What to expect when walking the Cumbria Way

I’ve been eyeing a walking trip in the English Lake District for several years now. The time never seemed to be right, but I finally made a time to go do it. The cool thing is that my dad came with me. The trail was not exactly what we expected, but it was a lot…

Day 4: Rosthwaite to Keswick

This was our final day and we knew it deep to our bones. We had accomplished the mountain leg the day before and two more days before that. We had already fully acknowledged that dad and I are novice hikers and we were sore. According to my map, this was a less scenic day as…

Handsome Sheep

My father and I walked a portion of the Cumbria Way in Northwest England over four days (Read day one starting here). Sheep are an ever present companion on the trail as so much of the trail runs beside and through sheep fields. Sheep poop too, but that is less photogenic. I have written a…

Day 3: Dungeon Ghyll to Rosthwaite

We reluctantly left the comforts of the Old Dungeon Ghyll and headed out to the highest day of our portion of the Cumbrian Way. There are higher passes on the complete way, but they are beyond Keswick where dad and I stopped. We ate our hearty English breakfast and picked up our packed lunch at…

Day 2: Coniston to Dungeon Ghyll

The first day of our Cumbria Way hike exhausted us completely, but we had heard from the guys at the pub that our second day should be easier. The woman who brought us heaping plates of eggs and sausage for breakfast agreed. Now that we have hiked the day, I would agree it is indeed…

Day 1: Ulverston to Coniston

This was our first day walking the Cumbrian Way, so we really didn’t know what to expect. It was a super long day and crossed a lot of varied landscapes. It was also the learning day. Learning how to read our map and navigate with book directions. It was learning what a stile was and…

Food in Cumbria

One of the great joys of travel is exploring local food as you go. My dad and I walked a portion of the Cumbrian Way this June and encountered a lot of great food. England isn’t particularly well known for its food, but I think that is a shame. We found a number of great…