This text describes two trails through Cumbria. The Cumbria Way (75 miles) runs right through the heart of the county from Ulverston to Carlisle. This is classic Lakeland walking taking in both farmland and mountin scenery: Coniston Water, Tarn Hows, the Langdale Pikes, Langstrath, Borrowdale, Derwent-water and Back o'Skiddaw. It is a balanced route that splits into five sections of about 15 miles, on established paths along the valley bottoms and through the fells.
A walk of more variety and contrast is The Allerdale Ramble (50 miles). Starting at Seathwaite deep in the Lakeland fells, it travels to Keswick via a scenic walk, and continues through the northern fells via 3000ft Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake to the market town of Cockermouth.
Each of these walks can be completed comfortably in a week's holiday for those who are reasonably fit, or can be split into shorter day walks.