Only 5 days to go before we start our Cumbria Way adventure, a 74 mile trail that cuts a swathe through Cumbria from Ulverston to Carlisle. We will wild-camp along the route and carry all our gear on our backs. We will be using the new Cicerone guide by John Gillham (supplemented by OS Explorer 1:25,000 maps), which also offers a number of mountain day alternatives for extra challenge. Weather permitting we hope to tackle some of these. The book breaks the whole route into 5 daily stages of between 14-18 miles in length. With eight days available, we will split many of these stages into two days, enabling us to camp up in the fells, enjoy the scenery and build trail fitness gradually. Apart from being a worthy walk in its own right, our week on the Cumbria Way will be a trial run, replicating a week on the GR11 (which is fast approaching in August), and give us the chance to test our kit and our fitness. Our trail journal to follow shortly.