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Skelwith Bridge to Great Langdale

Great Langdale to Rosthwaite

Rosthwaite to Keswick

Keswick to Caldbeck (Low Route)

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Caldbeck to Sebergham

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Cumbria Way

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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 - Dalston to Carlisle








Pass the Cathedral on the right and keep straight on into the Greenmarket


For those who are walking town centre to city centre and who started at the market cross in Ulverston, the Carlisle Cross, a Grade 1 listed structure erected in 1682, is in the centre of the Greenmarket


Turn right at the end of the Caldew Cycleway and then left onto the road; walk up the road beside the railway


Turn right onto Castle Way, a busy dual-carriageway road


The Cumbria Way at the end of the Caldew Cycleway

At the end of a narrower section of path, turn right through Elm Street Floodgate in the flood barrier wall, then left again onto the old railway. This was formerly the Carlisle Goods Lines, closed from 1st May 1984 when a runaway train partly demolished the adjacent viaduct over the River Caldew


Go under Nelson Bridge





The Cumbria Way at Dentonholme

Keep the River Caldew on your right, pass Holme Head Weir and follow the minor roads and paths that comprise the Caldew Cycleway through an increasingly urban landscape







The Cumbria Way at Holme Head

Approaching the buildings of Holme Head, go through a metal gate that leads into a short fenced path


From here onwards The Cumbria Way has an entirely urban character

The Cumbria Way near Holme Head

After a few paces the cycleway goes up a gentle ramp with a fence alongside


Leave the cycleway at the bottom of the ramp and keep to the right of the fence. Follow the narrow unsurfaced path through the trees, alongside the River Caldew


Care is needed, the river bank in the wood is eroding


The Cumbria Way near Cummersdale

Keep to the right of the high factory fence, on the narrow path beside the River Caldew


At the end of the factory fence, turn right ignoring the steps straight ahead

The Cumbria Way at Cummersdale beside the Stead McAlpin factory

The cycleway continues between the railway and the River Caldew, crossing open ground

Walkers on The Cumbria Way near Brownelson

Turn left, then right just before reaching the Nestlé factory. With the factory on your left follow the surfaced cycleway northeast past the factory


Nescafé Cappuccino and Coffee-Mate are the factory’s main products

The Nestlé factory at Dalston

Turn right onto the public footpath signed Cummersdale and the Caldew Cycleway

Start of Caldew Cycleway at Dalston

Follow the footpath down towards the river then turn left towards the Nestlé factory on what is now the Caldew Cycleway


Dalston Cemetery Alternative Route: The alternative route via Dalston Cemetery is rejoined at a small wicket gate in the hedge on the right


To continue on the Main Route:

Continue along Carlisle Road, the B5299, for 275m (300 yds)

Carlisle Road, Dalston
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The Tourist Information Centre is in the Old Town Hall near the Carlisle Cross and marks the official northern end of the Cumbria Way


There is a book to sign in the Tourist Information Centre for those who have completed The Cumbria Way


The Old Town Hall in Carlisle

Leave the wood and continue across open ground beside the river

The River Caldew near Holme Head

Go under the footbridge arch  

Go under the railway at Cummersdale Viaduct, adjacent to the site of the former Cummersdale Station


Pass the Cummersdale River Level and Flow Measurement Station on the right


When the road from Cummersdale Village is joined at Cummersdale Mills, keep straight on beside the River Caldew to the gate of the Stead McAlpin factory

Cummersdale Viaduct

Continue straight ahead along Annetwell Street adjacent to the busy dual-carriageway


Turn right onto Castle Street when almost opposite to the Castle gateway and after passing the Tullie House Museum entrance


Castle Street in Carlisle

Cross Dentonholme South Viaduct over the River Caldew, this viaduct formerly carried the railway




The Cumbria Way on the old railway viaduct over the River Caldew

At the end of the path, rejoin the Caldew Cycleway by turning right onto a broad footpath signposted to Denton Holme

The Cumbria Way near Holme Head

Follow the path behind the buildings

The Cumbria Way near Holme Head

From Dalston Square


Main Route: Take the busy Carlisle Road, the B5299, leading out of the square


Dalston Cemetery Alternative Route: To take the unofficial alternative route via Dalston Cemetery go through the church lych gate


Carlisle Road, Dalston

Main route

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Dalston Cemetery Alternative Route


Continuation from above


An unofficial alternative, not a public right of way but avoiding the traffic is as follows:


From Dalston Square go through the church lych gate

Pass the church entrance

The path turns to cross the old headrace of Cummersdale Mill

Follow the path into the cemetery beyond

Continue straight ahead through the cemetery


Leave the cemetery by a small gate in the corner


Turn right to rejoin The Cumbria Way


Back to The Cumbria Way main route

Turn right onto the path beside the building