The Cumbria Way - 8 Days

The Cumbria Way - 8 Days

Trip Highlights

  • The English Lake District
  • Walking from Ulverston to Keswick
  • Views Across Lake Coniston and Derwentwater
  • Langdale and Borrowdale 2 of the Prettiest Lakeland Valleys

Trip Summary

This tour provides an excellent introduction to the charms of English Lakeland, England’s most mountainous area that requires no recommendation. Walking is unquestionably the best way to see this celebrated landscape, hailed over the years by the likes of poets, authors and painters. Wordsworth, Tennyson, Arthur Ramson, Beatrix Potter and Wainwright, have all left their mark! The distances covered each day are fairly short so there is ample time to pause and admire the unsurpassed scenery. The route is very much a classic although it largely avoids upland areas where navigation would become a problem in poor weather.

Suitability

Some long days and steep climbs and descents. Generally however undulating. Mixed weather can be expected. We would not recommend the route for first time walkers.

Itinerary

Travel to start point in Ulverston. This is an historic market town close to the shores of Morecambe Bay. There are attractive cobbled streets with cafes and pubs, whilst murals depict the town's history and that of its famous son John Barrow. Another son was Stan Laurel and you can visit the Laurel and Hardy Museum. Accommodation: Church Walk House is a Grade II listed building and is in the heart of this historic market town.

Meals:  Nil

Leaving Ulverston the way follows gently undulating farmland with views towards Morecambe Bay and the Barrow Memorial. Later there are enticing views of the superb mountains to come. There are frequent stiles and 'kissing gates' along the footpaths. Eventually you divert from the route to find your night stop in the quiet village of Lowick Green or Spark Bridge Accommodation: The Red Lion Inn is a traditional British pub. All rooms are ensuite and have a simple modern feel to them.

Meals:  B

The undulations get bigger as you pass hillside farms and ascend over a pass with views ahead to The Coniston Old Man, Wetherlam and other fells. Descend to Beacon Tarn with an option to ascend a small peak called Beacon Hill for better views. Descend to the shores of Coniston Water and a pleasant walk ensues along the western shores of the lake all the way up to Coniston Village. Once nestled in Coniston you have a full day to explore! You can tackle The Coniston Old Man or take a trip on the lake on the steamer; visit Grisedale forest or simply relax in this pleasant place. This is a classic Lakeland landscape and the setting for 'Swallows and Amazon's' and an inspiration for Beatrix Potter and John Rushkin. Accommodation: Lakeland House is situated in the centre of Coniston0 village. This boutique guesthouse is family run and your hosts will make you more than welcome. Coniston is a superb base for walks and two nights are spent here.

Meals:  B

Leaving Coniston, you head up into the hills and woods passing the exquisite little lake at Tarn Hows and then flirt with the farms around the beautiful Little Langdale Valley, with a visit to a couple of waterfalls. Eventually you will enter the beautiful Langdale Valley via the stunning walk along Elterwater and then walking through the tiny villages of Elterwater and Chapel stile. There is a final quiet sheep track walk along the side of the valley before dropping down to one of the two iconic hotels cosseted by the famous 'Plkes' high above. This is Lake-land scenery at its best. Accommodation: Our family owned hotel nestles beneath the Langdale Pikes and Pavey Ark in 6 acres of mature gardens and pasture. IMPORTANT NOTE for night 5: New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Langdale does not normally accept 1 night bookings on a Friday or Saturday night so please bear this in mind when choosing your start date. It is sometimes possible to book you into Ambleside over a weekend for 1 night but this does involve a bus journey (not included in price).

Meals:  B

Hike to the head of Langdale, along the Mickleden Valley - then over the Stake Pass (1600ft / 480m) between Bow Fell and the Pike of Stickle. In good visibility, you could decide to extend the walk by visiting one or more of the Langdale Pikes from the pass, however this will add at least 2 hours onto the walk. Then it’s down steeply into the remote Langstrath and then Greenup Valleys and onto Borrowdale, first passing Stonethwaite and then Rosthwaite. Accommodation: Tonight you will stay in a number of possible places in either Stonethwaite or Rosthwaite which is a couple of kms further on. A couple of the B&Bs do not have ensuite facilities tonight as they are listed buildings. You can upgrade to a number of hotels, just ask for details at time of booking.

Meals:  B

A walk through the delightful woodlands of Borrowdale, a possible diversion can be made to the village of Grange for coffee before a walk along the shores of the island studded Derwentwater to Keswick, - a lively and attractive market town at the heart of the Lake District. On the way there is time for a sharp climb up to the ever popular Cat Bells (1479ft / 451m) or from Keswick you could visit to the Castlerigg Stone Circle. If you want to climb Skiddaw the mountain that towers over the town, you will need to stay an extra night here. Accommodation: In the market town of Keswick that nestles beneath the giant Skiddaw by the shores of Derwentwater, you will stay at one of a number of comfortable B&Bs and guesthouses around the town. There is a large choice of places to eat.

Meals:  B

Trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation guesthouses and hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available
  • One piece of luggage per person transferred from Inn to Inn, not exceeding 20kg
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (1 pack per room booked)
  • Emergency hotline
  • GPX Files

What's Not Included

  • Lunch, Dinner and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip

Upcoming Travel Dates

Reviews

We found the small book and simple map provided more usable on the trail, but the Sherpa supplied material was a good supplement. Enjoyed the constantly varying scenery.

D. Winchell, New York, USA, 28 Aug 2017

AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:England
Starting Point:Ulverston
Finishing Point:Keswick
Activities:Self-Guided Walking
Grade:moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:WCW
Prices From:GBP£810 Per Person
2020 single supplement:GBP£130  Click for more information
single supplement:GBP£190  Click for more information
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