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“Dont try and do this too quickly” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast Walk

Wainwright's Coast-to-Coast Walk
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Ranked #354 of 4,087 activities in England
Type: Hiking Trails, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Hiking
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Dont try and do this too quickly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We (my husband and I) took 21 days including 3 rest days (it's alright if you are retired!). B&B's are good although with varying abilities to dry clothes. On our wet day, the B&B hosts had turned on the central heating. The best places for drying clothes are Youth Hostels but they more or less run out after the Lake District. The walk is very sociable as you keep meeting up with the same people from all sorts of countries. Pubs are OK but more commercial. I wouldn't recommend a day off just before the finish as you lose the people you have been walking with and it would be nice to finish with. Recommended B&B's include Jasmine House (Cleator), the Manor House Kirkby Stephen (where the chinese and indian restaurants are good), the Old Brewery at Richmond, and Intake Farm Littlebeck. Sherpavan are very efficient at carryiing bags. I planned this myself which I presume was cheaper than going with an organisation, and I could do the length of days I wanted to do. A good start to long distance walking.

Visited September 2012
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Fantastic Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I did this walk with my sister and sister in law over 2 years St Bees to Keld in May 2011 and Keld to Robin Hoods Bay in May 2012 and we had an absolutely fabulous time. The best thing is all the people you meet and re-meet along the way following the same route and sharing stories. We had dreadful weather on most days and some minor injuries but that added to the adventure. It was fantastic to throw our pepples in the sea at Robin Hoods Bay and enjoy our pints knowing we had done it and reflect on the great laughs and experiences we had enjoyed on the way.

If you plan to walk this route the first thing to do is buy the Henry Stedman book which tells you everything you need to know. We took Ordnance survey maps but rarely needed to use them. You need to be reasonably fit as there are some very long days especially on the first half and must invest in good boots and wet weather clothing. We stayed in B & Bs and Youth Hostels nearly all very good, very welcoming and equiped to handle walkers (see my reviews). We opted to carry our own gear on the first week, which was a mistake both the Sherpa and Packhorse service are excellent and will also transport a person if needed as we did as my sister-in-laws feet gave out at the end of the first half. The second half was much easier and we used the Sherpa service but booked our own B & Bs. Plan your itinerary very carefully based on your own level of fitness and consider including a rest day if completing in one go.

Visited May 2012
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Tough and exhausting, but an amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We did the trip in 16 days and loved most of them (all of them really).
We booked through C2C Packhorse who never let us down once. We gave them a proposed itinerary which they tweaked. They booked great accommodation and our bags always made it - usually before we did.
The weather was a little damp, but we only got really wet twice.
We were a little surprised that some of the walking was climbing, especially in the Lake District. It's hard, but better than the tarmac stages later on.
Map reading skills are necessary, even with the excellent guides by Wainwright, and the more modern Stedman, both of which are recommended, if not essential.
The views changed almost by the hour and we loved it. It was breathtaking - in every way.
This is the ultimate walk in the UK.
If you want to try it, then I suggest 18 days which will allow for a rest day somewhere - maybe Richmond. You don't need to be super-fit. We're not regular walkers and we don't exercise. We were pretty tired on some days but we were fine.
Try it - it's awesome!

Visited August 2012
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“The most wonderful adventure - unforgettable!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Two of us have just recently completed the Coast to Coast walk and are still in a state of disbelief that we have actually done it, recalling so many memories that we will treasure for a lifetime – an extremely tough but amazing experience all round, and the most awesome, beautiful and varied landscape from west to east – even in the rain and mist! Top quality rain gear is essential as it could be tested to its limits. The back-to-back nature of the walk demands plenty of sensible training beforehand. We would thoroughly recommend Packhorse for baggage transfer – totally reliable and we felt extremely good value for an excellent service. They are very happy to take you on board as well as your luggage should you be unlucky enough to sustain an injury during the walk. Make sure you have plenty of ‘Compedes’ in case of blisters!

If you prefer to organise your own accommodation our tip would be to aim for farm B&Bs rather than pubs if you can. They have the drying facilities (Aga, boot room, etc) and are of course used to rising early, so an early breakfast before a long day’s walk is not usually a problem for them. Without exception all the farms we stayed at were really welcoming, friendly and keen to help in any way they could. We would especially recommend Staindale Farm, Chop Gate, where the wonderfully kind Maureen and John bent over backwards to make us feel at home, willingly collecting us in the pouring rain from the C2C path at Clay Bank Top and dropping us back there the next morning. Donald and Jackie Hodgson at Town Head Farm, Grasmere, were just as kind and willing to put themselves out for us, as were Cath and Gary Ramsden at Little Birkdale, near Keld, which is the most delightful and special place to stay to celebrate the halfway point (and Gary picks you up from Keld). At Greenbank Farm, Patterdale, a good home-cooked evening meal can be ordered in advance if you wish – however, this B&B could do with another bathroom/loo, since there was only the one between nine of us!

We totally agree with the reviewer who questions AW’s comment about building up to 5 miles an hour on the disused railway track section of the N Yorks moors…. !! Anyway there is really no need to rush this beautifully remote and expansive part of the moors – you do get there eventually! We used a combination of AW’s Coast to Coast book and Henry Steadman’s, which seemed to complement each other well. A good map is essential – in view of all the rain we had we were very glad we had bought the waterproof C2C maps (west and east) - and we relished the challenge of needing to work it out for ourselves, in the absence of signs for most of the way. (This really is part of the pleasure of the walk, part of the adventure, and we hope the C2C will not be made a National Trail, which could eventually mean walkers simply following the signs.) We would also recommend taking heed of local advice. The appalling weather conditions during many of our 13 days necessitated careful consideration over whether to make minor adjustments to the route and we respected local knowledge with regard to this.

Overall, whatever difficulties we may have had, it has been the most incredible experience and we have absolutely loved it! ☺

Visited July 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“One of the best, and most challenging, trips of my life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We have just got back from an amazing trip. There is nothing anyone could say to prepare you for the breathtaking diversity of this walk. TV programmes cannot possibly do justice to the scenery, the breadth of the challenge or the genial and social nature of the other 'Coast to Coasters' you meet on the way. I have walked in New Zealand, Nepal, Borneo....you name it, I've been there - and nothing quite matches this epic walk. It is not a stroll in the park - you need to be able to navigate, the going is very hard at times, and be prepared for long long days. My one piece of advice - whatever you do, split the day from Rosthwaite to Patterdale in two, stopping in the lovely Grasmere. If you are thinking about doing this walk - stop thinking, start doing!

Visited August 2012
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