Cumbria Way Short Break

Cumbria Way Short Break

A short walking holiday from Great Langdale to Keswick through the very heart of the Lake District.

3 nights
16 miles
Easy / Moderate

From £345 per person

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About this route

Follow a mixture of woodland trails and lakeside paths on this two-day exploration of the Lake District, which follows the very central section of the Cumbria Way.

From the marvellous mountain views from Stake Pass to the enthralling expanse of Derwentwater, complete with its four islands, there’s an abundance of natural beauty to admire. Vibrant local towns provide perfect rest stops throughout, particularly the thriving town of Keswick, where this wonderful taster break comes to its conclusion.

© Contours Walking Holidays Cumbria Way Short Break map
Great Langdale to Keswick
16 miles (26 km)
27th March to 31st October

Holiday highlights

Admiring the dramatic mountain views from the top of Stake Pass.

Counting the islands of Derwentwater and looking out for the array of wildlife that live in the area.

Exploring the picturesque town of Keswick, nestled in the shadow of Skiddaw and packed with shops, attractions and historical buildings to discover.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CUMWSB From Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll to Keswick 3 nights, 2 days walking Easy / Moderate£345

Cumbria Way Short Break 3 nights, 2 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please note that due to the popularity of the Lake District as a holiday destination, accommodations in some towns have a two night minimum booking policy at weekends.

When planning your holiday dates we would advise to avoid arriving in Keswick and Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll on a Friday or Saturday night if possible.  If you are unable to avoid arriving on a Friday or Saturday night an additional supplement may be necessary, or alternatively, transfers to and from nearby accommodation may be provided.  Any transfers required are included in the holiday cost. You will be contacted if an additional supplement should arise for your booking. 


Travel to Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll to Rosthwaite. 8 miles (12.5km) / 1483 ft (452 m) ascent

Day 2

Rosthwaite to Keswick. 8 miles (13km) / 656 ft (200 m) ascent


Depart from Keswick 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.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

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 travel 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 on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll)
Price on request

What's included?

  • 3 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 old market town of Keswick is a good choice for an extra night. It is a bustling little town with plenty of shops, inns and cafes. 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.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 16 miles (26 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8 miles (12.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 8 miles (13 km)
Code: CUMWSB Grade: Easy / Moderate
Season: 27th March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll
End of holiday: Keswick

Route Profile

Cumbria Way Short Break Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Durham-Tees Valley.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll) is at Windermere (about 10 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Keswick) is at Penrith North Lakes (about 17 miles away).

By Bus - There is a very infrequent bus service to Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll from Ambleside, from where a second bus would be required to Windermere, so a taxi may be required. There is a bus from Keswick to Penrith.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Windermere. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Great Langdale/Dungeon Ghyll.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from Keswick to Dungeon Ghyll.

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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