The Cumbria Way

The Cumbria Way is a 73 mile long distance walk through the heart of the beautiful Lake District National Park.

Walking from the market town of Ulverston on the edge of Morecambe Bay the route passes through rolling farmland with distant views of more dramatic scenery to come. It follows the shore of Coniston Water and visits the beauty spots of Tarn Hows and Skelwith Force before heading up the dramatic Langdale Valley.

The route then proceeds over Stake Pass with spectacular mountain views before descending into Langstrath valley and onto Borrowdale. From here the route passes through woodland and along the river Derwent to reach the shores of Derwent Water and on to the market town of Keswick.

Leaving Keswick behind, the route ascends to the remote Skiddaw House Youth Hostel and along remote isolated valleys before an ascent to High Peak, the highest point on the route, before descending to Caldbeck. From Here it is a fairly easy stroll along the river and through farmland to reach Carlisle.

** Due to restrictions by some accommodation suppliers on single night stays, we would recommend avoiding Thursday / Friday start days for the best accommodation options **

Highlights

  • Exploring the varied landscapes, from farmland and rolling hills to high mountain passes.
  • Breathtaking mountain backdrops.
  • Passing through picturesque villages along the route.

Route Facts

Start: Ulverston
Finish: Carlisle
Total Distance: 73 miles (117 km)
Season 08th April to 15th October

Itineraries

 
CW1 Cumbria Way - 5 days / 6 nights £560.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
       
Day 1 Arrive in Ulverston    
Day 2 Ulverston to Coniston 15 miles (25 km)
Day 3 Coniston to Great Langdale 12 miles (19 km)
Day 4 Great Langdale to Kewsick 16 miles (26 km)
Day 5 Kewsick to Caldbeck 15 miles (25 km)
Day 6 Caldbeck to Carlisle 15 miles (25 km)  
Day 7 Depart after breakfast  
       
 
CW2 Cumbria Way - 6 days / 7 nights £655.00 per person (based on 2 sharing)
       
Day 1 Arrive in Ulverston    
Day 2 Ulverston to Coniston 15 miles (25 km)
Day 3 Coniston to Great Langdale 12 miles (19 km)
Day 4 Great Langdale to Rosthwaite   8 miles (13 km)
Day 4 Rosthwaite to Kewsick   8 miles (13 km)
Day 5 Kewsick to Caldbeck 15 miles (25 km)
Day 6 Caldbeck to Carlisle 15 miles (25 km)  
Day 7 Depart after breakfast  
       
 
Supplements / Options
       
  Extra Night (Standard) £48.00 per person / per night
Extra Night (Great Langdale) £58.00 per person / per night
  Single Supplement £20.00 per person / per night
  Solo Walker Supplement £30.00 per person / per night
 
 

Travel

We provide travel information for your guidance only, we are happy to assist with more detailed travel arrangements or arrange taxi's (where necessary).

If you require any assistance with travel planning, please do not hesitate to contact us for guidance.

Getting to Ulverston

By Air - The closest international airport is Manchester, having connecting rail services with Ulverston.

By Train - The nearest mainline rail station is Ulverston (0 miles). Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information. 

By Bus - There is a local bus service to Ulverston from Barrow-in-Furness, Kendal and Windermere,  for timetable and information visit www.traveline.info

Returning from Carlisle

By Air - The closest international airport is Manchester, having connecting rail services with Carlisle.

By Train - The nearest station is Carlisle (0 miles). Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for more information.

Map

Route Info

General Information

The distances and ascents / descents are approximate and for guidance only. The individual making the booking is responsible for ensuring that each member of the party is suitably equipped with standard / survival equipment as necessary for the route / terrain involved.

Insurance

It is advisable that you and each member of your party, takes out holiday insurance to protect yourselves, equipment, luggage and to cover against non-refundable costs should you have to cancel your trip due to unexpected circumstances or ill health. You should ensure that any such policy covers you for the activities being undertaken during your holiday.

Navigation

The route is NOT clearly marked on all sections. The mountain sections have remote and isolated sections and these can be difficult during periods of bad weather or poor visibility. Therefore good navigation skills are essential for undertaking this route.

Experience & Fitness

The tour is suitable for most people with good physical fitness. The route is graded as challenging, with sections of rugged terrain with many height gains and losses. In addition the mountain sections contain remote and isolated sections.

Equipment

You should always ensure you are properly equipped for your walking holiday and prepared for varying weather conditions along the route. Your holiday pack contains a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking / survival equipment for a days walking.

Luggage Transfers

Your luggage will be transferred each day between each overnight accommodation as detailed within your itinerary. Please check with your accommodation provider where your bags should be left for collection each morning. Luggage transfers are one bag with a maximum weight of 20kg per person.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation

We use comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B's in selecting your accommodation and aim to provide these as close to the trail as possible. We work closely with all of our accommodation providers, each one being selected based on their quality of accommodation and the warm welcomes they provide. We will always request accommodation with private en-suite facilities, but in remoter locations this may not always be available. Please note, that due to the route and location of available accommodation you may need to walk / travel a short distance where accommodation is not available along the route (We can provide taxi transfers if required and booked in advance), your holiday pack will contain directions and location map of each nights accommodation.

Meals

All of our holidays are provided on a Bed & Breakfast basis, thus giving you the flexibility to choose your own options for lunch and evening meals. Your holiday pack will contain information on the options available along the route to stop for lunch and places to obtain an evening meal locally, along with places to obtain packed lunches. Accommodation providers may be able to offer evening meals and packed lunches by prior arrangement if this should be required.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

If you require single room either as an individual or as part of a group we would be happy to accommodate you although a single room supplement is payable.

Additional Nights

You can book as many extra nights as you wish, just tell us during your booking where you would like to spend extra days and we would be happy to arrange this for you and provide a quotation and personalised itinerary for this.

Included

What's Included

  •  Accommodation in comfortable hotels, country inns, guest-houses and B&B'
  •  Breakfast each morning for the duration of your holiday.
  •  Luggage transfers each day between each overnight accommodation.
  •  A detailed holiday pack, route guide and maps.
  •  Assistance with travel arrangements (where required).
  •  Emergency support during your holiday.