Cumbria Coastal Way

The Cumbria Coastal Way is a continuous long distance path, approximately 185 miles in length, following the Cumbria coast from Silverdale on Morecambe Bay at the southern boundary of Cumbria, to the estuary of the River Esk marking the boundary between England and Scotland. Along the way you will trace the coastline of the southern Cumbrian peninsulas with their vast stretches of estuarine sands, pass through the stunning Lake District National Park and the industrial heritage of its west coast, walk along the quiet reaches of the Solway Firth and through rough border country with glimpses of Hadrian's Wall and along the River Eden through the historic city of Carlisle and on to the Esk and beyond to finish in the famous border town of Gretna in Scotland.

Prices are per person based on twin share and include all accommodation in twin share rooms on bed & breakfast basis, luggage transfer, information pack including map & guidebook and our emergency contact.

Single rooms are available. We only apply a supplement for single accommodation when there is a direct cost to us and we cap this in line with our ‘Fair pricing’ policy. Solo walkers pay a supplement of £10 per walking day, plus any single room supplement which may be required.

This is our recommended option for the Cumbria Coastal Way splitting the walk into 13 stages. This itinerary enables the whole walk to be comfortably completed within a fortnight. Most days are around 14 or 15 miles with a couple of longer days of around 17 miles.

Arrive Siverdale and check in.
Day 1 Silverdale to Arnside 7 miles
Day 2 Arnside to Grange-over-Sands 14.7 miles
Day 3 Grange-over-Sands to Ulverston 17.5 miles
Day 4 Ulverston to Barrow-in-Furness 14.6 miles
Day 5 Barrow-in-Furness to Broughton-in-Furness 14.5 miles
Day 6: Broughton-in-Furness to Silercroft/Millom 14.3 miles
Day 7: Silercroft to Muncaster & Ravenglass 13.5 miles
Day 8: Ravenglass to St Bees 13.9 miles
Day 9: St Bees to Workington 14.1 miles
Day 10: Workington to Silloth 17.5 miles
Day 11: Silloth to Kirkbride 16.4 miles
Day 12: Kirkbride to Carlisle 17.9 miles
Day 13: Carlisle to Gretna and return by train to Carlisle 15 miles
Depart Carlisle

If you have three extra days, this option, walking the Cumbria Coastal Way over 16 stages, allows a more leisurely approach to a superb long distance path. Walking the Cumbria Coastal Way over 16 days means that no stage is more than 15 miles and most are less than 14 miles.

Arrive Silverdale
Day 1: Silverdale to Arnside 6.9 miles
Day 2: Arnside to Grange-over-Sands 14.7 miles
Day 3: Grange-over-Sands to Haverthwaite 9 miles
Day 4: Haverthwaite to Baycliff 9.5 miles
Day 5: Baycliff to Barrow-in-Furness 10 miles
Day 6: Barrow-in-Furness to Broughton-in-Furness 14.5 miles
Day 7: Broughton-in-Furness to Silercroft/Millom 14.3 miles
Day 8: Silercroft to Muncaster & Ravenglass 13.5 miles
Day 9: Ravenglass to St Bees 13.9 miles
Day 10: St Bees to Workington 14.1 miles
Day 11: Workington to Allonby 11.5 miles
Day 12: Allonby to Silloth 7.3 miles
Day 13: Silloth to Abbeytown 11 miles
Day 14: Abbeytown to Burgh by Sands 14.5 miles
Day 15: Burgh by Sands to Carlisle 7 miles
Day 16: Carlisle to Gretna & return by train to Carlisle 15 miles
Depart Carlisle

Complete the Coastal Way in two seperate sections

This section on the southern Cumbrian coast takes you from Silverdale on Morecambe Bay to Ravenglass on the Lake District West Coast.

Arrive Siverdale and check in.
Day 1 Silverdale to Arnside 7 miles
Day 2 Arnside to Grange-over-Sands 14.7 miles
Day 3 Grange-over-Sands to Ulverston 17.5 miles
Day 4 Ulverston to Barrow-in-Furness 14.6 miles
Day 5 Barrow-in-Furness to Broughton-in-Furness 14.5 miles
Day 6: Broughton-in-Furness to Silercroft/Millom 14.3 miles
Day 7: Silercroft to Muncaster & Ravenglass 13.5 miles

Depart Ravenglass

The final section of the Cumbria Coastal Way crosses St Bees Head and follows the Solway and Eden to Carlisle before completing the Way with a crossing of the Esk into Scotland.

Arrive Ravenglass and check in.
Day 1: Ravenglass to St Bees 13.9 miles
Day 2: St Bees to Workington 14.1 miles
Day 3: Workington to Silloth 17.5 miles
Day 4: Silloth to Kirkbride 16.4 miles
Day 5: Kirkbride to Carlisle 17.9 miles
Day 6: Carlisle to Gretna and return by train to Carlisle 15 miles
Depart Carlisle

The price includes:

  • All accommodation in twin/double rooms (with private bathroom where available) in guest houses, inns or hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • A Wandering Aengus information pack containing all necessary maps, a current guide book, laminated locator maps for each night's accommodation, and our own weather-proof 'info cards' with local information - including locations and opening times of restaurants, cafes, ATMs, supermarkets etc.
  • Our emergency contact number

Not included:

  • Lunches and evening meals (we provide full details of your options)
  • Extra costs incurred through using escape routes or abandonment of the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses such as drinks etc.

Our Accommodation:

As keen walkers ourselves we appreciate the importance of the place you put your feet up and rest your head in at the end of each day. We very carefully select our accommodations whether they be a cosy pub, family run guest house, or established town centre hotel. We choose places directly on the route or within easy walking distance of it and if we ever have to transfer you because of limited availability, we will always contact you to discuss this and never just leave you to find out later. We provide comfortable, clean and warm twin or double rooms, with private bathroom wherever available. Single occupancy of rooms is also available for a supplementary cost.

Meals:

Breakfast at your accommodation is included in the holiday price. In most cases your accommodation will serve dinner and will be able to prepare a packed lunch for you. Sometimes this will have to be arranged in advance and we will let you know if this is the case. Alternatively you can use our detailed notes to make your own dining and lunch arrangements using local restaurants, cafes and supermarkets.

SILVERDALE: There are regular trains to Siverdale (14 minutes) from Lancaster which is on the main North-West rail link between London and Glasgow.

RETURN: Carlisle is on the main North-West rail link between London and Glasgow.

RAVENGLASS: If you intend to walk the Cumbria Coastal Way in two sections with a split at Ravenglass, this town on the west coast has a limited rail service connecting it to the main North-West rail link either north via Carlisle or south via Barrow and Lancaster. Note that there is no Sunday service.

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Cumbria Coastal Way Map

The Cumbria Coastal Way has no big ascents or high peaks and is suitable for all ages and abilities. The Way has been created by linking existing footpaths and rights of way and in some sections through the negotiation of new footpaths. This is a good introduction to long distance path walking and although the route may not be quite as well way marked as the National Trails, it does have a reasonable level of signage and the excellent Cicerone guidebook which we provide should make navigation a straightforward affair. The Cumbria Coastal Way can be relatively easily completed within 2 weeks or in two seperate sections, breaking at Ravenglass where there is a rail connection.