A guidebook to the Cumbria Way, a 73-mile long distance path through the heart of the English Lake District from Ulverston to Carlisle. The route is largely low-level, and accessible to new trekkers, but this guide offers alternative mountain days to climb some of the famous fells en route. The guide divides the route into 5 stages of between 12 and 16 miles, but there is plenty of opportunity to plan your itinerary for a more easy-going 7 to 8 days. The Lake District is a walkers paradise, and there is no better way to experience the fells, lakes and woodlands of the Lake District than by trekking through their midst. This guidebook also provides useful information for every stage, from accommodation to available facilities en route, as well as an annotated OS map and details on points of interest. The result is a guidebook that enhances a walk on the Cumbria Way, as well as providing the walker with the tools to complete the trek.
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About the Author
John Gillham was born in Bournemouth, Dorset but now lives with his wife Nicola in Hoddlesden, a small village in the West Pennine Moors. John has been a full-time professional writer, illustrator and photographer since 1989. His first book, Snowdonia to the Gower: a Coast-to-Coast Walk Across Highest Wales, has been described as one of the classic books on Wales. He also pioneered three other long-distance routes: Lakeland to Lindisfarne, Pennine Ways (an alternative Pennine Way) and the Bowland-Dales Traverse, all of which were published in book form. John's recent books include The Pictorial Guides to the Mountains of Snowdonia Volumes 1-4, Best Day Walks in Snowdonia and the AA Leisure Guide to Wales. John writes regularly for The Great Outdoors (TGO) and has written occasionally for Dalesman, Cumbria Magazine, Trail and Country Walking. He has written and contributed to many AA publications. He has twice won Outdoor Writers&Photographers Guild Award for Excellence, firstly for his guidebook Best Day Walks in Snowdonia and secondly for the outdoor book Coast-to-Coasting (with Ronald Turnbull).
Table of ContentsMap key Overview map Introduction The main route The mountain routes Wildlife and plants Geology (Ronald Turnbull) When to go Getting there Accommodation Safety Planning your itinerary What to take Maps Using GPS Using this guide The Cumbria Way Stage 1 Ulverston to Coniston (or Torver) Stage 2 Coniston to Great Langdale Stage 2A Torver to Great Langdale - mountain route Stage 3 Great Langdale to Keswick Stage 3A Great Langdale to Keswick - mountain route Stage 4 Keswick to Caldbeck Stage 4A Keswick to Caldbeck - mountain route Stage 4B Keswick to Caldbeck - foul weather route Stage 5 Caldbeck to Carlisle Appendix A Route summary table Appendix B Facilities summary table Appendix C Accommodation stage by stage Appendix D Useful contacts