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 kilometre)
Day 3 – Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll to Rosthwaite – 8 miles (13 kilometres)
Day 4 – Rosthwaite to Keswick – 10 miles (16 kilometres)
Day : 1 - Arrive Coniston
Arrive into Coniston for your first night’s accommodation. If you arrive by car you can leave your car in Coniston for the duration of the trip.
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 Ghyll12 miles (19 kilometres)
After a hearty breakfast, it will be once more into the beautiful countryside.
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 and have a meal at your accommodation
Day : 3 - Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll to Rosthwaite8 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.
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES
(A) Bed and Breakfast accommodation (twin or double share basis).
(B) Route map, guide book and trip notes specific to your trip, including emergency contact numbers.
(C) Luggage transfers between accommodation.
(E) Transfer from Keswick to Coniston.
(F) 24 hour emergency back-up service.
WHAT THE PRICE EXCLUDES
(A) Any additional transfers not mentioned in the dossiers.
(B) Personal clothing and equipment.
(D) Lunch and Evening meals.
(E) Single room option (if required, see single supplement)
The Shepherds Walks Representative will :
B) Provide you with maps, guidebook and talk you through the route over the phone if you request this.
C) Provide you with information relating to events in the area during your time there.
D) Arrange the transportation of your luggage.
E) Be available should you have any problems during your trip
F) Meet you on departure day to provide transfers as necessary to your car 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. A hard copy of your holiday pack will be posted to you the following day, including your map, giving you plenty of time to go through all of the information before your departure. Anything you are not sure about, we are only a phonecall or email away!
I see I get 15% off any purchases at Cotswold Outdoor, how and where can I use this?
Shepherds Walks Holidays have negotiated this special discount for you to use.
Four weeks before your departure, when you receive all your holiday info you will also receive full information about how to get 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor.
This you can use In-store, Online, Click & Collect and Mail Order.
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.