The Cumbria Way Walk

Welcome to the Cumbria Way Walk

The Cumbria Way walk is an exhilarating, mainly low level journey through some of the most beautiful & contrasting landscapes that Cumbria has to offer. Offering majestic mountain scenery, lakes and tarns, woodland walks and long treks through glacial valleys as well as the traditional hospitality of Cumbrians, great accommodation and plenty of fine inns along the route. Having walked the route twice, and stages of it on numerous occasions, I can guarantee the Cumbria Way will leave you with a massive smile on your face and some fantastic memories.

Looking to Beacon Fell from the shore of Beacon Tarn © Dave Brown
Looking to Beacon Fell from the shore of Beacon Tarn © Dave Brown

If you are new to long distance walking or perhaps only have time for a week away then look no further than the Cumbria Way. At 73 miles in length – most of it low-level walking and with only 2 major climbs – the Cumbria Way is a perfect introduction to long distance walking. The route itself is a linear walk from the bustling market town of Ulverston in the south of Cumbria to historic Carlisle in the north and takes in all that Cumbria has to offer. No matter how many times you have walked in the Lake District the route of the Cumbria Way will take you to places you have not visited before and offers stunning views but mainly from a lower level viewpoint rather than from the fell tops.

© Darcy Moore http://www.darcymoore.net/2013/07/26/the-cumbria-way/
Official Cumbria Way marker
© Darcy Moore

This website is intended to act as a ‘complete resource centre’ for those new to the route. Hopefully, the site will show you what a fantastic long distance walk the Cumbria Way is and will aid you in the next step of planning your own Cumbria Way trip.

Please note that this site is based on the ‘average’ walk duration of 5 days and consequently the site is built to work on a 5 day walk. You could quite easily amend the duration of your walk if needed although the scarcity of accommodation in some areas along the walk will mean extra careful planning.

The Cumbria Way passes through remote moorland between Keswick and Caldbeck © Iain Jones
The Cumbria Way passes through remote moorland between Keswick and Caldbeck © Iain Jones

Online Route Mapping

Using Google Maps I have marked the full length of the Cumbria Way route and split it into 5 day stages along with the low-level alternative route between Skiddaw House and Caldbeck. Click on the map to open a large version of the Cumbria Way route, zoom in and follow theroute virtually as you plan your own walk. I have tried to be as detailed as possible but if you notice any errors then let me know via the Feedback Form on this website.

Use www.cumbriawaywalk.info to discover more about the Cumbria Way and its history. Find out more about the route it takes and read tips and advice on preparation for your own Cumbria Way walk. Find details on the various maps & guidebooks dedicated to the route as well as the towns & villages along the Cumbria Way.  Source your accommodation, discover the optional extras you may wish to add to your trip as well as information on baggage transfers. To whet your appetite for the walk you can view photos taken along the route and much, much more.

Elterwater on the Cumbria Way with the Langdale Pikes in the background © Dave Brown
Elterwater on the Cumbria Way with the Langdale Pikes in the background © Dave Brown

Contact the Cumbria Way Walk

It can be a lonely business building and maintaining a website so why not drop me a line and say hello? Alternatively, if you have Cumbria Way photos you would like to see on the site, tips, advice or recommendations to share etc. then this is the place to contact me. Get in touch via the Feedback Form

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Mountain Safety

Once you have done your research on walking the Cumbria Way why not take a few minutes to visit www.mountainsafety.co.uk and brush up on mountain & hill walking safety advice and tips?

The site is ideal for those venturing into the Lake District, Snowdonia, the Highlands or any other of the wonderful mountain and moorland areas that the UK has to offer.