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Cumbria Way Highlights - Self Guided

at a glance

Day 1 Arrive Coniston -
Day 2 Coniston to Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll - 12 miles (19 kilometres)
Day 3 Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll to Rosthwaite - 8 miles (13 kilometres)
Day 4 Rosthwaite to Keswick - 10 miles (16 kilometres)
  • Grade: Grade 2

Standard Package Includes:

  • Total Distance - 30 miles (48 kilometres)
  • Holiday start date between 1st April and 30th September
  • Cicerone guidebook 
  • Harveys waterproof map
  • 3 Nights B&B En-Suite Room Basis
  • Price based on 2 people sharing a room
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfer at the end of your holiday to your car, if required
  • Emergency Telephone Support
  • Holiday Information Pack

Holiday Options

  • Solo walker supplement - £240 (price includes single room supplement) please call to book
  • Single room supplement - £150
  • Transfer from Windermere train station to Coniston - £45
  • Additional Night Keswick - £130 Room Rate
  • GPS rental - £60

The Cumbria Way - Highlights - Self Guided 

The Cumbria Way runs for 77 miles starting in Ulverston, running through the Lake District before ending in Carlisle city centre.

You will find this a primarily low-level walk but does contain some high-level exposed sections.

For this highlight’s walk you take in the best section of the Cumbria Way, you will start from Coniston, located on the banks of Coniston Water and finish in the market town of Keswick.

The layout of this holiday gives you plenty of time to take in the sights on route.

Your accommodation will be in well-appointed bed and breakfasts, inns and small family run hotels. Breakfasts are provided and evening meals can be taken in restaurants or pubs close to the accommodation. We book all your accommodation, take you to the start point, transfer your luggage and then provide you with maps and an itinerary for you to do the trails self-guided.

What better way to complete the Cumbria Way than by walking the trail at your own pace with this self-guided trip.


Day 1 - Arrive Coniston
Day 2 – Coniston to Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll – 12 miles (19 km)
Day 3 – Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll to Rosthwaite – 8 miles (13 km)
Day 4 – Rosthwaite to Keswick – 10 miles (16 km)


Unfortunately, this is not a dog friendly holiday. 

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Day 1 Arrive Coniston -

Arrive into Coniston for your first night’s accommodation. 

If you arrive by train, we can transfer you from Windermere train station (see supplement). Parking is limited. 

Settle into your accommodation and perhaps enjoy a meal out in one of the many restaurants or pubs in the area.

Day 2 Coniston to Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll - 12 miles (19 kilometres)

After a hearty breakfast, you will be ready for your day's walking. 

A steady climb alongside Yewdale Beck and up through Tarn Hows Wood, with a photo opportunity looking back at Coniston Water, before a pretty descent to the quaint Tarn Hows. Circumventing Black Fell and passing through Skelwith Bridge, en route to the splendid hamlet of Elterwater, taking its name from the nearby lake, is an ideal place for lunch and a chance to sample the delights of the Café.

An afternoon of easy walking via Chapel Stile and along Great Langdale Beck, will bring you to Great Langdale and The Old Dungeon Ghyll.

You will be able to relax, have an evening meal and then rest at your accommodation.

Day 3 Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll to Rosthwaite - 8 miles (13 kilometres)

After saying your farewells to your hosts, you will have a gentle stroll along the foot of The Langdale Pikes, before a steep climb up Stake Pass, where you will be rewarded with a magnificent view when reaching the summit of the valley below. The descent of Stake Beck is good underfoot, walking on a neat light gravel track.

The remainder of today’s walk is adjacent to Langstrath Beck, meandering through the valley between Rosthwaite Fell and Sergeant’s Crag. On reaching the base of High Crag, it is a walk along Stonethwaite Beck to your overnight accommodation, where the afternoon scones are highly recommended.

Day 4 Rosthwaite to Keswick - 10 miles (16 kilometres)

A pleasurable walk through the valley that divides Castle Crag and Grange Fell, adjacent to the River Derwent, leads to the hamlet of Grange.

From Grange, it’s a short walk to Derwentwater and an easy, picturesque stroll through the woods that skirt the water’s edge. About 7.5 miles along the walk, you will come across Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden, where Beatrix Potter stayed on several occasions, that may tempt you for lunch. As Oscar Wilde once said “The only thing I can’t resist is temptation”; we recommend you don’t either.

At the end of the days walking if you have arrived by car we can run you back to Coniston to pick your car up, or you can add an extra night's stay and return the following day.



(A) Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
(B) Route map, guidebook, and trip notes specific to your trip, including
emergency contact numbers.
(C) Luggage transfers between accommodation.
(D) Transfer from Keswick to Coniston.
(E) Emergency back-up service from Shepherds Walks Holidays mobile telephone number.




(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers.
(B) Car parking costs for the duration of your trip.
(C) Personal clothing and equipment.
(D) Insurance
(E) Lunch and Evening meals.
(F) Single room option (if required, see single supplement)




The Shepherds Walks Representative will:

A) Be available should you have any problems during your trip
B) Arrange the transportation of your luggage.
C) Provide transfers as necessary to your car / station if specified in your booking or itinerary.

We are here to offer you the best holiday you could ever imagine and we aim to do this through the personal service that we offer.

Make your holiday run smoothly – We are here for you. Our sole objective is for us to help you. We are here at any stage of your holiday and even in the planning stages. We tailor things to your requirements, not those of the masses.

We don’t cut corners - We want to see you again and want you to speak highly of Shepherds Walks Holidays. This is why we are literally willing to go that extra mile. The information you receive at every stage will be clear and leave you asking no questions.

We have personally walked all the trips we offer - We know exactly what you are going to embark on and can advise you on any aspects of your holiday over and well above what many of our competitors can.

Press choose to walk with us – Shepherds Walks Holidays are asked to deliver a very high percentage of the trips for journalists in the region. When the Tourist Boards are approached by a journalist wanting to visit the area who do they ask to provide their holiday or take them out walking? Shepherds Walks.

We have had press trips on all our routes and the articles speak for themselves.

Protected Holiday - All our holidays are protected through the operation of a Trust Account.

We are close at hand if you need us – We are a local business and if you need us at any time during your holiday just ask. If you are on a self guided trip we often will catch up with you, even over a drink one evening, just to make sure everything is going well. It’s better to iron out any little problems during your holiday, rather than hearing about them when you are back at home.

We enjoy great relationships with your accommodation providers and they will help us to help you

As we are literally on the doorstep we know the best places to stay. Often we will have block booked the best accommodation the previous year. We want our customers to stay in the best possible accommodation. As we know the proprietors personally and we liaise with them regularly they will go that extra mile to help us to help you whilst out on your route.

That is why Shepherds Walks has won awards and has helped people relax and totally enjoy their visit to this wonderful part of the country. We are willing to go that extra mile!

On the Cumbria and Dales Way do I get a guidebook and map included.

Yes, on the Cumbria and Dales Way you will receive a guidebook as well as a map.

Will I be able to get Wi-Fi in the accommodations.

Wi-Fi can be limited in the accomodations along the Dales Way.

Will I be able to use my mobile phone.

Along the Dales Way you will find that there is a poor mobile phone signal for the first 2/3 of the trail.

You will be able to check your reception through your service provider's website. The sites will ask for a postcode or town – if you are unsure you could use one of the National Park Centre's postcodes.

Once I have booked when will I receive the final holiday info?

You will receive all your final walk info by email approximately four weeks prior to departure, giving you plenty of time to go through all of the information before your departure.

We don't release any information earlier than this just in case there are last minute changes to accommodation reservations, transfer arrangements. 

Once we receive your full payment and 4 weeks prior to your holiday departure date, we will e-mail you all of your holiday details in your holiday pack. This has details of where you will be staying, your transfer details, places to eat, shops, cafes and restaurants en-route. Plus information on public transport services and taxis along your chosen route and places of interest you could visit too. 

A hard copy of your holiday pack will be posted to you a few days later, including your map and luggage labels, so no need to print anything out.

Anything you are not sure about, we are only a phone call or email away! 

What type of accommodation will we be staying in - self guided trip

The accommodation on the tours are in Inns, family-run hotels, and Bed and Breakfasts. We endeavour to provide en-suite accommodation.

What dates of the year can I book my holiday on?

Our holiday season runs from 1st April until the last day of September. You can book your holiday to start anytime during those dates. 

Holidays outside of those times are not possible as most accommodation providers will close during the winter months and the luggage transfer companies do not operate out of season.

Certain holidays, we may be able to accommodate out of season. Please contact us if you require an out of season holiday and we can help you with your request - 01669 621 044.

What is the difference between a single supplement and a solo supplement?

The single supplement is only for those who require a single bedded room on a trip with other passengers in a group. This is because they are paying for a basic room rate. 
Our solo walker supplement is for the traveller who wants to travel alone and is to be added to the cost per person for each holiday. 

Sadly now all costs are based on 2 people sharing and so the solo walker has to burden this cost for both transfers and room rates. As this cost can be quite expensive, it may be worth looking to see if we offer a guided holiday, you could then opt for a single room, just paying the single supplement, making it a much cheaper option. 


So, the rule is: 

If you are travelling with other people and require your own bedroom, then select the single room supplement.

If you are booking your holiday on your own, then select the solo supplement.

70th Birthday Challenge

Tuesday 27th September 2022 Mary Lane

I was looking to do something for my 70th birthday and came across an article in Countryfile magazine about the 70 mile Cumbrian Way Walk.

Shepherds Walk organised it all for me and were very helpful and encouraging, hotels ,transfers and taxis were all excellent.

Walking the Cumbria Way

Tuesday 26th October 2021 Susan Squires

It was helpful to leave a car at Mary’s Mount although parking on the road around there would have been safe too.

We liked Ulverston. It was full of restaurants and cafes which were all busy in the evening.

I would not like to do the walk without a GPS. In many places it isn’t well signed, or there are a multiplicity of paths and field gates.

We are both good walkers but found we were only walking at 2 mph rather than our usual 3 mph as we kept stopping to read the description in the book and check the track on my GPS. We had also assumed that most of the walk would be ok underfoot but we were taken aback by the tree roots alongside Coniston water, and the streams crossing our path at Langstrath.

Cumbra Way Highlights

Monday 27th September 2021 S Durant

Wonderful three days with varied landscape and terrain, including clambering up bucolic fields of sheep to the high fells where we were alone with superb views. The accommodation exceeded our expectations and the company dealt with a small issue regarding taxi times very promptly.

Thursday 4th July 2019 M Price

An excellent walk strenuous in places eg Keswick to Caldbeck. We really appreciated being able to split the Ulverston to Coniston section by staying at Lowick Bridge. All arrangements were very good with friendly comfortable accommodation,totally reliable baggage transfer, very informative pack at the start and a friendly taxi to get us back to the car from Carlisle to Ulverston. Thoroughly recommended.

Excellent walking holiday, all arrangements worked out very well.

Wednesday 3rd July 2019 M Price

Very friendly and personal, excellent literature before the holiday, encouraging pre and post walk contacts; felt that if any help had been needed it would have been prompt and appropriate.

Fantastic 5 days walking across some of the best countryside and views the UK has to offer

Wednesday 4th April 2018 Jonathan Cox

Such an enjoyable walk with some brilliant highlights:•Walking away from Ulverston for at least the first 6 miles and when looking back, still being able to see Sir John Barrow Monument overlooking Morecambe Bay as well as being surrounded in every field by newly born lambs•The walk from Coniston to Skelwith Bridge. Tarn Hows was amazingly still and picturesque and fortunate for us quiet and we set of early•Scrambling up Grainsgill Beck to Lingy hut. This was one of the most challenging parts of the walk but a change from regular tracks•Last day meander along the River Caldew towards Dalston. Once again we were surrounded by lambs and the occasional protective parent!

Great walk

Tuesday 6th December 2016 Andrew Graham

We did this walk early 2016 and really enjoyed it. The route varies so much and you pass through a wonderful part of the country.

Cumbria Way Highlights - Self Guided photo's

I was looking to do something for my 70th birthday and came across an article in Countryfile magazine about the 70 mile Cumbrian Way Walk.

Shepherds Walk organised it all for me and were very helpful and encouraging, hotels ,transfers and taxis were all excellent.

27th Sep 2022 - Mary Lane

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