The coast-to-coast ramble from the Irish Sea to the North Sea is one of the great hikes of the world. We've perfected this classic walk, hiking the most spectacular stretches across England's literary landscapes and through three renowned national parks. We do the hike from west to east, putting the prevailing wind at our backs as we traverse the romantic Lake District, the limestone uplands of the Yorkshire Dales, and the heather-clad moorland of the North York Moors. Journey's end is Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea, where we dip our boots in the water, the traditional celebration of completing the hike. En route, we visit delightful villages and ancient castles, stay at welcoming inns, and savor a pint or two at friendly rural pubs.
Arrive: Manchester, England
Depart: Manchester, England
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Calder Bridge, England
Days 1-2 (2 nights)
Set in a peaceful location, with gardens leading down to the River Calder, this traditional Cumbrian country house dates back to the 16th century. The property offers a cozy ambiance, with just 16 bedrooms. The dining room serves typical (and delicious) Cumbrian cuisine.
Day 3 (1 night)
Set in the picturesque market town of Keswick, the Skiddaw Hotel has a great location on the main square, with its own restaurant and plenty of pubs within walking distance. Rooms are spacious and clean and the staff is welcoming.
Ullswater, United Kingdom
Day 4 (1 night)
This elegant Georgian mansion, built more than 200 years ago, sits on 22 acres of lovely gardens that lead to the shores of Ullswater Lake. Guest rooms feature traditional décor with old world charm and the onsite restaurant offers contemporary, yet classic British cuisine.
Days 5-6 (2 nights)
This welcoming country house hotel has all the requisites for a relaxing stay: warm open log fires, comfortable bedrooms, a fine restaurant, and views overlooking the green fells of the Lake District. It's noted for its spa offering...
Days 7-8 (2 nights)
You'll feel like a guest in a friend's comfortable home at this lovingly restored Georgian country house—and we have it all to ourselves! It's a tranquil retreat overlooking the ruins of Easby Abbey, and offers three distinctly different gardens in which to stroll. And don't skip the bountiful breakfast—it's outstanding.
Day 9 (1 night)
Set on the edge of the North York Moors, this Victorian country house hotel is a wonderful retreat with spacious, well-appointed rooms and a most friendly staff. And don't miss the full English breakfast!
Days 10-11 (2 nights)
In the ancient market town of Pickering, this well-run hotel has top-notch service and a grand dining room. The location puts us in easy walking distance to the town's shops, restaurants, and the delightful North York Moors Railway.
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The terrain can be rugged, with steep climbs over uneven ground, boggy terrain, open fells, and craggy rocks. 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, where there are many steep ups and downs. 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 balance or joint problems.
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.
Your feet should be fully prepared for the hikes, accustomed to long days in sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots with ankle support. A good pair of hiking boots are 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.
Lunches will be either at local cafes and pubs or picnic-style during one of our hikes. Dinners will be at a local restaurant or at the hotel. Please note that in Europe, 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.
"Stunning vistas, fun company and great hikes. We had a blast!"
"A very well thought out itinerary—great hikes, lots of options for trail weary feet, and the scenery couldn't have been better."
"I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite day because they were all pleasurable and unique. It was a superb trip!"
"I loved this trip, with its wide variety of landscapes and terrain and its sense of accomplishing a goal."
"This was an exceedingly well designed and well led trip. It is obvious that the leaders are constantly evaluating the quality of their product and modifying it as needed to offer the best experience possible."
"So many wonderful moments on the trip. Really a remarkable opportunity."
Salt Lake City, UT
"It was a wonderful trip, great group of travelers, and fabulous trip leaders!"
Cornwall On Hudson, NY
"Superb. Your Trip Leaders are why we travel with you. They are knowledgeable, fun, ultra-experienced, deeply committed, and concerned about guests’ enjoyment."
"I really loved this trip and your company. In the future I will always consider your company first."
"This is a great hiking trip and a wonderful way to experience England outside the big cities. The scenery is varied enough to keep it interesting, and we fell in love with hiking in the Lake District."
Jim and Carol B.
"Can’t say enough about the trip or the Trip Leaders. Absolutely wonderful. They made the trip enlightening and fun."
"Fantastic trip all the way around!"
Santa Monica, CA
"Beautiful hikes, gorgeous scenery, nice group, and excellent trip leaders and assistants made this trip extremely enjoyable."
"It was a delightful trip with rigorous hiking, beautiful vistas, delicious food, and charming villages and inns, not to mention wonderful guides. We loved every day!"
"WT always does such a terrific job at putting these trips together and we couldn't have been more pleased with this one!"
Mary L M.
"Fantastic trip! Well rated, wonderful hikes, everything was great!"
"We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The weather was fantastic and the guides were outstanding."
"I had a great time on this trip! Fun and challenging at the same time."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.