The Cumbria Way Ultra

The Cumbria Way Ultra Saturday 17th/18th September 2022

This year will be the final year that Pure Outdoors Events organises the Cumbria Way Ultra and Cumbria Way Ultra 30. If you'd like to join us for one last time then please get your entry in before Wednesday 7th September...

Please note that due to the closure of the Cumbria Way footpath between Dalston and Cummersdale, both the CWU and CWU30 will finish at the Dalston Checkpoint for this year. This makes the CWU 68.4 miles/110.1km, and the CWU30 24.9 miles/40km.

All bunk bookings for Carlisle Castle will be refunded. We will transport any competitors with hotel bookings in Carlisle from Dalston to Carlisle. Competitors will be allowed to sleep at the Dalston CP, but please note this will simply be floor space at the Hall. Showers are available at the Finish in Dalston.

The CWU30 coach will still pick up from Carlisle at 08:00 on Saturday 17th as usual, but will also pick up at The Square, Dalston, en route to the Start in Keswick. 

The CWU coach will still pick up in Carlisle at 10:30 on Sunday 18th, at the Castle Car Park, Devonshire Walk, Carlisle CA3 8AN, and will also pick up at The Recreation Hall, Dalston at 11:00, en route to Ulverston.

The Cumbria Way Ultra is a fully waymarked 73 mile trail ultra race which passes through the varied terrain of the beautiful Lake District, giving over 10,000 feet of ascent. The route follows the iconic trail which was first devised in the 1970s by local members of the Ramblers. The Cumbria Way Ultra provides a relatively low-level crossing of the Lake District National Park, following tracks and paths along valleys and over passes in the midst of stunning and varied scenery. It passes Coniston Water, Tarn Hows and Dungeon Ghyll and crosses Stake Pass to Borrowdale, Derwent Water and Keswick. The route continues to Caldbeck passing Skiddaw House and over High Pike, the highest point on the trail. It then follows the Caldew valley to Carlisle.

The Cumbria Way Ultra is open to Solo runners and Relay Teams of 5. 

The Cumbria Way Ultra 30 Saturday 17th September 2022

Starting in Keswick at 12:00 noon on Saturday 17th September 2022, follow the final 30 miles of the Cumbria Way Ultra to finish at Carlisle Castle. Choose the shorter option as an introduction to the full route; a great first ultra trail event with all the atmosphere of the 'big one'. With a generous 12 hour cut off time you have until midnight to reach Carlisle castle. The route will be fully waymarked with 2 checkpoints at Caldbeck and Dalston, with runners provided with SI Timing cards and trackers. Enter via the Cumbria Way Ultra entry link, choosing the 30 option. 

Registration for the Cumbria Way Ultra 30 will be held at the Rawnsley Centre, Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5NP on Saturday 17th September from 09:30 - 11:00. All competitors must carry the full Mandatory Kit list, see below, this will be checked at Registration. There will be a Coach transfer available from Carlisle to Keswick on Saturday 17th, leaving at 08:15 to drop off in Keswick at 09:15. This coach transfer is £15 which is pre bookable and payable via the online entry system.


The Cumbria Way Ultra and Cumbria Way Ultra 30 will take place on Saturday 17th/Sunday 18th September 2022. 


The Cumbria Way Ultra starts at 06:00 at The Gill in Ulverston in the South Lakes, in front of the distinctive sculpture by Chris Brammall, which marks the official start of the Cumbria Way trail. The Cumbria Way Ultra 30 starts at 12:00 at the Rawnsley Centre, Keswick. Both events finish at the stunning Carlisle Castle in the North Lakes.

The Route?

The Cumbria Way Ultra and Cumbria Way Ultra 30 route gpx files 2021 are available to download below.

The Cumbria Way Ultra gpx file 2021 - right click, and 'save link as' a gpx file to download. 

The Cumbria Way Ultra 30 gpx file 2021 - right click, and 'save link as' a gpx file to download.



The Cumbria Way Ultra is a fully waymarked route. There will be with 5 Checkpoints supplying drinks, snacks and kind words. The checkpoints will be located at Coniston Sports and Social Club, Sticklebarn Tavern in the Langdales, Rawnsley Centre, Keswick, Caldbeck Parish Hall and Dalston Recreation Hall. 

 Cut Offs

There will be cut off times enforced at all 5 checkpoints. These are based on a generous 22 minute/mile pace. Any competitor who hasn't LEFT the checkpoint by the cut off time will be timed out and not allowed to continue in the event. Any competitor who doesn't visit ALL of the checkpoints will be disqualified.

Coniston - 5.5 hour cut off - 11:30 26km/16.1 miles
Sticklebarn - 10 hour cut off - 16:00 17.2km/10.7 miles
Keswick - 16 hour cut off - 22:00 26.9km/16.7 miles
Caldbeck - 21 hour cut off - 03:00 23.9km/14.9 miles
Dalston - 24.5 hour cut off - 06:30 16.1 km/10 miles
Carlisle - 27 cut off - 09:00 8.78km/5.5 miles

Total - 118.88km/73.9 miles


Maps of the Cumbria Way trail route (please note that the event route differs slightly in places to the Cumbria Way trail) are available;

Harvey: The Cumbria Way, 1:40,000. Harvey Maps have kindly offered our competitors a 20% discount when purchasing The Cumbria Way map directly from them. Please call them on 01786 841202 quoting The Cumbria Way Ultra to receive this discount, RRP £13.95.

Ordnance Survey Maps(trail is named on OS maps):

OS Landranger: 1:50,000

85, 89, 90, 96, 97

OS Landranger Active: 1:50,000

85, 89, 90, 96, 97

OS Explorer: 1:25,000

4, 5, 6, 7, 315

OS Explorer Active: 1:25,000

4, 5, 6, 7, 315


Every competitor or team will carry a mandatory tracker from Open Tracking The trackers are a great safety tool for Event HQ but also allow your family and friends to become 'dot watchers' as they follow your progress along the route.

Enter The Event?

The Cumbria Way Ultra is open to runners aged 18 years or over on race day. Due to the nature of the race we advise that solo runners are experienced marathon and ultra distance runners. Cumbria Way Ultra 30 and Relay teams of 5 runners should be experienced trail runners who have completed up to half marathon/marathon distance.

Entries are only available online. There are no postal entries available. You must provide a valid email address for all race correspondence. All online payments are safe and secure. Online entries will receive an email confirmation of entry. All runners will receive a pre race email approximately one week prior to race day with all 'on the day' information. All runners will collect their race number at Registration. Entries will close at midnight on Wednesday 7th September 2022. There will be no entries on the day.

Entry fees:

Solo - £110 (per person)

Relay Teams of 5 - £150 (per team)

Cumbria Way Ultra 30 - £55

Entry includes the Cumbria Way Ultra bespoke Lakeland slate medal and technical race vest or t shirt, tracker hire, free event photographs, free finishers bottle of beer, all food and drink at the checkpoints and the finish.


Enter Online | Edit Entries | Entry List


Registration for the Cumbria Way Ultra (CWU) will open on Friday 16th September from 15:00 to 22:00 at The Williams Room, Ford Park, Ulverston, LA12 7JP. There will be NO Registration for the CWU available on Saturday 17th. Registration for the CWU 30 will open on Saturday 17th September from 09:30 - 11:00 at the Rawnsley Centre, Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5NP. You will need to provide a copy of your photo id at Registration. Relay Team Captains are able to register their team. In this instant you MUST bring a copy of the absent runner's photo id. Without a copy of the photo id for each absent runner they will not be issued a race number and not be allowed to compete. The running order of the Relay Teams must be given at Registration. You will be given your Event Tech Vest/T Shirt, Race Number, SI Chip Timing card and Tracker when you register.

We will transport a dropbag for the CWU Solo runners from Ulverston to the Finish, please return your full Dropbag to Registration BEFORE 21:30 or the Stockbridge Lane meeting area BEFORE 05:30 on Saturday 17th. We will label the dropbags with your race number.

Your FULL Mandatory Kit will be checked when you register. You will NOT be allowed to compete unless you have the full kit list. There will be no exceptions and the Event Director’s decision is final. Relay Team Captains are responsible for the team members’ kit and ALL runners' kits will be checked on Friday 17th at Registration. All prize winners will be kit checked at the Finish and there will be spot kit checks for finishing competitors.

Mandatory Kit List?

The following items MUST be carried during the event. There will be a Kit Check for all runners pre race and post race spot kit checks. Any runner found not to be carrying the FULL Mandatory Kit List will be disqualified. This rule is for the runners’ safety, which is our main priority. Please note that Relay Team members may use map sections of the route relating to their Relay Leg or pass one map of the entire route to the next Relay Team member.

Waterproof jacket and trousers with taped or welded seams. Windproof or showerproof will not be accepted.

Spare long sleeved base layer top and long legged base layer bottoms.

Hat and gloves (a 'buff' is acceptable as a hat)

Emergency Foil Blanket or Bivi bag

First Aid Kit to include blister plasters, sterile dressing and tape as a minimum

Head torch plus spare batteries or charger

Mobile phone (fully charged)

Map of route (not supplied)

Compass (compass app on a mobile phone will not be acceptable)


Mug or cup

Sufficient food and drink. The runners will be self sufficient between Checkpoints

Advised - Face covering and hand sanitiser

Please note; your friends and family are welcome to meet you at the Checkpoints, they aren't allowed to act as pacers on the route, they can give you additional food/drink (which shouldn't be needed as the CP's are well stocked) but they aren't allowed to give you additional clothing/shoes.

Solo Runners?

CWU Solo runners will be able to leave a drop bag at Registration which will be transported to the finish in Carlisle. Please consider the time of your finish and arrange your accommodation accordingly, there are limited bunks available to hire @ £30 each at the finish, see details below. We will provide a coach transfer from Carlisle to Ulverston on Sunday 18th, see details below.

Relay Changeovers?

The relay changeover point for the Teams of 5 will be Coniston CP, Sticklebarn Tavern, Rawnsley Centre, Keswick and Caldbeck Parish Hall. 

All Relay Teams will be self supporting in transport and must provide a team vehicle to support the team whilst one of the team is running on the route i.e. The Cumbria Way Ultra will not provide transport for the relay teams between checkpoints.

Relay changeovers will take place at the checkpoints only and at no other point on the course. The Relay Teams will hand over the Team SI Timing Chip and Tracker to the next Relay Leg runner. Please note that the leg 5 relay runner must visit the Dalston CP to dib their timing card.


Both Ulverston and Carlisle have mainline railway stations and are easily accessible by road; the full timetable of trains to and from these stations can be found at There are a number of public car parks in Ulverston where it is possible to purchase a 3-day pass for £15.00 and a 7-day pass for £30.00 from the pay-and-display machines by credit/debit card, cash and pay-by-phone. The green circle logo will be displayed on the machines at the eligible car parks.




Coach Transfer?

We will offer a coach transfer service from Carlisle to Ulverston on Sunday 18th September at 10:30. This service must be pre booked through the online entry system @ £25 per person.

Where to stay?

Both Ulverston and Carlisle are popular tourist destinations and so have a large number and type of accommodation on offer. Check out the links below for accommodation options.

We have a limited number of bunks available to hire at the Ypres building at Carlisle Castle @ £30 per bunk. Please bring your own sleeping bag (this can be included in the Solo runners' dropbag). The bunks must be pre booked via the online entry system. Please note that competitors are not allowed to sleep in any other part of Carlisle Castle ie the Hall. This is an Army barracks and it's part of our hire agreement that competitors will only sleep in the pre arranged bunks. 

There are showers available at the finish, please bring a towel.

Alternatively check out the following links for accommodation options;


Visit Cumbria

Lake District National Park

Ulverston Festival Town

Discover Carlisle


There are prizes for the first, second and third male and female solo runners in the CWU and CWU 30 and the first, second and third relay teams of 5. 

First Aid?

First Aiders will be available at the Start/Finish and there’ll be mobile First Aiders around the route.


Paul Mitchell is the official event photographer and will be around the course so smile nicely! The event photos will be available to download for free from the facebook page during the event weekend.


We regret that runners are not allowed to run with their dogs. This rule has been enforced by the Lake District National Park Authority due to the SSSI nature of Caldbeck and Ulldale Commons.


The Cumbria Way Ultra supports Fix the Fells, no: 205846. Online donations will be available during the online entry process.


The Cumbria Way Ultra and Cumbria Way Ultra 30 2021 Results can be found HERE


We will be happy to offer a 50% refund of the entry fee up until 2 months prior to The Cumbria Way Ultra. After this time we regret that we will not be able to provide any refund, transfer or credit either in part or in full, whatever the circumstances of the entrants' non-attendance.

If the event has to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and UK Government restrictions then all competitors will be offered a refund minus the 10% SI Entries admin fee.

Competitors are allowed to transfer their entry to another runner via the online entry system, up until the entries close.

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