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Cumbria Way

July 7, 2024
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  • Value for Money
  • Personal Service
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • No single supplement (UK only)
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You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

If you want to experience the wonders of the Lake District – this is your holiday. The trek covers the best scenery to be found anywhere in the UK as it meanders over fells, by lakes and rushing streams and waterfalls.

We specialise in offering guided walking holidays for solos and singles in locations across the UK and Europe. Unlike many other walking companies which offer solos holidays as an extra, we are unique in that we only deal in solos guided walking.  We also design bespoke holidays for special groups.

  • Six Days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Five Nights
  • Location: Lake District
  • Cumbia Way - Ulverston to Carlisle

What you get on a Secret Hills Break

  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite five nights nights. 
  • Dinner- two courses
  • Lunch- except first day
  • Sole Occupancy
  • Personal service
  • Expert guiding- friendly, local guides that know the area superbly well
  • Transport to walks start and finish as needed
  • Full baggage transfer as needed.
  • Flexibility
  • No single supplement
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • Full joining details prior to your holiday
  • Our administration support from the point of booking to you joining the holiday

Hotel and Meals

We use two hotels on this Cumbria Way holiday

Guided walking for solos and singles in the Lake District

For nights 1,2 and 3 we use the Newby Bridge Hotel

Your evening dinner is two courses chosen from three- so a main course and either a starter or pudding, and should you want an extra third course, then the hotel will charge you for this.

For nights 4 and 5 we use the George Hotel in Penrith 

Dinner is taken in each hotel’s restaurant. Lunch on this holiday is packed/or pub lunch dependent on the routes taken.

Great reasons to join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover the countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for solos and singles.
  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
  • We always use good hotels.
  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit at one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.


The Newby Bridge Hotelis on the main A590 road to Barrow.

Junction 36 of the M6. Follow signs to Barrow. After 10 miles the hotel is on your left as you enter Newby Bridge.


This is a point to point walk starting in Ulverston and ending Carlisle.  We use accommodation in Newby Bridge and Penrith.  There are good transport links to both, which we recommend you investigate, as you will not need your car except to transfer from Newby Bridge to Penrith on the 4th day.

If you travel by public transport – we will transfer you and your luggage to Penrith on the 4th day.

To Newby Bridge; train services to Ulverston and Windermere.  Then bus to Newby Bridge.

To Windermere – bus to Newby Bridge.

The walk ends in Carlisle.  We will use the train to return to Penrith.  From there are good train links to the rest of the UK.

Day1:  Arrival for 2pm – and optional afternoon walk (3 hours) followed by ‘welcome dinner’

Day 2: The start of our Journey…..Ulverston to Coniston 15.5miles A delightful introduction to the Cumbria Way as we start our journey from Ulverston, beginning through undulating pastures and farms, and progressing to colourful open commons and tarns before a splendid lakeshore finish at Coniston .Return transport 5pmGuided walking in the Lake District

Day 3: Transport to Coniston at 09.15am. Coniston to Dungeon Ghyll/ Great Langdale 12.5 miles Today will be mostly walking on well used paths, and through the heart of central Lakelands ‘low country’ passing two extremely beautiful pieces of water of Tarn Howes and Elterwater. Transport return 4.30pm

Day 4: Transport 9.15am – leave your luggage for onward transfer.Great Langdale to Keswick 15 miles This stage is the very heart of Lakeland, leaving Langdale by way of a splendid mountain pass, followed by a magical walk along the green valley floor of Borrowdale and by Derwentwater, passing through the pretty hamlets of Rossthwaite and Grange to finish in Keswick. Transport return 5.30pm to George Hotel Penrith.

You will need to pack your bags and check out of the Newby Bridge Hotel on the morning of Day 4.  Your bags will be taken to the second hotel, the George in Penrith and you will join them at the end of the day.

Night 4 and 5 – the George at Penrith

Day 5: Transport to Keswick 9.00am. Keswick to Calbeck 15 milesSolos and Singles guided walking in the Lake District

This last Lakeland day is extremely undulating and takes us into rugged / remote terrain as we cross back of Skiddaw then ascend onto High Pike before ascending to our finish at Caldbeck. Transport return at 5.30pm.

Day  6 Transport to Caldbeck.9.15am, Check out of hotel. Caldbeck to Carlisle. 14.5 miles.  

A gentle end to our journey along the river Caldbeck to the village of Dalston, then onto Carlisle.  Option to end the walk at Dalston and take the train back to Penrith/or a taxi as needed.

 We expect to finish around 5pm for the journey back to the George Hotel to pick up your bags/return to your car/onward transport.


Although our leaders are well trained and experienced in dealing with different capabilities of our walking clients, if they have any concerns about any client’s ability or suitability to undertake safely any walking activity we plan or feel that participation of an individual may affect the groups safety and cohesion, then they have full permission to exclude that client from an activity.

They will always try to provide and alternative suggested activity, though this may involve the client in additional local cost.

We rarely have to enforce this above recommendation, but it is a sensible and necessary protection for the individual client, the group, and the leaders.



Meet New Friends

Its all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secrethills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekends activities – but its good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.

“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.

You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for traveling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.

Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.

Oh – by the way – its not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like minded friends – just relax and enjoy.

Just arrive and enjoy.

How to Book

To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.

Reserve online  – once you have chosen your holiday, click on Proceed Booking and complete the online form. If you have difficulty reserving online, please  contact us (tel: 01694 723600, email: info@secrethillswalking.co.uk) and we will assist you to complete your booking.


Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone. You may pay by the following methods when you book online…

  • Paypal – if you have a Paypal account, simply click on the link to the Paypal website.
  • Credit / Debit card – we use Paypal to host our credit/debit cards facility because it is a very secure system. So if you want to pay with a card, simply click on this option which will take you to our page on the PayPal website. Check in there as a “Guest” to enable your card payment. You do not need to have a Paypal account for this transaction.
  • We will also accept a Bank Transfer – you will find our account details on the booking form.
  • Finally, we will also accept a cheque payable to Secret Hills Walking Holidays and sent to: Secret Hills Walking Holidays, 35 Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH

Please note than an initial deposit is required with each booking regardless of which payment method you choose. Your booking will be accepted when your payment (deposit or full balance) is received. Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.

It is important that you read the terms and conditions before you sign the booking form.

Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.

Grades and Difficulty

Grade of walk and Terrain

There are several steep sections where your fitness needs to be good, and sections where the walking is on good paths and is moderate in nature.  Some ground may be boggy and wet, particularly if the area has had wet weather

Each day’s hike- from 12 miles to 16 miles – from 6 hours to 8 hours continuous walking. You need to have a good level of walking fitness to complete the Cumbria Way. The pace of walking over this terrain equates to an average of 2.5 miles per hour.

None of the Cumbria Way days includes anything technically difficult, but it does require physical and mental stamina to walk 10-16 miles day after day

Our challenge routes require a confidence in your ability to complete the route in required timescales.  

We only change the itinerary of these routes when there is a safety risk due to eg weather, or route closure.

Packed lunch will be provided each day. You will just be required to carry your day pack of water, food, waterproofs, spare clothes, camera.

You must be a confident walker and have walked either by yourself or in a group at the standard described in this description.  You will require good boots with ankle supports and good wet weather gear. You need a rucksack that can hold all your wet weather gear, and plenty of water – at least 1,5 litres.



The Lakes are home to England’s deepest lake Wastwater; longest lake Windermere and highest mountain, Scafell Pike In fact there are only 5 peaks over 900m in England and they are all here in Cumbria.

Guided walking in the Lake District

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you want to delve into our deep, sometimes dark past or simply enjoy some stunning surroundings, there’s plenty of local history and heritage to keep you interested in the scenic highlights of the Lake District.

A fantastic place.

The Cumbria Way- a superb, guided walking experience

The Cumbria Way is a classic 72-mile linear long-distance footpath which bisects Cumbria from the market town of Ulverston, near the coast of Morecambe Bay in the south, to the historic city of Carlisle on the Scottish Border in the north. In between the two it passes through the real heart of The Lakes and will show you some of the Lake District’s most famous and spectacular scenery on this very undulating walk.

Guided walking in the Lake District

The route uses the valley systems wherever possible and therefore over most of its length it avoids the high fells. Lakeshore paths, ancient green lanes, and paths at the bottom of steep sided valleys, all form part of this stunning route. However, there are two sections in the higher fells, both on established tracks. Between Langdale and Borrowdale, over Stakes Pass, and between Keswick and Caldbeck, over the flanks of Skiddaw, both sections will really show you the beauty of the rugged Lakeland fells.

Many people walk the Cumbria Way using self-guided information and maps.  We are unique, the only company who offer a complete GUIDED experience, with our Lake District leaders as your tour leaders. 

We also have organised the five and a half days of walking using two hotels.  We take transport out to the start and from the finish of each day. This allows you to settle in your own room, and make yourself comfortable, taking the strain of either bag carrying or packing up each morning for baggage transport.

Guided walking in the Lake District

The final half day of Cumbria Way, 4.5 miles, from Dalston through the housing estates of Carlisle, is not usually covered by our guided program.  It can be organised by prior arrangement.  Our usual program is 67.5 miles.

This holiday is designed for competent regular walkers, who can walk without difficulty for 5.5 days consecutively and between 6 and 8 hours per day. We need a minimum of six walkers to run this programme




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David Fellows

Solo Traveller

Hello Alan,
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Cumbria Way walking holiday last week. The Lakeland scenery was wonderful. Bridget and Alvina were great guides and their local knowledge added much to the experience. The two hotels we stayed in were most welcoming and comfortable and the food was good too.
I enjoyed the company of my fellow walkers as well.
I haven’t taken this kind of holiday before but would certainly consider doing another one in the future.
Thank you and kind regards,

July 25, 2023

Glenys Rugman

Solo Traveller

I would not have chosen to do the walk self guided so appreciated having walk leaders who lived in the area. The holiday arrangements worked well.

July 24, 2023

Betty Pride

Solo Traveller

Hotel Staff friendly & helpful, bedroom fine. Very well organised. I was grateful for the provision of a leader for myself on the last day so that I could have an easier walk.

July 24, 2023

Kay Gaitsell

Solo Traveller

1st class guided walking holiday. Great leaders. No complaints whatsoever. Carry on the good work.

September 30, 2020

Julia Carroll

Solo Traveller

I have holidayed with Secret Hills before. Very well organised. Nice hotel in a very nice position. Food was good. Room had everything. Friendly atmosphere. I did (enjoy the guided walking).

September 30, 2020