Cumbria Way

The Cumbria Way

The Cumbria Way is a classic walk across the Lake District from South to North. On your walk from Ulverston to Carlisle, through the natural beauty of the Lake District, you will follow in the footsteps of the romantic poets Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southley and discover how being immersed in the inspiring scenery of the Lake District inspired them to create some of the country’s best known verse. The Way begins in the market town of Ulverston, with its cobbled streets and festival atmosphere and takes you north via Coniston, Great Langdale, Rosthwaite, Derwent Water, Keswick and Caldbeck to Carlisle. A predominantly low level walk but with some significant climbs, the Cumbria Way is a fine way to explore the best of the English Lake District in a week of inn to inn walking.

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Hiking trail · South Lakeland

Ulverston to Coniston

25.6 km
6:30 h
449 m
407 m
The first stage of the Cumbria Way is characterised by varying terrain and scenery; walk through open fields, down quiet lanes, and along lakeside ...
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Hiking trail · South Lakeland

Coniston to Great Langdale

17.3 km
5:00 h
296 m
259 m
On this section you'll enjoy the escapism that comes from walking on woodland, riverside and lakeside paths. 
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Hiking trail · South Lakeland

Great Langdale to Rosthwaite

14.1 km
4:15 h
387 m
390 m
Bookend today's steep climb with two easier sections walking through valleys as you make your way, sometimes with extra attention to navigation, ...
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Hiking trail · Allerdale

Rosthwaite to Keswick

12.8 km
3:30 h
86 m
96 m
Enjoy the more relaxing pace of today with excellent scenery to match as you stroll through the heart of the Lake District.   
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Hiking trail · Allerdale

Keswick to Caldbeck

28.7 km
8:15 h
721 m
648 m
Choose your route option on this section through rather remote fells to the off-the-beaten track town of Caldbeck. 
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Hiking trail · Allerdale

Caldbeck to Carlisle

24.3 km
6:15 h
79 m
221 m
On this final section of the Cumbria Way, enjoy an easy-going walk along riverside paths, through farmland, and finally along a cycle path toward ...
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