The Cumbria Way – Vicarious fun in the Lake District – England

We have been following a terrific journal by Leigh McAdam from Hike Bike Travel about her recent stroll along The Cumbria Way in the Lake District of England.  Leigh, a Canadian,  completed the walk in June / July 2010 as part of a walking holiday in the UK.

From our friends at Wikipedia:

The Cumbria Way is a linear long distance footpath in Cumbria, England passing through the towns of Coniston and Keswick. It also passes through the Langdale and Borrowdale valleys. The majority of the route is inside the boundaries of the Lake District National Park.

This 112 km (70 mile) route through the heart of the Lake District National Park links the two historic Cumbrian towns of Ulverston and Carlisle. The route cuts through classic Lakeland country via Coniston, Langdale, Borrowdale, Derwent Water, Skiddaw Forest and Caldbeck. It is a primarily low-level long distance footpath but does contain some high-level exposed sections

Who knows what's over the hill

Image: stumayhew

Leigh had a  terrific adventure.  She has written several articles we would highly recommend  whether you are planning the walk, or just want to enjoy a great yarn.

In order of the journey:

The Cumbria Way, Lake District, England

Magnificence, Motrin, Moleskin, Markers & Misery on the Cumbria Way, England

Some of the Best Lake District Walking – Keswick to Caldbeck

Finally a great “tips” article that draws on her experience of walking in England and Scotland.  There is a terrific blister photograph for any ghouls among us AND a great new blister product Leigh discovered, it’s well worth a read.

Hiking Tips for England & Scotland

Cumbria Way - Public Footpath

Image – pmmueller

Just a final note, Hike Bike Travel is a terrific place to visit  for those of you who like to read about a adventures across the world.

Leigh has also produced many FREE travel guides you can down load from her site:

Look for 19 free, well researched, trustworthy, inspiring and detailed adventure guides to some of the planet’s most scenic and interesting places.
Fact filled travel blogs with opinions, useful travel information and suggestions so you can start planning your own adventure trip.

Have you walked in the UK?
Did you enjoy the experience?
Any suggestions, tips or ideas?

We would love to hear your ideas, leave us a comment below.


  1. Georgie says

    Two years ago we stayed at The Mortal Man, an ancient pub beside Troutbeck, north of Kendal and Windemere, and had a few days rambling through those gloriously green Lake District hills covered in wildflowers. Thank you, Leigh, for reminding me of that lovely memory. G

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