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The Cumbria Way

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The Cumbria Way

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About this Adventure

The Cumbria Way is a popular long-distance footpath, running 73 miles through the Lake District National Park.  Starting in Ulverston not far from the shores of Morecambe Bay,  the walk takes you through the Cumbrian towns of Coniston and Keswick passing through the Langdale and Borrowdale valleys.  The trail takes in all that is best in the Lake District – views of the majestic fells, lakeshore promenades, waterfalls, picturesque cottages and fine inns before finishing in the city of Carlisle.

A perfect starting point for long distance walking, our suggested itinerary below covers the full route, over 5 walking days, if preferred we can also offer a flexible, create your own itinerary over a duration that suits, factoring in days for sightseeing or relaxing along the way.

Quick Facts

  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • 5 days’ walking
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • 73 miles (117km)
  • Heart of the Lake District National Park
  • Beautiful Scenery, Mountains, Woodlands, Tarns and Lakes
  • Historic Cumbrian Towns

About & Details

A largely low-level walk the trail is well signposted with only 2 major ascents on the whole route, making it suitable for all level of walkers. For anyone looking for a more challenging walk, the high-level mountain route offers an alternative for those who prefer summits to the valley.

We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a comfortable day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. This trip is based on 2 people sharing, if you are a solo traveller please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help.


  • 5 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplement £35 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £35 per person per night
  • Odd group supplement £35 per group per night may apply
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £95 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting There and Back

Getting There

By Road:  Ulverston is approximately 30 minutes from junction 36 on the M6. Leaving the M6, take the A590 and follow signs towards Barrow in Furness, the road will take you right through Ulverston.

By Public Transport: Ulverston Train Station sits on the Furness Line, there are services to Lancaster and Preston to join the West Coast Mainline as well as Manchester.  Check for the latest public transport information.

By Air: The nearest airport is Manchester (MAN), from where you need to take a train to Ulverston.

Getting Away

By Road: Carlisle has easy access to the M6 and is less than two hours’ drive from Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester Airports.

By Public Transport: Carlisle is a very busy station on the West Coast Mainline with many connections, including a direct link from London (Euston).  It also links with Ulverston via the Cumbrian Coastal Line.   Check for the latest public transport information.

By Air: The nearest airports are Manchester (MAN) or Newcastle (NCL).

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  • Day 1 - Arrive Ulverston

    Arrive at your accommodation in Ulverston.

  • Day 2 Ulverston to Coniston

    Following the tree-lined stream out of the market town of Ulverston overlooking Morecambe Bay, the route makes its way over gentle, rolling farmland and moorland with views of the Coniston Fells becoming more frequent and more spectacular before arriving at the shores of Coniston and the Lake District.

    15.5 miles (25km) and 615m of ascent.

  • Day 3 Coniston to Great Langdale

    Climbing out of Coniston, you head to the famous ‘chocolate box’ beauty spot of Tarn Hows with wide views across its waters to the Langdale Pikes and Helvellyn. Passing through riverside walks, you can visit the Colwith Force and Skelwith Force waterfalls in this section, before taking in the best views of the day beyond Skelwith when the route enters the great glacial valley of Great Langdale.

    12 miles (19km) and 550m of ascent.

    Mountain Route – 15.5 miles (25km) and 1130m of ascent.

  • Day 4 Great Langdale to Keswick

    Today tackles the high mountain pass barring the way out of Great Langdale leading to the wild and rugged valleys of Mickleden and Langstrath. This is fantastic fell walking with magnificent scenery, in remote surroundings. The next section leads you to the small village of Rosthwaite and a chance for refreshments after all your hard work. A glorious, wooded trail through Borrowdale then leads you close to Grange and eventually bringing you out on the shores of Derwent Water and a gentle stroll to Keswick.

    16 miles (25.5km)  and 645m of ascent.

    Mountain Route – 17.5 miles (28km) and 1430m of ascent; 18.5 miles (29.5km) and 1620m of ascent with Bowfell.

  • Day 5 Keswick to Caldbeck

    Taking one last look over the rooftops of Keswick, today you leave the Lake District behind looking forward to Glenderaterra a splendid valley dividing Skiddaw and Blencathra.  The route will take you alongside the infant River Caldew to the summit of the official Cumbria Way at High Pike, where a 360-degree panorama includes Skiddaw, Blencathra, the pale hills of Dumfries and Galloway beyond the Solway Firth and the North Pennines. A grassy ridge eases you down to the friendly village of Caldbeck where you will spend your last night.

    14.5 miles (23km) and 900m of ascent.

    Mountain Route – 16 miles (25km) and 1506m of ascent

  • Day 6 Caldbeck to Carlisle

    Your final day, as you say goodbye to the Cumbrian Fells and head for the city.  Leaving Caldbeck, you cross the nearby beck and into the woods of Parson’s Park, as you climb through the woods take in the fine views across the pretty landscapes of Caldbeck.  The route reacquaints itself with the river Caldew, which will lead you for much of the way through pleasant countryside to Carlisle.

    15.5 miles (25km) and 190m of ascent.

    We will always endeavour  to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.


Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason that may be deemed necessary. Any timings are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

Payment Terms

  • Deposit £199 - at point of booking

  • Balance due 10-weeks before departure

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
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