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The Cumbria way disects the county from south to north and as well as traversing threough the centre of the Lakeland peaks, visits some of the more tranquil parts also.

Starting in Ulverston on the southern coast, the route takes in the lowlands of the Furness penisula before joining the Lake District proper at Coniston Water where it follows the lakeshore to Coniston Village.

Beacon Tarn

Beacon Tarn   © Copyright Andrew Hill and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

From Coniston we pass the delightful Tarn Hows and move into the real heart of the Lakes, Langdale. Travelling below the famous Langdale Pikes we ascend over Stake Pass and drop down into Borrowdale then on to Keswick.

Mickleden

Mickleden   © Copyright Kev Murley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Then it’s back into the mountains for a second day passing between the majestic peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra and on into John Peel country at Caldbeck.

The final part of the route sees us to the end in the historic city of Carlisle.