Alternative Coast to Coast
199 mile cross-country walk from Walnet Island to Holy Island

The Alternative Coast to Coast starts on the west coast on Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness and finishes at ancient Holy Island, or Lindisfarne as it was once known, on the east coast. The walk climbs several Lakeland hills and the full length of Ullswater is walked. The route crosses the Northern Pennines and negotiates Hadrian’s Wall before crossing Northumberland and the North Sea (tides permitting) to reach its destination.

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Holiday Packages

All our Standard Itineraries include:

  • Hand-picked accommodation in B&Bs / guest houses / inns / small hotels
  • En-suite facilities where available
  • Breakfast
  • Daily baggage transfers from our own team of local drivers
  • All booking fees

We will also endeavour to include all these in any custom itinerary you wish to build for this walk.

Day 1: Barrow in Furness (no accommodation on Walney Island) to Broughton in Furness (14.6m)
Day 2: Broughton in Furness to Coniston (11.9m)
Day 3: Coniston to Grasmere (15.8m)
Day 4: Grasmere to Pooley Bridge (16.6m)
Day 5: Pooley Bridge to Langwathby (10.4m)
Day 6: Langwathby to Alston (16.1m)
Day 7: Alston to Allendale (12.2m)
Day 8: Allendale to Hexham (10.7m)
Day 9: Hexham to Wark (13.6m)
Day 10: Wark to Elsdon (14.5m)
Day 11: Elsdon to Alwinton (16m)
Day 12: Alwinton to Wooler (24m)
Day 13: Wooler to Fenwick (12.6m)
Day 14: Fenwick to Lindisfarne (5.8m)

 

£1,990 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,620 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,520 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,475 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Barrow in Furness (no accommodation on Walney Island) to Broughton in Furness (14.6m)
Day 2: Broughton in Furness to Great Langdale (21.1m)
Day 3: Great Langdale to Patterdale (13.8m)
Day 4: Patterdale to Langwathby (19.8m)
Day 5: Langwathby to Ninebanks (22.5m)
Day 6: Ninebanks to Newbrough (22.7m)
Day 7: Newbrough to Elsdon (22.5m)
Day 8: Elsdon to Alwinton (16m)
Day 9: Alwinton to Wooler (24m)
Day 10: Wooler to Lindisfarne (18.4m)

 

£1,505 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,215 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,140 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,105 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Barrow in Furness (no accommodation on Walney Island) to Broughton in Furness (14.6m)
Day 2: Broughton in Furness to Elterwater (18.1m)
Day 3: Elterwater to Patterdale (16.8m)
Day 4: Patterdale to Langwathby (19.8m)
Day 5: Langwathby to Alston (16.1m)
Day 6: Alston to Allendale (12.2m)
Day 7: Allendale to Carraw (18.8m)
Day 8: Carraw to Elsdon (20m)
Day 9: Elsdon to Alwinton (16m)
Day 10: Alwinton to Wooler (24m)
Day 11: Wooler to Lindisfarne (18.4m)

 

£1,630 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,320 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,240 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,200 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Barrow in Furness (no accommodation on Walney Island) to Broughton in Furness (14.6m)
Day 2: Broughton in Furness to Elterwater (18.1m)
Day 3: Elterwater to Patterdale (16.8m)
Day 4: Patterdale to Langwathby (19.8m)
Day 5: Langwathby to Alston (16.1m)
Day 6: Alston to Allendale (12.2m)
Day 7: Allendale to Carraw (18.8m)
Day 8: Carraw to Elsdon (20m)
Day 9: Elsdon to Alwinton (16m)
Day 10: Alwinton to Wooler (24m)
Day 11: Wooler to Fenwick (12.6m)
Day 12: Fenwick to Lindisfarne (5.8m)

 

£1,765 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,425 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,335 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,295 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Barrow in Furness (no accommodation on Walney Island) to Broughton in Furness (14.6m)
Day 2: Broughton in Furness to Elterwater (18.1m)
Day 3: Elterwater to Patterdale (16.8m)
Day 4: Patterdale to Langwathby (19.8m)
Day 5: Langwathby to Alston (16.1m)
Day 6: Alston to Allendale (12.2m)
Day 7: Allendale to Hexham (10.7m)
Day 8: Hexham to Wark (13.6m)
Day 9: Wark to Elsdon (14.5m)
Day 10: Elsdon to Alwinton (16m)
Day 11: Alwinton to Wooler (24m)
Day 12: Wooler to Fenwick (12.6m)
Day 13: Fenwick to Lindisfarne (5.8m)

 

£1,890 solo walkers (plus single supplements)
£1,530 per person (based on two sharing)
£1,425 per person (based on group of 3)
£1,390 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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* All headline holiday prices are shown per person, based on two people sharing.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage Transfer is automatically included in the price of all our Walking Holiday packages.

These prices are for anyone planning their own holiday and just need bags moving from one stop to the next.

£670 per person (single)
£335 per person (based on two people)
£235 per person (based on group of 3)
£190 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£515 per person (single)
£260 per person (based on two people)
£185 per person (based on group of 3)
£150 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£555 per person (single)
£280 per person (based on two people)
£200 per person (based on group of 3)
£160 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£610 per person (single)
£305 per person (based on two people)
£215 per person (based on group of 3)
£175 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£650 per person (single)
£325 per person (based on two people)
£220 per person (based on group of 3)
£185 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

Note: If you are booking accommodation in an Airbnb, you must ensure that there will either be someone available to take collection/delivery of your bags or that they have appropriate, secure storage in the event that the proprietor is absent.

Walk Information

  • Holiday Options
  • Walk Info
  • Maps & Guide Books

Rest Days
Rest days can be incorporated into any walking holiday package at an additional £60.00 per person per night

Solo Travellers
Solo travellers please contact us or use the booking form to send your proposed itinerary including dates, and we will price accordingly. Where possible, we take advantage of existing bookings from other clients to ensure you receive a cost effective service.

Alternative Itineraries
For alternative itineraries to those provided for this route, please contact us, or use the Booking Form to submit your proposed itinerary and number of participants and we will quote accordingly.

Walking Season Dates
Prices are based on the walk starting after 1st April and ending before 30th September. For walks outside those dates, please contact us. We provide a reduced out of season service, but still manage to meet the needs of most customers who contact us during this period.

Walk Information
The Alternative Coast to Coast begins on one island and finishes on another. It starts on the west coast at the Beachcomber Cafe on Walney Island near Barrow-in-Furness. After crossing the Irish Sea (tides permitting), the walk skirts the edge of Barrow, and on into the Lake District. Several Lakeland peaks are climbed, several delightful Lakeland villages are visited and the full length of Ullswater is walked.

Between Penrith and Hexham, the route crosses the Northern Pennines. Hadrian's Wall is then negotiated before crossing Northumberland with its Cheviot Hills and wilderness areas. The ACC finishes in a grand style by crossing the North Sea (again tides permitting) and finally arrives at ancient Holy Island, or Lindisfarne as it was once known, on the east coast.

OS Explorer Maps
OL5 - English Lakes - North-eastern area
OL6 - English Lakes - South-western area
OL7 - English Lakes - South-eastern area
OL16 - Cheviot Hills
OL31 - North Pennines
OL42 - Kielder Water & Forest
OL43 - Hadrian's Wall
340 - Holy Island & Bamburgh

Guide Books
"The Alternative Coast to Coast" by Denis Brook & Phil Hinchcliffe - ISBN: 978-1852842024 - No longer in publication, but second hand copies may be found on Amazon, eBay and other sites.

Mobile Digital Mapping
Digital maps can be viewed on most modern smartphones using an appropriate app, downloaded from the app store associated with your device. Brigantes recommend that whichever app you use, it should support Ordnance Survey 1:25k or 1:50k scale maps. There are many apps to choose from, but the two main providers are Ordnance Survey and Memory Map.

Each provider’s app has its own benefits, but both provide all-important offline navigation, meaning your device does not need a mobile signal to work effectively on the trail.

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