Olympic Torch route through Cumbria
Published: Friday 25th May 2012
Written by: Natalie Barker
Being as far away from London as it’s possible to be in England, Olympics fever has largely passed us by. However the Olympic Flame will soon be passing through Cumbria on its long trek around Britain. The 20th of June will see the torch pass from Yorkshire over the Pennines and into Cumbria through Appleby, Penrith & on to Carlisle.
After a short flit into Scotland the torch returns to Cumbria passing back through Carlisle on to Whitehaven Harbour then to Grasmere. The runners get a short break as the torch will be taken from Grasmere to Ambleside on an open top bus, before carrying on to Kendal then leaving the county.
The Olympic flame arrived in the UK on 18 May and began its 70-day journey at Land’s End on the morning of 19 May. During the 10-week relay the torch will be carried by 8,000 torchbearers and will travel about 8,000 miles.