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Cumbria Way / Lake District (various options)

€1150 per person
Below only the classic tour version is given as itinerary and price. Get in touch with us to check for shorter/longer programs.

Enjoy this 8-day long self-guided walking tour along one of the true natural gems in England’s crown – Cumbria Way. An epic 112km long hiking trail, linking the two historic Cumbrian towns of Ulverston and Carlisle, and crossing the heart of the famous the Lake District National Park. Walk from the Atlantic Coast on to the market town of Keswick and further to Carlisle (a cathedral city in the ceremonial county of Cumbria) and contemplate the amazing scenery and countryside along the way. You will explore breathtaking mountain passes, peaceful valleys and serene lakes. This enchanting hiking itinerary combines a fine selection of the route’s highlights. Savor the lovely local hospitality, cuisine and unique atmosphere.

*We offer various options of self-guided walks along the Cumbria Way (and within the Lake District in general), so check details with us in case you are short of time or wish to make a longer (and even easier) tour in the area.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 (7-11) Days I Level: 3/4 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Hand picked B&B, guesthouse and small hotel accommodation incl. breakfast; Luggage transportation; People transfers to/from the trail when changes in overnight places require that; Detailed roadbook, maps and GPS tracks (1 set per reservation); Emergency phone support
  • What is not included
    Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk; Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks; Ferry crossing; Travel Insurance; Personal equipment; Transport when you need to skip a stage.
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September
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Day 1: Arrive in Ulverston
Your independent hiking tour starts at Ulverston - traditional market town in the Furness Peninsula, South Cumbria. Ulverston has a remarkably unspoilt town center, which is really worth exploring.
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Day 2: Ulverston to Coniston (25km; 6,30-7,30hrs; +670m/-670m; option to reduce half of the mileage using local bus)
Your first walking day starts from Ulverston itself, located at the southern edge of the Lake District National Park. It then heads north, passing through rolling farmland, before reaching the open bracken-covered moorland and foothills around Blawith. It then descends to the lakeshore of Coniston Water (one of England's largest lakes) which it follows to the village of Coniston. Coniston is especially popular with walkers and outdoor enthusiasts primarily because of its position – at the foot of one of Cumbria's most popular fells, the Old Man of Coniston.
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Day 3: Coniston to Great Langdale (19km; 5,30-6hrs; +500m/-460m)
The route continues along green lanes and wooded paths to Tarn Hows, one of the celebrated features of the Lakes. More woods and moorland lead to the Lakeland village of Elterwater, before the path enters the Langdale Valley. Located to the south of Grasmere and to the west of Lake Windermere, Elterwater boasts fantastic views. Overshadowed by the dramatic high crags of the Langdale Pikes and Bowfell, this is perhaps the most famous place in the Lakes. Overnight in Great Langdale.
* Please note that it is often difficult to book just a 1 night stay in Great Langdale on Saturday night. You may wish to consider taking rest day in Great Langdale (check details with us).
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Day 4: Great Langdale to Rosthwaite (12km; 4hrs; +510m/-530m)
A steep climb up Stakes Pass at the head of Langdale leads down to the long and remote valley of Langstrath, punctuated through its length by deep pools and waterfalls before you enter Rosthwaite in the Borrowdale Valley. The Langstrath Valley is a real hidden gem and houses one of the favourite low-level   hiking trails in the Lake District. Located between the river Derwent and Stonethwaite Beck, Rosthwaite is ringed with mountains, making it an ideal base for a walking holiday with the fells literally on the doorstep.
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Day 5: Rosthwaite to Keswick (14km; 4-4,30hrs; +310m/-310m)
The route continues through the densely wooded Borrowdale Valley (considered as one of the most idyllic places on Earth), before passing over the slopes of Cat Bells (spectacular views of Derwent Water lake), and on to Keswick, a bustling tourist town and the hub of the Northern Lake District. Keswick has been a market town for over 750 years, and Keswick Market is still well worth a visit today (Saturdays and Thursdays).
* Please note that it is often difficult to book just a 1 night stay in Keswick, particularly on a Friday or Saturday night. You may wish to consider taking rest day in Keswick (check details with us; there is plenty of things to see and do in Keswick, both indoors and outdoors).
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Day 6: Keswick to Caldbeck (24km; 6,30-7,30hrs; +900m/-820m; option to reduce half of the mileage using local taxi)
Paths meander through rougher, open moorland and mountainsides leading onwards from Keswick and over the slopes of Skiddaw before descending to the village of Caldbeck at the foot of the northern Fells. The Caldbeck and Uldale Fells are an undiscovered part of the Lakes. You can walk for miles without seeing a soul in beautiful scenery. Bliss!
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Day 7: Caldbeck to Carlisle (25km; 6,30-7,30hrs; +220m/-370m; options to reduce half of the mileage using local bus/taxi/train)
The final day is a contrast to all that has gone before - gentler, rolling countryside takes over as the path follows the meandering River Caldew downstream to the historic border city of Carlisle, and the end of the trail. Carlisle is one of the most northerly cities in England to visit. With centuries of history, Roman ruins, a number of museum, markets and even castles, it's the kind of city that's well worth a little gander whilst within the North of England.
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Day 8: Departure day
Get in touch with us if you are looking for a longer or shorter tour options of the Cumbria Way and within the Lake District in general.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
1150 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 380 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 630 Euro (incl. also sgl. room supplement)
Tips
Daily departures between the beginning of April and mid-September. Arrival: By Air - The closest regional airport to Ulverston is Manchester. By Rail/Bus - Ulverston is easily reached by train via Windermere (appr. 3,45hrs from London, 2hr from Manchester (incl. direct trains). Departure from Keswick: By Bus - If you have left your vehicle in Ambleside you may return via the Lakeslink 555 bus from Keswick with a journey time of approximately 50 minutes. There are also bus services to Penrith and Carlisle whereupon there are onward train and bus travel options. You can find information for travelling to and from the Lake District by visiting the Traveline Website (http://www.travelinenortheast.info).
Accommodation
We hand pick the guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure you enjoy every minute of your stay. They offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most of your accommodation will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby pubs or restaurants. Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
* Please note that it is often difficult to book just a 1 night stay in Great Langdale on Saturday night. You may wish to consider taking rest day in Great Langdale (check details with us).
** Please note that it is often difficult to book just a 1 night stay in Keswick, particularly on a Friday or Saturday night. You may wish to consider taking rest day in Keswick (check details with us; there is plenty of things to see and do in Keswick, both indoors and outdoors)

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