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Cumbria Way

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Walk through the car park to emerge onto the road at the far end


Caldbeck Village Alternative Route: The alternative route via Caldbeck village is rejoined when the road is reached

Caldbeck

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Keswick to Caldbeck (High Route) Alternative

Pass the Moot Hall and leave Keswick Market Square by the south east corner

Continue along Main Street past The Royal Oak Hotel

Turn left onto the road at the junction of several tracks at Nether Row


The Cumbria Way (High Route) alternative re-joins the Low Route here

The Cumbria Way (Low Route), Nether Row

Follow the track to the hamlet of Nether Row

The Cumbria Way near Nether Row

Turn left into Station Street

Walk up Station Street

Keep straight ahead onto Station Road at the junction with Penrith Road, beside the war memorial

Continue along Station Road crossing the bridge over the River Greta

Where Station Road turns right, pass the path leading to the Keswick Leisure Pool and Fitness Centre entrance and continue up the hill

After 50m (55 yds) turn left onto a footpath leading up a grassed area towards the Leisure Pool and Fitness Centre

Turn right immediately before reaching the Leisure Pool and Fitness Centre building

Follow the path beside the Leisure Pool and Fitness Centre to the parking area

Follow the car park exit road to the mini-roundabout on Brundholme Road

On the opposite side of the roundabout go up the path by a wooden fence

Turn left and follow the path parallel to the road behind the new houses

Go through the gate at the end of the path

Cross the small road and follow the continuation of the path on the other side

The path continues beside the road

At the end of the path turn right onto Brundholme Road

Keep straight on along the road

Turn right opposite the houses into Spoonygreen Lane (N 54°36.419’ W 03°08.120’), signposted Skiddaw 4 miles

Spoonygreen Lane end, Brundholme Road, Keswick

Follow the lane as it rises and crosses a bridge over the busy A66 road

Spoonygreen Lane, Keswick

Keep straight on to a gate (N 54°36.560’ W 03°07.878’), just beyond a house on the left (Spooney Green)


Go through the gate


(Point of interest… The spelling of the lane is Spoonygreen Lane, the house is Spooney Green, two words and with an ‘e’)

Pass an open space on the right and keep straight ahead following the track up into the wood


There is an information board beside the track where it enters the wood

Spoony Green near Keswick

The track climbs steeply through the wood


Keep straight on up the hill, ignore a gated track leading off to the right

The Cumbria Way, Spooney Green

After passing some open ground on the left, the track forks. Keep right continuing to climb on the much larger path through the trees


Where a track trails in from the right by an old stone gatepost. Keep straight on

The track turns sharp left and crosses a small stream


20m (25 yds) after crossing the stream, the path divides


Keep left on the lower path

The Cumbria Way, Ewe How near Keswick

The track swings sharply right and approaches another path junction (N 54°36.783’ W 03°07.649’)


Keep left to follow the larger track

Continue climbing through the wood

The Cumbria Way, Ewe How

Shortly after the track turns sharp left and crosses a small stream, go through a gate (N 54°36.896’ W 03°07.477’)


The track narrows to a path crossing open fell side

The Cumbria Way below Mallen Dodd

Pass an information board on the left and continue along the main path

The Cumbria Way, Round How

The path continues to climb past Gale Ghyll Woods


Follow the main path with the fence to your left

The Cumbria Way by Gale Ghyll Woods

Continue straight on where the footpath from Latrigg Summit trails in from the right (N 54°37.085’ W 03°07.239’)

The Cumbria Way, Mallen Dodd

The path turns and crosses the head of Gale Gill, then climbs steeply…

The Cumbria Way, Gale Gill

… to a gate onto Latrigg Car Park (N 54°37.105’ W 03°06.938’)


Go through the gate

The Cumbria Way, Latrigg Car Park

Turn right and and walk up the car park

Latrigg Car Park

Go over the stile (or through the adjacent gate) at the top corner of the car park (N 54°37.080’ W 03°06.909’)



Turn left and follow the path beside the wall

The Cumbria Way, Latrigg Car Park

Go through a gate and continue straight ahead

The Cumbria Way near Latrigg Car Park

Turn left at a fence corner and continue to follow the fence

Go through a gate leading onto the open fell then take the right hand, lower track (N 54°37.210’ W 03°06.724’)


(The often busy left hand track climbs to the summit of Skiddaw)


The stone cross on the bank up to the left is The Hawell Monument dedicated to two nineteenth century Skiddaw shepherds


The Cumbria Way near Whit Beck

Follow the track

The track drops down into the valley of Whit Beck

Cross Whit Beck by the ford (N 54°37.419’ W 03°06.746’)

The track climbs steeply away from the ford…

…then follows a fence across the lower slopes of Lonscale Fell

Continue to follow the track


Ahead is Blease Fell forming the western shoulder of Blencathra

Go through a gate (N 54°37.480’ W 03°05.725’) and continue to follow the path straight ahead

The path crosses the steep fell side

Continuing across Lonscale Crags on a rocky terrace (N 54°37.616’ W 03°05.755’)

Follow the track, passing a corrugated iron barn on the right

Go through the gate and cross the bridge over the stream beyond



Turn right onto the track


Go through the small wooden gate beside the cattle grid and continue to follow the track

Turn left in front of the shed and drop down to the gate

Follow the wall on the left, pass the end of the shed

Continue to follow the wall until it leads to a small gate in the corner of two walls


Go through the gate

The path approaches the buildings at Potts Gill

Follow the path downhill beside the stone wall

The path becomes less rocky

Continue to follow the path

Cross a small stream (N 54°37.797’ W 03°05.833’)

The path continues across the fell side high above Glenderaterra

Follow the path towards the head of the valley

The path descends and then levels out again


The conical mountain directly ahead is Great Calva


To continue on the Cumbria Way (Low Route) Alternative:

From the path junction (N 54°39.148’ W 03°06.373’), take the path uphill to the gate of Skiddaw House

Turn right onto the track


(This track is the only road access to Skiddaw House)

The track descends into a wide open valley


This area, a part of Skiddaw Forest, is known locally as Back o’ Skiddaw


The grey summit of Skiddaw is to the left, the shapely peak of Great Calva to the right

The track descends to a ford where it crosses the River Caldew

Cross the adjacent footbridge

Rejoin the main track

Follow the track as it climbs across the open fell

At the top of a rise the track bends to the left …

… dips down and crosses Dead Beck …

… and continues to climb gently across the open fell


This is a very exposed section of The Cumbria Way in winter weather

The track approaches a summit

The highest point of The Cumbria Way (Low Route) between Ulverston and Carlisle is reached where the path levels out at the summit (NY279305), approximately 489m (1,606 ft) above sea level

Continue to follow the track as it starts to descend


Ahead on a clear day is a distant view of the Solway Firth and the Scottish Hills

The head of the valley of Dash Beck is reached

The track clings to the valley side as it continues to descend

The track steepens and turns sharply to the left to double back on itself









45m (50yds) after crossing Potts Gill, turn left at a path junction

The path drops down and crosses the remains of a bridge over Potts Gill


Some of the abandoned workings of the Potts Gill Mine are to the right of the path just before the stream is crossed

The path can be wet in places

Follow the path across the fell side

After approximately 9m (10 yds) take the path to the right climbing gently away from the wall

When the track turns sharply left downhill into Little Fellside, continue straight ahead

The track approaches Little Fellside

Continue to follow the concreted track

Keep left beside the wall then follow the concreted track

Keep to the left of the buildings and go through the gate onto the fell

Follow the track between the walls

After the last of the houses and at the end of a high wall on the right, turn right

Continue past the cottages

The road approaches Fell Side

Continue to follow the road

Follow the road through Branthwaite village and cross the attractive stone bridge over Branthwaite Beck

The road drops down to Branthwaite

Pass the entrance to Bonners Farm and continue to follow the road passing Askew Mire Farm on the left

Follow the road

Cross the substantial stone bridge over Burblethwaite Beck

Pass the farm of Burblethwaite on the left and go through the gate beside a cattle grid


Continue along the road

Follow the road to a bridge


Go over the bridge and turn right at the road junction beyond

Keep straight ahead when the track joins a minor road


Ulverston to Gawthwaite - Gawthwaite to Coniston - Coniston to Skelwith Bridge

Skelwith Bridge to Great Langdale - Great Langdale to Rosthwaite

Rosthwaite to Keswick - Keswick to Caldbeck (Low Route)

Keswick to Caldbeck (High Route) - Caldbeck to Sebergham - Sebergham to Dalston

Dalston to Carlisle


Keswick to Caldbeck (Low Route)


Low Route or High Route?

The High Route between Skiddaw House and Caldbeck is shorter but more challenging.  It crosses open high ground and if you have any doubts about your navigational competence, follow the local advice, “If the tops of the fells are in cloud, take the Low Route


Keswick to Caldbeck (High Route) Alternative

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This route description is for illustrative purposes only and should only be used in conjunction with appropriate maps and guide books.  See disclaimer

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Route Sections - Keswick to Caldbeck (Low Route)

Keswick to Latrigg Car Park

Latrigg Car Park to Skiddaw House

Skiddaw House to Peter House Farm (for Bassenthwaite)

Peter House Farm (for Bassenthwaite) to Orthwaite

Orthwaite to Fell Side

Fell Side to Nether Row

Nether Row to Caldbeck

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The path changes character from pleasant to the dramatic in a few metres (yards) as it crosses the lip of steep sided Glenderaterra, with Glenderaterra Beck far below

Cross a footbridge (N 54°38.459’ W 03°05.903’) …

… a small stream

… and pass a ruined hut

A junction of paths is reached at the Guide Stone, a large boulder beside the path (N 54°38.517’ W 03°05.896’)


The path to the right descends 5.3km (3¼ miles) to Threlkeld


Keep straight ahead to follow The Cumbria Way

The path approaches and then runs alongside a stone wall

At the end of the stone wall (N 54°38.752’ W 03°05.809’) continue across the open fell

Continue to follow the path

The path approaches a gate

Go through the gate (N 54°38.952’ W 03°05.764’) and follow the path uphill beyond


Water regularly stands under the left hand gate.  The landowner has unhelpfully wired and padlocked the right hand gate shut, forcing walkers to wade through the puddle


In clear weather Skiddaw House can be seen in the distance

The path crosses a heathery moor


 

Cross the footbridge over Salehow Beck (N 54°39.049’ W 03°05.994’)

The path climbs towards Skiddaw House

Go through the remains of a gate in a broken down fence

Pass a pile of stones

The path passes a ruined building and follows the wall in front of Skiddaw House

At the end of the wall, at the path junction, turn left to continue on the Cumbria Way (Low Route) to Caldbeck

or

To follow the alternative Cumbria Way (High Route) to Caldbeck, turn right and take the path leading downhill beside a broken wall

The track continues to climb through the heather

Latrigg Car Park to Skiddaw House

Keswick to Latrigg Car Park

 

Skiddaw House to Peter House Farm (for Bassenthwaite)

The track narrows to a path crossing open fell side before passing through a thicket of gorse bushes

Continue to follow the path

Fell Side to Nether Row

Go through the small wooden gate to the right of the cattle grid

Continue to follow the track

Keep right where the path turns right

Nether Row to Caldbeck

The track drops down to cross a small bridge over Blea Wath then climbs again round a sharp right turn





Leave the road and turn right through the gate to follow the track beyond

The Cumbria Way at Longlands