Cumbria Way

Read what our clients think about this route.

Cumbria Way. September 2021 by Steve from Staffordshire

An excellent experience from beginning to end.

"Although I had originally wanted to do the Wainwright Memorial Walk, I had left it a bit late, so was not surprised when suitable accommodation could not be arranged. The Cumbria Way was my next choice and was very straightforward to book. Wandering Aengus took charge of everything for me. Once paid up, I received all the information by post, including maps and guidebook. I was impressed with the laminated cards, one for each day, detailing everything I might need for that particular night. Communication with Pete and Karen was easy. A last minute change to the first night's accommodation proved to be to my advantage. It was nearer to the railway station and to the start of the walk. All the other hotels and guest houses proved to be of a high standard. My baggage was waiting for me every night. Everything was exactly as one would expect. Despite the awful weather I had a fantastic week. Full marks to Wandering Aengus. I would highly recommend them."

Cumbria Way. July 2018 by Alex from Cambridge

Everything was very efficient.

"We had a great week helped by good weather and walked in shorts and teeshirts the whole week. Although we knew the Lakes it was still a lovely route and we thoroughly enjoyed the Cumbria Way."

Cumbria Way. July 2016 by Sophie & Ruben from Antwerp

"Just a quick note to let you know that Ruben and I were very happy about our trip. We really had a wonderful time! Thank you very much for everything!"

Cumbria Way. April 2016 by Sandra, Nicky and Lesley from Huntingdon

"The information provided from Wandering Aengus was excellent, including the diversionary routes owing to the December floods. Although I realise you have no control over this element – the waymarking on the route was very poor, in some cases incorrect or just missing completely and on arrival in Carlisle there was no marker on the cross on the Market Square to say that you had completed the Cumbrian Way. Thank you once again for a wonderful holiday - we had a really memorable time together with lots of challenges for all! I am sure we will be contacting you again!"

Cumbria Way. 2015 by Doerthe and Anette from Croft, Cheshire

"Excellent – sometimes there was a distinct lack of signs, so the descriptions were very useful, and your little ‘cards' for the accommodation were also great."

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Cumbria Way Map

For the most part, the Cumbria Way follows the low ground through the mountains, linking existing footpaths and rights of way along lake-filled valleys. There are two significant ascents along the Way, the first when you cross the central watershed of the Lake District over Stakes Pass and the second, when crossing the Caldbeck Fells, where the Cumbria Way reaches its highest point on High Pike at 2159 feet. There is an optional low-level alternative avoiding High Pike, or it is possible to take a detour route via Bassenthwaite Lake, which completely avoids the high ground of the Caldbeck Fells.