Walking Holidays in the Lake District

The Lake District is the latest of a select few British areas to be named a UNESCO world heritage site.
What better way to experience this amazing landscape than with a dedicated route that allows you to get up close and take in your surroundings one step at a time.

Highlights
  • 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
  • 6 to 7 nights
  • 73 mls (view km)
  • Ulverston, Northern England
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £520

Cumbria Way Walking Route

Alongside Derwentwater on Cumbria WayMany 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.

Path Walkthrough

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

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. 

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Our Cumbria Way Walking Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Ulverston to Carlisle

Length: 74 miles/ 119 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Code
Duration
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CUM1
6 Nights / 5 Days
£540 pp

Ulverston to Carlisle

6 Nights / 5 Days
Holiday Code: CUM1
From: £540 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £25 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
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

Itinerary Information: 6 nights accommodation with 5 walking days. Arrive in Ulverston on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Carlisle on morning of day 7.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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CUM2
7 Nights / 6 Days
£595 pp

Ulverston to Carlisle

7 Nights / 6 Days
Holiday Code: CUM2
From: £595 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £25 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
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

Itinerary Information: 7 nights accommodation with 6 walking days. Arrive in Ulverston on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Carlisle on morning of day 8.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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*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.

*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.

  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • 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
  • Price Info.

    Solo walker supplement: £35 per night

    Single occupancy supplement within a group: £25 per night. Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack, single room occupancy supplements apply.

    Rest days: From £50 per person per night.

    Postage overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Please note: that it is difficult to book 1 night stays in Keswick, particularly for a Friday or Saturday night. We would recommend that you choose your holiday dates with this in mind, or consider a rest day in Keswick.

  • Getting There

    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

  • Best Time to Travel

    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.

    Average rain in Lake District                                                      Average Sun hours on walking the Cumbria Way                                                     Average Highs and Lows while walking through the Lake District

Client Reviews of Our Cumbria Way Walking Holiday

Our past clients rated this walk 5 out of 5; read a selection of 9 reviews below.

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.

5 out of 5

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.

5 out of 5

May 2019

All luggage and personal transfers were carried out as arranged. Impressive scenery.

5 out of 5

July 2018

Love you!

5 out of 5

June 2018

Excellent in comparison with other companies.

5 out of 5

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)."

5 out of 5

May 2018

We have walked with other companies before, but if you offer a walk we want to do, we would choose you.

5 out of 5

May 2018

"Service was fantastic - never a problem."

4.9 out of 5

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!"

5 out of 5

June 2016

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