Walking Holidays along The Cumbria Way
Lake district Walks
Poet William Wordsworth described the Lake District as “the loveliest spot that man has ever known” and he was probably gazing out from Dove Cottage in Grasmere when he wrote it! Undoubtedly the best way to enjoy Cumbria’s breathtaking natural beauty and refreshingly clear air is at a leisurely pace walking the Cumbria Way. Leave milling crowds and slow-crawling traffic behind and stride out at your own pace on a self-guided walking holiday in the Lake District. You’ll discover untold scenic delights along the Cumbria Way, which runs north-south through this 880 square-mile national park.
The Cumbria Way was devised by the local Ramblers’ Association in the 1970s. The waymarked route was completed by volunteers and national park staff and provides some of the most pleasant Lake District walks in this unspoilt area.
Walking one of the popular routes along the Cumbria Way delivers a succession of visual delights. It connects some of England’s most scenic viewpoints, quintessential English villages, lakes, pastures and fells along moderate, low-level terrain. Whether you choose to trek among spring meadows and summer heather, or enjoy the burnished shades of autumn trees, bracken and berried hedgerows, a Lake District hiking adventure does not come better than this!
Best time of year for Walking the Cumbria Way
The busiest time of year for walking along the Cumbria Way is between June and August, when average daytime highs reach a comfortable 17-19°C. Showers are less frequent, although still ever-present due to the prevailing westerly winds from the Atlantic meeting the Cumbrian hills. However, the shoulder months deliver pleasant conditions for walking in the Lake District with the added advantages of fewer crowds and an abundance of spring flowers or autumnal colour.
Favourite viewpoints along the Cumbria Way
Your first glimpse of Borrowdale will definitely cause you to stop and reach for your camera. This tranquil valley was carved by the River Derwent as it rushes and tumbles through the narrow “Jaws of Borrowdale” towards Derwentwater.
Other high points along the Cumbria Way that we believe are worth to check out include:
- Tarn Hows, between Coniston and Langdale
- Langdale Pikes – a rocky group of peaks including Loft Crag, Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark
- Great Bay, Derwentwater with its marshes and birdlife
- Friars Crag promontory jutting out into Derwentwater
Food and Drink in the Lake District
Kendal Mint Cake is every hiker’s friend! This white slab of peppermint-flavoured candy is recommended as an energy booster for hikers enjoying scenic Lake District walks. You’ll find it at most gift shops and stores in the area.
Herdwick Lamb comes from the hardy sheep you will see grazing the meadows and fells throughout the Lake District.
Other local treats include Sticky Toffee Pudding, first created at the famous Sharrow Bay Hotel on Ullswater (where the Cumbria Way walking holiday starts).
Wash these down with one of the handcrafted beers produced by the Keswick Brewing Co., you’ll find them in most pubs, restaurants and hotels when you stop for refreshments.
Other Reasons for Walking the Cumbria Way
Hiking along the long-distance trail of the Cumbria Way provides a wonderful cross-section of scenic lakes, fells and charming villages. First-time visitors to this stunning national park will find plenty to fall in love with, while birdwatchers and photographers will find thrilling opportunities to indulge in their hobby. This scenic route lends itself to extending with a few extra days in Keswick so that you could climb Mount Skiddaw or for visiting the many attractions in neighbouring Caldbeck.
How to Get to the Lake District and Away
Trains run from London Euston via Preston to Ulverston, where your Lake District hiking tour along the Cumbria Way begins. At your final destination in Keswick, buses and taxis provide transport to Penrith or Carlisle for your onward train journey.
The nearest airport to both the start and finish of our 8-day walking holiday in the Lake District is Manchester International Airport.
The nearest motorway is the M6, Exit 36 for Ulverston; Exit 40 for Keswick.
More information on Walking along the Cumbria Way
The English Lake District allows you to travel back in time and explore rural and unspoilt places in a National Park that comprises most of the county Cumbria. You can read a little more on this in the list of European country walking destinations
. In Langdale, where your accommodation is on day 5 of the walking tour, you will find a 300-year-old pub in a stunning location
and with opportunities to meet lots of other walkers to share stories and a drink.
Our Walking Holidays Along the Cumbria Way