Westmorland Way

The Westmorland Way is a 95 mile Long Distance Path (LDP) which begins in the the famous horse-fare town of Appleby in the Pennines and traces a sensational route through the very best of the historic Lake District county of Westmorland. Crossing the high moorland of Shap, the Westmorland Way enters the Lake District National Park and then heads south to follow the shore of Ullswater. The Way passes through Wordsworth's Grasmere and the quintessential Lakeland town of Ambleside, before reaching Kendal and it finishes with a delightful riverside and canal tow path walk to Arnside on Morecambe Bay.

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.

Route Options

This 7-day Westmorland Way itinerary is our recommended option for experienced walkers. It allows you to complete the route within a week of walking, with a longish day of 17 miles at the beginning and end of your journey, and mileages of 9 - 15 miles for the remainder.

Arrive at Appleby and check in.
Day 1 Appleby to Shap 17 miles
Day 2 Shap to Pooley Bridge 14 miles
Day 3 Pooley Bridge to Patterdale 12 miles
Day 4 Patterdale to Grasmere 9 miles
Day 5 Grasmere to Troutbeck 11 miles
Day 6 Troutbeck to Kendal 15 miles
Day 7 Kendal to Arnside 17 miles
Depart Arnside

The 8-day Westmorland Way itinerary splits the section between Appleby and Pooley Bridge into three stages. This will be easier for walkers unaccustomed to (or simply not keen on) long days. It still has one day of 17 miles right at the end but at least this is mostly level walking following the river or canal.

Arrive at Appleby and check in.
Day 1 Appleby to Crosby Ravensworth 11 miles
Day 2 Crosby Ravensworth to Bampton 10 miles
Day 3 Bampton to Pooley Bridge 10 miles
Day 4 Pooley Bridge to Patterdale 12 miles
Day 5 Patterdale to Grasmere 9 miles
Day 6 Grasmere to Troutbeck 11 miles
Day 7 Troutbeck to Kendal 15 miles
Day 8 Kendal to Arnside 17 miles
Depart Arnside

By walking the Westmorland Way over 9 stages you take the sting out of the head and the tail of the walk. The daily mileages are a very comfortable 8 to a maximum 15. This itinerary while still challenging enough will be more suited to first time Long Distance Path walkers or those who like plenty of time to explore and appreciate the views and amenities en route.

Arrive at Appleby and check in.
Day 1 Appleby to Crosby Ravensworth 11 miles
Day 2 Crosby Ravensworth to Bampton 10 miles
Day 3 Bampton to Pooley Bridge 10 miles
Day 4 Pooley Bridge to Patterdale 12 miles
Day 5 Patterdale to Grasmere 9 miles
Day 6 Grasmere to Troutbeck 11 miles
Day 7 Troutbeck to Kendal 15 miles
Day 8 Kendal to Crooklands 8 miles
Day 8 Crooklands to Arnside 9 miles
Depart Arnside

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 be able to prepare a packed lunch for you. Alternatively there are supermarkets or shops in several towns and villages along the route if you want to make up your own lunches. There are also opportunities on several days to purchase snacks or a hot lunch along the way, and we will provide full details of all your options. On all of the evenings you will have a choice of places to eat which on most days will include the option to take a meal at your accommodation (may require booking in advance) or to be transferred by your accommodation provider to the local pub.

APPLEBY: Penrith is on the main London to Glasgow rail link. There are regular buses (Monday to Saturday) from Penrith Railway Station to Appleby taking approximately 40 minutes. Note that there are no Sunday services for this bus. Appleby is also a stop on the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line which runs 7 days a week.

RETURN: From Arnside, there are regular trains to Lancaster which is on the main London - Glasgow rail link

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Pennine Way map
The Westmorland Way mostly follows river valleys, lake shores and even, towards the end, a canal tow path. It is therefore less strenuous than trails such as the Pennine Way or Coast to Coast which aim to keep to the high ground. The one exception is the day from Patterdale to Grasmere when you cross the main watershed between the valleys of the Eastern Lakes and Central Lakeland at Grisedale Hause. Other than this day, it should be possible to complete all the stages of the Westmorland Way in any weather.