Walking in Cumbria

Cumbria offers a huge range of walking options for people of all levels of experience and ability: 

  • For the hardened fell walker to the occasional stroller 
  • For young families to the more elderly 
  • For the less mobile and disabled             

There are miles and miles of footpaths, bridleways and tracks that are open to the public either as rights of way or as permissive paths.  They traverse high fells, meander down scenic valleys, pass through woodlands, cross fields and follow lake sides.  A number of trails have been made suitable for wheelchair access.  Suitable maps, clothing, footwear and equipment are always recommended when walking in Cumbria, especially on higher ground - the weather conditions can change very quickly, even in summer.  Many of the most popular walking areas can be reached by public transport, with special services operating in the summer months to assist visitors.  Visit the Council's e-library to view and download PDF versions of bus timetables. 

The Countryside Access team has produced a number of hard copy and downloadable leaflets which promote areas around the county and highlight walks of interest. The hard copy versions describe recommended walking routes from railway stations (Oxenholme and Grange-over-Sands currently) in south Cumbria. The downloadable series promotes walks which can be undertaken on Open Access land. Further details and download information on all the routes is available within the Open Access web pages.

The County Council website does not set out to duplicate detailed information on walking routes, so please use these links to find out more.  Please note that Cumbria County Council does not accept any liability for the operation or content of external websites.