The Cumbria Way passes through some of the most stunning countryside in Cumbria. You will get the opportunity to stop in scenic towns of Coniston and Keswick. Passing through the Langdale and Borrowdale Valleys, the majority of the route is inside the boundaries of the Lake District National Park.
This 70 mile route cuts through the heart of the Lake District National Park linking the Old Market Town of Ulverston with the Historic City of Carlisle. There are a few sections of high, exposed ground but mainly the route keeps to the valleys, providing an excellent introduction to the area.
Stage One – Ulverston – Coniston 15 Miles
The start of the walk is marked by a Sculpture by artist Chris Brammall, it represents a compass with a cairn at it’s centre. On the side of the sculpture installed in the New Millenium are the Ordnance Survey map references on key points along the route.
As you are leaving Ulverston, look out for Sir John Barrow’s Monument, Hoad Hill. You should also get great views across the Morcambe Bay Sands. A gentle start to the walk across rolling countryside and farmlands you will pass through the villages of Lowick and Blawith.
As the track follows the contours around Gawthwaite Moor the Coniston Fells come into view ahead.
The footpath then descends to the Shores of Coniston Water which it follows to Coniston, an old slate mining village, nestled beneath Coniston Old Man. Following the rough Lakeland paths the chimneys of Coniston Hall come into view, which marks the end of day one.
Coniston was originally a slate mining village. Famous for being the site of Donald Campbell’s ill fated world record water speed attempt. This scenic town has some great pubs and nearby, Tarn Howes is one of the lakes most popular beauty spots.