Furness Way

The Furness Way is a 75 mile 'coast to coast' Long Distance Path which begins on Morecambe Bay and travels through the southern Lake District to finish on the Irish Sea coast at the fishing village and former ancient Roman sea port of Ravenglass. Offering a variety of scenery and walking from woodland and riverbank to high fell and wild coast, the route traverses the Furness peninsula. Furness was once part of a 'detached' wedge of Lancashire whose 'point' met those from the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland on Wrynose pass. The three 'wedges' of these counties were amalgamated in 1974 to form Cumbria.

Prices are per person based on twin share and include all accommodation in twin share rooms on bed & breakfast basis, luggage transfer, information pack including map & guidebook and our emergency contact.

Single rooms are available. We only apply a supplement for single accommodation when there is a direct cost to us and we cap this in line with our ‘Fair pricing’ policy. Solo walkers pay a supplement of £10 per walking day, plus any single room supplement which may be required.

Our recommended itinerary for the Furness Way tackles the route over six days which will suit most walkers. We are always happy to provide a quick quote for you if you wish to do the walk over longer or shorter stages and can recommend appropriate stages to suit your requirements.

Arrive at Arnside and check into your accommodation.
Day 1 From Arnside via the Lyth Valley to Crosthwaite 15 miles
Day 2 From Crosthwaite via Witherslack and Hampsfell to Cartmel 13 miles
Day 3 From Cartmel via the Leven Estuary and River Crake to Lowick 12½ miles
Day 4 From Lowick via Coniston Lake to Coniston 11 miles
Day 5 From Coniston via Walna Scar Pass to Boot in Eskdale 13 miles
Day 6 From Boot via Muncaster Fell and Muncaster Castle to Ravenglass 10½ miles
Depart Ravenglass

The price includes:

  • All accommodation in twin/double rooms (with private bathroom where available) in guest houses, inns or hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • A Wandering Aengus information pack containing all necessary maps, a current guide book, laminated locator maps for each night's accommodation, and our own weather-proof 'info cards' with local information - including locations and opening times of restaurants, cafes, ATMs, supermarkets etc.
  • Our emergency contact number

Not included:

  • Lunches and evening meals (we provide full details of your options)
  • Extra costs incurred through using escape routes or abandonment of the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses such as drinks etc.

Our Accommodation:

As keen walkers ourselves we appreciate the importance of the place you put your feet up and rest your head in at the end of each day. We very carefully select our accommodations whether they be a cosy pub, family run guest house, or established town centre hotel. We choose places directly on the route or within easy walking distance of it and if we ever have to transfer you because of limited availability, we will always contact you to discuss this and never just leave you to find out later. We provide comfortable, clean and warm twin or double rooms, with private bathroom wherever available. Single occupancy of rooms is also available for a supplementary cost.

Meals:

Breakfast at your accommodation is included in the holiday price. In most cases your accommodation will serve dinner and will be able to prepare a packed lunch for you. Sometimes this will have to be arranged in advance and we will let you know if this is the case. Alternatively you can use our detailed notes to make your own dining and lunch arrangements using local restaurants, cafes and supermarkets.

ARNSIDE: There are regular trains to Arnside from Lancaster which is on the main London - Glasgow rail link

RETURN from RAVENGLASS: There are trains to Arnside either direct or with a change at Barrow-in-Furness taking 1 hour 30 minutes, or it is a further 20 minutes on the same train to Lancaster for mainline connections.

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Reivers Way Map

The Furness Way can be considered a relatively easy footpath. Although it does get you up on the fells several times during the traverse of the county, these are the gentler hills of Southern Lakeland rather than the rugged mountains of the Central and Northern Lake District. Besides the rolling fells, you will encounter limestone pavement, valley pastures, riverbank and woodland trails. There is some road walking to do but generally the trail keeps away from roads except where you pass through villages. On most days there is the opportunity to visit a pub or cafe along the way. The route does not receive a lot of traffic - less than its merit - so some sections may be overgrown towards the height of summer and it will be necessary to carefully follow your guidebook.