When most people think of the Lake District they think of lofty peaks, energy-sapping climbs and tough descents. And that it can most certainly sometimes be! However, the Cumbria Way offers anybody who feels like they are not quite ready for that challenge a really lovely introduction to the Lake District!
Because the route largely makes use of the valley routes to wind its way from Ulverston to Carlisle, you will find that most of the walking is fairly low-level. That doesn't mean however that it is boring - far from it! Even whilst you are walking in the valleys, you are surrounded by the Lake District fells including the Old Man of Coniston, the Langdale Pikes and Skiddaw.
The beautiful Mickleden Valley
So even though you may not be climbing the fells all the time, you still have the wonderful feeling of being immersed in the Lake District! And there are definitely still a couple of steep climbs to keep you interested - Stake Pass and High Pike will certainly leave you feeling rewarded when you get to the top! And it should be said that whilst you may not be climbing as much, some of the days are still pretty long so don't think it is a walk in the park by any means!
The Cumbria Way also crosses the Lake District from South to North, meaning that you get a really good sample of the different parts of the Lake District. From the quieter, less well-travelled routes around Coniston Water and Langdale in the South to the busier Derwent Water, it offers a great snapshot of the Lake District at it's best.
Walking alongside Coniston Water
So if you're thinking of venturing into the Lake District but feel a bit apprehensive about some of those bigger climbs then why not consider the Cumbria Way - you won't be disappointed!
If you would like to ask our team of specialists any questions about this classic walk, please don't hesitate to contact one of our Destination Specialists, who will be more than happy to help!