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!
Run by: Maureen McDonald
Originally a 17th century coaching inn, the New Vic offers cheap rooms and drink and great service. Bikes are securely stored in the old ice house. This is a friendly, no-nonsense local boozer and the emphasis is on quality ale and lively atmosphere.
Rooms: 6 S/D/T - the rooms are flexible. All en-suite. Bed: £30.
Tel: 01768 862467
Mob: 07717 683497
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rooms: 7D (all with king size beds), 2T, 2F. B&B: from £47.50pp 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: Daniel Harding
Smart new 'boutique' hotel, restaurant and bar in the centre of town. Geared up for cycling, 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.
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.
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: Duty Manager
The 84 bedroomed 4 star North Lakes Hotel and Spa is the perfect place to replenish your energy levels after a hard days slog with great food, comfortable beds and a well-equipped spa complete with steam room and sauna including massages from our trained therapists. After a good night’s sleep the hotel's renowned and hearty breakfast will set you up right for the day ahead.
Run by: Anton & Penny Flaherty
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.
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 now 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.
Rooms: 1D, 1T, 1D/T, 2F (can sleep 3 in separate beds). 4 en-suite, 1 with private facilities. B&B: from £36. Pk lunch: £7 (please pre-order). Pub: 250m. Drying facilities and secure lock-up. VisitEngland: 4-star and Cyclists Welcome.
Run by: Ian & Sue Rhind
A comfortable friendly guest house close to the C2C route and the town centre, handy for bars and restaurants. All rooms are en-suite and have flat screen TVs with freeview, tea and coffee making facilities and hair driers. An excellent full English Breakfast will set you up for your next day's ride. There is secure storage for bikes in the bike shed. All major debit and credit cards accepted. Best rates secured if you book directly mentioning the C2C guide.
Run by: Peter and Cynthia Barry
7 clean, comfortable rooms, 6 of which 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, Tea/coffee trays. Excellent English breakfast using local produce. Secure locked garage in rear yard for cycles. Easy access to eating and drinking establishments. Well recommended with lots of repeat business, over a period of 13 years accommodating C2C people.
Rooms: 4D, 4T, 2S, 3F (6 en-suite, one with private facilities). B&B: £38-£50 (single occ £48-£50). Open all year. Eve meal: plenty choice of pubs and restaurants nearby. Pk lunch: £7 - pre-ordered please. 300m from route. Pubs: 50m. Visit England 4-star.