2019 – Cumbria Way

Introduction

Sometime in early January 2019, Steve and I were having a discussion of where our next walk should be.  Although the Camino Way in 2018 was memorable, scenically we felt a little disappointed.

The Spanish towns were interesting, other walkers / pilgrims from around the world were also interesting and the camaraderie between us all was special, but there were just too many people. It’s one of those goals that every walker must achieve in their life time and we could tick it off on our bucket list of walks.

  We both agreed that we wanted to see superb dramatic scenery, give ourselves a challenge and just hope the weather would be kind to us, so we opted for the Cumbria Way. 

We did this walk in 2012, some seven years ago, as you can see from the list of walking journals.    Steve discussed the idea with Derek, his brother; we all checked our commitments and agreed on the month of May.   I then made the arrangements with Macs Adventure, our regular tour company. Once booked it was down to some serious training. Well that was the plan!

Training

With months ahead of us to train it seemed we had plenty of time. Derek would be left to his own devices as he lives down south. Steve and I on the other hand could work together: it was not to be.

We were both busy enjoying life and placating our spouses by doing domestic duties around the house etc.  I would be off in our motorhome for days at a time.

Steve then came up with the idea that as our wives had put up with us doing these annual walks it was about time we showed our appreciation.

After exploring the internet he was able to arrange an excellent short break at Llandrindod Wells, Wales.  This comprised of a two nights stay in a luxury hotel, including six course dinners, champagne on arrival, spa, swimming pool, and sauna/steam room. No wonder he is Head of Logistics. Here we were able to do some walking in the area of 5 or 6 miles each day.

At home Steve would head to the gym for his usual cardiovascular workouts and we both played golf during the week, but not enough serious walks were being done. We did manage to walk along the local canals towards Kidderminster on the warmest day for April, and then we did a circular walk around the Long Mynd in Shropshire followed by two 10 to 15 mile walks in and around Clent Hills. 

Derek had been doing more training than us. He had completed a few 14 mile walks but had developed a blister on his foot in an awkward position. Doctor’s advice was to rest as much as he could, but Derek needed to train.  After recuperating a while, the blister was still there and was causing him some concern. However, with sensible advice and care, he decided to try short walks, which was fine; the blister didn’t bother him too much. Then, to Derek’s surprise, it was giving him pain whilst not walking, so it was back to the doctor, who prescribed more rest.

Eventually things did improve in the foot department, but now an issue with his knee was developing. Time was getting ever closer to the start of the Cumbria Way.  After seeking further medical advice and consideration as to what was required- bandages, blister pads, ibuprofen – Derek was able to come up with a plan. If he felt it was too much, he would move on to our next B&B by bus and he had a set of bus timetables at the ready.  Phew!!!

Route

Ulverston to Carlisle

  • Day 1     13/05/19    Home to Ulverston
  • Day 2     14/05/19    Ulverston to Coniston 16miles / 26km
  • Day 3     15/05/19    Coniston to  Great Langdale 10.5miles / 17km
  • Day 4     16/05/19    Great Langdale to Rosthwaite 8.5miles /14km
  • Day 5     17/05/19    Rosthwaite to Keswick 8miles / 13km
  • Day 6     18/05/19    Keswick to Caldbeck 18miles / 29km
  • Day 7     19/05/19    Caldbeck to Carlisle 15miles / 24km
  • Day 8     20/05/19    Carlisle to home

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