Westmorland Way

A wonderful self-guided walk through the old county of Westmorland, from Appleby to Arnside.

8 to 11 nights
95 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £665 per person

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About this route

The full Westmorland Way trail journeys 95 miles from Appleby to Arnside through the mountains and villages of the old county of Westmorland.

The countryside scenery is beautiful as well as varied, and there are plenty of welcoming towns and villages along the way, each boasting their own unique charm and history to uncover. This walk is ideal for those wanting to explore the Lake District National Park along a quieter, lesser-known trail.

Westmorland Way map
Appleby to Arnside
95 miles (152 km)
24th March to 13th October

Holiday Highlights

Visiting the iconic lakes of Windermere, Elterwater, Grasmere and Ullswater along the route.

Walking through a variety of stunning scenery, including lakeshore paths, mountain trails, woodlands, farmlands and open fells.

Exploring the picturesque towns of Appleby, Askham, Pooley Bridge and Grasmere, amongst many others. 

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
WESMW1 From Appleby to Arnside 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£665
WESMW2 From Appleby to Arnside 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate / Demanding£745
WESMW3 From Appleby to Arnside 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate£825
WESMW4 From Appleby to Arnside 11 nights, 10 days walking Moderate£905

Westmorland Way 8 nights, 7 days walking

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

Important information

Please note that during early June, one of the oldest fairs in Europe takes place. The Appleby Horse Fair is visited by travellers who come to trade their horses. It attracts thousands of visitors and as a result, the area becomes very busy and can have an impact on availability of accommodations and the ease of luggage transfers.

If you are considering walking during this time, please telephone us to discuss your options.


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

Day 1

Appleby to Shap. 17 miles (27km)

Day 2

Shap to Pooley Bridge. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 3

Pooley Bridge to Patterdale. 11.5 miles (18.5km)

Day 4

Patterdale to Grasmere. 9 miles (14.5km)

Day 5

Grasmere to Troutbeck. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 6

Troutbeck to Kendal. 15 miles (24km)

Day 7

Kendal to Arnside. 17.5 miles (28km)


Depart from Arnside 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
£30.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£20.00 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 (Grasmere)
£60.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 8 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

If you would like to take some extra time to explore the wonderful locations along the trail, an extra night is the perfect way to extend your holiday.

Appleby is one of the most picturesque towns in the north of England, with a fine castle, a wide tree-lined main street and many attractive buildings including the Moot Hall, St Lawrence's Church and the Almshouses.

Patterdale is a lovely little village and is a good choice if you would like to climb Helvellyn, one of the finest mountains in the Lake District.

There is plenty to see and do in the pretty village of Grasmere, particularly for fans of literature. Here you can visit Dove Cottage, the best-known home of William Wordsworth, the school where Wordsworth once taught, now home to Sarah Nelson's famous Gingerbread Shop and St. Oswald's church, the last resting place of the Wordsworth family.

Consider an extra day in Troutbeck if you would like to visit Townend, a remarkable 17th century 'Statesman' farmhouse which is packed with original furnishings, documents and domestic and farming implements.

Kendal is another good choice. It has plenty of interesting shops, numerous 'yards', 'ginnels' and 'alleys' to explore, a fascinating museum and wonderful art gallery.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Grasmere)
£60.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 95 miles (152 km)
Duration: 8 nights, 7 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 9 miles (14.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17.5 miles (28 km)
Code: WESMW1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 24th March - 13th October
Start of holiday: Appleby
End of holiday: Arnside

Travel Information

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

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Leeds Bradford and Manchester.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Appleby) and also at the end of the train (Arnside).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Appleby-in-Westmorland and from Arnside.

From London - Trains run from London Euston and London Kings Cross stations to Appleby.

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

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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