3 independent reviews for Cumbria Way walking holiday, Lake District

Reviews for Cumbria Way walking holiday, Lake District

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review 7 Oct 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Walking the Cumbria Way is an exciting exploration of the history and geology of this part of England. The most memorable moment was cresting Stake Pass and descending into the remote and grand valley of Langstrathe Beck with its stone walls reaching the crags that cap the fells. The valley remains an empty and timeless wilderness. Eventually the Way emerges into the lush, pastoral communities of Stonethwaite and Rosthwaite.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Sturdy boots and good rain gear, including a pack cover are necessary, as are sunglasses and sunscreen. The weather is variable. You'll see more if you have done some reading about the history and the area. We were thankful to have our maps and Cumbria Way guide book, essential.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, we appreciated the friendly and helpful locals we met and felt that as tourists we were participating in the life of the community.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We have a deeper appreciation of our English heritage and met some wonderful people along the way, locals and other walkers. The holiday provider did very well by us as there were no problems with accommodations, or trail advise. Also a pick up in Bassenthwaite to be driven to Lakeside Country Stay and then returned in the morning went smoothly, and that was in fact our favorite lodging.

Read the operator's response here:

Good Morning Diana & Clinton Thank you for your review and kind words. This is a great walk that many people overlook with so much to see. We are pleased you enjoyed our walking holiday as we have always try to help clients enjoy the great countryside the Uk & Ireland has to offer, Please accept our online 5% discount voucher with our compliments. This voucher can be used when booking online and may be redeemed against any holiday solely operated by ourselves with a total cost in excess of 500 booked before 31st December 2016 We look forward to hearing from you again Regards Paul Day

review 13 Sep 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The two most memorable place was Stake Pass where we crossed the mountains from Langdale to Rosthwaite. We also made a very enjoyable detour to Catbells on our way to Keswick. Of the places we stayed, Millbeck Farm was nicest: a very old farmhouse in beautiful surroundings.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Have always in your daypack something to eat and drink. In one case our accommodation (Red Lion, Lowick Bridge) was closed when we arrived in the afternoon and we could not have anything to eat or drink before evening. Also, I would not necessarily start at Ulverston. We could have skipped the first day from Ulverston to Lowick Bridge and finish at Caldbeck instead of Keswick.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I suppose so.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had superb weather all the time, could not have been better. That plus a really nice route through stunning landscape made it perfect.

review 19 Jul 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Most memorable: being dive bombed by a kestrel near Bassenthwaite. Fortunately we had walking poles... Most exciting: various parts of the walk were very beautiful

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bear in mind that the way marking is poor and indeed non existent in places. Get the cicerone guide and also the Rucksack Readers "Cumbria Way"; plus the biggest scale ordnance survey map and a compass. Good warm and weatherproof walking clothing is essential even in July.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. It certainly supported local businesses, e g B & Bs in remote areas

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Good

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