Penrith

Run by: Mark Rhodes

Great addition to Penrith, at last somewhere that can take large groups at the most popular stop-off. The route passes 50m from the doorstep, Wayfarers is geared up for cyclists. It has secure indoor bike storage, a drying room, and cleaning and maintenance facilities. Can accommodate up to 16, in comfort. Newly refurbished, there's a lounge, full kitchen and dining facilities and an outside seating area. All rooms are en-suite with made up beds (sheets & duvets), lockers, bedside lights, towels for hire (£1) and free WiFi. Individuals, small parties and groups of up to 18 are welcome.

Details:
Rooms: 2T, 2X4 berth, 1X6-berth. Bed: £22. B'fast: £4 (continental). Secure lock-up. Drying room. Cleaning facilities.

Contact:
Tel: 01768 866011
Email: guests@wayfarershostel.com
Web: www.wayfarershostel.com


Run by: Marguerite & Thomas Powley

Happy to handle large groups. High level of comfort and attention to detail, and long experience of looking after C2Cers. Quality accommodation in a warm and friendly environment offering a delicious, locally sourced English breakfast. Stone built and highly secure cycle lock-up, plus free wifi. An excellent pedal-stop for weary C2Cers. Pubs and restaurants all close by. 'Home baked treats to go, usually sticky flapjack,' says Marguerite. A truly warm welcome!  

Details:
Rooms: 1S, 2T,4D,3F. B&B: from £35. Eve meal: pubs and restaurants are nearby. Pk lunch: £5. Please pre-order. Secure cycle parking. Distance from route: 300 metres.


Run by: Lorraine & Roger Roberts

A family run Victorian guest house offering welcoming accommodation 250m from Penrith’s many town centre pubs and restaurants.  All the rooms have freeview TV, DAB radios/iPod docks and free wi-fi. There is secure storage and washing facilities for cycles and the owners are happy to dry wet gear.  They can also accommodate up to 12 and are happy to coordinate accommodation for larger groups.  For support vehicles there is private off-street parking. Mid-week deals now available.

Details:
Rooms: 1D, 1T, 1D/T, 2F (can sleep 3 in separate beds). 4 en-suite, 1 with private facilities. B&B: from £38. Pk lunch: On request (pse pre-order). Pub: 250m. Drying facilities and secure lock-up. VisitEngland: 4-star and Cyclists Welcome.

Contact:
Tel: 01768 866538
Email: enquire@edengateguesthouse.co.uk
Web: edengateguesthouse.co.uk


Run by: Daniel Harding

Smart 'boutique' hotel, restaurant and bar in the centre of town. Geared up for cycling and now catering for groups of up to 20, Foundry 34 is also keen on food, and serves up some great local produce, specialising in steaks. There's also a decent wine list and a cocktail bar. Groovy addition to Penrith. Daniel's family have been in the catering business in Penrith for generations. Book direct and get 10% website rates. Just quote C2C VOUCHER. Mid-week deals available.

Details:
Rooms: 2S, 3T/Superking, 4D, 1F. B&B: from £40. Eve meal: yes - from £9 to £20. Pk lunch: yes. Cycle storage and drying facilities.

Contact:
Tel: 01768 210099
Email: info@foundry-34.co.uk
Web: www.foundry-34.co.uk


Run by: Charles Lowther

Ideal for groups who fancy a night of affordable comfort, the George and Dragon hits all the right notes: top quality food (Michelin, Good Food Guide, Good Pub Guide and AA Guide recommended), beautifully refurbished and comfortable rooms, fine ales in a welcoming bar and a great wine list. Secure lock up for bikes (they welcome cyclists). The George and Dragon is a Georgian gem run by Charles Lowther, whose family has been in the area for 800 years. Clifton is on the A6, just a couple of miles from the centre of town, or accessible by back lanes via Brougham. It's almost bang on the new Ullswater braid. Courtyard and garden plus free wifi. Food is locally sourced and worth a trip for this alone.

Details:
Rooms: 7D (all with king size beds), 2T, 2F. B&B: from £50pp sharing. Single occ. £85. Eve meal: mains from £13.50. 3-courses from £25. Pk lunch: on request. Bar open all day serving tea, coffee and snacks. Lunch: 12-2.30. Dinner: 6-9pm.


Run by: Anna & Mike

This 17th century former coaching inn is less than a mile from the centre of Penrith, on the A6 southbound. The Crown has 14 bedrooms  so is ideal for groups. There's a lock up for bikes and a big bar and eating area. Dinner is reasonably priced and there's a new Thai menu (Anna is Thai so it's the real McCoy). Can take groups of up to 12. Now a vibrant hub of the local community, runs a beer festival and is the new home of Penrith Chess Club.

Details:
Rooms: 14 T/D/S/F - half en-suite. Bed: from £35-£40 (Family room is £75 to £100 depending on whether it's for 3 or 4 people). B'fast: £5. Eve meal: New Thai menu from £8. Pk lunch: £5.

Contact:
Tel: 01768 892092
Mob: 07982 124569
Email: enquiries@thecrown-hotel.co.uk
Web: www.thecrown-hotel.co.uk


Run by: Anton & Penny Flaherty

Anton can organise your strip - taxis from the end to the start, plus a night at the pub as it's an ideal 1st night for those doing it in 3 days. Call to find out. Famously playing host to Wiggo and Team Sky during the 2012 Tour of Britain, the Arms is going from strength to strength. There are now three fleece-lined log-built yurts, one of which sleeps 10 and the other two sleep 4-6. And there’s room at the inn for 6 more. The Arms is on the new Wiggo's Way C2C route via Ullswater, details of which can be found on the C2C website’s Home Page map browser. It's a warm and friendly pub with lots of character, in the heart of Eden Valley, five miles from Penrith. The pub has Sir Bradley Wiggins’s yellow jersey from the 2012 Tour de France, plus other mementos after Team Sky's memorable visit. Real fires, cask ales, a decent selection of wines to go with homemade food cooked by Penny. To see the Yellow Jersey Loop click HERE.

Details:
Rooms: 2T/D. Yurts: 10, 6, 6 from £25. B&B: £30-£45. Eve meal: £6 - £15. Pk lunch: Yes - depends what you want. Secure lock up. Bike washing facility.


Run by: Lake District Hotels

A great landmark in the centre of town, the George has for many generations been the place to meet. Stylish and spacious, this old world hotel with modern twists has much to offer C2Cers. Apart from secure lock-ups, there are comfortable rooms plus a good spread of locally sourced dishes on both the restaurant and bar menus. Ideal for groups as there are 35 rooms. Famous for afternoon teas.

Details:
Rooms: 29 D/T, 6S. B&B: from £45. Eve meal: from £10 to around £27 for a 3-course à la carte meal. Lunch: similar. Pk lunch: yes, Afternoon tea: from £15.95. Secure lock up. Drying facilities.


Run by: Karen Colville & Alison Wood

Under new and cycle-friendly ownership, there are seven clean, comfortable rooms. Six rooms are en-suite and one has a private shower room.  Good for groups of up to 12 people and can organise nearby accommodation for larger parties.  Free WiFi plus Smart TVs and generously stocked hospitality trays.  Excellent cooked breakfast using local produce and delicious home baking. Secure locked facilities for cycles and parking space for support vehicles.  Washing facilities for cycles and drying facilities for gear.

Details:
Rooms: 1D, 1T, 2S, 3F (6 en-suite, one with private facilities).  Family rooms have flexible layout. B&B: from £40pp. Open all year. Eve meal:  plenty of choice of pubs and restaurants nearby. 300m from route. Cumbria Tourism accredited.

Contact:
Tel: 01768 866335
Email: info@blueswallow.co.uk
Web: www.blueswallow.co.uk