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Long Distance Walks

Coast-to-Coast Walk

Devised by the late Alfred Wainwright in 1973, this demanding route runs for 190miles (304km) between St Bees and Robin Hoods Bay. It links Irish and North Seas via high tops in the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks. In Eden, the route runs from Patterdale to the western shore of Haweswater and then through Shap, Orton and Kirkby Stephen. For more information visit The Wainwright Society website.

Get help organising your walking holiday on the Coast to Coast with these two Eden-based operators Coast to Coast Packhorse and Contours Walking Holidays.


The Cumberland Way

Although now classed as an 'old route' this 80mile (129km) walk takes in the historic county of Cumberland and the Lake District National Park. The route begins in Ravenglass, heading through Nether Wasdale and Keswick before following the old coach 'road' around the foothills of the Helvellyn range to Aira Force waterfall in Ullswater. The Cumberland Way then follows a path around Gowbarrow Fell, with magnificent views over Ullswater to enjoy, to the village of Dacre, before continuing to Eamont Bridge, Penrith.

Contact Penrith Tourist Information Centre for more information.


Pennine Way National Trail

Britain's most challenging long distance route follows the Pennine mountain range for 268miles (429km) from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. You can walk short sections of the route in Eden with walks from Garrigill and Dufton.

Visit the Pennine Way National Trail website for more information or contact Penrith Tourist Information Centre.


Alternative Pennine Way

Although an old route, now out of print The Alternative Pennine Way is a rather lower level route than the Pennine Way which passes through attractive villages and points of interest. The Way descends from the high fells to reach the River Tees then crosses the fells to High Cup, Great Dunfell and Cross Fell then descending to Alston to reach the Northumberland National Park and Hadrian's Wall.

Contact Penrith Tourist Information Centre for more information.


The Pennine Journey

This is a long-distance footpath of 247miles (398 km), of which 53miles are within Eden including parts of the Eden Valley and Pennines. The footpath is based upon a circular walk which Alfred Wainwright undertook in 1938, setting off from Settle to Hadrian's Wall and back. The following year he wrote about his 'Pennine Journey' which was published in 1986. More information is available on the Pennine Journey website or from the Wainwright Society.

The Ravenber Way

This is a long distance walk of 210 miles (336.8km), which passes through two National Parks and other areas of outstanding natural beauty.

The walk commences at Ravenglass; it passes Lakeland's finest array of high peaks, climbs over the high Pennines, traverses the northern moors and Cheviot Hills and ends at Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The route follows existing rights of way in the form of footpaths, bridleways and tracks. Split into fourteen sections, it travels through a diversity of attractive scenery - mountains, high hills, rolling moorland, expansive forests and lush river valleys. There are options of alternative routes.

The way visits charming villages and towns and the journey includes a wealth of fascinating local history. Copies of the guidebook are available from Penrith Tourist Information Centre.

The Howgills and Limestone Trail

This 76 mile long-distance walk from Kirkby Stephen to Settle takes you through picturesque and, in parts, demanding area of Cumbria and North Yorkshire - with a short diversion into Lancashire.

It draws its inspiration from Alfred Wainwright's Walks in Limestone Country and Walks in the Howgill Fells. The route has strong associations with railways. It passes over the spectacular Smardale Gill viaduct, and close to the Stainmore Railway, the disused Ingleton and Tebay Railway, and the Settle to Carlisle railway. Visit the Howgills and Limestone Trail website for more details.


The Dales High Way

This stunning high level route was devised by walkers in 2007. It's an exhilarating and challenging 90 miles that is gaining in popularity every year.

The walk starts in the World Heritage village of Saltaire and goes north through the Yorkshire Dales before crossing the Howgill Fells in a dramatic ridge walk. After Newbiggin-on-Lune the route reaches the isolated waters of Sunbiggin Tarn, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, before crossing Great Asby Scar, the finest area of limestone pavement in the UK outside Ingleborough. The Eden valley continues to surprise and delight as the way passes the picturesque Rutter Mill and its stunning waterfall before finishing with a riverside ramble into Appleby where walkers can catch the train to return on England's most beautiful railway line - the Settle to Carlisle.

Information about the route including suggested itineraries is available from www.daleshighway.co.uk

 

The Westmorland Heritage Walk

The Westmorland Heritage Walk was devised by Mark Richards and Christopher Wright and first published in 1987. It is an attempt to approximately circumnavigate the old county of Westmorland and, in doing so, enjoy the stunning scenery on offer.

By taking all the high level routes, the walk measures 200miles (322km) on the map and considerably more on the ground when all the twists and turns of the many steep paths are taken into account.

Starting in Arnside, the route travels through Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh, passing through Kirkby Stephen, Dufton, Milburn, Eamont Bridge and Patterdale, before returning back through Ambleside to Arnside.

Contact Penrith Tourist Information Centre for more information.


Lady Anne's Way

This classic long distance route runs for 100miles (161km) from Skipton to Penrith and passes through some stunning scenery on its journey. Starting from Skipton Castle, the walk passes through the Yorkshire Dales on its way into the Upper Eden Valley and through Kirkby Stephen and Appleby before finishing in Brougham, Penrith.

The route was inspired by Lady Anne Clifford who travelled repeatedly between her castles and the route takes in the ruins of these historical buildings.

Contact Penrith Tourist Information Centre for more information.


Yorkshire Dales Centurion Walk

The Centurion walk is 100miles (161km) and described as an adventure walk around the Dales and Howgills and may be split into short or long distances. No route description is available, just a set of grid references and the names of the places to visit en route. The framework is one of five stages, each with a starting point, with the choice left to the individual walker of what to visit and what to avoid. Route options include ascents of the 'Yorkshire Three Peaks' (Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent) - along with the Coum, the Calf, Nine Standards Rigg, Tan Hill, Buckden Pike, Great Whernside and Plover Hill.


Yoredale Way

A 101mile (163km) walk starting in York and finishing in Kirkby Stephen. Between these two points the walker will pass through Yorkshire, before achieving their objective amongst the grandeur of the Pennines. Along the route are many interesting towns and villages to explore.  


Lakeland to Lindisfarne

This 199mile (320km) coast to coast walk starts from Ravenglass in the Lake District to Holy Island off the Northumberland coast. The route takes the walker over the Pennines and both high and low level alternative routes are offered.


The Eden Way

This 78 mile (126km) route follows the River Eden from the Solway Firth through quiet countryside to the source on Mallerstang Edge, south of Kirkby Stephen. The route visits Carlisle, Wetheral, Armathwaite, Kirkoswald, Langwathby, Appleby, Warcop and Kirkby Stephen before finishing on Black Fell moss on the Mallerstang Edge.


The Miller's Way

The Miller's way is a 51mile walk between Kendal and Carlisle and runs through Eden. Created by Carr's Breadmaker to commemorate the company's 175th anniversary, it's based on the original journey made by Quaker Miller Jonathan Dodgson Carr, who founded the Carr's flour, bread and biscuit dynasty in Carlisle on June 29 1831 after leaving his home town of Kendal.

A route guide can be purchased from Penrith Tourist Information Centre. Information is also available about the launch of the walk on the Carrs Breadmaker website.


South Tyne Trail

The South Tyne Trail is a 22¾mile (36.5km) route set in the North Pennine Hills. The route flows with the river, from the source downstream to Haltwhistle. The source to Alston is approximately 9½miles (15.5km). From here you can discover a rocky limestone plain. Once you arrive in Alston you start the journey to Haltwhistle approximately 13miles (21km) at the South Tyne Railway. The trail runs adjacent to the railway track. This route is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs on most of the route between Alston and Haltwhistle.

Purchase a South Tyne Trail Leaflet from Alston Tourist Information Centre.


Isaac's Tea Trail

Isaac's Tea Trail is a 36 mile circular route within the North Pennines AONB that links Alston with Allendale in Northumberland. The trail follows in the footsteps of Isaac Holden, an itinerant tea seller and local philanthropist of the 1800's. The countryside is one of stunning landscapes of river valleys and heather moors, where reminders from Isaac's times and even further back are never far away. The full route can be undertaken over a long weekend or more comfortably doing shorter sections and taking longer. Isaac's Tea Trail has been described by The Guardian as "England's last great wilderness trek."

The Isaac's Tea Trail booklet is available at Alston Tourist Information Centre and Penrith Tourist Information Centre and gives a more detailed account of his life and contains an illustrated guide to the route. For more information on the walk please visit www.northumberlandlife.org/teatrail