arrive next to the Post Office and the White Lion Pub. The more adventurous will take a slight detour to conquer Helvellyn and Striding Edge. After a good nights sleep and some good food it’s then a sharp ascent up to Boredale Hause, and then heading past the beautiful Angle Tarn up Kidsty Pike and then down to Shap (or Bampton for the shorter route).
Many choose to have a rest day in Patterdale by Ullswater and there couldn’t be a better place given the many Ullswater attractions.
Coast to Coast Accommodation in Patterdale
Coast to Coast Patterdale B&Bs
Patterdale has a great range of B&Bs which cater for coast to coast walkers. Many of the owners are avid fell walkers themselves and will have done the local routes many times. Facilities will include maps and the all important drying room, as well as a hearty breakfast and often a packed lunch to set you up for the next days walking.
Some recommended Coast to Coast B&Bs in Patterdale include: