The Cumbria Way

The Cumbria Way - This 112km route passes right through Keswick and was devised by local Ramblers Association members in the 1970's. The entire route is way marked thanks to National Park staff and volunteers. It is broken down into five sections which are 17-25 km long. It starts in Ulverston, South Cumbria and heads north through the Lake District National Park, finishing in Carlisle. It was conceived as a mostly low level long distance footpath with a few high exposed sections and the the option of including some summits. More recent books have been published with high level alternatives to the original route.

Walking the Cumbria Way is an exhilarating journey through an enticing mix of Cumbria’s natural splendour and intriguing heritage. It is a walk of contrasting landscapes and changing character, including many peaceful parts of the wonderful Lake District. Its completion will give you a real sense of achievement. Both in historic Carlisle and Ulverston there is much to appreciate, with plenty of other tempting distractions and diversions once you are underway. There is the challenge of crossing some high and more exposed ground but, overall, the trail follows low level terrain through a series of valleys.

The trail can be followed in either direction, though most people tend to start in Ulverston. The Cumbria Way is about 70 miles/113 km long. Typically it takes five or six days to complete the journey, covering an average distance of about 14 miles / 22.5 km a day. This guide breaks the trail down into five sections: Ulverston to Coniston (15 miles / 24 km) Coniston to Great Langdale (11 miles / 17.5 km) Great Langdale to Keswick (15 miles / 24 km) Keswick to Caldbeck (14 miles / 22.5 km) Caldbeck to Carlisle (15 miles / 24 km)