Cumbria can justly name to be the most beautiful part of Britain, as it includes the Lake District National Park and England’s highest mountains, with many peaks reaching over 3000 feet (900 metres). The Cumbria Way starts in the small town of Ulverston, then leads northwards across the Lake District at a relatively low level, reaching 2159 feet (658 metres) at its highest point. Surrounded by magnificent scenery, you follow tracks and paths along the valleys and over passes, besides such lovely spots as Coniston Water, Tarn Hows, Dungeon Hill, Borrowdale and Derwentwater. Finally you follow the Caldew Valley to finish in the interesting city of Carlisle, just 8 miles/13km from the Scottish border.
Distance: 70 miles
Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Direction: Ulverston to Carlisle
5-6 days walking at 12-13 miles per day
There are some lovely villages to explore, like Coniston, Elterwater, and Grange in Borrowdale. If you wish you can divert to minor peaks close to the Way, or, with an extra night or two, reach the summits of Scafell Pike (3205 feet / 977 metres), Skiddaw (3054 feet / 931 metres) or Bow Fell (2959 feet / 902 metres).