Coast to Coast FAQ

In our many seasons of welcoming people walking Coast to Coast, we have learned that many of them have the same questions regarding the options and facilities we offer. We have collected them here, so hopefully you can find answers to most of your questions and feel much more equipped for you trek through the gorgeous countryside.


What is the earliest check in?

The earliest check in time is 3.30pm. We are often out enjoying the surroundings during our quick break, so it is likely we won’t be in the house if you arrive before 3:30pm. Check out is by 10.30am

How far away are we from the route
We are directly on the Coast to Coast and Westmorland Way route, within the village of Shap. If you are coming from the west having started your Coast to Coast walk from St Bees, we’ll be the first guesthouse you see when you come into the village.

Is breakfast included?
Yes, if you have booked a B&B room. If you are in the dorm or camping, breakfast is also available and you can order it on arrival.

What is the earliest time we can have breakfast?
Cooked breakfast can be served at 7:30am the earliest, cereal and toast can usually be had from 7.15am. We also have 8:15am and 9:00am serving of breakfast. We cannot seat everyone in one sitting, which is why we have set times for breakfast. Please let us know on arrival when you’d prefer to have your breakfast.

Do you provide pack lunches?
Yes, these need to be ordered upon arrival. Our packed lunches have a sandwich, juice carton, chocolate bar, fruit and home-made biscuits in them.

What options do we have for sandwiches?
We do tuna, cheese, salads and egg sandwiches usually. You can ask a member of staff on arrival for the exact options available on the day.

Do we serve dinner?
Yes, we normally do one sitting at 7.30pm, dinner needs to be ordered an hour beforehand. We don’t normally take pre-bookings for dinner, you can order it on arrival or if you think you are going to be later than 6:30pm, give us a call and we’ll take your order for dinner served at 7:30pm.

Do you have a bar?
Yes we do, this is a residents’ bar serving fine Cumbrian Ale and other selection of drinks.  Last orders are usually called around 9pm.

Do you have a drying room?
No, but we do have a boiler room and most wet kit comes out dry the following morning.

Can you do laundry?
Yes, we do a wash and a dry service for £6

Is bedding included in the dorm?
Yes, bedding is included in the dorm price.

How far is it from Shap to Kirkby Stephen?
It is 21 miles, but in our opinion it is definitely an easier day than the one from Patterdale to Shap. Trust us, we have tried both legs of the walk! It should take you around 8 hours to get to Kirkby Stephens.