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Cumbria Way

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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


The Route - Dalston to Carlisle



Pass the Cathedral on the right and keep straight on into the Greenmarket


For those who are walking town centre to city centre and who started at the market cross in Ulverston, the Carlisle Cross, a Grade 1 listed structure erected in 1682, is in the centre of the Greenmarket


Carliol Cross, Market Place, Carlisle

Turn right at the end of the Caldew Cycleway and then left onto the road; walk up the road beside the railway


Turn right onto Castle Way, a busy dual-carriageway road


The Cumbria Way, Viaduct Estate Road, Carlisle

Path

At the end of a narrower section of path, turn right through Elm Street Floodgate in the flood barrier wall, then left again onto the old railway. This was formerly the Carlisle Goods Lines, closed from 1st May 1984 when a runaway train partly demolished the adjacent viaduct over the River Caldew


Go under Nelson Bridge





The Cumbria Way, Dentonholme, Carlisle

Keep the River Caldew on your right, pass Holme Head Weir and follow the minor roads and paths that comprise the Caldew Cycleway through an increasingly urban landscape







The Cumbria Way, Holme Head, Carlisle

Approaching the buildings of Holme Head, go through a metal gate that leads into a short fenced path


From here onwards The Cumbria Way has an entirely urban character

The Cumbria Way, Holme Head, Carlisle

After a few metres (yards) the cycleway goes up a gentle ramp with a fence alongside


Leave the cycleway at the bottom of the ramp and keep to the right of the fence

The Cumbria Way near Cummersdale Mills, Carlisle

▲ Path

At the factory gate, keep to the right of the high factory fence, onto the narrow path beside the River Caldew

The Cumbria Way, Cummersdale Print Works, Carlisle

▲ Path

The cycleway continues between the railway and the River Caldew, crossing open ground

The Cumbria Way near Brownelson

Turn left, then right just before reaching the Nestlé factory. With the factory on your left follow the surfaced cycleway northeast past the factory


Nescafé Cappuccino and Coffee-Mate are the factory’s main products

The Cumbria Way near the Nestlé factory, Dalston

After passing St. Michael’s Church of England Primary School, turn right onto the public footpath signed Cummersdale and the Caldew Cycleway

The Cumbria Way, Carlisle Road, Dalston

Follow the footpath down towards the river then turn left towards the Nestlé factory on what is now the Caldew Cycleway


Dalston Cemetery Alternative Route: The alternative route via Dalston Cemetery is rejoined at a small wicket gate in the hedge on the right


The Cumbria Way, Dalston, Carlisle

To continue on the Main Route:

Continue along Carlisle Road, the B5299, for 275m (300 yds)

Carlisle Road, Dalston, Cumbria

The Tourist Information Centre is in the Old Town Hall near the Carlisle Cross and marks the official northern end of the Cumbria Way


There is a book to sign in the Tourist Information Centre for those who have completed The Cumbria Way


The Old Town Hall in Carlisle

Leave the wood and continue across open ground beside the river

The Cumbria Way, Cummersdale Holmes near Carlisle

Go under the footbridge arch  

Millennium Bridge, Castle Way, Carlisle, Cumbria

Go under the railway at Cummersdale Viaduct, adjacent to the site of the former Cummersdale Station

Cummersdale Viaduct over the River Caldew

Continue straight ahead along Annetwell Street adjacent to the busy dual-carriageway


Annetwell Street, Carlisle, Cumbria

Turn right onto Castle Street when almost opposite to the Castle gateway and after passing the Tullie House Museum entrance


Note the map of Hadrian’s Wall set into the pavement


Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria

Cross Dentonholme South Viaduct over the River Caldew, this viaduct formerly carried the railway




Dentonholme South Viaduct over the River Caldew, Carlisle

At the end of the fenced path turn right and rejoin the Caldew Cycleway, signposted to Denton Holme

The Cumbria Way, Holme Head, Carlisle

Go between the bollards and follow the cycleway

The Cumbria Way, Holme Head, Carlisle

From Dalston Square


Main Route: Take the busy Carlisle Road, the B5299, leading out of the square


Dalston Cemetery Alternative Route: To take the unofficial alternative route via Dalston Cemetery go through the church lych gate


Carlisle Road, Dalston, Cumbria

Main route

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Dalston Cemetery Alternative Route


Continuation from The Cumbria Way main route


An unofficial alternative, not a public right of way but avoiding the traffic is as follows:


From Dalston Square go through the church lych gate

Lych gate, Dalston, Cumbria

Pass the church entrance

St. Michael's Church, Dalston, Cumbria

Path ►

Continue to follow the cycleway


Cross the old headrace of Cummersdale Mill

The Cumbria Way near Cummersdale

Follow the path into the cemetery beyond, keeping left at the path junction

Dalston Cemetery, Dalston, Cumbria

Go straight on at the path circle


Dalston Cemetery, Dalston, Cumbria

Leave the cemetery by a small gate in the corner


Turn right to rejoin The Cumbria Way


Back to The Cumbria Way main route

Dalston Cemetery, Dalston, Cumbria

Turn right onto the path beside the building

Dalston church yard, Dalston, Cumbria

Follow the narrow unsurfaced path through the trees, alongside the River Caldew


Caution: Take care where the river bank has eroded


The Cumbria Way, Cummersdale Mills, Carlisle

Follow the narrow almost claustrophobic path between the factory fence and the River Caldew


At the end of the factory fence, turn right ignoring the steps straight ahead

The Cumbria Way, Cummersdale Print Works, Carlisle

Keep straight on beside the River Caldew to the gate of the Stead McAlpin factory


The Cumbria Way, Cummersdale Mills

The cycleway squeezes between the railway fence and the river a second time

The Cumbria Way near Brownelson

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Pass the Cummersdale River Level and Flow Measurement Station on the right


Go through the gate at the end of the cycleway

Cummersdale River Measurement and Flow Station

Continue straight on where another path crosses

Dalston Cemetery, Dalston, Cumbria