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  • Duration: 5 or 7 nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2 (5 night tour) Level 3 (7 night tour)
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily from April to September
  • Starting Location: Ulverston

Walk the Cumbria Way

Tour Details

This walking holiday follows the Cumbria Way. The Cumbria Way is a way-marked walking trail in the UK which runs north to south through the Lake District National Park. The English Lake District in northwest England is the UK’s most popular National Park. The Cumbria Way is a well-loved walk starting at Ulverston, at the southern edge of the Lake District.

The Cumbria Way route follows North from Ulverston via Langdale, Borrowdale, Derwent Water, Coniston, Keswick and Caldbeck.  Along the walking trail, you will enjoy some of the best scenery in the Lake District until your final destination of Carlisle.  Enjoy the picture-perfect views of the Coniston Fells.

Our Cumbria Way walking holiday is available as a 5 or 7-night self-guided walking tour, which gives you ample time to explore the Cumbria Way by foot. A total distance of 71 miles for the full tour. The route mainly keeps to low laying valleys which make it an excellent introduction to the Lake District, with only a few parts of the walk on higher exposed ground, in particular, the section to Caldbeck.

Here at Hooked on Walking we organise your accommodation, luggage transfers and give you some great walking instructions to follow. The Cumbria Way is a great Inn to Inn walking holiday.

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Price Includes

  • 5 or 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3 & 4 star graded hotels, guest houses, country inns and B&B’s
  • Navigation by Smart Phone App
  • Luggage transfers
  • Private transfers as shown above
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Public Transport - Rosthwaite-Keswick, Keswick-Rosthwaite
  • Lunchs, Dinner and Snacks
  • Travel Insurance
Trip Info

Please Note

Unlike other tour operators we do not just provide a map and a guide book from a bookshop, we have walked this trail and provide detailed photographic instructions which are easy to follow.


3/4 star hotels, guests houses, country inns and bed and breakfast. In peak times we sometimes need to book 2 nights in Ulverston or 2 nights in Coniston instead of 1 night in each location. In this case we would arrange a private transfer either from Coniston to Ulverston on day 2. If you stayed 2 nights in Coniston or a private transfer from Ulverston to Coniston on day 3 if we book 2 nights in Ulverston.


We have graded this tour as a level 2-3 walking holiday.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival to Ulverston

Arrival to Ulverston or Coniston depending on the accommodation availability.

Day 2Ulverston to Coniston 15.7 miles up 497m

This walking stage features the many becks, stiles, farmyards and field paths between Ulverston and Gawthwaite on the southern boundary of Britain’s largest National Park. There are patches of craggy moorland around Beacon Tarn and the rough but distinct paths along the lovely wooded shoreline of Coniston Water. Look out for dragonflies and adders on the Blawith Fells and enjoy wonderful views across Morecombe Bay towards the Three Peaks area in Yorkshire.

Day 3Coniston to Langdale 11.4 miles up 405m

The second day of the Cumbria Way offers marvellous mix of mostly rolling farmland, woodland, fells and becks. The lovely burn running beside the small village of Elterwater marks the entrance to Great Langdale, a large U-shaped glacial valley overlooked by the dramatic rocky summits of the Langdale Pikes, Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle.

Day 4Langdale to Rosthwaite/Borrowdale 8.7 miles up 427m

Today’s route on the Cumbria Way gives you a real taste of Lakeland’s rugged and scenic splendour, and the walking is consequently harder for a time. Secluded Mickleden and Langstrath valleys sandwich this stage’s highest point at the top of Stake Pass (about 480 metres). Under the bluff of Eagle Crag, the rough and sometimes wet paths by Langstrath and Stonethwaite Becks converge. The trail follows the crystal-clear waters of the river Derwent as it meanders through lovely Borrowdale before you take the public bus to Keswick.

Day 5Rosthwaite/Borrowdale to Keswick 7.9 miles up 144m

First, you travel by bus back to Rosthwaite. Today you will continue along the wooded western shore of Derwent Water towards Keswick at its northern end.

Day 6 Keswick to Caldbeck 15 miles up 765m

If you booked the 5-night tour today you can depart from Keswick and continue your journey (we hope you have enjoyed your Cumbria Way walking holiday!). If you booked our 7-night tour, you can continue to Caldbeck.  The distinctive character of this stage is rough windswept moorland that opens out below the bulks of Skiddaw and Blencathra mountains. Between Skiddaw House and Nether Row, there is an alternative low-level route via Whitewater Dash waterfall for poor weather conditions or the less intrepid.

You will admire heather-clad slopes and extensive views across to the distant North Pennines via the infant River Caldew, enjoying an ascent of High Pike – the highest point of your journey at 685 metres.

Day 7Caldbeck to Carlisle 15 miles up 144m

You will walk today through Cumbrian countryside rarely seen by visitors and looks deceptively easy compared to other more upland stages. In between the picturesque village of Caldbeck, Dalston and the bustling city of Carlisle is a generous helping of old bridges, stiles and gates. The trail keeps largely to woodland and farmland paths and tracks alongside the winding course of the River Caldew.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.


How to get there

By Plane to Manchester Airport. There is a direct train service to Ulverston (2 hours 15 minutes). Carlisle is also on the train line from Manchester to Scotland.  If you stay in Coniston then a short bus trip from Ulverston will get you there.

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