Category Archives: Cumbria

Frigidus Ventus: Hadrian’s Wall IV

10.46 miles 5h 17m ascent 257m Walton-Thirlwall “Bitterly cold with strong winds and snow showers”. That forecast by the Met Office was spot on. Temperature -1°C, easterly winds at 28mph, gusting to 40 mph, snow showers and a ‘feels like’ temperature … Continue reading

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A diversion averted: Hadrian’s Wall III

10.1 miles 4h 55m ascent 128m Rickerby-Walton This section of the route was relatively straightforward, along minor roads, farm tracks, riverbank, and sheep filled fields, without any tricky navigation. And we had time to drop in on the aircraft museum … Continue reading

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The Three Detours: Hadrian’s Wall II

9.6 miles 4h 55m 98m ascent Burgh-by-Sands to Rickerby We had been to Edward I’s statue in Burgh-by-Sands at the end of our previous section, so we began this one with a visit to the memorial marking the place he … Continue reading

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Ave Maia: Hadrian’s Wall I

9.4 miles  4h 19m  60m ascent Bowness-by-Solway to Burgh-by-Sands The first stage of our Hadrian’s Wall Path Walk was from Bowness-on-Solway to Burgh-by-Sands, mostly on minor roads through tidal marshland. We parked at a small car park just beyond Bowness, … Continue reading

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Cumbria Way: Lethera – mud, rain and barbed wire

12.2 miles 6h 7m 98m ascent (207m descent) Cumbria way: Churchtown-Carlisle This was the final leg of our Cumbria Way walk: St Mary’s Church Sebergham (which is not in Sebergham) to Carlisle’s Market Cross. The forecast 12 hours before the … Continue reading

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Beyond the Shibboleth: Cumbria Way – Sethera

10.8 miles 6h 14m ascent 490m Swineside-High Pike-Caldbeck-Sebergham-Churchtown Pronunciation of Sebergham….SEBrum (source: Cumbrian friend). Rain was forecast and the forecast was on the mark. While driving down to Cumbria, though, the sky was blue and the sun was shining. A … Continue reading

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Cumbria Way: Pimp – the glyndwr of terra and the cold river

9.8 miles 5h 21m 456m ascent Keswick-Glenderaterra-Caldew Valley Miles 46-56 of the Cumbria way. This was the first section where we used two cars, leaving one in Keswick and the other close to the Cumbria Way near Mosedale. The weather … Continue reading

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Cumbria Way: Methera – the valley of the fortress to the oaken river

8.3 mikes  4h 44min 192m ascent Rosthwaite-Keswick It might sound a little more like a journey in the Lord of the Rings than the Cumbria Way, but we were neither beset by orcs nor tempted by an accursèd ring, and … Continue reading

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Cumbria Way: Tethera – Langdale and Langstrath

8.5 miles  5h 59m  ascent 410m   Old Dungeon Ghyll- Stake Pass-Rosthwaite This was our third Cumbria Way walk. The official third stage runs from Dungeon Ghyll to Keswick but we decided to split the walk and end this day … Continue reading

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Cumbria Way: Tyan – Sunshine in Great and Little Langdale

12.8 miles 6h 44m 454m ascent Coniston-Old Dungeon Ghyll Without doubt the main theme of this section of the Cumbria Way was the weather. I don’t know how warm it was during the day but it was 28°C when we … Continue reading

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