6 to 7 nights
74 mls (km)
Northern England
Mar to Oct

Walking Holidays in the Lake District

  • Beautiful lake shores of Derwentwater and Conistonwater
  • Dramatic Cumbrian valleys, Langdale and Borrowdale
  • Across picturesque Tarn Hows in the wooded hills between Coniston and Langdale
  • Stay in charming towns like Caldbeck or Keswick - a historic market town in a spectacular mountain setting
  • Walking alongside the cavernous lakes of Coniston and Derwent Water
  • Spectacular mountain scenery, with Skiddaw and Blencathra visible along your route

Cumbria Way Walking Route

Many walking holidays in the Lake District are quite strenuous, being England’s most mountainous area. However, The Cumbria Way is a trail with a near perfect balance of terrain and scenery.

The Cumbria Way is predominantly a low-level long distance footpath, which follows a line through lovely steep sided valleys through the heart of the Lake District National Park. It links the historic Cumbrian towns of Ulverston, on the shores of Morecambe Bay and Cumbrian coast and Carlisle, near the border with Scotland.

Each day, the diverse landscape reveals another facet of its appeal, which will have you reaching for your camera. From days spent walking in the lowlands, through to pastoral Cumbrian farmland, the heather-covered Cumbrian fells reveal stunning panoramas offering beautiful views of the landscape. Along your journey you pass through wonderful Lakeland towns, with good food, distinctive character and a high standard of accommodation-coupled with a warm Cumbrian reception on arrival.

Lake District Walks with Celtic Trails

For more information or advice on walking holidays in the Lake District, please call our walk team who will be delighted to help you with your Cumbrian holidays.

We have over 20 years of experience providing tailored, high quality itineraries for walkers who appreciate personal service, comfort and organisation.

Cumbria Way walking map
Our Cumbria Walking Holidays take you on a linear walk from Ulverston to Carlisle

Path Walkthrough

The Cumbria Way offers walkers a chance to experience the beauty of the Lake District, albeit over low-lying terrain that's easier to navigate than traditional fell walking routes. This is an ideal route to get the most of walking the Lake District National Park, without the risk of over-exertion and travelling from Ulverston to Carlisle, you have the prevailing south-west wind at you back, making progress a bit easier.

There are a few steep inclines that you would probably wish to avoid in winter (between Old Dungeon Ghyll and Keswick or between Keswick and Caldbeck - as an example). The route bypasses a lot of farmland and field and although the route is well waymarked, you wouldn't rely on these completely, but walkers are also advised to refer to our route notes as diversions and reconstructions of the path are a likelihood.

Our Cumbria Way Itineraries

  • Ulverston to Carlisle
    Distance: 74 miles (119km)
    6 Nights, 5 Days
    from £555 pp
    CUM1 ~ Ulverston to Carlisle ~ 6 / 5 classic
    Day 1:Arrive Ulverston
    Day 2:Ulverston to Coniston15.7 miles/25.1km
    Day 3:Coniston to Great Langdale11.6 miles/18.7km
    Day 4:Great Langdale to Keswick15.5 miles/24.8km
    Day 5:Keswick to Caldbeck15 miles/24km
    Day 6:Caldbeck to Carlisle15.5 miles/25km
    Day 7:Depart Carlisle

    What's Included:
    5 walking days
    6 breakfasts
    7 Nights, 6 Days
    from £640 pp
    CUM2 ~ Ulverston to Carlisle ~ 7 / 6 classic
    Day 1:Arrive Ulverston
    Day 2:Ulverston to Coniston15.7 miles/25.1km
    Day 3:Coniston to Great Langdale11.6 miles/18.7km
    Day 4:Great Langdale to Rosthwaite7.3 miles/11.8km
    Day 5:Rosthwaite to Keswick8.2 miles/13.2km
    Day 6:Keswick to Caldbeck15 miles/24km
    Day 7:Caldbeck to Carlisle15.5 miles/25km
    Day 8:Depart Carlisle

    What's Included:
    6 walking days
    7 breakfasts

    *If you don’t wish to complete the Cumbria Way to the official finish in Carlisle you may prefer to catch the regular train from Dalston into Carlisle (at own cost/arrangement). Other walkers have occasionally commented that they have found this last section to be the least interesting section of the walk. This will omit approximately 5 miles from your final walking day.

    Please note we are not able to book a 1 night stay in Great Langdale on Saturday nights. You may wish to consider taking rest day in Great Langdale.

    Please note that it is difficult to book a 1 night stay in Keswick, particularly on a Friday or Saturday night. You may wish to consider taking rest day in Keswick.

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite or private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers (one bag per walker, max 18kg per bag)
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary
    • Route planning
    • Walk Pack including Trail Guide, itinerary, accommodation directions, local interest leaflets and holiday planning

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

    Our Cumbria Way holidays are available to walk March to October.

    There are a few tricky sections along the Cumbria Way, but none that could be considered dangerous in bad weather. However, we do recommend travelling between March and October, as winter conditions will make progress a lot harder in places like Langdale and Skiddaw.

    Trains to Ulverston generally leave from Lancaster. The rate of transport running from the city is fairly frequent, with reduced service in the evenings and Sunday.

    There are hourly trains to London and Glasgow from Carlisle.

    For more information, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

    Looking for different mileages or different number of nights? Please contact us to discuss how our itineraries can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us to learn more.

    Cumbria Way Client Reviews

    5/5 based on 9 reviews
    I had a very good initial talk with Penny, who organised all our special requests. The walk was invigorating; our levels of endurance (walking) increased. I was able to adapt my treatment for diabetes well. All very rewarding. A daily gratifying feeling of achievement, having reached the next destination. The excellent accommodation was an additional plus.
    - August 2019
    Love the Lake District; attractive rural walking on defined tracks. Should have taken the option to have a lay day in say Keswick to explore the local area.
    - May 2019
    All luggage and personal transfers were carried out as arranged. Impressive scenery.
    - July 2018
    Love you!
    - June 2018
    Excellent in comparison with other companies.
    - June 2018
    "Excellent walk, well planned, very good map & trail book & finally, excellent variety of accommodation. We met many other walkers, some 'doing their own arrangements' and we were delighted that you took all that worry off our tired shoulders. Well done Celtic Trails. R & L Kley (over 70 & first-time long-distance walkers)."
    - May 2018
    We have walked with other companies before, but if you offer a walk we want to do, we would choose you.
    - May 2018
    "Service was fantastic - never a problem."
    - October 2017
    "The gold standard for hospitality – an offer of a pot of tea, and cake too on arrival! Thank you, Penny, for making it possible for us to enjoy this adventure. We loved every minute!"
    - June 2016
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