On Foot Across England’s Legendary Landscapes

What the Trip is Like

The hiking on this trip is rated 4+, moderate to strenuous, according to our trip grading system. The terrain can be rugged, with steep climbs over uneven ground, boggy terrain, open fells, and craggy rocks. The hikes range from 6-8 hours in length, with stops for lunch. Altitudes are not high, and we carry only a daypack, but distances are long on some days, and there are many days with steep ups and downs, especially in the Lake District section of the hike.

We hike the Coast to Coast from west to east, so that the prevailing wind and weather is at our backs. This can make a great difference in the changeable English climate! It does mean, however, that we start the trip with the hardest and highest section, the Lake District. Proper rain gear and gaiters will keep you comfortable no matter what weather blows in, and good conditioning will have you ready for the hike. Due to the steepness of some descents and the rocky surface in some sections of the path, the trip should not be attempted by anyone who has serious problems with their knees or hip joints.

Your feet should be fully prepared for the hikes, accustomed to long days in sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots with Vibram-type soles and ample cushioning. A good pair of hiking boots is your most important piece of equipment. Your boots should be waterproofed. Hiking poles are highly recommended—they are particularly useful on steep descents.

A Note on Boots: British hiking etiquette requires patrons to remove their boots before entering hotels, guesthouses, pubs, etc. In the interest of both comfort and etiquette, you’ll want another pair of comfortable shoes to change into at the end of the hiking day.

We have designed this itinerary with our veteran Trip Leaders, who have selected the best stretches of the Coast to Coast hike. We do not hike every inch of the trail from one coast to the other—this is not a purist trip following every mile. The itinerary is flexible and adjusted by the Trip Leader’s knowledge and by weather conditions. A day of rain may make one route more desirable than another, for both safety and comfort.

Please note that in Britain, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

Our accommodations have been chosen to best suit the logistics of our route and do vary a great deal in quality. The villages we stay in are small and rural. Often there are no large hotels. Most nights we stay at comfortable B&Bs or guesthouses. The accommodations sometimes have laundry services available (for an added fee). All have private bathroom facilities.

“Loo” is the British term for bathroom. On many stretches of the trail, there are no loos, and you will have to find a private spot off the trail. There are sections of moorland and mountain with no cover available, but the Trip Leader will indicate in advance when the party will be walking in open country. If you need a few minutes of private time, please tell the Trip Leader so that he or she can ensure that the group does not get too far ahead.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

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