Cumberland Way

A self-guided walking holiday from the Irish Sea to the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park.

6 nights
62 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £550 per person

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About this route

The Cumberland Way is a beautiful, historic walk through the most mountainous territory of Cumbria. Beginning with a gentle stretch through farmland, the trail tapers onto riverside paths and follows the shore of Wastwater. The highest peaks in England crowd around the far end of the valley.

Over the old packhorse track of Black Sail Pass into the lonely upper reaches of Ennerdale, across Scarth Gap to Buttermere, and onward on superb footpaths between imposing fells, the trail emerges onto tranquil riverbank and lakeside paths to Keswick and beyond. It draws to a close at Eamont Bridge, settled at the boundary of the old county of Cumberland.

Cumberland Way map
Ravenglass to Eamont Bridge
62 miles (99 km)
24th March to 31st October

Holiday Highlights

Walking over a variety of landscapes, from the coast at Ravenglass on the Irish Sea, across open fells and over the hills to Eamont Bridge.

Experiencing the wild and imposing route from Wasdale Head to Ennerdale.

Admiring the impressive waterfalls of Aira Force.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CUMDW From Ravenglass to Eamont Bridge 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£550

Cumberland Way 6 nights, 5 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Ravenglass where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Ravenglass to Nether Wasdale. 9.5 miles (15km)

Day 2

Nether Wasdale to Buttermere. 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 3

Buttermere to Keswick. 10 miles (16km)

Day 4

Keswick to Dockray. 13 miles (20.5km)

Day 5

Dockray to Eamont Bridge. 16 miles (26km)


Depart from Eamont Bridge after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£25.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Buttermere)
£70.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 6 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

The lively little market town of Keswick is an ideal choice for a rest day. It has plenty of interesting shops, a couple of award-winning museums and a lovely theatre by the lake. There are boat trips on Derwentwater, or you could walk to the mystical Castlerigg Stone Circle, the fine viewpoint of Friar's Crag or climb Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in England. There are many of good walks from the town and it is possible to explore Borrowdale by taking a boat trip on the lake.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Buttermere)
£70.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 62 miles (99 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 9.5 miles (15 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16 miles (26 km)
Code: CUMDW Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 24th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Ravenglass
End of holiday: Eamont Bridge

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent with your full holiday pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Manchester, Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Ravenglass) and also at the end of the trail (Penrith/Eamont Bridge - about 2.5 miles away from Eamont Bridge).

By Bus - Unfortunately no bus services run to Ravenglass; therefore a taxi may be required. Various bus services run from Eamont Bridge/Penrith.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Ravenglass.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to catch the train from Penrith to Ravenglass.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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