The Cumbria Way is a 72 mile (116 km) route in Cumbria. It cuts through the heart of the Lake District National Park linking the two historic Cumbrian towns of Ulverston, near the coast of Morecambe Bay in the south, to the historic city of Carlisle on the Scottish Border in the north.
The Cumbria Way was originally devised in the 1970s by local Ramblers’ Association members. The waymarking of the entire route was completed by volunteers and national park staff in May 2007, and the route cuts through classic Lakeland country via Coniston, Langdale, Borrowdale, Derwent Water, Skiddaw Forest and Caldbeck.
It is a primarily a low-level long distance path, but it does contain some high-level exposed sections. The Cumbria Way uses the valley systems wherever possible and therefore over most of its length it avoids the high fells.There are two sections in the higher fells, both on well-established paths. These are between Langdale and Borrowdale, over Stakes Pass, and between Keswick and Caldbeck, over the flanks of Skiddaw.
Lakeshore paths, ancient green lanes, and paths at the bottom of steep sided valleys, all form part of this stunning route.
We have two different options for the whole Cumbria Way route – choose from 5 or 6 days walking – select the walking holiday that suits your pace and how far you want to go each day. Some people choose to finish the walk at Caldbeck, as the final day to Carlisle is to some less interesting.
We also have a 3 day ‘Best of the Cumbria Way’ walking holiday, which includes the more dramatic section between Coniston and Keswick.
We have two different walking holiday options for the whole of the Cumbria Way path. You can choose from 5 days or 6 days walking, depending on how far you want to go each day.
This holiday covers the most dramatic central section of the Cumbria Way. If time is short these walks give a good flavour of the central lakes, taking in the areas two most well-known valleys; Langdale and Borrowdale, as well as the Stakes Pass that lies in-between them.
This was our last long distance walk and it was first class from start to finish. We have been doing long distance walks for a number of years and as our oldest member is 81 we have now decided to slow things down.
Anthony Buck, UK
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