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The Cumbria Way

Walking the Cumbria Way takes visitors into the heart of the Lake District, between Ulverston and Carlisle. This long-distance footpath passes through several popular towns like Keswick, as well as the attractive Borrowdale valleys.

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Ramble the 75-mile linear trail over six days, beginning in south Cumbria and covering daily distances of around 12 miles
  • Journey from south to north, enjoying the rural charm and dramatic surroundings of this picturesque county.
  • Admire the beauty spots of the region’s unique countryside, as you hike the paths alongside Coniston and Derwent Water
  • Relish the striking views of the Langdale Pikes and climb to the summit of High Pike - the most northerly of the Lakeland peaks
  • Scale the eastern flanks of Skiddaw, one of the highest mountains in England

Starting in Ulverston market square, the Cumbria Way heads northwards to the great border city of Carlisle, with daily walking distances of about 12 miles.

We cross the low Southern Fells, with fantastic views back to Morecambe Bay, before arriving at Coniston Water at the end of our first day. Watched over by Coniston Old Man, we'll then ascend to Tarn Hows, as we continue on to the impressive setting of Elter water.

From Dungeon Ghyll in Great Langdale, we take the old packhorse route over Stake Pass, then descend into Borrowdale, where immense rocky crags surround us. We'll amble along the shore of Derwent Water, before skirting the eastern edges of Skiddaw and heading into the grandeur of the wild Northern Fells.

On our final day's walk, we follow the River Caldew through wooded pastures and out of the Lake District National Park towards Carlisle, completing this 75-mile classic trek. We then return to Hassness Country House after a week of excellent hiking and spectacular scenery.           

  • Accommodation and all meals except for dinner on one evening (which can be taken in one of Buttermere’s village pubs)
  • Complimentary tea & coffee always available and cake after each course day
  • All transport necessary for the walking programme
  • Services of a dedicated tour leader
  • Dinner on one evening is not included. Please see the Holiday Information Sheet for more information.
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

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