The Cumbria Way Walk


This website has sadly been ‘mothballed’ as of January 2023 and once the hosting has finished I will take it down completely. This is due, mainly, to the fact that I moved to Spain in 2020 and location and time constraints make it difficult to keep the site as up to date as I would like.

For those who want more information in the future then there is an excellent Facebook page offering up to date tips, advice and information on all things Cumbria Way related and this can be found at – if you have Facebook then I would highly recommend you joining this active group.

There is also a relatively new webpage dedicated to the Cumbria Way and although it is short on information as of January 2023, hopefully it will grow and fill the void left by me decommissioning this site. More information can be found at

Welcome to the Cumbria Way Walk

The Cumbria Way is a 73 mile, relatively low-level linear walk through some of the most beautiful & contrasting landscapes that Cumbria has to offer. Linking the historic town of Ulverston and the equally historic city of Carlisle, the route showcases majestic mountain scenery, lakes and tarns, woodland walks, glacial valleys as well as pastoral walks alongside rivers and becks. Along with the traditional hospitality of Cumbrians, great accommodation choices and plenty of fine inns along the route 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

IMPORTANT NEWS: Temporary route closure between Dalston and Cummersdale

A section of the Cumbria Way between Dalston and Cummersdale will be closed from the 15th August 2022 and 5 February 2023 
Due to works on the gas infrastructure along the route a section of the Cumbria Way will be closed to all cyclists and walkers. At present there is no official diversion listed although …………….. for further details on this temporary route closure please click here

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
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 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

Suggested website to visit

Mountain Safety

Once you have done your research on walking the Cumbria Way why not take a few minutes to visit 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.