I did the Cumbria Way in May 2013 in 5 days using a B&B in Ulverston, 3 youth hostels and one camping barn. The mainly low level footpath has some rocky areas which makes it feel wilder than some of the national trails, so I would recommend wearing good footwear. Because there are few way markers, and they are often very discreet, you will need to be able to navigate. I was told by a local search & rescue team member, that people often get lost in parts of the Cumbria Way. There is a refuge hut in the Northern Fells, but apart from this there is no shelter between New Dungeon Ghyll and Stonethwaite or between Skiddaw House and Nether Row. I used the Harvey strip map for the Cumbria Way and the LDWA GPS coordinates.
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