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Trail Facts

Total distance: 73 miles (117 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 15.5 miles (25 km)
Maximum daily distance: 30 miles (48 km)
Code: R-CUMW2

Grade: Challenging
Season: 24th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Ulverston
End of holiday: Carlisle


Day 1: Travel to Ulverston where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Ulverston to Coniston. 15.5 miles (25km)

Day 3: Coniston to Keswick. 28 miles (45km)

Day 4: Keswick to Carlisle. 30 miles (48km)

Day 5: Depart from Carlisle after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.

Extra nights / rest days

As the Cumbria Way passes through the iconic Lake District, it is not surprising that the trail visits many wonderful locations; for those in need of a rest stop or wanting to explore an area more thoroughly, you can add extra days into your holiday to really make the most of your run.

Coniston, for example, has plenty to see and do to keep you entertained on your rest day. You could take a walk to the summit of Coniston Old Man and discover breath-taking views, or even enjoy a boat trip on Coniston Water aboard the elegant Victorian steam yacht 'Gondola'. There is also the pretty village of Hawkshead nearby, which boasts many historical buildings including Hawkshead Courthouse, St. Michael's Church and the old Grammar School where Wordsworth was educated; the desk on which he carved his name can still be seen.

The old market town of Keswick is another good choice for an extra night, particularly if you are looking for a sports shop to refresh your running kit. This bustling little town is the North Lakes? most popular holiday and day trip destination, with plenty of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants to enjoy. There are regular boat trips on Derwentwater and a number of great short trails to discover, including a walk to the mystical Castlerigg Stone Circle or a climb up Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in England.

Many people like to have an extra night?s stay at the end of the trail in Carlisle, the largest city in England with a thriving community and fascinating history. Visit the award winning Tullie House Museum, the 12th century cathedral, the half-timbered guildhall that houses a local history museum and the vast medieval castle, with its ancient chambers, stairways and the dungeons that contain the infamous 'licking stones'. As well as these and all of the usual amenities, Carlisle is a fantastic destination for shopping, dining, getting pampered at a health centre and generally enjoying the achievement of completing your trail run along the Cumbria Way.

What's included?

  • 4 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information


The most convenient international airport is Manchester, Leeds Bradford or Newcastle.


There is a railway station at Ulverston (start of trail) and at Carlisle (end of trail).

From London - There are regular trains from London Euston to Ulverston, usually via a transfer at Preston or Lancaster Station.


For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is by taking a train from Carlisle to Ulverston.

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