C2C - Route 7
Route Section: Keswick > Alston
From Start: 104km (65m) | From Finish: 120km (75m)
Alston 16km (10m)
Stanhope 56km (35m)
Up to Hartside
Turn right at Renwick and follow Route 7 out of Renwick grinding your way up the side of Haresceugh Fell. The off-road route rejoins the road route and just past the big house at Selah there is another chance to go off-road all the way to the top of Hartside.
If you go off-road we aware that it will take you much longer and that you will be pushing your bike most of the way. Also it is not advisable in bad weather.
You will soon be joining the often busy A686 for 1.5km until you reach the industrial sized cafe at the summit of Hartside Fell, a favourite spot for cyclists, motorcyclists and motorists. A very good cafe.
About the place
Apparently Renwick was terrorised by a 'cockatrice' (dragon) in 1733, whose evil eye could kill at 40 paces. If you fancy a pint you will need to go to Kirkoswald or Melmerby as there is nothing here now that the village B&B has ceased trading.
Where To Sleep
Run by: Pamela Bonnick
Can take groups of 12-13 at his 800ft one-stop Hartside base camp. There's B&B for up to 6 plus a bunkhouse with 4 beds (and 3 more at a push). Plus camping for two 2-man tents. Great home cooked evening meals provided with fresh garden produce, and they'll even do you a supermarket run for wine and beer (at cost). Scalehouses is a charming and cosy old farmhouse one mile north of Renwick. New option of bed only in bunks (bring your own kit, or hire). Cereal, toast and tea breakfast. No credit card facilities.
Rooms: 2D, 1T
Bunkroom: bed only £15; with linen and towel: £20; basic breakfast £5
Eve meal: from £10 for no frills pasta & pudding; £14 for traditional 2-course.
Pk lunch: from £5