Cumbria Way

Cumbria Way Route

This is our suggested Cumbria Way route. Click on Itineraries and Prices for various route options.

Day 1: Travel to Ulverston, a pretty market town on the southern edge of the Lake District and spend the evening at your first nights’ accommodation.

Day 2: Ulverston to Coniston (15 miles / 24 km)
The Cumbria Way leaves Ulverston, on the shores of Morecambe Bay and heads towards the hills. The scenery becomes more dramatic with every step to Coniston, a pretty village on the shores of the lake dominated by the 2650 ft Old Man of Coniston. The latter part of the walk is truly delightful as you follow the shores of Coniston Water. Coniston is a lovely town and is famous for being the site of Donald Campbell's ill fated world record water speed attempt.

Day 3: Coniston to Great Langdale (12 miles / 19 km)
An absolutely delightful day of Lakeland walking as today's section includes Tarn Hows - one of Lakeland’s most famous beauty spots. Beginning in Coniston you pass through a wonderful mix of rolling farmland, fells and becks. Continuing on from Tarn Hows you pass the pretty lake of Elterwater with glorious views up the valley to the towering peaks of the Langdale Pikes. This is perhaps the most famous place in the Lakes.

Day 4: Great Langdale
 to Rosthwaite (10 miles / 16 km)
Today you experience the rugged splendour of the lakes. After walking along the spectacular valley of Mickleden you head up to Stake Pass, at 480m the highest point on the Cumbria Way until you are north of Keswick. Enjoy the splendid views of the peaks of the Langdale Pikes and Crinkle Crags. From Stake Pass it is a steep descent following the tumbling waters of Langstrath Beck as you head down to the River Derwent and into sleepy Borrowdale and your overnight stop in the lovely old village of Rosthwaite.

Day 5: Rosthwaite to Keswick (6 miles / 10 km)
This is a short stage which many walkers will combine with the previous one. Today is an easy but delightful day in the Borrowdale valley following the shores of Derwentwater. You will have plenty of time to look around the bustling tourist town of Keswick and perhaps take a boat trip on Derwentwater.

Day 6: Keswick to Caldbeck
 (15 miles / 24 km)
There is a choice today of either a high level or low level route. Experienced walkers may like to take the high route over High Pike (the highest point on the Cumbria Way at 658m, with great views as far as the Scottish hills), whilst others may prefer the slightly longer low-level route that keeps to the valley. The low-level route is easier and safer if the weather is bad.

It is possible to divide this stage into two by spending a night at Bassenthwaite (low level route only).

Day 7: Caldbeck to Carlisle
(14 miles / 23 km)
The final day is a contrast to all that has gone before. Leaving the Lake District your route takes you through more gentle, rolling countryside as the path follows the meandering River Caldew downstream to the historic Border City of Carlisle.

Carlisle has plenty of places to visit and welcoming pubs and restaurants to celebrate the end of your walk on the Cumbria Way.

Day 8: Onwards travel