The Cumbria Way Ultra

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 is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® giving 5 points for Solo runners. All information can be found at

New for 2018, the Cumbria Way Ultra 30! Starting in Keswick at 12:00 noon on Saturday 15th September, 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 Crosthwaite Parish Rooms, Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5NN (next door to the Co Op) on Saturday 15th 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 (pick up venue tbc, this will probably be Castle car park, CA3 8UL, adjacent to Carlisle Castle. Please note that this car park closes and is locked between 20:00 - 06:30, so the nearest fully open car park to leave a car overnight is Bitts Park, CA3 8UZ) to Keswick on Saturday 15th, 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 takes place on Saturday 15th/Sunday 16th September 2018, with the race starting at 6am. 


The event starts 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 event finishes at the stunning Carlisle Castle in the North Lakes.

The Route?

The Cumbria Way Ultra and Cumbria Way Ultra 30 Competitor Notes, route gpx files and route notes 2018 are available to download below.

The Cumbria Way Ultra gpx file 2018 - right click, and 'save link as' a gpx file to download. 

The Cumbria Way Ultra 30 gpx file 2018 - right click, and 'save link as' a gpx file to download.

The Cumbria Way Ultra Route Notes 2018

The Cumbria Way Ultra 30 Route Notes 2018

The Cumbria Way Ultra Competitor Notes 2018

The Cumbria Way Ultra 30 Competitor Notes 2018


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, Crosthwaite Parish Room, Keswick, Caldbeck Parish Hall and Dalston Recreation Hall. The route notes (detailed written description of the route) and gpx file of the route will be available to download.

 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
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 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


New for 2018, every competitor or team will carry a mandatory tracker provided by Open Tracking. The trackers transmit 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 competitor's or team name and look at the detailed route they have taken. The trackers are a great safety addition for the organisers but also allow your family and friends to become 'dot watchers' as they follow your progress...

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. Relay teams of 5 runners should be experienced trail runners who have completed up to half 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 Friday 7th September 2018. There will be no entries on the day.

Entry fees:

Solo - £95 (per person)

Relay Teams of 5 - £140 (per team)

Cumbria Way Ultra 30 - £45

Entry includes the Cumbria Way Ultra medal and technical race vest, tracker hire, free event photographs, all food and drink at the 5 checkpoints and the finish and showers at the finish.


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Registration will open on Friday 14th September from 15:00 to 22:00 at The Supper Room, Coronation Hall, County Square, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ. There will be NO Registration available on Saturday 15th. 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, Race Number, SI Chip Timing card and Tracker when you register.

We will transport a dropbag for the Solo runners from Ulverston to the Finish, please return your full Dropbag to Registration BEFORE 21:30 or the Start area BEFORE 05:30 on Saturday 15th. 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 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 14th 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)

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 16th, see details below.

Relay Changeovers?

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 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.


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



Castle Car Park

Note this car park closes and is locked between 20:00-06:30


321 spaces

6 Blue Badge spaces


Coach Transfer?

We will offer a coach transfer service from Carlisle to Ulverston on Sunday 16th September at 12:00, 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. 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 @ £25 per bunk. 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 for the first, second and third male and female solo runners and the first, second and third relay teams of 5. There will be a Prize Presentation held at Carlisle Castle, on Sunday 16th September at 11:00am.

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.


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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