Cumbria

England, United Kingdom
 (27 votes, 27 reviews)
Cumbria is a non-metropolitan county in the North West of England. Cumbria came into existence as a county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. The county consists of six districts, and has a total population of 498,800 (2007).
Cumbria, the third largest ceremonial county in England, by area, is bounded to the west by the Irish Sea, to the south by Lancashire, to the southeast by North Yorkshire, and to the east by County Durham and Northumberland. Scotland lies directly to the north.
A predominantly rural county, Cumbria is home to the Lake District National Park, considered one of the most beautiful areas of England.
The area has provided inspiration for generations of British and
foreign artists, writers and musicians. Much of the county is mountainous, with the highest point of the county (and of England) being Scafell Pike at 978 m (3210 ft). All the mountains in England that are over 900 metres (3,000 ft) above sea level are in Cumbria.
Parts of Hadrian's Wall can be found in the northernmost reaches of the county, in and around Carlisle.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Arnside Circuit
9.1 mile trail near Arnside, United Kingdom
n/a
9.1 mi/
14.6 km

Lake District National Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Wordsworth's Grasmere and Rydal
Grasmere was once the home of William Wordsworth.You can visit two of his former homes,Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount
Easy
7.9 mi/
12.7 km
Haystacks and Buttermere walk
8.3 mile trail near United Kingdom taking in Buttermere lake and a modest sized fell
Easy
8.3 mi/
13.4 km
The Vale of Rydal Cycle Route
A 12 mile circular mountain bike route around the scenic lakes of Rydal Water and Grassmere.
Easy
11.8 mi/
19.0 km
Windermere and Bowness
A 12 Mile circular cycle route.
Easy
11.9 mi/
19.2 km
Moderate
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
The Crinkle Crags from Great Langdale
A demanding 8.7 mile trail near Great Langdale in Cumbria.
Moderate
8.7 mi/
14.0 km
Grizdale Circular Mountain Bike Route
11 mile circular Mountain bike route split on/off road through Grizdale mountain trails.
Moderate
10.9 mi/
17.5 km
Moderate
18.0 mi/
29 km
Moderate
23 mi/
37 km
Coledale round - lake district
9.7 mile trail near United Kingdom
Difficult
9.7 mi/
15.6 km
Pillar Rock and Great Gable
12.5 mile trail near Ennerdale, United Kingdom
Difficult
12.5 mi/
20 km
10 in 10 Challenge rerun
16.7 mile trail near Cumbria, United Kingdom
n/a
16.7 mi/
27 km
St Johns in the Vale circular walk from Thirlspot nr. Keswick
5.0 mile trail near Keswick, United Kingdom
n/a
5.0 mi/
8.0 km
Buttermere, Red Pike, Bleabury Tarn
7.9 mile trail near Buttermere, United Kingdom
n/a
7.9 mi/
12.7 km
The Helvellyn Skyline
9.9 mile trail near Grasmere, United Kingdom
n/a
9.9 mi/
15.9 km
A Skiddaw Circuit
7.0 mile trail near Keswick, United Kingdom
n/a
7.0 mi/
11.3 km
Guides
Circular cycle ride South West of Bowness on Windermere
Circular cycle ride South West of Bowness on Windermere
Bowness-on-Windermere, England, United Kingdom
 
Moderate: 17.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Circular cycle route along side of Coniston Lake
Circular cycle route along side of Coniston Lake
Claife, England, United Kingdom
 
Moderate: 23 miles, Half day
23 Mile circular route
Claiffe Heights, Windermere circular cycle route
Claiffe Heights, Windermere circular cycle route
Claife Heights, Windermere
 
Easy: 10.7 miles, 1-3 hours
Glenridding to Howtown - A cycle route around Ulswater Lake
Glenridding to Howtown - A cycle route around Ulswater Lake
Patterdale, England, United Kingdom
 
Moderate: 21 miles, Half day
Grizdale Circular Mountain Bike Route
Grizdale Circular Mountain Bike Route
Hawkshead, England, United Kingdom
 
Moderate: 10.9 miles, 1-3 hours
11 mile circular Mountain bike route split on/off road through Grizdale mountain trails.
Windermere and Bowness
Windermere and Bowness
Windermere, England, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 11.9 miles, 1-3 hours
A 12 Mile circular cycle route.
Cartmel circular cycle ride
Cartmel circular cycle ride
Cartmel, England, United Kingdom
 
Moderate: 18.0 miles, Half day
10 in 10 Challenge rerun
10 in 10 Challenge rerun
Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 
16.7 mile trail near Cumbria, United Kingdom
Haystacks and Buttermere walk
Haystacks and Buttermere walk
Buttermere, Cumbria, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 8.3 miles, Half day
8.3 mile trail near United Kingdom taking in Buttermere lake and a modest sized fell
The Vale of Rydal Cycle Route
The Vale of Rydal Cycle Route
Ambleside, England, United Kingdom
 
Easy: 11.8 miles, 1-3 hours
A 12 mile circular mountain bike route around the scenic lakes of Rydal Water and Grassmere.
Loughrigg Fell - Ambleside
Loughrigg Fell - Ambleside
Ambleside, England, United Kingdom
 
Moderate: 6.0 miles, Half day
Pillar Rock and Great Gable
Pillar Rock and Great Gable
Ennerdale, England, United Kingdom
Difficult: 12.5 miles, Full day
12.5 mile trail near Ennerdale, United Kingdom
Community Trips
Lake District Photo
Lake District Photo
Lake District Photo
Lake District Photo
Lake District - Scafell Pike
by michal_s on May 24, 2009
9.0 miles
Highest mountain in England conquered. Approach through corridor route and descent on the other side to create a small loop. Easy path most of the way.
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Scafell Pike from Wasdale via the Corridor Route
by TheSquare on May 11, 2009
Wasdale, England, United Kingdom
9.8 miles
This is a classic walk from Wasdale Head to Scafell Pike via the Corridor Route, Lamb Foot Dub & Great End, returning via Lingmell.
Helvellyn Summit (Wythburn, United Kingdom) Photo
Stridding Edge Helvellyn summit (Wythburn, United Kingdom) Photo
Thirlmere  (Wythburn, United Kingdom) Photo
Thirlmere  (Wythburn, United Kingdom) Photo
Helvellyn via Backdoor
by TonyW on Dec 13, 2009
Wythburn, England, United Kingdom
4.7 miles
Another one, off the beaten track this is not for the faint hearted it is a little toughy, it will sort the men from the boys. The destination is Brownrigg Well just to the west of Helvellyn summit. The summit can easily be added into the hike. The start takes you along the forest track and lulls one into a false sense of security. Once you leave the track by the bridge...
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Old Man of Coniston via Goats Water and Brim Fell
by payneb12 on Oct 17, 2009
Coniston, England, United Kingdom
7.8 miles
This walk is very popular - although not always via the route we took.Starting at Coniston village we skirted round the base of the 'Old Man' and continued up past Goats Water (with stunning views of Dow Crag), up onto the ridge of Goats Hause, slight detour north until we found the right past back over Brim Fell - and on to the top of Coniston Old Man. The decent was via...
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Looking down on Derwent WaterWalla Crag (Keswick, United Kingdom) Photo
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Walla Crag via Ashness Bridge
by TonyW on Dec 11, 2009
Keswick, Cumbria UK, United Kingdom
6.8 miles
A nice leisuerly walk with a little easily attained hieght, With spectacular views in all directions. Blencathra and Skidaw dominate the northern skyline whilst to the west, Catbells, Causey Pike and Grisdale Pike rise above Derwent Water. Don't forget your camera.
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Grasmere Rydal Circuit
by gselmer on Dec 12, 2008
Grasmere, England, United Kingdom
7.5 miles
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Lingmoor, Side Pike and Blea Tarn
by TheSquare on May 14, 2008
Langdale Valley, England, United Kingdom
3.2 miles
This is a great little walk from the National Trust car park opposite Blea Tarn.
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At the top Photo
Great Hike in Ambleside, Lake District, England
by brodie on Jun 02, 2008
Ambleside, England, United Kingdom
3.3 miles
It was an awsome hike that got a little bit iffe at times. Read the full story at - http://www.brodiemcculloch.com/awsome-hike-in-ambleside-lake-district
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Coniston Old Man and Swirl How
by TheSquare on Oct 16, 2009
Coniston, England, United Kingdom
6.4 miles
An afternoon walk taking in the ridge from Coniston Old Man to Swirl How.
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Stickle and Caw 'figure of eight'
by Loweswatercam on Mar 13, 2010
Ulpha, Cumbria, United Kingdom
6.1 miles
A trip to the south west of the Cumbrian Lakes to climb two minor peaks.Despite their size, they are deserving of praise as the walking through undulating countryside and rough crags is of top quality.Full pictures and report @http://www.loweswatercam.co.uk/100313_Stickle_and_Caw.htm

Reviews
fisherman
Fantastic weather, temperature inversions, broken spectres and a great place to stay; Coledale Inn at Braithwaite.
Visited on Nov 03, 2015

by fisherman on Feb 28, 2016
fisherman
Long weekend break based in Coniston. Climbed Scafell again after a 10-year break!
Visited on Apr 11, 2014

by fisherman on Apr 18, 2014
fisherman
Excellent 3-night stay in Keswick. B&B accomodation; Strathmore Guest House, first-class as usual.
Visited on Mar 26, 2014

by fisherman on Apr 01, 2014
fisherman
Stayed in Keswick for 4 days over the May Day Bank Holiday. Three interesting walks, including a very misty/cloudy outing over Crinkle Crags, with mostly decent weather plus an excellent day cruising on Lake Windermere.
Visited on May 07, 2013

by fisherman on May 10, 2013
fisherman
Excellent walking, excellent accomodation and the weather wasn't too bad either!
Visited on Apr 13, 2013

by fisherman on Apr 24, 2013
timothyselvage
Always a wonderful experience. Take your thermals and waterproofs, suncream and shorts - you can never predict the weather!! :-D If you're in Keswick stop off at the Dog and Gun for some hearty Goulash.
Visited on Mar 18, 2012

by timothyselvage on Mar 18, 2012
knee0
I completed the Workington to Barrow Charity Walk (W2K). It is 32 miles in distance following loweswater, crummock, Buttermere lakes. Then over Honister Pass and into Keswick via Grange. Very picturesque and all for a good cause
Visited on Mar 11, 2012

by knee0 on Mar 15, 2012
Yorkie71
As ever, the Lake District never disappoints.
Visited on Feb 14, 2012

by Yorkie71 on Feb 16, 2012
bob_the_hiker
Lovely walking, but short and wet days limit enjoyment of the area.
Visited on Dec 04, 2011

by bob_the_hiker on Jun 11, 2012
rdtoward21
Excellent, really enjoyed it.
Visited on Nov 23, 2011

by rdtoward21 on Dec 23, 2011
Gear
Be well prepared before starting this trip because it is quite hard to pursue 5 days consecutively due to the many obstacles, gates, wet and muddy paths and meadows with stones, and the constant up and downhill terrain, especially when the weather conditions get somewhat harsh.However the wonderful landscapes and pure nature do compensate for all the efforts.
Visited on Sep 17, 2011

by Gear on Sep 21, 2011
Yorkie71
Had a fantastic walk around Silverdale today.
Visited on Aug 14, 2011

by Yorkie71 on Aug 14, 2011
Yorkie71
Had a great walk from Staveley to Windermere along the Dales Way.
Visited on Jul 31, 2011

by Yorkie71 on Aug 01, 2011
shmoula
I loved it - ebautiful countryside, warm people...
Visited on Jul 21, 2011

by shmoula on Oct 22, 2011
colinsmith
A Great Challenging Route
Visited on Jul 14, 2011

by colinsmith on Mar 12, 2013
payneb12
Always a lovely walk in the Fells!
Visited on May 22, 2011

by payneb12 on Jan 07, 2013
fisherman
Long weekend away with Yvette, Andy & Jane. We had intended to climb Scafell from Wha House on the first day but poor weather put paid to that and we escaped to the Northern Fells and climbed Carrock Fell & High Pike instead. Saturday saw us walk from Dockray onto Hart Side before contouring onto The Dodds and finally Clough Head before descending to Wanthwaite Bridge and the waiting taxi (Jane!). Sunday was the best day in terms of weather and we chalked off the Greenburn Round in an anti-clockwise direction. Post-walk we headed for a drink in Grasmere which was heaving as the Easter Holidays began. We stayed at The George Hotel in Keswick, excellent accomodation and a bar at the bottom of the stairs - perfect!
Visited on Apr 17, 2011

by fisherman on Feb 12, 2012
RAFAUBIO
Lake District es una tierra increíble dondé pasé 3 años de mi vida con un clima duro tanto como sus tierras pero tan, tan absolutamente lleno de rincones increíbles que podría haber vivido muchos más sin parar de encontrar pequeñás maravillas en cada revuelta de sus intricadas carreteras, pistas, sendas.
Visited on Aug 19, 2010

by RAFAUBIO on Oct 02, 2011
G6WTM
What more can you say about fellwalking in the Lakeland Fells except Fab?!!
Visited on Aug 16, 2010

by G6WTM on Mar 18, 2011
eponemuss
Heaven on Earth!Weather was great, as was the company. Recommend Near and Far Sawrey (Home to Beatrix Potter).
You can visit her home with NT, if you don't mind crowds!

Visited on Aug 06, 2010

by eponemuss on Apr 08, 2011
yodaboy
Some great walking but weather liked to turn really quickly
Visited on Jul 24, 2010

by yodaboy on Jan 31, 2011
John_Hobson
Cumbria is a fantastic location for walking. There are some great places to stay. Why not try one of our self-catering lodges at www.lakedistrictholidaylodges.co.uk?
Visited on May 20, 2010

by John_Hobson on Jun 12, 2011
mickwarren
Visited on Jan 01, 2010

by mickwarren on Nov 28, 2010
alcocol
Same as the Lake District, Keswick and the Northern parts are 'less' touristy, and probably more challenging.
Visited on Nov 30, 2009

by alcocol on Apr 06, 2011
siregarbakker
Cumbria is een prachtige omgeving met mooie uitzichten en wijds uitzicht. De hoogteverschillen zijn wel eens lastig, maar absoluut de moeite waard!
Visited on Jul 16, 2009

by siregarbakker on May 13, 2012
mw
Gorgeous National Park scenery, Cumbria caters for many outdoor activities. Can get busy in Summer months but then thats just a testimony to its popularity! Great for natural mountain bike trails, hiking etc.
Visited on Apr 04, 2009

by mw on Feb 05, 2011
widneslad
top banana great day on a hill

by widneslad on Jul 01, 2011

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Buttermere, Grasmere, Hiking, Coniston, Lake District, Outlying Fells, Water Yeat, Loweswatercam, Skiddaw, Beacon Tarn, hiking., ambleside, Cumbria, fell walking, keswick, walking, Wainwrights, Helvellyn, Wainwright, Beacon Fell

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