Cumbrian Way: Crossing the Lake District
This delightful walk will take you through Englandís most rugged and mountainous landscape: the Lake District National Park, celebrated by the poetry of Wordsworth and more recently by the stories of Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome. The trail leads past the peaceful depths of Coniston Water and Derwentwater, two of the prettiest lakes, as well as the incomparable Tarn Hows, set like a jewel in the wooded hills between Coniston and Langdale. The walk starts in the market town of Ulverston, on the shores of Morecambe Bay and gradually ascends first through rolling hills and farms to Coniston, a lovely village on the shores of the lake of the same name dominated by the 2650 feet high Old Man of Coniston. Then itís over the fells past the remains of old copper mines to Langdale, perhaps the prettiest and most dramatic of Lakeland valleys. Our next port of call is Borrowdale which also lays claim to this title. Journeyís end is in the charming market town of Keswick. An excellent spot to maybe linger an extra day and tackle Skiddaw or take an easy walk to the prehistoric Castlerigg Stone Circle.
DAY 1 Arrive Ulverston DAY 2 Walk to Lowick Bridge via Beacon Tarn (5hrs) DAY 3 Walk along the western shores of Coniston Water to Coniston (5hrs) DAY 4 Free day in Coniston with a choice of scenic walks DAY 5 Walk in stunning Lakeland scenery to Langdale (6hrs) DAY 6 To the head of Langdale and over the Stake Pass, then into the remote Langstrath valley and onto Borrowdale (4hrs) DAY 7 Walk along the shores of Derwentwater to Keswick (4hrs) DAY 8 Trip concludes
Daily from 2 Apr to 8 Oct
*7 breakfasts *7 nights in guesthouses and hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities where available *information pack including route notes & maps per room booked *luggage transfer *emergency hotline