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Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast Walk

Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast Walk
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ClearKawartha
Douro-Dummer, Canada140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We travelled the Coast 2 Coast walk in the UK this August/September with North West Walks making all of the arrangements. Dean was wonderful at promptly answering all of my questions about the walk, the moving of our bags, even about travel arrangements to and from the trail.

We received very detailed information about the walk closer to our departure. We used that information to book our dinners so that we could be sure that we had a place to eat. The guidebook we received was a fun read and an excellent and thorough resource. (The Coast to Coast Path by Henry Stedman).

We were so thrilled with our accommodation booked through Northwest Walks. The pubs were fun and it was lovely to arrive at a location for the night and be able to have dinner at the same location.

However, it was the B and B’s that were truly exceptional. Somehow we were always welcomed as if we were the first people to walk through the door. We were so well cared for with warm fires in the lounges and offers of hot tea or cold ice water depending on the weather conditions. The breakfasts were nourishing, ample and beautifully presented. The rooms were clean and sometimes quirky with murals or other decorative touches. And the beds were comfortable.

I am currently surveying the NorthWest walks web site for the next walks.

Thank you Dean and Corinne for a wonderful holiday.
Written 30 September 2023
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Rossallsopfamily
Newcastle, Australia43 contributions
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May 2023 • Friends
Our group of five Australians included two women and three men aged from 63 to 70 years. We all had walking experience. We were supported by North West walks, who organised our accommodation, which was wonderful, in pubs and BnBs and our luggage transportation. They did a great job and we would recommend them. It was a challenging walk and two of us ended up with knee problems. So don’t underestimate just how steep the mountains are in the Lake District! We recommend reading the guide book carefully before you plan your trip and thinking of taking one or two days rest. Definitely worth taking a days rest in Grasmere. This would have improved our walk, which we did over 16 days. All in all it was a wonderful walk and we were very happy to have experienced the beauty of the Lake District, Yorkshire dales and moors.
Written 30 May 2023
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Marianne112
Toronto, Canada51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
We had the most fantastic time as a group of 11 with Dave Childs as our wonderful guide. I can't speak highly enough about how well organized it was. The scenery was incredible and we were very sorry when it came to an end.
Written 16 October 2022
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wandernotlost54
San Francisco, CA53 contributions
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Aug 2022
Just finished one of the best walks in the world. I used a UK company, Packhorse, to book the accommodations and transport my luggage. Challenging enough to be an adventure, met wonderful people from all over the world. I’m a fit, 68 year old person and I was in heaven.
Written 20 September 2022
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Lisa L
Switzerland10 contributions
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Apr 2022
We are an American couple in our 60's and booked a 13-day self-guided Coast-to-Coast walk through Northwest Walks, an excellent local family-owned business run by Dean and Corinna Halsall. They've been in business for 20 years, guide the walk so able to give reliable advise, booked incredible accommodations, and provided seamless logistical arrangements.know the proprietors of the best B&Bs and lodgings on the walk. I would highly recommend using them instead of a larger international travel booking company that is not locally based.

The walk itself was harder than we expected but definitely doable for anyone in good shape. There are some higher altitude alternate routes that require rock scrambling so it can be made even more challenging. The scenery was spectacular -- because there are few trees, it feels like you're hiking in a sub-alpine environment even though the elevation is quite low. The tiny ancient hamlets in the North Yorkshire Dales were magical. Incredibly picturesque, few people (at least in April), and the people were incredibly friendly and happy to tell us about local history, sheep farming, and point out wildlife.

Some of the nicest places we stayed at were the Hermitage in Shap, the Langstrath Country Inn in Stonethwaite, Lee-Side in Robin Hood's Bay, Old Water View in Patterdale, and the Willance House in Richmond. All of these are historically interesting houses, beautifully renovated and maintained, well-located, and have very welcoming helpful hosts. Book early as rooms in these places are sometimes booked a year in advance.

We've done a lot of hiking and backpacking in the Appalachians, North Cascades, Rockies, and Swiss Alps and I would rate the Coast-to-Coast as one of our most enjoyable hikes. Highly recommended.
Written 27 April 2022
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SallyEPerthWA
Perth WA47 contributions
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Jun 2021
Hubby is wanting to do this walk from St Bees to Kirkby Stephen 7nt/6days but would like some company along the way. Apart from joining a designated group departure which are quite expensive is there anywhere he could register his dates/plans to see if any other walkers are planning a similar walk so they each have some company? Not sure if there is any such option. Any other suggestions or recommendations would be much appreciated. He plans to do this between 5 -12 June 2022
Written 14 November 2021
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William A
Auckland, New Zealand26 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Couples
My wife and I walked the Coast to Coast Walk in July 1996
We started late one afternoon at St Bees in the wind and rain.
We are from NZ, and had a strong background in Bush walking and tramping, so we were quite fit.
I was 56yrs and my wife was 53 yrs.
We were advised to walk from west to east, as the prevailing weather would be behind us.
We carried our tramping tent, and both had packs, mine 26kg and my wife's 22kg
The walk was over 21 days, with 2 rest days, we stayed 2 nights in B&B, the rest was spent in our tent in farmers fields or behind village pubs, with the permission of landlords as long as we had a beer.
We carried food and purchased more in villages when we ran low, which we prepared on a little gas cooker.
Only had about 3 days rain over the walk.
On arrival at Robin Hoods Bay,
we deposited the 2 stones we had taken from St Bees and walked in the water.
An incredible experience.
Stayed the night in a B&B in Robin Hoods Bay, down by the water, coudn't face walking up the hill.
Next day caught a bus back to the village of Little Smeaton in Yorkshire.
Written 17 January 2021
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John T
Southampton, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Undoubtedly the first three days when walking West to East through the glorious Lake District leaves a lasting impression. Its a tough start but take it easy and you will make it. 'Most people do'. Mind you the rest of the walk is also pretty good. The gentle valleys of the Yorkshire Dales and then the remote Yorkshire moors.

My friend Roger and I will be setting off on our third C2C on Saturday 5th Sept. Now in our 70s we shall be using transport to convey our gear. The previous two times we did it the purest way and carried everything in our rucksacks.

You will meet people from many parts of the world and such is the impression that the walk will leave on you it is likely you will stay in touch with a few. I still keep in touch with Sally the young lady from Perth in Australia who walked with us for the first five days before different itinerarys separated us.

I have done all the long walks in Britain and the C2C still rates as the best experience.
Written 24 July 2020
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DDJones
Westfield, MA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
My wife and I (early 50's) completed the walk in 12 days. We caught great weather: a heat wave just before we left dried up the bogs, and then we caught mild temperatures with just a day or two of light rain. The Lake District was the highlight with its physical challenges that resulted in great views from the peaks. The two days in the Dales were equally picturesque. The last four days were less scenic but still offered unique terrain and experiences. I would recommend using a company to book your trip and transport your luggage: we used C2C Packhorse, and they were great, but all the people we met and chatted with along the way had good experiences with their companies as well. If you have the time, the desire, the fitness, and good hiking shoes, I would suggest that you do not pass up this unique way to experience the beauty of rural England.
Written 21 June 2020
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Cheryl B
Brisbane, Australia24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We four women in our 70's completed this amazing walk in August/September 2019. We used C2C Packhorse to book our accommodation, transfer our luggage from village to village, even transferred one of our group on a couple of occasions. They were excellent. The accommodation was a mixture of b&b and pubs, and a mixture of quality - but no complaints. The walk was more difficult during the first few days as we were in the Lakes District - who knew there were mountains. We had a 21 day trip to allow us to walk for 3 or 4 days then have a day off, this worked well. What an exhilarating feeling to finish, we had tears & beers. Strongly recommend the Packhorse company and the walk.
Written 1 January 2020
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