Looking back along the Cumbria Way towards
Derwentwater on day 4 © John Maher
The Cumbria Way is an exhilarating, mainly low level journey through some of the most beautiful & contrasting landscapes that Cumbria has to offer.
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The Cumbria Way route starts in southern Cumbria in the market town of Ulverston and passes though superb pastoral scenery before climbing to Beacon Tarn and then a delightful wooded lakeside walk to Coniston.
Your second day from Coniston ends at Dungeon Ghyll nestling underneath the towering Langdale Pikes but to reach that point you visit the surprisingly man-made beauty spot of Tarn Howes, pass by cascading waterfalls, typical Lakeland villages and woodland walks before the final few miles along Langdale as the majestic Langdale Pikes lure you onwards.
The third day of the Cumbria Way route sees you walking through two secluded valleys complete with stunning rock scenery with a steep climb in between onto Martcrag Moor. You then follow a series of becks and the River Derwent to Derwentwater and your days end at Keswick.
The Cumbria Way route to Caldbeck on your fourth day travels through quiet, heather moorland and the fantastically sited fell top bothy of Lingy Hut. You continue your ascent to the summit of High Pike, the highest point of the Cumbria Way before a gradual descent to Caldbeck and a well earned rest in your Cumbria Way accommodation.
Your fifth and final day on the Cumbria Way is relatively flat and for the most part, passes through pastoral farmland alongside becks and the River Caldew until you reach the village of Dalston. From here a tarmac path leads you unerringly over the last few miles of your Cumbria Way journey to the end of your walk in Carlisle.
A view of the Langdale Pikes on day 2 of
The Cumbria Way © David Harrison