John Dalton Way

A long distance walk of 28 miles in Cumbria which explores the area of the county to the west of the Lake District mountains. It begins in Cockermouth and ends in the coastal village of Seascale on the Irish Sea. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

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Statistics and Files
Start: Cockermouth
Grid Ref: NY120307
Distance: 28 miles (45 km)
Climbing: 933 metres
Walk time: 11-15 hours
Days: 1-3

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The John Dalton Way is a walking route in Cumbria from the market town of Cockermouth to the small attractive seaside resort of Seascale. It was established in 2016 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of John Dalton, the discoverer of atomic theory. It explores the lesser known area of West Cumbria, from the fringe of the Lake District National Park at Cockermouth to the quiet lowlands outside of the National Park. The route visits Eaglesfield, Fifkettle Brow, Dean, Ullock, Mockerkin, Lamplugh, Kirkland, Ennerdale Bridge, Scarny Brow, Blakeley Moss, Burn Edge, Swarth Fell, Friar Well, River Calder and Calder Bridge anhd Seascale Hall before terminating in Seascale.

This walk was created by a group of Cockermouth based walking friends who have worked in the Nuclear Industry and affectionally call themselves the 'Nuclear Striders'. They first researched the route, which is nearly completely based on existing public footpaths and then published a booklet entitled 'Walk the John Dalton Way'. This gives full instructions for the walk itself and a summary of the life of John Dalton and his contributions to the development of nuclear theory. The booklet is available in bookshops local to North and West Cumbria. Additionally the John Dalton Way web site gives more information on John Dalton, the walk and importantly, where to buy the booklet.

Useful Links:
John Dalton Way
Long Distance Walkers Association

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