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Cumbria Way
Paddy Dillon  
01 April 2013
UK price £10.99
64pp, 145 x 220mm, 168g

Cumbria Way


Paddy Dillon

"A model of how such guidebooks should be done" - Ulverston's Talk of the Town

The Cumbria Way begins at Ulverston and heads north through the Lake District for 73 miles (123 km) through unspoiled dales, passing stone-built farms, going around charming lakes and running beneath rugged fells. Busy tourist towns and villages contrast with woodland, wild fellside, high passes and remote moorlands. The Way passes over the summit of High Pike (658 m/2158 ft) with panoramic views, and ends by descending to the historic border city of Carlisle.


This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy the Cumbria Way:

  • detailed description of the route from south to north
  • Foreword by broadcaster Eric Robson
  • geology, history, farming and wildlife
  • information about public transport and travel
  • lavishly illustrated, with 80 colour photographs
  • map of the entire route (1:110,000)
  • in robust format, on rainproof paper.
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Foreword and planning extract
2.4 Habitats and wildlife
3.5a Keswick to Caldbeck
  • Eagle Crag from the Cumbria Way

    © Paddy Dillon

  • Cumbria Way on duckboard, near Derwent Water

    © Paddy Dillon

  • Nichol End Marine, from the Cumbria Way

    © Paddy Dillon

  • Seat on High Pike, summit of the Cumbria Way

    © Paddy Dillon

  • Beside the River Caldew near Cummersdale, Cumbria Way

    © Paddy Dillon

  • Cumbria Way on a path approaching Coniston Water

    © Paddy Dillon

Eagle Crag from the Cumbria Way

© Paddy Dillon


From a review in Ulverston's "Talk of the Town"

A model of how such such guidebooks should be done. Cumbria Way has the clearest possible maps … I particularly enjoyed the blunt realism of his advice.

Anyone who works through this guide will learn an extraordinary amount about every aspect of Cumbrian life. The guide is laden with gorgeous and helpful photographs.

Colin Pickthall, Talk of the Town (November 2013 page 11)

From two German walkers (now living in Edinburgh)

My friend and I have just completed the Cumbria Way and we were very thankful for the Cumbria Way Rucksack Reader guide which we had with us.

My friend and I are relatively new to long distance walking and have only done the West Highland Way so far. We felt the Cumbria Way would be much more challenging to find the “right way” from Ulverston to Carlisle but with the help of your guide it was relatively easy and very well described – which we felt was necessary as the waymarking in some areas was quite difficult to find or non-existent.

Now we are looking forward to planning the next walk. We haven’t decided which one yet, but I am sure we will be using one of your guidebooks.

Simone Seifert and Petra Hartmann, by email

From a review in the Backpacker magazine, summer 2013

This easy-to-read and informative guide provides background information on the Lake District including geology, wildlife, farming and is illustrated with great photographs to whet your appetite for the walk.
It is a very useful guide for planning your walk, with information on public transport, waymarking, route profile and facilities (including camping) on route.

There is a detailed route description broken into seven sections, each with clear information on distance, likely terrain, grade and detailed step by step instructions. However it must be noted that that the guide notes are written for a walker going from South to North and would have to be reversed if you were starting at Carlisle.

Reviewed by Colin Smith on page 24

Reviewed by Irish Mountain Log, Spring 2013

The Rucksack Readers format is great for anyone travelling a trail … The combination of booklet and map in a rainproof spiral binding is extremely practical.

The 63 pages are packed with useful and relevant information – transport, accommodation, realistic walking distances and lovely little quirky details. … The text is written by someone who obviously loves this beautiful part of England and wishes to share it with others. … I would recommend both the format and this publication in particular.

Dairine Nuttall, Nordic Walking guide, County Wicklow, IML 105 p56

From an online review

The guide gives four alternative route breakdowns for you to complete the walk in 5, 6, 7 or 10 days which is very useful with lots of photos and diagrammatic images.

As with all Rucksack Readers guides the Cumbria Way has travel, accommodation and general info for each section. Very good bus route, rail route and ferry map on page 7! Bus numbers very useful.

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Bonus content

GPX route file

1. A route change in 2018 has simplified the route and improved the views. Please replace the first three bullets on page 27 with the following:

  • Turn right and walk 200m down a steep road, turning left as signposted through a gate.
  • Walk straight across two fields, then turn right to walk diagonally down through two more fields and cross a step-stile over a fence.
  • Cross a little stream and climb stone steps, then walk across a field to a farm called Stony Crag. Go through two gates just to the left of the farmhouse, then spot a marker on a telegraph pole on the right, showing the path leading onwards.

Our online route map and GPX files both show the updated route, which is now about 300 m shorter than before.

2. Page 24: Ulverston no longer has a Tourist Information Centre in the Coronation Hall, but there’s a Visitor Information Point in its Market Hall, New Market Street.

3. On page 42, note that Lingholm estate (bullet 2) now has a café.

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