Caldbeck to Carlisle
We were at the breakfast table looking out over High Pike covered in grey clouds and watching the rain thinking, “This is our last day of walking. We want a dry day,” but it was not to be.
We said our goodbyes to the Briars and took more photos before leaving
The Cumbria Way path was at the end of the drive and after checking everybody was “Tickety boo”, it was off towards Carlisle, following the River Caldrew. The path was easy to follow
with plenty of signs but it was very muddy from last night’s downpour. After about an hour the rain stopped and it looked like it was going to clear up. The weather remained fine for a short time but then the rain started again and we had to negotiate lots of puddles and mud before we arrived at Sebergham church.
Skipping and splashing our way through many more puddles we neared the river which could be heard in full flow and when we saw it, it looked dangerous. We continued until we could see Rose Castle, dated 1230, in the distance.
(It was the formal home of the Bishop of Carlisle until deemed unsuitable in 2009)
We met two people walking their dogs and asked for anywhere suitable for a tea / lunch stop. They suggested Crumbs in Dalston as we were near. In the distance we could see the walker from Chorley heading our way, but we got to the lunch stop first. He joined us for a few minutes before going on his way whilst we stayed for a lovely hot drink and food ready for the last part of the walk. After lunch we donned our wet clothes and it was out into the rain again.
The path now was easy walking following the river and railway lines towards Cummersdale and into Carlisle finding our way to the castle
and the finish. To our disappointment there was no sign marking the end of the Cumbria Way so we checked with the Castle Shop assistant who told us the castle is the end of the walk and she offered to come out in the wet to take our picture.
At the finish in the castle gateway
a man hug before making our way to the hotel Thirty One where we got out of our wet gear. (The landlady was very helpful and dealt with it.) Time to freshen up ready for our celebratory meal and now feeling more human we set off to find somewhere to eat. We came across Casa Romana a little Italian restaurant. The meal was good, the staff were excellent and, best of all, the price was very reasonable. A wonderful end to a wonderful week.
Overall the walk is of moderate level with some hilly sections. It can be very muddy but Cumbria is renowned for its wetness, so picking the ideal/right time to walk “The Way” could be difficult. If I did it again I feel I would do it around May or June as, hopefully, the weather should be warmer and drier at that time of the year.
Finally thanks to the people at MacAdventure for their organisation.