Category Archives: Cumbria

Eden Way: Ninety-nine steps to Armathwaite Bridge

9.34 miles 5h 24m ascent 240m Wetheral-Armathwaite (Eden Way) Well, that was some walk. The Eden Way Guidebook has Carlisle to Armathwaite as a single day but being <insert jocular self deprecating adjective here> we chose to split it over … Continue reading

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Eden Way: Britanniar Regina to Wetheral Cross

7.1 miles 3h 10m ascent 82m Carlisle-Scotby-Wetheral Continuing our Eden Way Walk. Picking up in Carlisle, downstream of which we have walked both banks of the Eden, on the Hadrian’s Wall trail (south bank) and the Cumbrian Coastal Way (north … Continue reading

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Eden Way Part 1

5.81 miles 3hr 1min ascent 34m Rockcliff to Esk Boathouse This was the final leg of our Cumbria Coastal Way, heading north from Rockcliffe up to the Esk Boathouse, but also the first part of the Eden Way, from Desmesne … Continue reading

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Eden Way Discovered: Rockcliffe to Spa Well

8.07 miles (there and back) 4h 50m ascent 65m Rockcliffe to Spa Well (Cumbria Coastal Way) A beautiful day. Easy walking in riverside meadows, fields and paths. A couple of kissing gates but more often stiles, mostly well constructed with … Continue reading

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Cumbria Coastal Continued: 1

7.77 miles (4.01 miles) 3h 53m 79m ascent Rickerby Park-Spa Well Hadrian’s Coastal trail, which we had walked in 2019, follows the old Cumbria Coastal Way from Ravenglass to Bowness where it meets the Hadrian’s Wall Trail. The Cumbria Coastal … Continue reading

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Hadrian’s Coastal Route 8: Hudson Bay to the Solway

7.19 miles 2h 55m 9m ascent Anthorn to Bowness-on-Solway An unco sough i’ the gloamin’An’ a flaff o’ risin’ win’,A glisk o’ stoundin’ watersBy the weirdly licht o’ the mune,An’ the fell dark tide o’ SolwayComes breengin’, whummlin’ in. Dorothy Margaret … Continue reading

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Hadrian’s Coastal Route 7: Paths long neglected and meadows unmown

Criffel, sitting on the western horizon like a paused sunset, was our companion for much of this trail. But now our attention was drawn towards Anthorn’s radio masts, which shifted around like a compass as our direction of travel changed. We walked beneath a grey sky but in warm summer air. There had been heavy thunderstorms the day before and the the rain machines were taking a well earned break. Continue reading

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Hadrian’s Coastal Route 6: Great Expectations

This was a walk of several distinct sections each with its own challenges, joys, and emotions. The salt marshes were only one part of this day’s walk, but they worried me more than any other section when planning the route. I paid very close attention to the weather and tides, and had my escape routes planned but I was still not sure I would walk across them when we started walking that morning. I am pleased we did. The day’s walk left me with a feeling of accomplishment but it was not without its challenges. Continue reading

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