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Alternative Routes

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In addition to the High Route and Low Route alternatives, there are several other recognised alternative routes along The Cumbria Way:


Ulverston Station to the start of The Cumbria Way (Additional Route)

Ulverston Market Cross to the start of The Cumbria Way (Additional Route)

Gill Banks (Ulverston) to Old Hall Farm Alternative Route

Coniston Alternative Route

Tarn Hows Alternative Route

Colwith Force Alternative Route

Great Langdale Alternative Route

Rosthwaite Stepping Stones Alternative Route

Castle Crag Alternative Route

Grange Alternative Route

Grainsgill Beck Bridge Alternative Route

Carrock Mine to Lingy Hut Alternative Route

Caldbeck Village Alternative Route

Buckabank Alternative Route

Dalston Cemetery Alternative Route


To the start of The Cumbria Way in Ulverston from Ulverston Station

(Additional Route)

0.9km (½ mile)

For those arriving in Ulverston by train, it is a 0.9km (½ mile) walk from Ulverston Station (SD284778) to the start of The Cumbria Way (SD284785)

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To the start of The Cumbria Way in Ulverston from the Market Cross (Additional Route)

0.2km (⅛ mile)

Some people prefer to walk from the Market Cross (SD285783) in Ulverston town centre to the start of The Cumbria Way (SD284785) in The Gill, thereby walking town centre to city centre. It is a street walk and increases the total distance of the main route by 0.2km (⅛ mile)

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Gill Banks (Ulverston) to Old Hall Farm Alternative Route

1.0km (⅝ mile)

Only 0.2km (¼ mile) after the start of The Cumbria Way the first alternative route option is encountered. Where The Cumbria Way turns left over a footbridge to cross Gill Banks Beck (SD282786), continue straight on along the path beside the stream. The path joins Old Hall Road which is followed to rejoin The Cumbria Way beside the farm house at Old Hall Farm (SD280795). This alternative is 0.2km (⅛ mile) shorter than the main route

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Coniston Alternative Route

1.5km (⅞ mile)

For those walkers who wish to avoid Coniston, an alternative route is available commencing where The Cumbria Way joins Lake Road (SD305972) adjacent to the entrance to the Lake Road Estate. Follow the signed footpath onto the Lake Road Estate and turn left into the car park. Take the path leading from the far end of the car park beside the river and cross the footbridge to rejoin Lake Road. Turn right to follow Lake Road to the Coniston Boat Landings, then take the permissive footpath northwards along the lake shore and then inland to the B5285 road (SD308974).  Turn left onto the footpath that runs parallel to the road on the north side to 60m (65yds) east of Yewdale Bridge; The Cumbria Way is rejoined immediately after Yewdale Bridge at the junction with Shepherd’s Bridge Lane (SD305976). This alternative is 0.6km (⅓ mile) longer than the main route

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Tarn Hows Alternative Route

1.7km (1 mile)

Soon after leaving the road at Tarn Hows, take the first broad path on the right (SD327996) and follow the path round the tarn to anticlockwise to rejoin The Cumbria Way in Tom Heights Intake Plantation on the north west side of the tarn (NY330003).  The alternative is 0.8km (½ mile) longer than the main route

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Colwith Force Alternative Route

0.7km (¼ mile)

Description

The Cumbria Way takes a direct route between High Park and Colwith Bridge, whereas the alternative route loops round to provide a view of the Colwith Force waterfall (NY327031). The alternative route leaves the main path almost immediately after entering High Park Coppice (NY324028), dropping down to the left through the wood towards the river. It rejoins The Cumbria Way just before the road is joined (NY330030) at Colwith Bridge. This recommended alternative is 0.2km (⅛ mile) longer than the main route

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Great Langdale Alternative Route

1.1km (⅔ mile)

Between Stickle Barn Car Park entrance (NY293063) and The Cumbria Way near the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (NY285061) in Great Langdale, this field path alternative avoids a climb and descent on a rougher section of The Cumbria Way. It is less interesting than the main route but is a useful time and energy saver at the beginning or end of a long day.  This alternative is 0.2km (⅛ mile) shorter than the main route

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Rosthwaite Stepping Stones Alternative Route

0.3km (¼ mile)

Description

If the River Derwent is low and safe to cross, leave The Cumbria Way at Rosthwaite Stepping Stones (NY253148)(N 54°31.413’ W 03°09.282’) and cross the river by the stepping stones. Follow the river bank downstream to rejoin The Cumbria Way at New Bridge (NY251151)(N 54°31.542’ W 03°09.457’). This alternative is considered to be more interesting and it is 15m (15 yds) longer than the main route

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Castle Crag Alternative Route

2.2km (1⅓ miles) - including the summit of Castle Crag

To visit the top of Castle Crag, the lowest of the Wainwrights and overlooking Borrowdale and Derwentwater, leave The Cumbria Way by taking the path forking left through a gate (NY251154)(N 54°31.743’ W 03°09.480’) 0.5km (¼ mile) after crossing New Bridge near Rosthwaite, 90m (100 yds) before entering High Hows Wood.  The path climbs to the summit of Castle Crag (NY249159), where steps must be retraced for a short distance, then descends by Broadslack Gill to rejoin The Cumbria Way beside Gowder Dub (NY250165)(N 54°32.321’ W 03°09.591’). The route (including the summit of Castle Crag) is 0.7km (½ mile) longer than the main route

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Grange Alternative Route

1.0km (⅝ mile)

Description

The old route of The Cumbria Way from near Holmcrag Wood (NY249170)(N 54°32.561’ W 03°09.676’) to the Borrowdale Gates Hotel (NY250176)(N 54°32.930’ W 03°09.607’) via Grange village is available as an alternative if it is desired to visit the village. It is approximately 80m (90 yds) shorter than the current route

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Grainsgill Beck Bridge Alternative Route

35m (40 yds)

Description

No more than a shortcut, this alternative leaves The Cumbria Way immediately after Grainsgill Beck Bridge is crossed (NY326326)(N 54°41.092’ W 03°02.734’) and climbs the bank to the Brandy Gill Mine road (NY326327)(N 54°41.110’ W 03°02.735’) a short distance above.  This alternative is 100m (105 yds) shorter than the main route

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Carrock Mine to Lingy Hut Alternative Route

1.2km (¾ mile)

Description

This alternative leaves The Cumbria Way above the abandoned Carrock Mine (NY321330)(N 54°41.252’ W 03°03.223’) and follows a more northerly route avoiding the rough and in places boggy path beside Grainsgill Beck, rejoining The Cumbria Way at Lingy Hut (NY311335)(N 54°41.554’ W 03°04.158’). It also avoids an indistinct turn on The Cumbria Way path on boggy ground (NY310332)(N 54°41.394’ W 03°04.281’) near the top of Grainsgill Beck at Miller Moss which can be confusing in poor weather conditions. This recommended alternative is 0.5km (¼ mile) shorter than the main route

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Caldbeck Village Alternative Route

0.3km (¼ mile)

Description

For those walkers who wish to visit Caldbeck village centre, an alternative road route is available from the bottom of the steps opposite Hodden Court (NY322396), rejoining the main route at the end of Friar Row (NY323399). This alternative is 45m (50 yds) shorter than the main route

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Buckabank Alternative Route

0.2km (⅛ mile)

Description

A direct road route can be taken between Hawksdale Bridge (NY370488)(N 54°49.823’ W 02°58.862’) and Bishops Mill (NY371490)(N 54°49.924’ W 02°58.809’) at Buckabank, cutting out the section of The Cumbria Way that loops around the back of Riverside.  In some guidebooks this is shown as the main route.  This alternative is 115m (125 yds) shorter than the main route

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Dalston Cemetery Alternative Route (unofficial)

0.3km (¼ mile)

Description

To avoid walking alongside the busy B5299 Carlisle Road northbound from Dalston Square (NY369501)(N 54°50.516’ W 02°59.038’) go through the church lych gate and pass the church entrance. Turn right at the path junction (NY369501)(N 54°50.546’ W 02°59.017’) just beyond the church and proceed round the north side of the building. Continue through the cemetery turning right through the gate at the end (NY370503)(N 54°50.643’ W 02°58.895’) to rejoin The Cumbria Way on the narrow path before the start of the Caldew Cycleway. This unofficial alternative is 30m (35 yds) shorter than the main route

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Cash Dispensers (ATMs)

These are few and far between on The Cumbria Way, but can be found in Caldbeck, Carlisle, Coniston, Dalston, Hawkshead, Keswick and Ulverston


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Distance Conversion

Metric to Imperial (approximate)

201 metres = 0.2km = 220 yds = ⅛ mile

402 metres = 0.4km = 440 yds = ¼ mile

536 metres = 0.5km = 587 yds = ⅓ mile

603 metres = 0.6km = 660 yds = ⅜ mile

805 metres = 0.8km = 880 yds = ½ mile

1006 metres = 1.0km = 1100 yds = ⅝ mile

1073 metres = 1.1km = 1173 yds = ⅔ mile

1207 metres = 1.2km = 1320 yds = ¾ mile

1408 metres = 1.4km = 1540 yds = ⅞ mile

1609 metres = 1.6km = 1760 yds = 1 mile


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Diversions and Route Changes

See also Alternative Routes

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From time to time the route of The Cumbria Way may be altered, to reflect geographical and other changes and to permit improvements


Updates on recent and current changes, including closures, problems, blockages and alternative routes can be found this site and on The Ramblers (Lake District Area), The Cumbria Way site


The River Caldew is actively meandering and its course is constantly changing, this causes constant minor deviations on The Cumbria Way between Bell Bridge (NY365430) and Lime House School (NY375472). If the River Caldew is in flood parts of The Cumbria Way become dangerously impassable and a safe alternative route should be taken


Significant changes are:


Skelwith Bridge, where the route has been improved by a diversion from Bridge How (NY342032) avoiding the main A593 road to cross the River Brathay by Woodburn Bridge, a footbridge (NY340034) of somewhat controversial design erected in 2006 just above Skelwith Force. The original route is still available to follow and is 0.4km (¼ mile) longer than the current route

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Skelwith Force to Elterwater, the Cumbria Way follows a more recently created bridleway beside the river and lake instead of crossing the fields slightly to the north. The former route is still available to follow and is 125m (140yds) shorter than the current route, which it partly follows

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Grange, from near Holmcrag Wood (NY249170)(N 54°32.561’ W 03°09.676’) to the Borrowdale Gates Hotel (NY250176)(N 54°32.930’ W 03°09.607’) the route has been diverted away from Grange village to avoid road walking. The old route (Grange Alternative Route) is available as an alternative if it is desired to visit the village and is approximately 80m (90 yds) shorter than the current route

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Dentonside Wood, the route has been closed between Parson’s Park (NY339399) and the approach to Sebergham Bridge (NY355415) since 2015 by a landslide in Dentonside Wood at NY353403. The Cumbria Way follows an alternative route via Parkhead


The route remains closed due to the possibility of more material falling onto the path, and it is not expected to reopen before September 2018

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The forest track through Dentonside Wood above The Cumbria Way is not a permitted alternative route


Some walkers are using the closed section of The Cumbria Way but do so at their own risk

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Cummersdale, the route no longer turns east across the footbridge (NY395529) over the River Caldew at Cummersdale Mill to follow the east bank of the river to enter Carlisle at Bousteads Grassing and thence over Victoria Viaduct to the City Centre. The Cumbria Way now keeps to the west bank of the River Caldew, mostly along the Caldew Cycleway until it ends on Viaduct Estate Road, reaching the city centre along Annetwell Street and Castle Street.


The original route is still available to follow and is considered to be more pleasant initially; it is 0.7km (⅜ mile) shorter than the current route. At Bousteads Grassing (NY398545) it is possible to cross the River Caldew to rejoin the Caldew Cycleway and official route, thus avoiding the original dreary approach to Carlisle city centre

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Other minor changes are noted in the text in the route description


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Emergency and Assistance

Medical

In emergency telephone 999 or 112 and ask for ‘Ambulance’


Mountain Rescue

In emergency telephone 999 or 112 and ask for ‘Cumbria Police’ then ‘Mountain Rescue’


Police

In emergency telephone 999 or 112 and ask for ‘Cumbria Police’

Non-emergency telephone 101


All Emergency Services

999 and 112 emergency text messaging service for the hearing and speech impaired

Although primarily designed for those with hearing and speech impairment, this service is available to all and can be used as an alternative when signal strength is poor and an emergency voice call cannot be completed


You will only be able to use this service if you have registered with emergency SMS first. To register, text ‘register’ to 999 or 112


In an emergency text where you are and why you need help to 07786 208999


999 or 112?

Both 999 and 112 function identically in the UK and can be used to call the emergency services


In the absence of a mobile signal on your own network, a 999 or 112 call will piggyback on any available network in the area


If you have a ‘Smartphone’ it can be used by the emergency services to assist in determining your location


Ambulance or Mountain Rescue?

If an incident occurs on or near enough to a road for an ambulance to attend, ask for an ambulance


In areas inaccessible for an ambulance, contact the police and ask for Mountain Rescue


Grid Reference or Post Code?

The North West Ambulance Service prefer you to provide a post code to locate you in an emergency, but will accept Ordnance Survey Grid References where no post code is known


Mountain Rescue is able to use both post codes and Ordnance Survey Grid References


Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association

The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association is the co-ordinating body for the various mountain rescue teams


Advice on staying safe on the Cumbria Way and in the mountains of the Lake District is contained in their leaflet Stay Safe and Enjoy The Fells


Police Stations

To contact the police in a non-emergency situation telephone 101

Local Police Stations in Cumbria and opening times


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Escape Routes

Most of The Cumbria Way is near settlements, but two sections are more remote and in the event of difficult conditions the recommended ways to escape are:


From: Great Langdale to Stonethwaite

From the summit of Stake Pass southwards to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel - Distance: 5.1km (3⅜ miles)

From south of the summit of Stake Pass (NY265087)(N 54°28.102’ W 03°08.116’) follow The Cumbria Way southbound down into Mickleden and Great Langdale. Where The Cumbria Way turns sharp left and starts to climb at NY284061 (N 54°26.730’ W 03°06.231’), turn right through the footpath gate to reach the valley road (NY285059)(N 54°26.653’ W 03°06.168’) where there is a bus service; alternatively continue straight on through a gate to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel beyond


From the summit of Stake Pass northwards to Stonethwaite - Distance: 6.8km (4⅝ miles)

From north of the summit of Stake Pass (NY265087)(N 54°28.102’ W 03°08.116’) follow the Cumbria Way northbound down Langstrath, turn left at NY263138 (N 54°30.885’ W 03°08.314’) over Stonethwaite Bridge to Stonethwaite (NY262137)(N 54°30.827’ W 03°08.436’) village. There is a public telephone in Stonethwaite (Location details: Stonethwaite; Postcode:  CA12 5XG; Tel: 01768 777610) and limited accommodation.  There is a bus service from Stonethwaite Road End (NY257142)(N 54°31.073’ W 03°08.908’).  

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From: Keswick to Caldbeck (Low Route) between Keswick and Bassenthwaite

From the Guide Stone below Burnt Horse to Threlkeld - Distance: 5.3km (3¼ miles)

From the path junction at the Guide Stone below Burnt Horse (NY292279)(N 54°38.517’ W 03°05.896’) a path leads initially south east off The Cumbria Way and down the Glenderaterra Valley, thence to Threlkeld (NY322254)(N 54°37.157’ W 03°03.017’). There is a public telephone in Threlkeld (Location details: Opposite Telephone Exchange, Ghyll Bank, Threlkeld, Keswick; Postcode: CA12 4SW; Tel: 01768 779200) and there is a regular bus service and accommodation


From the Guide Stone below Burnt Horse to Keswick - Distance: 7.3 km (4½ miles)

From the path junction at the Guide Stone below Burnt Horse (NY292279)(N 54°38.517’ W 03°05.896’) follow The Cumbria Way (Low Route) southbound to Latrigg Car Park (NY280253) and thence to Keswick (NY266234)(N 54°36.033’ W 03°08.217’) where there are all facilities


From Skiddaw House to Mosedale - Distance: 9km (5⅝ miles)

Skiddaw House (NY287291)(N 54°39.126’ W 03°06.369’) is closed from November to February and there is no emergency refuge


From Skiddaw House (NY287291)(N 54°39.126’ W 03°06.369’) The Cumbria Way (High Route) can be followed northbound to reach the Brandy Gill Mine road end (NY327326)(N 54°41.083’ W 03°02.685’) near Grainsgill Beck Bridge. The road can then be followed to Mosedale village (NY357322)(N 54°40.883’ W 02°59.915’). There is a public telephone in Mosedale village centre (Location details: Mosedale, Mungrisedale, Threlkeld; Postcode: CA11 0XQ; Tel: 01768 779276) but there is only limited accommodation and infrequent public transport (See Caldbeck for bus service details)


From Skiddaw House to Bassenthwaite - Distance: 7.8km (4⅞ miles)

Skiddaw House (NY287291)(N 54°39.126’ W 03°06.369’) is closed from November to February and there is no emergency refuge


From Skiddaw House (NY287291)(N 54°39.126’ W 03°06.369’) The Cumbria Way (Low Route) can be followed northbound to the road near Peter House Farm (NY249323)(N 54°40.824’ W 03°09.956’) and thence by road or field path to Bassenthwaite village (NY230322)(N 54°40.750’ W 03°11.712’).  There is a public telephone in Bassenthwaite village (Location details: Bassenthwaite Village; Postcode: CA12 4QJ; Tel: 01768 776432), limited accommodation and a bus service on the nearby A591

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From: Keswick to Caldbeck (High Route) between Keswick and Bassenthwaite

From the Guide Stone below Burnt Horse to Threlkeld- Distance: 5.3km (3¼ miles)

From the path junction beside the Guide Stone below Burnt Horse (NY292279)(N 54°38.517’ W 03°05.896’) a path leads initially south east off The Cumbria Way and down the Glenderaterra Valley, thence to Threlkeld (NY322254)(N 54°37.157’  W 03°03.017’). There is a public telephone in Threlkeld (Location details: Opposite Telephone Exchange, Ghyll Bank, Threlkeld, Keswick; Postcode: CA12 4SW; Tel: 01768 779200) and there is a regular bus service and accommodation


From the Guide Stone below Burnt Horse to Keswick - Distance: 7.3 km (4½ miles)

From the path junction beside the Guide Stone below Burnt Horse (NY292279)(N 54°38.517’ W 03°05.896’) follow the Cumbria Way (High Route) southbound to Latrigg Car Park (NY280253) and thence to Keswick (NY266234)(N 54°36.033’  W 03°08.217’) where there are all facilities


From Skiddaw House to Mosedale - Distance: 9km (5⅝ miles)

Skiddaw House (NY287291)(N 54°39.126’ W 03°06.369’) is closed from November to February and there is no emergency refuge


From Skiddaw House (NY287291)(N 54°39.126’ W 03°06.369’) The Cumbria Way (High Route) can be followed northbound to reach the Brandy Gill Mine road end (NY327326)(N 54°41.083’ W 03°02.685’) near Grainsgill Beck Bridge. The road can then be followed to Mosedale village (NY357322)(N 54°40.883’ W 02°59.915’). There is a public telephone in Mosedale village centre (Location details: Mosedale, Mungrisedale, Threlkeld; Postcode: CA11 0XQ; Tel: 01768 779276) but there is only limited accommodation and an infrequent summer only bus service (Services 73/73A)


From Skiddaw House to Bassenthwaite - Distance: 7.8km (4⅞ miles)

Skiddaw House (NY287291)(N 54°39.126’ W 03°06.369’) is closed from November to February and there is no emergency refuge


From Skiddaw House (NY287291)(N 54°39.126’ W 03°06.369’) The Cumbria Way (Low Route) can be followed northbound to the road near Peter House Farm (NY249323)(N 54°40.824’ W 03°09.956’) and thence by road or field path to Bassenthwaite village (NY230322)(N 54°40.750’ W 03°11.712’).  There is a public telephone in Bassenthwaite village (Location details: Bassenthwaite Village; Postcode: CA12 4QJ; Tel: 01768 776432), limited accommodation and a bus service on the nearby A591


From the Brandy Gill Mine road end to Mosedale - Distance: 3.2km (2 miles)

From the Brandy Gill Mine road end (NY327326)(N 54°41.083’ W 03°02.685’) near Grainsgill Beck Bridge the road can be followed to Mosedale village (NY357322)(N 54°40.883’ W 02°59.915’). There is a public telephone in Mosedale village centre (Location details: Mosedale, Mungrisedale, Threlkeld; Post Code: CA11 0XQ; Tel: 01768 779276) but there is only limited accommodation and an infrequent summer only bus service (Services 73/73A)


Lingy Hut (NY311335)(N 54°41.554’ W 03°04.158’) is a former shooting hut and is normally unlocked; it can provide a basic, unheated emergency shelter


From Lingy Hut to Mosedale - Distance: 5.6km (3½ miles)

From Lingy Hut (NY311335)(N 54°41.554’ W 03°04.158’) The Cumbria Way (High Route) can be followed southbound to reach the Brandy Gill Mine road end (NY327326)(N 54°41.083’ W 03°02.685’). The road can then be followed to Mosedale village (NY357322)(N 54°40.883’ W 02°59.915’). There is a public telephone in Mosedale village centre (Location details: Mosedale, Mungrisedale, Threlkeld; Postcode: CA11 0XQ; Tel: 01768 779276) but there is only limited accommodation and and an infrequent summer only bus service (Services 73/73A)


From the Summit of High Pike to Caldbeck - Distance: 5.5km (3⅜ miles)

From the summit of High Pike (NY318350)(N 54°42.329’ W 03°03.526’) follow The Cumbria Way (High Route) northbound to the road at the hamlet of Nether Row (NY323378)(N 54°43.846’ W 03°03.106’) and thence continue on The Cumbria Way (High Route) to Caldbeck village (NY324397)(N 54°44.898’ W 03°03.092’).  There is a public telephone in Caldbeck village centre (Location details:  Midtown, outside Caldbeck Post Office; Postcode:  CA7 8EA; Tel: 01697 478370) and there is accommodation and a limited bus service

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Flooding


Cumbria was badly hit by flooding in December 2015 with over 341mm of rain falling in one twenty-four hour period at Honister, a new British record


Although several thousand homes and businesses Rickerby Park, Carlislewere flooded in both urban and rural areas and much damage was done to the County’s infrastructure, repairs are underway and evidence of the floods is fading


The Cumbria Way has been affected in places and care is needed where the surface of the path has been damaged or undermined by erosion. Bell Bridge near Sebergham was destroyed and a replacement bridge is not due to be completed until Autumn 2017. Damage to the banks of the River Caldew has closed The Cumbria Way between Bell Bridge and Rose Bridge; an alternative route is described in the Sebergham to Dalston section of this site.  Landslides have also closed part of the route in Dentonside Wood between Caldbeck and Sebergham; details of diversionary routes via Parkhead can be found on The Ramblers (Lake District Area), The Cumbria Way site


For people contemplating walking in the County, most footpaths have now been reopened. The Lake District National Park Authority has produced a useful online Rights of Way map indicating footpath closures and obstructions due to flooding within the National Park


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Grid References

The Ordnance Survey is the national mapping authority for Great Britain, and they produce a range of accurate paper and electronic downloadable maps covering the British Isles


To identify the position of any feature on an Ordnance Survey map the National Grid Reference System is used. The system can be a useful aid to navigation and you can use a grid reference to accurately describe your location, essential in the event of an emergency if you do not have a postcode or other means of describing where you are to the emergency services


Grid references are used throughout this website.  All United Kingdom Ordnance Survey 1:50000 and 1:25000 maps have grid lines marked upon them at 1km intervals, and to assist you the paper and laminated maps have instructions alongside the map key


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Livestock

Most livestock you will encounter on The Cumbria Way will cause Cow on Humphrey Head, Cumbriayou no problem, however a few simple precautions are recommended:


Dogs: Dogs can frighten livestock and thus should be kept as far away from animals as possible; they should be on a lead wherever livestock are present. Cows in particular can become very aggressive when confronted by a dog and may attack.  If cows are threatening let your dog go; the cows will chase your dog giving you valuable seconds to make your escape, and your dog will not come to any harm


Baysbrown, Great LangdaleIf your dog is chasing or frightening livestock the farmer is legally entitled to shoot it.  Due to the large number of visitors to Cumbria and the relatively high number of incidents of livestock worrying by dogs, with consequent financial loss, some farmers have understandably had their tolerance worn thin and will simply shoot your dog on sight if they see it disturbing their animals. Having an argument with an angry gun holding farmer will not bring your dog back. Be warned!


Young livestock:  Never walk between an adult animal and its young.  Animals perceive you as a danger and will instinctively protect their young; cows can be particularly dangerous in these circumstances, but even an adult sheep can knock you off your feet and give you a nasty bruise and hurt pride


Young bullocks will be unlikely to leave you alone and will chase and crowd you; it is good fun for them but it can be unnerving.  If you turn and face them they will back off, but they will probably be right behind you again as soon as you turn your back


Near Livestock: Walk steadily and keep well away; most livestock will ignore you. If you are in any doubt, find an alternative route


Bulls running with cows are normally considered safe, but if in any doubt then it is better to find another route.  Danger signals (from any cattle) are watching you with a lowering of the head and a low pitched warning moo.  A bull bellowing and pawing the ground is dangerous


Sticks: Carrying a trekking pole or stick can give you confidence near animals. If you feel threatened raising and making a threatening gesture with it will tend to make most animals more wary about getting too close


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Local Radio and TV

Local radio stations covering all or part of The Cumbria Way:


BBC Radio Cumbria

95.2, 95.6, 96.1, 104.1, 104.2 fm

www.bbc.co.uk/radiocumbria


CFM Radio

96.4, 102.2, 102.5, 103.4 fm

www.cfmradio.com


Eden FM

107.5 fm

www.edenfm.co.uk


Indigo FM

106.6 fm

www.indigofm.co.uk


Lakeland Radio

100.1, 100.8, 101.4 fm

www.lakelandradio.co.uk


The Bay

96.6, 102.3, 103.2 fm

www.thebay.co.uk


TV stations stations covering all or part of The Cumbria Way:


BBC North East & Cumbria

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0070g1d


BBC North West

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006pfjx


Granada Television

www.itvregions.com/granada


ITV Border

www.itv.com/news/border


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Long Distance Paths linking with, or near to The Cumbria Way

A Coast to Coast Walk (Coast to Coast Path)

Allerdale Ramble

Cumbria Coastal Way

Dales Way

Hadrian’s Wall Path

The Furness Way

The Windermere Way


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Mobile Telephone Signals

Telecommunications mast, Castlerigg, KeswickLarge areas of rural Cumbria have little or no mobile telephone coverage, particularly in the mountains


It is important that you do not rely on having a mobile telephone signal when walking The Cumbria Way


In an emergency telephone 112 or 999 to contact the emergency services


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Ramblers

The Ramblers is a charity with the objectives of promoting walking and protecting access to footpaths and land where people can enjoy and benefit from walking outdoors


With much of their work done by volunteers, the Ramblers are a powerful campaigning group, but they also work with local and national government and other official bodies to protect and enhance the infrastructure available for walkers. The Ramblers adopts a very practical approach with volunteer working parties clearing and maintaining footpaths, inspecting and monitoring their condition, waymarking and organising and leading guided walks


The Cumbria Way was initially the idea of Ramblers’ members in the Lake District area, who took their proposal forward achieve the creation and recognition of The Cumbria Way. The Ramblers are thus the official organisation responsible for defining the route of The Cumbria Way, and are recognised as such by the Lake District National Park Authority, the Ordnance Survey and local authorities


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Sat Nav

In the rural parts of Cumbria individual postcode areas can be very large, consequently Sat Nav cannot always be relied upon to guide you to where you want to go.  If in doubt check with the accommodation or service provider first


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Telephone Dialling

To call UK telephone numbers from overseas, omit the leading zero and add +44 (+ = the international access code for your country)


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Ticks


Ticks can be encountered on The Cumbria Way, and recent milder winters have led to a significant increase in their numbers.  Ticks carry disease, including Lyme disease, and it is wise to take precautions against being bitten and also to take appropriate action if you think you have suffered from a tick bite


Public Health England produce a useful leaflet giving guidance on avoiding tick bites, and offering advice upon the action you should take if bitten


It is wise to include a proprietary tick remover in your first aid kit. These small, inexpensive items can be purchased from most pharmacies


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The Countryside Code

The Countryside Code, introduced as the Country Code in the 1950's, sets out the responsibilities of those visiting and managing the countryside in England and Wales


Code for the public

Respect other people

Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors

Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available


Protect the natural environment

Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home

Keep dogs under effective control


Enjoy the outdoors

Plan ahead and be prepared

Follow advice and local signs


Code for land managers

Know your rights, responsibilities and liabilities

Make it easy for visitors to act responsibly

Identify possible threats to visitor's safety


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 The official name of The Cumbria Way?


Cumbria Way sign near Bortree Stile, Ulverston














The route has official and unofficial waymarking using both ‘Cumbria Way’ and ‘Cumbrian Way’ with or without the definite article ‘the’


Officially the route is ‘The Cumbria Way’


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Walking Holiday Providers on The Cumbria Way

Guided

Cloud 9 Walking

Curlew Guided Walking

HF Holidays

Mickledore Travel

Northern Guiding

Self-Guided

Absolute Escapes

Celtic Trails

Contours Walking Holidays

Let’s Go Walking!

Macs Adventure

Ramblers

Shepherds Walks

Wandering Aengus


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Weather

The Cumbria Way passes within a short distance of the wettest place in England, and wet unsettled weather is often a feature of the Lake District


Mountains attract cloud and rain, and a moderate forecast for the area can mean prolonged rain in the Borrowdale and Langdale areas. It is better to take a pessimistic view of the weather forecast and to go prepared accordingly


Rain can often persist in the central Lake District when the nearby coastal areas remain dry


The temperature on the highest and more exposed sections of The Cumbria Way can be significantly colder than in the valleys. For every 100 metre (300 ft) gain in altitude, the air temperature decreases by about 1°C (1.8°F)


The following links will provide up-to-date weather information:

BBC Weather

Lake District Weatherline

Met Office

Mountain Weather Information Service

Winter Fell Top Assessors on Twitter


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