Laura, Our Macs Adventure England Product manager always recommends a trip on the Iconic Ullswater steamers! Find out more information here: http://your.macsadventure.com/s/AXLdV
There are a few stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement or verge. Walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic unless there is a right-hand turn, in which case you should cross to the outside edge to allow drivers the maximum chance to see you.
There are several river crossings in today’s walk. There are always stepping stones available but these may be slippery.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the Harvey Coast to Coast maps (East and West for the full route). Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend the Trailblazer Coast to Coast Path by Henry Stedman & Daniel McCrohan
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
The best way to see Ullswater is from the summit of Helvellyn or St Sunday Crag. The second-best way to experience Ullswater is up close on a historic steamer. These steamers stop at several jetty’s around the lake, allowing you to get off for an explore, or just remain on the boat and enjoy the tour!
More information available here: https://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk/
Food and Drink
There is no food or drink between Grasmere and Patterdale so be sure to come adequately prepared with all the provisions you will need for the journey.
It might be beneficial to arrange a packed lunch in Grasmere.
Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.