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The CUMBRIAN LAKE DISTRICT

a walking tour in England

 

The Cumbria Way is an exhilarating journey through some of the most beautiful and contrasting landscapes that Cumbria offers. Stretching from Ulverston to Carlisle the route offers the walker 70 plus miles (about 112 kms) of walking through some of the most scenic and inspiring landscapes in Britain.  

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

Day 1

 

Arrival at Ulverston

Ulverston, a pretty town located between the shores of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District National Perk, surrounded by a rolling countryside. Ulverston is the birthplace of Stan Laurel, of Laurel and Hardy fame and of course a museum is dedicated to them. 

 

Day 2 

 

 

From Ulverston to Coniston (14 miles / 22,5 kms)

Walk the banks of Ulverston Canal, the deepest and widest in England, built in 1796 to bring goods from Morecambe Bay to the town centre of Ulverston. You continue your walk around Beacon Tarn and could perhaps visit Beacon Fell for its glorious views of the Coniston Fells. Walking on the shore of Coniston Water, you will have again astonishing views. Your overnight stay is in the quiet town of Coniston.  

 

Day 3 

From Coniston to Great Langdale (Dungeon Ghyll; 12 miles / 19,2 kms)

The first stretch of today, with amazing views of the Langdale pike, follows the path alongside Tarn Hows, surrounded on three sides by thick woodland. A short diversion to Colwith Falls is recommended before crossing the River Brathay. You pass close to the Skelwith Force waterfall and walk onto Elterwater, probably the least visited lake and one of the prettiest villages in the lakes. You finish with stunning views of the Langdale pikes in front of you. Overnight in Great Langdale.  

 Day 4 

 

From Dungeon Ghyll to  Keswick (16 miles / 25 kms)

The Cumbrian Way leaves Dungeon Ghyll by traversing the lower slopes of the Langdale Pikes. The top of the pass is marked by a cairn after walking the moraines of Mart Crag Moor. Perhaps you could make a short detour to Black Moss Pot, much loved by hardy mountain swimmers. The route heads towards Greenup Gill, where after crossing a footbridge over a delightful watersmeet, overlooked by a formidable looking Eagle Crag, it follows a stony track into Rosthwaite. The route continue following the River Derwent downstream (you can choose between stepping stones or a bridge to cross it). The route now leads through the steep, wooded Jaws of Borrowdale, passing Gowder Dub, a good place for colling your hot feet. A worthwhile short division will take you to Grange for refreshments, before continuing through Manesty Wood to the shore of Derwentwater. Delightful walking alongside the lake (though a ferry is available) will take you to Keswick for your overnight.  

 

 

Day 5 

From Keswick to  Caldbeck (14-16 miles / 22.4-25.6 kms)

Today you choose between a high level route or low level route. Experienced walkers may like to take the high route over High Pike, which is the highest point on the Cumbria Way (2157 ft / 658m.), with great views as far as the Scottish hills, whilst others may prefer the slightly longer low-level route that skirts the fells. The low-level route is not less beautiful, but easier and safer if the weather is bad.  Your overnight stay is in Caldbeck with it's 12th century St.Kentigern's church, which is the resting place of the renowned local huntsman, John Peel. 

 

 

Day 6   

From Caldwick to Carlisle (14 miles / 22.4 kms)

You cross the river near the church and continue into Sebergham. You walk head downstream along a riverside path by the delightful River Caldew to Rose castle, the official residence of the Bishop of Carlisle.  Later you rejoin the River Cadlew and you walk a stretch of the Hadrian Wall path to Cummersdale and finally to journey's end at the Market Cross in Carlisle, founded in the 9th century by King Leil. The castle of Carlisle, open to the public, is over 900 years old and has been the scene of many historical episodes in the British History. Given the proximity of Carlisle to the border between England and Scotland, it has been the centre of many wars and invasions. 

 

   

Day 7

Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

The package includes:

  • 6 overnight stays with breakfast in Bed & Breakfast, country Inns or small hotels

  • luggage transportation

  • route notes and maps

  • local back-up service

  • clients assistance

  • tour information

 

 

 

Period

Leave any day of the week, all year round (the best walking period is from mid April to mid October) 

Level 2/3

Moderate. Walking in a hilly / mountainous country side with not too many level differences.  Daily distances between 12-25 km (an average of 3/4 km an hour)

Price p.p. 2017

In double room    550,00

Single room on request

travelling alone  on request