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Cumbria Way

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The path crosses rough open ground and can be boggy in places

Cross a boardwalk and take the right hand path

The Cumbria Way near Manesty

Immediately after the gate, to follow the official route, bear left up a short slope and aim for a low boardwalk across a boggy area


A drier, less boggy but slightly longer alternative route is to keep straight on after the gate, crossing a boardwalk to reach the graveled lake side path after approximately 250m (⅛ mile). Turn back sharp left on the lake side path to rejoin the official route

The Cumbria Way near Manesty

Go through the gate and follow the path along the bottom of the bank to the next gate

Cumbria Way near Manesty

After approximately 580m (⅜ mile), cross the bridge over Ellers Beck and turn right through a gate onto a wide track beside the stream



Cumbria Way near Manesty

Continue straight on following the lane

The Cumbria Way, Yew Tree Farm, Rosthwaite

With the Flock-in Tea Room to your right, go through the gap between the buildings

Yew Tree Farm, Rosthwaite

At the end of the lane where it opens out and joins a small road turn right, follow the road between the buildings and then keep left into the farmyard of Yew Tree Farm


(At this point you leave Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Path, which follows the road round to the left en route to the coast at St. Bees)

Rosthwaite

Follow the track round to the left of the garages and into the lane

Rosthwaite

From Rosthwaite, take the small road opposite the Royal Oak Hotel

Rosthwaite

The path turns away from the lake and follows a fence towards some cottages, now used as an outdoor centre

Go through the gate, and take the path to the left of the wooden garage

The Cumbria Way near Brandelhow Bay

Follow the track to a gate near some buildings

 

The path narrows and starts to climb

Pass the pier on the right; the Keswick Launch calls here with a service to Portinscale and Keswick


Follow the path that leads through the wood beside the lake

Pass the National Trust Hands Sculpture in Brandelhow Park on the approach to Victoria Bay


Continue to follow the path along the lake side

National Trust Hands Sculpture, Brandelhow Park

On the right immediately before the gate at the end of the wood is Low Brandelhow Pier; the Keswick Launch calls here with a service to Portinscale and Keswick





The Cumbria Way, Low Brandelhow

Follow the wide track through the next two fields


(To reach Hawse End Pier for the Keswick Launch, drop down to the right in the second field and follow the lake bank northwards to the Pier - this is the former route of the Cumbria Way)


The Cumbria Way near Hawse End

At the top of the second field go through the gate and turn right onto the road



The Cumbria Way near Hawse End

Follow the road round past the Hawse End Outdoor Centre


Keep to the right after the parking area to follow the main access drive…

The Cumbria Way near Hawse End

…and pass a path leading off to the right signposted to Hawse End Jetty


(To reach Hawse End Pier for the Keswick Launch, follow the path to the right down to the Pier - this is where the former route of the Cumbria Way is rejoined)


Continue along the road

The Cumbria Way near Hawse End

Turn right through the footpath gate immediately after the Derwent Bay entrance onto the fenced path leading into the wood


Follow the path through the wood, cross a footbridge and emerge into a field

The Cumbria Way near Derwent Bay

The road widens at the entrance to Derwent Bay

The Cumbria Way near Derwent Bay

The path, still fenced, emerges from the wood beside a field

The Cumbria Way, Lingholm

Ulverston to Gawthwaite - Gawthwaite to Coniston - Coniston to Skelwith Bridge

Skelwith Bridge to Great Langdale - Great Langdale to Rosthwaite

Rosthwaite to Keswick - Keswick to Caldbeck (Low Route)

Keswick to Caldbeck (High Route) - Caldbeck to Sebergham - Sebergham to Dalston

Dalston to Carlisle


The Route - Rosthwaite to Keswick


Pass between the houses; the road deteriorates into a track

Rosthwaite

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Follow the clear path across the field and go through the gate into Overside Wood beyond

The Cumbria Way, The Park near Swinside

Follow the path through the wood


Where the path forks take the well trodden path to the right and continue to follow the fenced path through the wood

The Cumbria Way, Overside Wood

The lane divides when it reaches the River Derwent


Main Route: Continue to follow the track beside the river


Rosthwaite Stepping Stones Alternative Route: To take the alternative route via Rosthwaite Stepping Stones, bear left and cross the river by the stepping stones, turn right to follow the riverside path beyond

The Cumbria Way near Rosthwaite

To continue on the Main Route:

The track, here paved with large stones, turns left and crosses New Bridge over the River Derwent


Turn right after the bridge


Rosthwaite Stepping Stones Alternative Route:

The alternative route via Rosthwaite Stepping Stones is rejoined after New Bridge is crossed

New Bridge near Rosthwaite, Borrowdale

Follow the broad track beside the river


Go through the right hand of the two gates, keeping on the track near to the river

The Cumbria Way near New Bridge, Rosthwaite

Where the main track turns left away from the river, keep left on the main track and ignore the smaller track leading off to the right

The Cumbria Way near New Bridge, Rosthwaite

The track climbs slightly and winds around a low hillock

The Cumbria Way near Rosthwaite

The track divides near to a gate


Main Route: Keep right on the lower path


Castle Crag Alternative Route: To take the alternative route via Castle Crag, bear left through the gate and follow the path up the field beyond

The Cumbria Way near Rosthwaite

To continue on the Main Route:

Follow the path beside the fence towards the wood

The Cumbria Way near Rosthwaite

Go through the gate into High Hows Wood

Follow the path through the wood

Cross the tumbled mossy remains of an ancient stone wall

The path comes to an area of old slate quarry workings. Pass beside some some stone cairns made from quarry waste

Go through the gap in a stone wall and pass the bottom of a heap of slate waste

Where the path divides, take the right hand upper path

Turn right near a wooden signpost

Pass through a hollow in the rocky ridge and continue along the path beyond

The path, rocky in places, drops down through the wood to a gap in a wall


Go through the gap and continue downhill

Pass the entrance to the Borrowdale Gates Hotel on the right and follow the road northwards

Go through the gate at the end of the path

The Cumbria Way, Lingholm

Where the track joins another track, keep almost straight on taking the small path climbing into the wood

The Cumbria Way near Lingholm

Continue through the wood until the path drops down towards the road


Go through the gap in the hedge at the bottom of the hill and turn right onto the road

The Cumbria Way, Fawe Park

Follow the road to the village of Portinscale

Nichol End, Portinscale

In the centre of Portinscale village, turn right

Portinscale, Keswick

Follow the road past The Derwentwater Hotel

Portinscale, Keswick

Follow the path as it climbs through the wood of Fawe Park

The Cumbria Way, Fawe Park

Pass the turning circle, keeping straight on and onto the fenced footpath

The Cumbria Way near Long Bridge, Portinscale

Cross Long Bridge, the footbridge over the River Derwent


Long Bridge, Portinscale

Follow the path onto a length of old road used as a car park


This old road was formerly the main A594 Penrith to Workington road, before the A66 was built bypassing Portinscale

The old A594 road near Long Bridge

Turn right off the road onto a fenced footpath signed to Keswick

The Cumbria Way near Stormwater Bridge, Keswick

Follow the footpath across the fields

The Cumbria Way near Keswick

At the end of the path go through the gap in the fence and turn left onto a minor road

The Cumbria Way near Greta Bridge, Keswick

Walk up the road to the junction with the main road and turn right

The Cumbria Way near Greta Bridge, Keswick

Cross Greta Bridge and follow the busy main road towards Keswick town centre

Greta Bridge, Keswick

At the mini-roundabout go straight ahead along Main Street and continue into the pedestrianised area

Main Street, Keswick

Keep to the left of the Moot Hall in Keswick Market Square

The Moot Hall, Keswick

Continuation from above


Where the track divides, take the main right hand track leading down to the road


The Cumbria Way near Holmcrag Wood, Borrowdale

The path levels out and crosses open ground before returning to the side of the River Derwent

The path rises through a rocky cutting then descends again to follow the river

Go through the gate

Drop down to a path junction before a bridge


Castle Crag Alternative Route: The alternative route via Castle Crag is rejoined at the path junction

Cross the footbridge over Broadslack Gill

After 75m (80 yds) cross a second footbridge


Turn right after the footbridge towards the River Derwent then left onto a broad track


The nearby pool on the River Derwent, Gowder Dub, is popular with visitors and The Cumbria Way can become very busy here in summer

Pass beside the barrier then keep to the right on the track beside the wall

Continue to follow the track

The track divides after a gateway


Main Route: Keep left on the upper track


Grange Alternative Route: To take the alternative route via Grange village where there are services, keep straight on following the lower track down to the road

To continue on the Main Route:

Follow the track until it meets the road


Keep left and follow the road into the yard in front of Hollows Farm farmhouse


(Hollows Farm was formerly a Youth Hostel)

Leave the yard by the gate at the end of the barn

Cross the farmyard area


Take care, this is a working farm and machinery may be in use


Take the track that slopes up to the left of the stock shed

Cross a second larger footbridge over Tongue Gill

Rosthwaite, Borrowdale

Turn right after crossing a small slabbed bridge

Rosthwaite, Borrowdale

Go through the gate and bear right, following the main track

Continue to follow the track across open ground

Turn right where the track divides when it reaches a wall

After 20m (20 yds) go through the gate into the field


Bear right after the gate and follow the path down the field

The path descends towards the valley floor with the village of Grange below

The path approaches the road near the Borrowdale Gates Hotel



Go through the gate and turn left onto the road


Grange Alternative Route: The alternative route via Grange village is rejoined at the road


This is the nearest point on The Cumbria Way to Grange village

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Rosthwaite Stepping Stones Alternative Route


Continuation from above


If the river is low, take the path to the left that leads down to the ford and stepping stones across the River Derwent

The Cumbria Way near Rosthwaite, Borrowdale

Cross the stepping stones


Caution: The stepping stones should not be crossed if any of them are covered with water; use New Bridge 300m (⅛ mile) downstream instead


 Rosthwaite Stepping Stones, Borrowdale

Turn right through the footpath gate beyond the ford

Footpath near Rosthwaite Stepping Stones, Borrowdale

Follow the path beside the River Derwent

Path beside the River Derwent near Rosthwaite

The Cumbria Way main route is rejoined adjacent to New Bridge


Keep straight ahead


Back to The Cumbria Way main route

Footpath near New Bridge, Rosthwaite

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Grange Alternative Route


Turn right onto the road

Track near Holmcrag Wood, Borrowdale

Follow the road to Grange village

Road near Grange in Borrowdale

Pass between the houses and turn left at the road junction near the centre of the village

Grange in Borrowdale

Walk up the road past the church and follow the road through the village

Grange in Borrowdale

Continue along the road

Grange in Borrowdale

The Cumbria Way main route is rejoined just before the Borrowdale Gates Hotel is reached


Keep straight ahead


Back to The Cumbria Way main route

The Cumbria Way near the Borrowdale Gates Hotel

Cross the access road to Lingholm and continue on the track straight ahead, signposted to Portinscale and Keswick

At the end of the field drop down to the left, go through another gate and cross a small stream

Continue along the lake side path through the woods

Return to the lake side near High Brandelhow Pier

Go down the short steep flight of steps

The path narrows and turns left to the top of some stone steps

Go through the gate in the fence on the right


Follow the path through the wood

Follow the path up the hill beside the wood

Follow the track

Keep left where a path drops down to the right beside the lake


(The path to the right can be followed as an alternative route beside the lake to High Brandelhow Pier, if the lake level is low)

Cross a small bridge onto a stony area (old waste heaps from the Brandelhow Lead Mine) and keep straight on along the path

In front of the cottages, turn right

The Cumbria Way, Manesty Park

 After 110m (120 yds) turn left at the track junction

Go through a gate and follow the track back towards the lake

Follow the lake side path through the trees


In wet weather when the lake is high, the path near Myrtle Bay can become flooded

The Cumbria Way near Myrtle Bay

Go through the gate into the woodland of Manesty Park




Cross a second long boardwalk and continue to follow the path




The path crosses some small streams

Continue to follow the path

Pass through the gate and take the broad left hand track parallel with the wall, away from the lake

Cross a long boardwalk and continue along the path

The Cumbria Way near Park Neb

Turn left where the path joins another, graveled path


(The alternative route rejoins The Cumbria Way here)

Grange to Portinscale

This route description is for illustrative purposes only and should only be used in conjunction with appropriate maps and guide books.  See disclaimer

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Route Sections

Rosthwaite to Grange

Grange to Portinscale

Portinscale to Keswick

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Rosthwaite to Grange

 

Follow the clear track across the field, over a small footbridge, to a wicket gate beside the wood

Portinscale to Keswick