The Cumbria Way: Crossing the Lake District

The Cumbria Way: Crossing the Lake District

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.


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.


Make your own way to Ulverston a historic market town close to the shores of Morecambe Bay. Ulverston's most visible landmark is Hoad Monument, a concrete structure built in 1850 to commemorate statesman and local resident Sir John Barrow. The monument provides scenic views of the surrounding areas, including Morecambe Bay and parts of the Lake District. Accommodation: Your first night is spent in this Grade II listed building in the heart of Ulverston's Historic market town.

Meals:  Nil

By the shores of Morcambe Bay and through 'Blawith.' Gently undulating farmland with enticing views of the superb mountains to come. There are frequent stiles and 'kissing gates' along the footpaths. Accommodation: The Red Lion Inn is a traditional British pub. All rooms are ensuite and have a simple modern feel to them.

Meals:  B

A pleasant walk along the western shores of Coniston Water. In Coniston from here you can tackle Coniston Old Man or take a variety of scenic walks. You can take a trip on the lake, visit Grisedale forest or simply relax in this pleasant village. This is a classic Lakeland village and the setting for 'Swallows and Amazon's' and an inspiration for Beatrix Potter. Coniston is a superb base for walks and two nights are spent here. Evening meals are available in the many pubs and restaurants nearby. Accommodation: Lakeland House guesthouse is situated in the centre of Coniston village. All rooms are ensuite and there is a guests' lounge with TV.

Meals:  B

Pass the exquisite little lake at Tarn Hows and enter the beautiful Langdale Valley with its tiny hamlets at Elterwater and Chapel stile. This is Lakeland scenery at its best. Accommodation: The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is a 3 star hotel nestled beneath the Langdale Pikes and Pavey Ark in six acres of mature gardens and pasture.

Meals:  B

Hike to the head of Langdale then over the Stake Pass (1600ft) between Bow Fell and the Pike of Stickle. Then it’s down into the remote Langstrath Valley and onto Borrowdale. Accommodation: Stay in a small guesthouse. It is set in a beautiful small hamlet, and offers excellent home cooking. A popular peaceful retreat. There are no ensuite facilities tonight as this is a listed building.

Meals:  B

A walk through the delightful woodlands of Borrowdale, then a walk along the shores of Derwentwater to Keswick. A lively and attractive market town at the heart of the Lake District. There is time for an afternoon visit to the Caldbeck ring. If you want to climb Skiddaw the mountain that towers over the town you will need to stay an extra night here. Accommodation: We use numerous guesthouses in the busy town of Keswick.

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

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


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


Duration:8 Days
Starting Point:Ulverston
Finishing Point:Keswick
Activities:Self-Guided Walking
Grade:moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:WCW
Prices From:GBP£690 Per Person
single supplement:GBP£190  Click for more information
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