Cumbria Way: Walk Information

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The Lake District has always been one of the finest tourist destinations in the country, popular with travellers from the 18th Century onwards, and it remains a firm favourite today, with many visitors from both Britain and overseas. There are many special features within this small area, which include spectacular mountain scenery, quiet lakes, pretty villages, and friendly, bustling market towns containing ancient castles, monuments, and fine old houses, and most of the route is within the renowned Lake District National Park.

The Cumbria Way starts in Ulverston, at the southern edge of the Lake District, and follows a generally northward route through some of the best scenery of the area to the ancient city of Carlisle, a distance of some 71 miles away.

Most popular itinerary

Day 1: Ulverston to Coniston (15m): Along field paths, entering the National Park, following the shores of Coniston Water to the village of Coniston.

Day 2: Coniston to Langdale (11m): Passing the lovely Tarn Hows, and crossing the River Brathay at Skelwith Bridge, the path ends the day in Langdale, a popular and picturesque glacial valley, closed-in by surrounding peaks.

Day 3: Langdale to Rosthwaite (9m): Today’s route climbs via the head of Langdale, crossing the Stake Pass, before descending into Langstrath Dale, and then proceeding into Borrowdale and the overnight stop at Rosthwaite.

Day 4: Rosthwaite to Keswick (8m): An easy day spent walking in Borrowdale along the shores of Derwentwater leaving ample time to explore the market town of Keswick.

Day 5: Keswick to Caldbeck (14m): Circling the back of Skiddaw mountain to arrive at the isolated Skiddaw House, our shorter alternative route climbs over High Pike, eventually reaching the village of Caldbeck.

Day 6: Caldbeck to Carlisle (14m): Leaving the National Park, we now follow the River Caldew all the way into the City of Carlisle, and the end of the Cumbria Way.

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Any reasonably fit person can undertake the walk in a week’s holiday, but as with every long-distance walk, it is important not to overestimate one’s fitness and stamina, or the country and weather conditions, and also not to overestimate the amount of clothing and equipment required to complete the walk, within the constraints of personal comfort!

This is the Lake District, and its beauty has been created by the rain! It can rain every day, and all day, so you must come prepared to enjoy your days (and evenings) in the rain. Good wet-weather gear is therefore essential for a successful holiday.

However, do not be put-off by the threat of rain, as the weather very regularly produces days of brilliant sunshine, and on these days you will not wish to be anywhere else on Earth!

Our courier service is the only service which will provide you with door to door baggage transfers on a daily basis, from the start in Ulverston, to the end of the walk in Carlisle, by using our own transport and personnel, thereby ensuring reliability.

Useful External Links

Cumbria Way on Wikipedia
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