Cumbria Way

A walk from the shores of Morecambe Bay to the Scottish Border through the Lake District.

3 to 9 nights
16-76 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £290 per person

About the trail

The Cumbria Way enjoys the Lake District’s mountain vistas with none of its strenuous mountain climbs. This low-level walk follows old packhorse tracks along valleys and over passes to provide breath-taking views without ascending to the summits.

Beneath towering peaks and thundering cascades, the walk follows the shores of glittering tarns. It visits charming Lake District villages, and enjoys a finale of remote, rolling hills that descend through rich farmland to the historic border town of Carlisle.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Customer reviews from the Cumbria Way

“We found the scenery stunning and enjoyed the river and valley walking.”
Ms Wood, UK
“Beautiful landscapes, meeting nice people, good accommodations. We will definitely come back!”
Mrs Petersen, Denmark
“My group and I had a wonderful experience hiking the Cumbria Way.”
Mr Greisberger, USA
“All in all, the four of us were very satisfied with the whole arrangement. We had a very nice holiday.”
Ms Alming, UK
“Wonderful area, Contour-package without failures and good support from our initial planning days, lots of nice and friendly people.”
Mr Hove, Denmark
“This was a wonderful vacation and due so in considerable measure to Contours’ excellent support and service.”
Mr O’Brien, Canada
“Cumbria is a beautiful area and the holiday was organised spotless.”
Mr Severens, Netherlands
“The walk itself was magnificent.”
Mr Bovee, USA
“The Cumbria Way offers a stunning variety of scenery to hold ones interest over a week of walking. We greatly appreciated the time and effort Contours staff put into planning our customized itinerary for the Cumbria Way to accommodate our 4-month-old baby. The personal attention made us feel so much more comfortable with undertaking a walking holiday with an infant.”
Ms Ristau, USA
"View of Windermere Lake" by Manuela Perez (2018)
"Old Church in Carlisle" by Manuela Perez (2018)
"Derwentwater" by Else Carriere (2017 Photo Competition Winner)
"Great Langdale" by Else Carriere (2017)
"Tarn Hows" by Else Carriere (2017)
"View on Coniston Old Man" by Else Carriere (2017)