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Cistercian Way (Cumbria)

39 km / 24 miles

A route along the paths, tracks and byways of the low limestone hills that fringe the northern shores of Morecambe Bay via woodlands to Hampsfell and Cartmel Priory to Cark and Holker Hall. The route then continues over the sands of the Leven Estuary, but this is dangerous and should only be attempted with the recognised Sand Pilot. Otherwise the train should be caught to Ulverston where the Way continues by Dalton to Furness Abbey and the coast.

The publication is no longer available. The route is only partially marked on OS mapping and it is not clear which paths to follow between Cawk and Ulverston. Photocopies of the route are still available from Ulverston TIC


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Monk  
Attributes: Challenging; Coastal
SD412781 - Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
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SD232648 - Roa Island, Cumbria
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Web Sites: English Lakes - Cistercian Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Leaflet: Cistercian Way (South Lakeland District Council)


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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger: 9697
OS Landranger Active: 9697
OS Explorer: 67
OS Explorer Active: 67

Group Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

Hostel Accommodation: Arnside YHA, Arnside, Carnforth, Lancashire 4 Km

Connected Paths:

Paths Marked on OS mapping: Cumbria Coastal Way; Cumbria Way
Other Paths: Bay to Bay Walks; Furness Way; Grassington to West Coast Walk; Haematite Trail; Lancashire Monastic Way Cockerham Priory to Furness Abbey; Tops of the North (Three Shire Heads to Carlisle); Westmorland Heritage Walk
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Anytime Challenges: Furness Five Trigs Walk


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Route Profile:

39.7 Km (24.7 miles)
603 m (1,978 ft) ascent
217 m (712 ft)  maximum height