Cumbria Way Self Guided Walking Holiday

Holidays from 5-6 Days Walking, 70 miles, Price from £470 per person



The Cumbria Way was first devised by local Ramblers Association members in the the mid 1970's. The route is a picturesque 70 mile trail through the heart of the Lake District. The South to North trail starts from Ulverston, at the Southern end of Cumbria, bisects the Lake District, and finishes in the historic city of Carlisle.

Walking is unquestionably the best way to see this celebrated landscape and unsurpassed scenery. There are a few sections of Lake District high ground that need to be crossed by way of mountain passes but this is a mainly low level route through the valleys.

The terrain on this trail is a diversity of undulating farmland, country lanes and rocky mountain paths. The Cumbria Way is an official national trail, but it is not fully way marked, therefore map and compass reading skills are essential.

The Cumbria Way leads through farmland, past the peaceful waters of Coniston and into the rugged but scenic Langdale valley. The trail then rises through Stake Pass for wonderful mountain views, and into Borrowdale, which like Langdale lays claim to the title of the Lake Districts prettiest valley. Onto the charming market town of Keswick at the Northern end of Derwent water then a day in the hills as the trail rises again to round Skiddaw before descending to Caldbeck. From here riverside paths through farmland leads to the historic border city of Carlisle.

Typically you travel to Ulverston and overnight ready to start your walk the following morning. Each night on the trail you stay in a different location in prebooked selected accommodation, with breakfast provided. Your luggage is collected daily and moved to your next accommodation. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the route either before you start your holiday or while you are walking the trail.

Book with Northwestwalks and you can be confident of a personal, professional and well organised service. You can be assured we select quality walker friendly accommodation and provide a reliable daily luggage transfer service, plus a holiday pack which includes route information, accommodation details, route map, guidebook and the reassurance we can always be contacted should you need assistance.


Cumbria Way Itineraries and Prices

Our self guided holidays are booked on an individual basis and therefore you can start your holiday on any date of your choice between April and October, and include rest days if required.
To book your holiday choose an itinerary that meets your requirements, then click Book Your Holiday

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6 Nights/5 Days Walking
Cumbria Way from Ulverston to Carlisle

self guided walking holiday

  • 6 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • 5 days walking

  • Cumbria Way route map

  • Total distance 70 miles

  • Average daily distance 14 miles

  • Shortest day 11 miles

  • Longest day 16 miles

  • Price £470/person
    (single supplement* £120/person)

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7 Nights/6 Days Walking
Cumbria Way from Ulverston to Carlisle

self guided walking holiday

  • 7 nights accommodation including breakfast

  • Baggage transfer along the route

  • 6 days walking

  • Cumbria Way route map

  • Total distance 70 miles

  • Average daily distance 11.5 miles

  • Shortest day 8 miles

  • Longest day 15 miles

  • Price £540/person
    (single supplement* £140/person)

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*Single supplement - There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £20 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

If you want to follow an itinerary that is not listed please contact us on 01257 424889 or email nww@northwestwalks.co.uk

Extra nights/rest days can be added to your itinerary. Price from £50 per person per night.

Holiday Information

Tour Availability
This tour is available throughout the year.

Holidays include

  • Carefully selected walker friendly accommodation

  • Breakfast each day.

  • Luggage transfer between overnight accommodation.

  • Detailed instructions to find your accommodation.

  • Guidebook and route map for the group Leader.

  • Emergency contact.

Grade of walk

Generally this is a moderate route though strenuous walking is encountered when crossing the mountain passes at Stake Pass and Skiddaw.

Tailor made tours
Below are suggested itineraries however we can also put together a tour to meet your specific requirements. Therefore you can add or reduce the number of days you are on holiday or add rest days. Let us know your requirements and we will confirm an itinerary and price.

Start of tour
Ulverston, Cumbria

End of tour
Carlisle, Cumbria

Accommodation
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. We try to book rooms with ensuite or private facilities every night, however in a few villages ensuite accommodation is limited and we may have to book rooms with shared facilities for one or two nights of your holiday.

Single occupancy supplement
There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £20 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

Meals
Breakfast is included. Packed lunches can be purchased from your overnight accommodation or from local convenience stores. Evening meals can be purchased in pubs and overnight accommodation when a pub is not available.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the walk your luggage is transferred between overnight accommodation by luggage transfer service, so all you need to carry is a day rucksack and its contents.

Guidebook and Map
A guidebook and route map are included.

Travel


By train
Train timetables can be viewed and tickets purchased online at www.thetrainline.com
Reduced price ĎAdvanced ticketsí are sometimes available and can be purchased from approx 12 weeks prior to departure.
To Ulverston The train station in Ulverston is located close to the town centre
From Carlisle The train station in Carlisle is in the city centre

By bus Bus timetables are available to view online at www.traveline.org.uk

By car Limited non-secure parking is available in Ulverston. Please contact us if further information is required.

By Air The most convenient major International airport with rail links is Manchester Airport.


Equipment List


Please remember to
1. Keep the weight of your day pack and walking/hiking equipment to a comfortable weight for you to carry

2. Keep your suitcase/luggage under the maximum transfer weight (Maximum: 20kg (44lbs)).

The following checklist is an aid to help you with your packing
Required
Walking/Hiking boots (worn in before your holiday)
Technical walking socks e.g. liner and thick outer socks
Trekking trousers (not jeans/denim)
Waterproof over trousers
Baselayer T-shirts and/or casual shirts
Fleece or warm jumper
Waterproof jacket
Spare warm layer (to carry in your rucksack)
Warm gloves
Warm hat
Sunhat
Rucksack (25 to 35 litres) and waterproof cover
Rucksack liner e.g. large plastic bag
Water bottles 1 litre (x2)
Basic First Aid Kit and personal medication
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Torch / flashlight
Whistle

Optional
Spare Laces
Gaiters
Shorts
Thermos flask for hot drinks
Antibacterial hand wash/wipes
Camera, film, batteries
Trekking poles
Sunglasses

Dossier

The Cumbria Way was first devised by local Ramblers Association members in the the mid 1970's. The route is a picturesque 70 mile trail through the heart of the Lake District. The South to North trail starts from Ulverston, at the Southern end of Cumbria, bisects the Lake District, and finishes in the historic city of Carlisle.

Walking is unquestionably the best way to see this celebrated landscape and unsurpassed scenery. There are a few sections of Lake District high ground that need to be crossed by way of mountain passes but this is a mainly low level route through the valleys.

The terrain on this trail is a diversity of undulating farmland, country lanes and rocky mountain paths. The Cumbria Way is an official national trail, but it is not fully way marked, therefore map and compass reading skills are essential.

Start of route
Ulverston, Cumbria

End of route
Carlisle, Cumbria

Grade

Generally this is a moderate route though strenuous walking is encountered when crossing the mountain passes at Stake Pass and Skiddaw.

Terrain
The terrain varies from footpaths, farmland, country lanes and rocky paths in the mountain passes.

Waymarking
The route is not fully waymarked but it is generally easy to follow with the aid of a route map and compass.

Guide books and maps
A guidebook and map are included. Additional guide books and maps are available for the route.

Luggage transfer
For the duration of the holiday your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation by a luggage transfer agent. Luggage allowance is 1 bag/person weighing not more than 20kg (44lbs).

Accommodation description
Accommodation is provided in carefully selected walker friendly B&Bs, Guest Houses, small Hotels and Inns. We try to book rooms with ensuite or private facilities every night, however in a few villages ensuite accommodation is limited and we may have to book rooms with shared facilities for one or two nights of your holiday.

Single occupancy supplement
There are very few single rooms along the route and therefore the accommodation owners generally allocate a double or twin room for single occupancy. We can accommodate one single occupancy per booking for the average supplement of £20 per night. If you require additional single occupancy rooms, they will be charged at the extra cost incurred. This can be up to full double/twin room rate.

Meals
A full English breakfast is included in the cost of your holiday and is served at your accommodation. Packed lunches (average cost £5) are available to buy from your accommodation or local shop, and evening meals (average cost £12) are generally available from local pubs or your accommodation.

Weather
The weather in Northeren England is unpredictable. You should be prepared for all possibilities as weather can change quickly. Weather statistics are available from the Met Office at www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/

Clothing
Good outdoor clothing and waterproofs are essential.

Footwear
Comfortable walking boots which provide good grip on multiple terrain and ankle support are recommended.

Equipment
A suggested equipment list will be sent to you.

Travel
For information on travelling to and from the route please click the travel tab at the top of this page.

Customer reviews

Just wanted, rather belatedly, to thank you for the organisation on the Cumbria Way trip at the beginning of August. Everything worked out really well and the accommodation was excellent. Thank you
Karen, UK, Cumbria Way Self-Guided, 2012


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