The Cumbria Packraft Traverse is a 180  kilometre route across Cumbria, starting in the estuaries of Morecambe Bay, then following the River Leven, Lake Windermere, Brothers Water, Goldrill Beck, Ullswater, River Eamont and finally the River Eden to the Solway Firth.

 

It invloves also a hike from Haverthwaite to Newby Bridge (4 miles) and a tough 8 mile hike over Scandale Pass (1500 feet) 

It was first completed in 4 days in August 2020 by Thomas Phillips and Alistair Shawcross.

 HAZARDS

Morecambe Bay has dangerous sands and very fast tides (faster then you can run) so you need to have researched your timings and route very carefully. A safer option is to start at Greenod to the North of the Leven Viaduct. You will still be traversing from Coast to Coast.

Weirs on the river Eamont and Eden are dangerous, and there are rapids on the Eden that are grade 3 white water. You need to portage around all of these.

Fallen trees on all rivers can be a hazard, especially in high water levels.

The Solway Firth has rapidly rising tides. 1 metre an hour of heght gain

The map below shows a finish at Bowness on Solway - that is an extra 10kms or so and is tidal again

Cumbria Packraft Traverse Map

GPX files

https://www.gpxeditor.co.uk/routes2/users/ThomasPhillips/CPT-FULL

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Leaving Arnside
Leaving Arnside
Kent Estuary
Kent Estuary
Heading towards Kents Bank
Heading towards Kents Bank
Landing Kents Bank
Landing Kents Bank
Chapel Island
Chapel Island
River Leven
River Leven
River Leven
River Leven
River Leven
River Leven
Windermere
Windermere
Late Evening on Windermere
Late Evening on Windermere
Wet Camp near Ambleside
Wet Camp near Ambleside
Heading to Scandale
Heading to Scandale
Scandale
Scandale
Ullswater
Ullswater
Ullswater Tailwind
Ullswater Tailwind
Wet Camp - Tarp Shelter
Wet Camp - Tarp Shelter
River Eamont
River Eamont
Weir - Lacy Rapids
Weir - Lacy Rapids
River Eden
River Eden
Lacys Caves
Lacys Caves
River Eden
River Eden
Final Shelter
Final Shelter
Heading towards Carlisle
Heading towards Carlisle
Final Weir
Final Weir
Approaching the Estuary
Approaching the Estuary
Solway Estuary
Solway Estuary
Exit Solway
Exit Solway
Success!
Success!
First Portage
First Portage
Leven Viaduct
Leven Viaduct
Sailing on Ullswater
Sailing on Ullswater
End of day 3
End of day 3

 


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