Run by: Donald & Christine Newton
Ideal for groups of up to 12, this real country pub has open fires, real ale, quality wines and a beer garden. Good range of bar food with separate 'Kyloes' restaurant serving eclectic and award winning cuisine. Winner of Cumbria Dining Pub of the Year plus CAMRA's Real Ale Pub of the Year. Also in the Michelin 'inns with restaurants' guide. Top spot with well chosen wine list with a new pub, the Cross Keys, recently opened on the edge of Penrith on the A686 near the rugby ground. Marginal price rises driven by VAT.
Rooms: 4D/T & 1F. B&B: £37.50. Single occ. £42.50. Eve meal: Bar: 2-courses from £12. Restaurant 2-courses £18-£20. Pk lunch: £7.50. On alternative route via Kirkoswald. Distance from route: 3km - but worth every inch.
Run by: Sara Bradley
Top-end B&B, glamping, camping, with full catering if required, right on the route at Little Salkeld. Ideal for large parties, Marion Lodge has a bunkhouse, campsite and luxury B&B rooms overlooking Long Meg and the Druids' Circle, on one of the most beautiful and tranquil sections of the whole ride. Luxury B&B, plus bunkhouse sleeping 3/6 people and there's also plenty of room in secluded pitches for campers. Prices range from £8pp for camping to £16 for the bunkhouse or £40 for B&B if you want the full luxury indoor treatment. Everything you need (including beer and wine) can be provided, whether it be a simple camp meal to heat-up in the kitchen area or a full dinner package indoors. Just tick your wish list and it will be provided. Large garden with views over the Ullswater fells, with seating areas to enjoy the summer evenings. Food is locally sourced. Glampers can hire bedding if they are 'travelling light'.
B&B: From £40. D,B&B Packages: £65 to £80. Bunkhouse: £16 (plus bedding and towel). Campsite: £8pp for 2-man tent. B'fast: Bunkhouse/Campers £6,
Tel: 01768 881745
Mob: 07920 180305
Run by: Nancy & Ray Atkinson
At the foot of the big climbs, Bank House is ideal for groups up to 32 (and more if you want to camp), there is something for everyone here: B&B, self-catering as well as camping in the orchard. Accommodation overlooks Sunny Gill Beck. Also perfect for families and solo cyclists, with local shops and pubs nearby. Taxi service plus takeaway deliveries. Barbecues allowed. A warm welcome awaits you. Open all year. Good hearty breakfast, eggs from their own free range hens and ducks to speed you on your upward trajectory!
Rooms: lots of accommodation possibilities for individuals and groups. Camping: £7.50pp. Bed only: from £25. B&B: £35-£40. Eve meal: local pubs, self-catering or takeaway delivery. Pk lunches: made to order. Secure cycle parking. On route. Pub: 1.2 miles.
Run by: Philip and Liz Horn
Just over a mile from the Highland Drove Inn, where you can eat and drink, North Dyke Farm commands great views of the Fells with 5 pitches plus a static caravan for rent. Reviews are excellent, despite being on a slightly sloping field. There are hook-ups available. The amenities block is in an adjoing field and is small but comfortable with one toilet and shower for each sex. There's an additional (outdoor, but secluded) urinal in the corner of the main field. There are also washing up and laundry facilities
£10 per pitch. Certified Site. Member of the Camping and Caravan Club.
Tel: 01768 898352
Run by: Paula & Wayne Williams
Now includes a brand new luxury budget price apartment for 6. Eden Hall is 2.5 miles outside Penrith and a mile short of Langwathby, this is a smart country house hotel in beautiful surroundings. Bar meals and restaurant meals available. Can be eaten in dining room or bar. Prices range from £5.95 for a bar meal to £15.95. Free view flat screen digital TV, wifi throughout, telephone, tea/coffee in all rooms. Secure cycle storage and drying facilities. Email or call for a brochure. Apartment has kitchen with washer/dryer. Sky HD TV.
Run by: Angela Bell & Mark Harvey
The Black Swan is three miles outside Langwathby on the B6412 but has a keen following on account of its lovely setting and excellent food. Mark and Angela, lately of the Brantwood Hotel in Stainton, use local ingredients and there is also a smokehouse. The style is English-traditional and there is a roaring log fire to welcome cyclists, as well as some excellent beer. Two of the rooms are kingsize, with beds to match. They also have bath tubs as well as showers. Secure lock-up.
Rooms: 7 S/D/T. B&B: from £42.50. Eve meal: Lunch and evening menus available. Opening times: all year 11.30-2.30 & 5.30-11.00 Mon-Fri; 11.30-11.00 Sat & Sun. Secure cycle lock-up now with cycle racks.