The Cumbria Way Ultra

Unfortunately, Cumbria Way Ultra and Cumbria Way Ultra 30 2020 are now cancelled.

I did hope, although in honesty with some doubts, that the Covid-19 situation might have improved sufficiently to allow the events to take place on 19th/20thSeptember, but this just isn’t the case.

For a number of reasons I wouldn’t be able to stage the events as I would like, so have decided to cancel.

I realise that this isn’t what you all wanted to hear, and no one can be more disappointed than I am; having to cancel event after event is very disheartening, but we’ll get through this and get back to competing on the trails we love again soon.

All entrants have been emailed via SIEntries with the transfer/refund options available, please check your inboxes before messaging me.

Cumbria Virtual Way Ultra is now open for entries! – join us to cover either the 73 or 30 mile event distances over a maximum of 10 days, choosing either the Oner (single, continuous run) or Checkpoint (break the distance down to the distance between the CP’s) options in either the Cumbria Way Ultra or Cumbria Way Ultra 30. More information and online entry can be found HERE

Keep fit, healthy and safe and hopefully we’ll see you next year for a beer at Carlisle Castle…

Gaynor Prior

Event Director

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 

Starting in Keswick at 12:00 noon on Saturday 18th September 2021, 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 18th 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 18th, 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 are qualifying races for the UTMB®, with 4 and 2 points respectively.


The Cumbria Way Ultra and Cumbria Way Ultra 30 will take place on Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th September 2021. 


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 and route notes 2019 are available to download below.

The Cumbria Way Ultra gpx file 2019 - right click, and 'save link as' a gpx file to download. 

The Cumbria Way Ultra 30 gpx file 2019 - right click, and 'save link as' a gpx file to download.

The Cumbria Way Ultra Route Notes 2019 - available here

The Cumbria Way Ultra 30 Route Notes 2019 - available here


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. 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 Monday 13th September 2021. There will be no entries on the day.

Entry fees:

Solo - £100 (per person)

Relay Teams of 5 - £145 (per team)

Cumbria Way Ultra 30 - £50

Entry includes the Cumbria Way Ultra bespoke bottle opener medal and technical race vest, tracker hire, free event photographs, free finishers Cumbria Way Ultra bottle of beer, all food and drink at the checkpoints and the finish plus showers at the finish.


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Registration for the Cumbria Way Ultra (CWU) will open on Friday 17th September from 15:00 to 22:00 at The Supper Room, Coronation Hall, County Square, Ulverston, LA12 7LZ. There will be NO Registration for the CWU available on Saturday 18th. Registration for the CWU 30 will open on Saturday 18th 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, 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 18th. 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 18th 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

Mobile phone (fully charged)

Map of entire route (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

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 19th, see details below.

Relay Changeovers?

The relay changeover point for the Teams of 5 will be Coniston Sports and Social Club, 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 19th September at 12:00, after the prize giving. This service must be pre booked through the online entry system @ £20 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. 

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. There will be a Prize Presentation held at Carlisle Castle, on Sunday 19th 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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