You leave Caldbeck via a lane over the river from the church and
heads towards Parson's Park wood before a short stretch over farmland
and enter woodland again following a lane into Sebergham.
Cross over the bridge and follow a bridleway just over the bridge
on the left towards Sebergham Church where another bridleway directs you past
Sebergham Hall and onto Bell Bridge.
Cross the river and head downstream along a riverside path which
follows the delightful River Caldew through fields and small patches
of woodland all the way to Rose Castle, the former residence
of the Bishops of Carlisle. Navigation along this stretch is easy as
the route never leaves the river and with two bridges to determine
distance traveled you can afford to daydream of the finish.
Shortly after Rose Bridge the route leaves the riverbank and
passes by Lime House School on its way to Bridge End using a bridleway.
A short road section through Dalston and over the White Bridge
brings you out in the centre of Dalston with plenty of options for refreshments. Just before Caldew School a right turn down
a footpath takes you to meet the River Caldew again.
The river is quite often hidden out of by trees and bushes but
you always know its there. You are also followed on this section
by a railway line on your left hand side which keeps you company
until Cummersdale. The route now follows a well graded path which
also doubles as a cycle way for the Hadrian's Wall cycle route and
is easy to follow to Cummersdale where you cross the river over
a footbridge and start the final few miles of you Cumbria Way
journey into Denton Holme and Carlisle.
Slowly but surely the route enters the southern suburbs of Carlisle .Simply keep going forward on the Caldew Cycleway through housing estates and some industrial units and crossing over the River Caldew which will bring you out on Bridge Street. A right turn here takes you under the pedestrian bridge and take another right turn onto Castle Street. Walk up past the Cathedral and upon entering the pedestrianised centre of Carlisle you will find the Market Cross on your left and the end of your Cumbria Way journey.
All that is left for you to do now is sign the route log book located
at the TIC in the Old Town Hall and record for posterity your Cumbria Way walk. Congratulations!