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The Cumberland Way

Mari Lydford - Tuesday, November 14, 2017
The Cumberland Way

The Cumberland Way

If you wish to walk in the wonderful Lake District with spectacular views and challenging terrains then the Cumberland Way is the walk for you.

This 62 mile walk meanders across the Lake District from Ravenglass eastwards to Eamont Bridge. Ravenglass is where the Lake District meets the sea, add a little extra time to your itinerary to ride the wonderful Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway – one of the oldest and longest narrow-gauge railways in England.

Just outside Ravenglass you find Munster Castle, it has been home to the Pennington family since 1208, it sits above the Ravenglass estuary and is said to be haunted.

The path heads up to the village of Nether Wasdale at the southern end of Wast Water, England’s deepest lake and onto Wasdale Head at the top of Wast Water, ahead you will see some of the highest peaks in England. You then follow Black Sail Pass to the village of Buttermere sandwiched between Buttermere and Crummock Water, with it’s wonderful combination of lakes and mountains Buttermere is a popular place to visit, maybe book a rest day and explore.

Onto the historic tourist destination of Keswick nestled between the Skiddaw Mountains and Derwent Water, there is plenty to see and do here. Visit the nearby Castlerigg Stone Circles, they have been in position since Neolithic times, the purpose of them is unclear but their setting is spectacular.

You will walk around the foothills of the Helvellyn mountain range to the village of Dockray and onto Aira Force, probably the most famous of all the Lake District water falls, the water drops some 70 feet from below a stone footbridge, the gardens were landscaped in Victorian times and there are spectacular views over Ullswater.

In the final stages of the walk you will follow the Path as it meanders around Gowbarrow Fell with wonderful views over Ullswater, onto Dacre and ultimately to Eamont Bridge where your walk ends. This tiny village is named after the river Eamont and straddles the boundaries of Cumberland and Westmoorland. Eamont Bridge is home to King Arthur’s Round Table; a low circular platform, the purpose of which is unknown but thought to be a meeting place for the prehistoric community possibly for trading or ceremonial use.

The Walking Holiday Company currently offer The Cumberland Way as a six night/ five day self-guided walk with luggage transfer, give us a call today if this is the walk for you.

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