Cistercian Way, Cumbria
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flipflopnick
N 54° 11.746 W 002° 54.124
30U E 506389 N 6005307
Quick Description: Cistercian Way is a 2/3 day walk linking religious sites across Furness Peninsular. Start at Grange-over-sands railway station. Finish either Roa Island or continue to South End on Walney Island for a third day. Cross Leven estuary by train.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/15/2007 2:32:24 PM
Waymark Code: WM14XZ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Aushiker
Views: 122

Long Description:
During the Foot and Mouth outbreak in UK in 2001, much of the signage for this trail was removed, and has not been replaced. Evidence of this trail is hard to find but if you look it is there. Many of the wooden finger posts still have walking monk symbol. (See gallery.) There is no sign at start, because it was removed to discourage people walking during foot and mouth outbreak in 2001. Signs have not been replaced. See gallery. Instead start at Coastal Way sign visible through railway bridge at start.
See for start (visit link)

All current Ordnance Survey maps show the route, and the book by Ian Brodie is still available. Leaflet available from Grange-over-sands Tourist Information Centre TIC. If unavailable please contact waymark creator for a copy by pdf download. (visit link)

This route takes you through a variety of landscapes. You start on Grange-over-sands Edwardian promenade, climb through Eggerslack woods to the only high point, Hampsfell Hospice (waymark) move through reclaimed marsh grazing, past airfield (waymark) onto the coastal embankment to end day one in medieval village.
Transfer by train across the Leven estuary.
Day two. Leave Ulverston, Victorian town, thread your way through fields, past several waymarks, to the coast to end crossing a causeway to an Roa Island.
Day Three. Leave Roa Island, walking round a tidal channel, collecting geocaches and waymarks, past new natural gas plant into large industrial town. Across lifting bridge (WM) onto Walney Island, and down towards refuse tip and bird reserve.

There is accommodation available at the end of each day and along the way. The walk links in really well with the Furness Railway. Making a return back to Grange-over-sands by rail possible. Cars parked anywhere along the way will not be vandalised. It's a quiet area.

Trailhead 1 is the path leaving Windermere Road, up through Eggerslack Woods.

Trailhead 2 is Cark Railway station. End of day 1.

Trailhead 3 is Ulverston railway station. Start of day 2.

Trailhead 4 is Roa Island. End of day 2, start of day 3.

Cistercian way can end at Roa Island, but you have to walk to Barrow railway station anyway, hence the continuation to Walney.

Map. Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 7 The English Lakes - South Eastern area ISBN: 0319236595

Lake District Outdoors (visit link)
Accommodation (visit link)
Walking Web (visit link)
Background about Cistercian (visit link)

The Cistercian Way - A south Lakeland Walk by Ian O. Brodie: Carnegie Press, 1989, ISBN 0-948789-31-X. (visit link)
Coordinates of the other end's trailhead: N 54° 03.713 W 003° 12.671

Recommended number of days to complete: 3.00

Distance in miles or kilometres: 53km 33 miles

Shelters?: Yes

Designated campsites?: No

Number of designated campsites: 0

Permit Required?: No

Trail Website: [Web Link]

Best Season to Hike?: British Summer Time BST

Intermediate Trailhead 1: N 54° 11.974 W 002° 58.196

Intermediate Trailhead 2: N 54° 10.678 W 002° 58.441

Intermediate Trailhead 3: N 54° 11.489 W 003° 05.836

Intermediate Trailhead 4: N 54° 04.394 W 003° 10.445

Overnight parking fee: Not Listed

Permit Fees?: Not Listed

Overnight parking coordinates: Not Listed

Intermediate Trailhead 5: Not Listed

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