Cumbria Way Guided Trail

Langdale Fell: Landscape of Langdale Fell in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England with a native Herdwick sheep …
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 4
from £1,029pp

Our Cumbria Way route is from Carlisle to Ulverston and passes through Dalston, Caldbeck, Keswick, Grange, Elterwater, Coniston and Gawthwaite. It passes through a variety of terrain, from the pastoral beauty of the Caldew Valley and the wildness of the northern fells, to the shorelines of Derwent and Coniston Waters. It is not a high-level route, only once ascending above 2,000 feet, instead it follows the valleys and contours around the higher ground.

Holiday Highlights

  • A grand journey through the heart of the Lake District
  • Walk the length of Cumbria from Carlisle to Ulverston
  • Stay at Derwent Bank and Monk Coniston

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The services of an HF Holidays' walks leader
  • All transport on walking days

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

73 miles with 9-15 miles and up to 2,400 feet of ascent in a day.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.

Our walk starts in the border city of Carlisle. We leave streets and buildings behind as we walk through the pastoral beauty of the Caldew Valley to Sebergham, passing through the village of Dalston and enjoying the riverside views of Rose Castle, the imposing former home of the Bishops of Carlisle.

12½ miles (20km), with 750 feet (220m) of ascent.

From Sebergham we walk along the banks of the River Caldew and through wooded hillsides to the village of Caldbeck, made famous by John Peel whose grave is in the village churchyard. We ascend to the summit of High Pike (2,157 feet), the most northerly of the Lakeland peaks, with fine views to Scotland and the Pennines. We descend below Great Lingy Hill, walking past old mine workings along Grainsgill Beck as we head along the valley to Mosedale.

9½ miles (15.5km), with 2,300 feet (700m) of ascent.

Along the River Caldew valley with Bowscale Fell on our left and Carrock Fell to the right, we continue between Knott and Mungrisdale Common, passing Great Calva to Skiddaw House. We leave the River Caldew, which has its source on the eastern slopes of Skiddaw and continue in high open country between Skiddaw and Blencathra. The path contours Lonscale Fell and along the side of Glenderaterra Valley, passing below Lonscale Crags. Passing Latrigg we descend to Keswick and back to Derwent Bank.

10½ miles (17km), with 1,200 feet (380m) of ascent.

We follow the creeks, inlets and bays of Derwent Water below Cat Bells with superb views across Derwent Water to Skiddaw. The countryside changes to the lush valley scenery of Borrowdale, full of ancient woodland and spectacular rocky crags so typical of the volcanic rock of the central Lakeland fells. From Rosthwaite we follow the river to enter Stonethwaite and Langstrath valley beneath the towering heights of Eagle Crag, Heron Crag and Sergeant’s Crag. We cross Stake Beck and ascend to Stake Pass. Crossing open moorland, we descend into the valley of Mickleden and down below the Langdale Pikes to finish in Great Langdale at New Dungeon Ghyll.

14½ miles (23km), with 2,400 feet (740m) of ascent.

From New Dungeon Ghyll we follow Great Langdale Beck past Elterwater and Skelwith Force waterfall to Skelwith Bridge. The route turns west to Colwith Force waterfall, and meanders through fields, ancient lanes and woodland paths to the beauty spot of Tarn Hows. We continue through pasture and woodland to Coniston and along the western side of Coniston Water to finish at Sunny Bank.

14½ miles (23½km), with 1,650 feet (520m) of ascent.

Crossing Torver Beck at Sunny Bank we follow tracks over rough country to reach Beacon Tarn. Heading towards Gawthwaite we say goodbye to the Lake District National Park. We descend to the village of Broughton Beck and ascend again to Osmotherley parish church which has good views of the Coniston fells. Crossing field paths we climb Bortree Stile for a fine view over Morecambe Bay, and then along the wooded banks of Gillbanks Beck towards the market town of Ulverston and the end of The Cumbria Way.

11½ miles (18.5km), with 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.

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Derwent Bank

Close to Keswick and situated slap bang on the shore of Derwentwater, with the glassy lake on one side and the razor-edged ridges, humpbacked fells and muscular mountains of the Lake District on the other, beautiful Derwent Bank has been entrancing walkers since 1785. Extensive refurbishment and investment have seen this established walkers’ retreat transformed into a beautiful country house hotel perfect for people looking to explore the great outdoors. It’s also perfect for drinking in the views over a glass of something chilled on the terrace. With 41 bedrooms across the main house and garden rooms as well as a rustic ‘pod’ to sleep in, there’s plenty of space, along with a pretty orangery, large lounge and relaxed vibe. The lakeside land encompasses a formal garden, extensive lawns and mature trees. The emphasis is on enjoying the great outdoors and it’s all made super easy with walkers’ facilities from an inspiration point equipped with maps and route ideas to a boot room and drying space – this is the Lakes, after all. With views of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike, the inspiration for adventure is never far away. Venture out from the house to head to the high peaks such as Scafell Pike, Blencathra and Helvellyn or stick to the lower slopes and lakes; Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes, Borrowdale and Buttermere are all within easy reach.


Monk Coniston

Wrapped in manicured gardens with stunning views over Coniston Water, Monk Coniston combines country house grandeur and romantic, gothic-style charm with contemporary touches to great effect among the rugged landscapes of the Lake District. Rocky mountains and grassy fells loom all around this handsome home, once owned by Beatrix Potter, and more latterly turned hikers’ hotel and owned by the National Trust. Fell-flecked scenery unfurls from the windows of the bedrooms in the main house, adjoining cottage and counting house. While the setting remains traditional and the grand entrance recalls a traditional era, the interiors have been swept into the present with bold patterns and comfy fabrics. Beyond the house, trails from the doorstep set off to explore the Lake District. Climb famous summits including Bow Fell, the Langdale Pikes and the Old Man of Coniston. Bag a series of Wainwright summits. Alternatively, slip into the beautiful valleys and stroll picturesque lakeside paths in search of secret corners such as Cathedral Cove in Little Langdale.


Essential Information

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment need to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Waterproof walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast-drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for a hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Your Fitness

Having a solid base of fitness before your holiday will ensure you’ve the best chance of completing the holiday and enjoying it to boot. Here’s a few simple tips to help you get fit and ready for your challenge:

  • Get out walking – whatever the weather, get out there, and start building your fitness months before your holiday
  • Build your distance gradually and get a number of 6-8hr hill days in
  • Ideally, try and do two consecutive days training if possible
  • Take the stairs every time
  • Train on different terrain
  • Train with your day pack and your walking boots too, to ensure they’re well worn in before your holiday
  • Other sports help improve your walking fitness too. The best ones are jogging, cycling, swimming, which will build your stamina, and yoga which will help strengthen your core and improve balance

Time training will help ensure you enjoy your holiday to the max.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

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