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A well-loved 70 mile route through the heart of the Lake District National Park, linking the two historic Cumbrian towns of Ulverston and Carlisle. The route cuts through classic Lakeland country via Langdale, Borrowdale, Coniston, Derwent Water and Caldbeck with plenty of scope for high-level detours. There are a few sections of high, exposed ground but mainly the route keeps to the valleys, providing an excellent introduction to the area. The Way was originally devised by local Ramblers' Association members in the mid-1970s. It is now signed although the waymarking may not be as comprehensive as some other routes. (Extract adapted from Ramblers Association)

The best web sites for General Information and Planning:
Ramblers Association Comprehensive site providing details on the route. Includes an accommodation guide, booking service providers, maps required.

The best web sites for Guided Walking:
Wandering Aengus Treks have their base on the route of the Cumbria Way and have been in continual operation since 2001.
H F Holidays Full guided walking service. Itinerary, dates and prices available on site.
North West Walks Full guided walking service. Itinerary, dates and prices on site.

The web sites that organise accommodation and baggage transfer:
Absolute Escapes offer self-guided walking packages including accommodation and baggage transfer for the whole walk.
Contours Full range of self guided walking services. Very good web site navigation.
Celtic Trails Full self guided walkers service.
Macs Adventures have a full complement of services for the walk to make your walking experience an enjoyable one.
Discovery Travel Full self guided walking service.
Xplore Britain Full self guided walking service.
Mickledore Full support service. Has an option for the walk with shorter stages.
Sherpa Van Renowned baggage transfer service. Accommodation also organised on request if the baggage service is used. Full costs of the service are provided online.
Brigantes Baggage transfer service.

The best web sites for you to plan your accommodation:
S H Systems Excellent range of accommodation. Just type in the location to bring up a list of accommodation in the area. You can sort them by price, postcode or rating.
Ramblers Association The most complete web listing of accommodation on the route.

The best personal journals of the walk:
The Pighole Team Congratulations to Ann Baxter, Jane Salt, Mike Riley, Nick Barber, Ken Hodgkinson, Sean Bond, Gordon Darlington, Neil Scott, Alison Bond and Dave McNeaney for providing the funniest of reports.

The sites for safety advice and emergency services:
Ramblers Association Practical walking advice on keeping safe including a guide to map reading, navigation and a detailed list of the essential gear required on a long distance walk.
Mountain Rescue UK You may need them so take their advice.
GPX Route File
Google Earth Route File
Absolute Escapes Walking Holidays

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