The Cumbria Way Ultra

The Cumbria Way Ultra is a 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 a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® giving 3 points/5 new points. All information can be found at


The Cumbria Way Ultra takes place on Saturday 16th/Sunday 17th September 2017, with the race starting at 6am.


The event starts at Ford Park in Ulverston and then runs through the town a short distance to reach the distinctive sculpture by Chris Brammall in The Gill, Ulverston in the South Lakes, which marks the official start of the Cumbria Way trail. The event finishes at the stunning Carlisle Castle in the North Lakes.

The Route?

The Cumbria Way Ultra route gpx file and route notes are available to download below.
The Cumbria Way Ultra gpx file 2016 - right click, and 'save link as' a gpx file to download.
The Cumbria Way Ultra Route Notes 2016.pdf - right click to download.


The Cumbria Way is an unmarked route as far as the event is concerned although most parts of the trail are waymarked. 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, Crosthwaite Parish Room, Keswick, Caldbeck Parish Hall and Dalston, venue tbc. The runners will be supplied with a detailed written description of the route in the Route Notes which will be printed on waterproof paper. The route notes and gpx file of the route are available to download.


Cut Offs

There will be cut off times enforced at the first 4 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.

Coniston - 5.5 hour cut off - 11:30
Sticklebarn - 10 hour cut off - 16:00
Keswick - 16 hour cut off - 22:00
Caldbeck - 21 hour cut off - 03:00
Dalston - 24.5 hour cut off - 06:30
Carlisle - 27 cut off - 09:00


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 (£10.36 per map, as opposed to RRP £12.95) when purchasing The Cumbria Way map directly from them. Please call them on 01786 841202 quoting The Cumbria Way Ultra to receive this discount.

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


We are offering optional live tracking in 2017 via Open Tracking. Each participant or team carries a small tracker which transmits their location to the Open Tracking website. Their latest position and the overall route are displayed on a map which updates automatically. During the event viewers can select a participants' or team name and look at the detailed route they have taken. The trackers can be hired during the online registration. 


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 and relay teams of 2 runners are experienced marathon and ultra distance runners with some basic navigation skills. Relay teams of 5 runners should be experienced trail runners who have completed up to half marathon distance with some basic navigation skills.

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 two weeks 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 Friday 8th September 2017. There will be no entries on the day.

Entry fees:

Solo - £80 (per person)

Relay Teams of 2 - £90 (per team)

Relay Teams of 5 - £125 (per team)

Entry includes the Cumbria Way Ultra medal and technical t shirt, Route Notes, free event photographs, all food and drink at the 5 checkpoints and the finish and showers at the finish.


Enter Online | Edit Entries | Entry List


Registration will open on Friday 15th September from 15:00 to 22:00 at Ford Park, Ulverston, LA12 7JP. There is parking available in the grounds of Ford Park. There will be NO Registration available on Saturday 16th. You will need to provide your photo id at Registration. Relay Team Captains and individuals for absent Solo runners are able to register their team/absent runner. 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 T Shirt, Route Notes, Race Number, SI Chip Timing card and Baggage Label (Solo Runners only) when you register. Solo runners please return your full Dropbag with Baggage Label attached to Registration BEFORE 21:30 or the Start area BEFORE 05:30 on Saturday 16th. The Dropbags will be transported to the Finish.

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 and individuals registering Solo competitors other than themselves are responsible for the team members’/absent Solo runner’s kit and ALL runners' kits will be checked on Friday 15th at Registration, Solos and Relay Team members. If ANY member of a relay team/absent Solo runner’s kit does not pass the Kit Check they will NOT be allowed to compete. 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

Mobile phone (fully charged)

Route Notes (supplied on waterproof paper)

Map of entire 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

Solo Runners?

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 @ £25 each at the finish, see details below. We will provide a coach transfer from Carlisle to Ulverston on Sunday 17th, see details below.

Relay Changeovers?

The relay changeover point for the Teams of 2 will be Crosthwaite Parish Room, Keswick. The relay legs are 43 and 30 miles.

The relay changeover point for the Teams of 5 will be Coniston Sports and Social Club, Sticklebarn Tavern, Crosthwaite Parish Room, Keswick and Caldbeck Parish Hall. The relay legs are 15, 13, 15, 15 and 15 miles.

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 changovers 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 to the next Relay Leg runner.


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.

Competitor Parking is available at Ford Park from Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th (afternoon) @ £10 per car. This must be pre booked via the online entry system.


Brewery St

LA12 7HU

84 spaces

6 Blue Badge spaces


Buxton Place

LA12 7EF

120 spaces

7 Blue Badge spaces



LA12 7BG

36 spaces

3 Blue Badge spaces


Stockbridge Lane

LA12 7BE

83 spaces

3 Blue Badge spaces


Theatre St

LA12 7AQ

45 spaces

3 Blue Badge spaces



Devonshire Walk


330 spaces

6 Blue Badge spaces

Coach Transfer?

We will offer a coach transfer service from Carlisle to Ulverston on Sunday 17th September at 13:00, after the prize giving. This service must be pre booked through the online entry system @ £15 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. We have camping available on Friday 15th September at the Start venue, Ford Park, Ulverston @ £10 per person (includes parking for 1 car for Friday night). Parking is available at Ford Park from Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th (afternoon) @ £10 per car. Both the camping and parking must be pre booked via the online entry system.

We have a limited number of bunks available to hire at the Ypres building at Carlisle Castle @ £25 per bunk. There is the option of a pillow and quilt but we would advise that you 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.

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, kindly provided by our sponsors Raidlight UK, Buff and Hope for the first, second and third male and female solo runners and the first, second and third relay teams of 2 and relay teams of 5. There will be a Prize Presentation held at Carlisle Castle, on Sunday 17th September at 12 noon.

First Aid?

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


Stephen Ashworth from MOViE iT, the official event photographer 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.


All results from past events can be viewed on the Results page.


We will be happy to offer a 50% refund of the entry fee up until 2 months prior to The Cumbria Way Ultra or a transfer to the following year. 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.

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