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The Cumbria Way

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The Cumbria Way is a linear long distance footpath in Cumbria, England passing through the towns of Coniston and Keswick. It also passes through the Langdale and Borrowdale valleys.

Guided Walking Holidays - The Cumbria Way

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 first cross the low southern fells with great views back to Morecambe Bay to reach Coniston Water at the end of our first day. Watched over by Coniston Old Man, we'll then ascend to Tarn Hows, passing Skelwith Force and into Elterwater.  

From Dungeon Ghyll in Great Langdale we take the old packhorse route over Stake Pass, then descend into Borrowdale with spectacular rocky crags surrounding us. We'll amble along the shore of Derwent Water before skirting the eastern flanks of Skiddaw and heading into the grandeur of the wild northern fells.

On the final day's walk we follow the River Caldew through wooded pastures and out of the Lake District National Park towards Carlisle. Completing this 74 mile classic walk, we return to Hassness Country House (each evening) after a week of great hiking and spectacular scenery. 

Holiday Highlights

  • A 74 mile linear trail, starting in Ulverston in south Cumbria, walking north to journey's end at the historic city of Carlisle. 
  • Walk the long distance path over 6 days, with daily distances of about 12 miles. 
  • Cross the low southern fells for views of Morecombe Bay before reaching Coniston Water. 
  • Views along The Cumbria Way vary from dramatic scenery to rural charm. 
  • Pass through the popular towns of Coniston and Keswick, and through the Langdale and Borrowdale valleys. 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      One week accommodation at Hassness Country House
      All meals except for dinner on Tuesday
      Transport, if necessary for the advertised programme
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

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.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    We wish you a very warm welcome to Hassness Country House. Your hosts Debbie and Laurie will be there to welcome you and ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Your holiday starts upon arrival at Hassness Country House in Buttermere where you are welcome to arrive from 3pm. Your evening meal will be served at 7pm. If you anticipate arriving after this time, we kindly request that you telephone Hassness Country House to confirm your expected arrival time.

  2. Day 2

    Ulverston to the borders of Coniston Water. From the market square of Ulverston we follow the wooded banks of Gilligan’s Beck then pass across the low southern fells. Seeing the views of Morecambe Bay we then climb via Beacon Tarn and descend to the lake path of Coniston Water. About 12 miles, 550m ascent & 490m descent. 

  3. Day 3

    Tarn Hows & Elterwater. Walk along the lake watched over by Coniston Old Man before ascending to Tarn Hows. We then follow woodland paths to Skelwith Bridge, pass Skelwith Force and continue beyond the village of Elterwater. About 12.5 miles, 450m ascent & descent. 

  4. Day 4

    Dungeon Ghyll to Great Langdale.  Passing Dungeon Ghyll, we follow the old packhorse route over Stake Pass then descend to Langstrath and Stonewaite Becks down into Borrowdale. About 14 miles, 700m ascent & descent. 

  5. Day 5

    Derwentwater to Mosedale.  We begin by walking along the shores of Derwentwater then climb the eastern flanks of Skiddaw. We take the eastern route of the Cumbria Way to Mosedale by Grainsgill Beck. About 15 miles, 600m ascent & 400m descent.  

  6. Day 6

    Ascend High Pike. Walk in the grandeur of the northern fells before ascending to the summit of High Pike-the most northerly of the Lakeland peaks, then descend to Caldbeck village. About 9.5 miles, 500m ascent & 700m descent. 

  7. Day 7

    Sebergham to Carlisle. Follow the river Caldew and wooded pastures from Sebergham and out of the Lake District National Park. We then visit Carlisle’s cathedral. About 12 miles, 100m ascent & 200m descent. 

  8. Day 8

    After a hearty breakfast, Debbie and Laurie wave you goodbye when you'll leave with memories from your Lake District experience. We hope you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. 

Travel Details

  • Accessing Hassness Country House is both easy and beautiful. Nearest railway station: Penrith (28 miles). Nearest bus station: Keswick (9 miles). See our Holiday Information Sheet for more details on how to reach Hassness Country House by car or public transport. There is ample guest parking outside the house.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hassness Country House

Hassness Country House, beautifully located in its own extensive grounds on the shores of Buttermere in the Western Lake District, provides a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere for each and every guest. 

You can find sheep grazing and red squirrels scurrying around just outside the door. This is one of the remotest parts of the Lake District and has been recognised as offering some of Britain’s finest views.

Following a refurbishment in 2018, 7 of our 11 bedrooms now have en-suite facilities. Accommodation is in twins, doubles and single rooms, accommodating 21 people in total. There is only one single room however twins and doubles for sole occupancy are available at an appropriate supplement. All bedrooms are lakeside with many overlooking the lake and the fells beyond. Some of the rooms have a garden view. All rooms are very comfortable, either with en-suite facilities or sharing high-powered modern shower rooms and toilets, which are located across the hall from the bedrooms. Toiletries and towels (both hand & bath) are provided for each guest.

All of our bedrooms have stunning views; whether it be of the rugged and imposing hillsides across the water, garden views or views of the lake itself.

At Hassness Country House you’ll take a step back from the frantic world beyond the fells. It’s far enough away yet convenient for the main tourist hubs of Keswick; this is a quieter, less trodden part of the Lake District with dramatic and tranquil scenery. Our friendly managers, Debbie and Laurie, will make you feel welcome.

The lounge at Hassness Country House is a delightful place to relax, with a large picture window looking out across the lake. Comfortable and welcoming, it’s a great place to enjoy your own company or that of your fellow guests, to read a book or simply enjoy one of the most dramatic vantage points in the world. It’s also a perfect starting point for some truly remarkable days in the hills.

Hassness Country House offers a retreat from today’s always connected world. There's no TV, no phones in the rooms, and no mobile reception in this sparsely populated valley of West Cumbria. If you do need to contact the outside world there is a payphone available and Wi-Fi is also available throughout the property.

New to Hassness Country House is a licensed bar which offers a selection of red and white wines, beer and a small assortment of spirits at reasonable prices (payment by card only). You can walk the mile into Buttermere village (a tiny hamlet) for a drink or something to eat at one of the two pubs, but otherwise you can just get away from it all.

The madding crowds don’t come anywhere nearby, and surrounding hills are generally less well stomped than the more readily accessible peaks.


Cooked breakfast, cakes in the afternoon and a three course evening meal are provided every day (excluding Tuesdays when there is a cold buffet breakfast and dinner can be taken in one of Buttermere’s village pubs). Picnic lunches are also provided on each of your walking days. 

Free tea and coffee are available at all times to enjoy in the spacious lounge overlooking the lake. There is also a guests’ kitchen with a large fridge for storage should you need it.