Cumberland Way
73 miles through the valleys of this old Lakeland county

The ancient county of Cumberland may have been lost to the county boundary changes of 1974 but this 73 mile trail explores and celebrates its delights, meandering from the coast at Ravenglass, across the Lake District, to Eamont Bridge on the old eastern boundary of Cumberland, now the edge of the National Park, and can continue to Appleby-in-Westmorland.

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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: Ravenglass to Nether Wasdale (8.5m)
Day 2: Nether Wasdale to Buttermere (12.9m)
Day 3: Buttermere to Keswick (8.9m)
Day 4: Keswick to Dockray (11.5m)
Day 5: Dockray to Stainton (11.3m)
Day 6: Stainton to Cliburn, taxi to Appleby (9.6m)
Day 7: taxi to Cliburn, walk to Appleby (9.5m)

 

£785 per person (based on two sharing)
£720 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Ravenglass to Nether Wasdale (8.5m)
Day 2: Nether Wasdale to Wasdale Head (6.3m)
Day 3: Wasdale Head to Buttermere (6.8m)
Day 4: Buttermere to Keswick (8.9m)
Day 5: Keswick to Dockray (11.5m)
Day 6: Dockray to Stainton (11.3m)
Day 7: Stainton to Cliburn, taxi to Appleby (9.6m)
Day 8: taxi to Cliburn, walk to Appleby (9.5m)

 

£875 per person (based on two sharing)
£800 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Ravenglass to Nether Wasdale (8.5m)
Day 2: Nether Wasdale to Buttermere (12.9m)
Day 3: Buttermere to Keswick (8.9m)
Day 4: Keswick to Dockray (11.5m)
Day 5: Dockray to Eamont Bridge (14.4m)
Day 6: Eamont Bridge to Appleby (16m)

 

£630 per person (based on two sharing)
£565 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

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Day 1: Ravenglass to Wasdale Head (14.5m)
Day 2: Wasdale Head to Keswick (15.7m)
Day 3: Keswick to Dockray (11.5m)
Day 4: Dockray to Eamont Bridge (14.4m)
Day 5: Eamont Bridge to Appleby (16m)

 

£550 per person (based on two sharing)
£490 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.

£270 per person (single)
£135 per person (based on two sharing)
£90 per person (based on group of 3)
£70 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£300 per person (single)
£150 per person (based on two sharing)
£100 per person (based on group of 3)
£75 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£265 per person (single)
£135 per person (based on two sharing)
£90 per person (based on group of 3)
£70 per person (based on group of 4 or more)

 

Max 17kg per bag

£240 per person (single)
£120 per person (based on two sharing)
£80 per person (based on group of 3)
£60 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 £50.00 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 ancient county of Cumberland may have been lost to the county boundary changes of 1974 but this trail explores and celebrates its delights, meandering from the coast at Ravenglass, across the Lake District, to Eamont Bridge on the old eastern boundary of Cumberland, now the edge of the National Park, and can continue to Appleby-in-Westmorland.

Ravenglass, on the Irish Sea, is the western terminus of L’aal Ratty, the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway line. From there the first day’s walk to Nether Wasdale passes Roman remains by the coast, the 13th century (haunted!) Muncaster Castle, and a working water mill, Muncaster Mill. The route onward to Buttermere includes views across Wastwater to the spectacular 2000ft screes and ahead to peaks which include Great Gable and Scafell Pike – some of the most impressive scenery in the Lake District – before threading its way via the packhorse trail over Black Sail Pass to upper Ennerdale and Scarth Gap to the lake shore at Buttermere.

The next day’s walk passes through the Derwent Fells, emerging into the Newlands Valley, immortalised by Beatrix Potter in The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle, and on via lakeside and woodland paths to the attractive market town of Keswick with its outdoor shops and little lakeside theatre. Leaving Keswick the route includes the Castlehead viewpoint and passes the atmospheric Castlerigg stone circle before joining the old “coach road” around the lower slopes of the Helvellyn range across to the enchanting Aira Force, close to Ullswater and the hamlet of Dockray. From Dockray the walk meanders around Gowbarrow Fell, enjoying breathtaking views over Ullswater, via the village of Dacre, to Stainton.

The next leg,to Morland, passes Yanwath Hall with its ancient pele tower, Eamont Bridge ( where you could finish your walk), the imposing ruins of Brougham Castle and continues into the Eden District, skirting Whinfell Forest, home of Centre Parks, and continues via Wetheriggs and Clinton to Morland. On a path which begins with panoramic views of the Pennines, Appleby, burial place of Lady Anne Clifford, whose influence on the town still remains, is the final day’s destination.

OS Explorer Maps
OL4 - English Lakes - North-western area
OL5 - English Lakes - North-eastern area
OL6 - English Lakes - South-western area
OL19 - Howgill Fells & Upper Eden Valley

Guide Books
"The Cumberland Way" by Paul Hannon - is now very difficult to obtain, even second hand.

ViewRanger Digital Maps
Digital Maps can be viewed on a modern smartphone using an appropriate ‘app’, which is usually provided as part of any map purchase. Brigantes are happy to recommend ViewRanger for all your digital mapping and mobile navigation needs.

The ViewRanger Shop provides Ordnance Survey maps for all parts of the UK, as well as the National Trail and selected Long Distance Paths. Map segments can also be purchased ad-hoc, allowing you to cover any walk you plan to take.

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