Featured in the latest edition of Trail Running, Coast to Coast Packhorse has introduced two new 200-mile guided running holidays in time for summer
Under the guidance of company owner and experienced fell runner, Mark Sandamas, running tourists on Coast to Coast Packhorse's trip will be taken on a unique and beautiful traverse over the world-famous route devised by writer and illustrator Alfred Wainwright in the 1970s. Starting by dipping their toes in the Irish Sea (and collecting a pebble) at St Bees they will pass through the heart of the Lake District, then the Pennines and through Swaledale before ending with a traverse of the Cleveland Hills and North York Moors and then finishing in the North Sea (and dropping the pebble) at Robin Hood’s Bay.
Although the distances may seem big (up to 42km a day), each day is broken down and run at a gentle pace with plenty of breaks – to soak up the scenery, take photos and chat with local people, as well as to refuel and keep hydrated.
As Coast to Coast Packhorse move the bags, runners travel light and each night is spent in high quality, friendly accommodation.
Mark explained: “I ran a pilot trip over 10 days last summer with the Australian specialists Tour de Trails, which was a great success - so much so that this August’s trip is already filled with 10 runners from Australia.
“We added a second trip in July that already has bookings from the USA. The fact that trail runners fly halfway around the world to run here is testament to how special the English countryside is and how well set up we are for running holidays – with excellent accommodation, locally sourced food and ales, and of course the majestic fells, dales and moors.”
“The landscape constantly changes, due to the underlying geology, so no two sections are the same from the sandstone cliffs through the slate and granite, the stone barns and drystone walls to purple heather and Jurassic cliffs.”
The guided running holiday packages include the accommodation, guiding by Mark, daily bag transfers and secure car-parking.
For more information see www.c2cpackhorse.co.uk or call on 017683 71777.