Troutbeck & Matterdale

C2C - Route 71

Route Section: Keswick > Alston

From Start: 61km (38m) | From Finish: 166km (104m)


Penrith 26km (16m)

Alston 59km (37m)


  • Just to the east of the A66 is Troutbeck. For overnights, Troutbeck has Lane Head Farm as well as the Troutbeck Inn. It is a little further down the A66, towards Keswick, but is a charming stop off.

  • Those tackling the off-road section along the Old Coach Road from Keswick will come into Dockray and will either go

  • a) left down the A5091 to rejoin the main route at Troutbeck,

  • or b) continue to Matterdale End then proceed to Sparket Mill and Hutton John.

  • Or you will approach it from the A66 - it is just a little way down the A5091. The Troutbeck Inn is a gem.

From Wordsworth's 'Airey-Force Valley' of 1842

"Not a breath of air Ruffles the bosom of this leafy glen. From the brook's margin, wide around, the trees Are stedfast as the rocks; the brook itself, Old as the hills that feed it from afar, . . . A soft eye-music of slow-waving boughs, Powerful almost as vocal harmony To stay the wanderer's steps and soothe his thoughts.

Where To Sleep

Troutbeck Inn

Run by: Rowan Mahon

A handy point mid-way between Keswick and Penrith, this is a cosy, comfortable and relaxed inn with a four star rating from the English tourist board. In addition to seven rooms there are three cottages. Dogs welcome. The owner is a chef who has cooked in the Channel Isles and the culinary influence is French, with much use of local produce. And it's jolly good...

Rooms: 2T, 1F, 5D.

B&B: from £40-£45. Single occ £55.

Lunch: £7.50 (soup & sandwich) to around £15.50 (sirloin steak).

Eve meal: Main course £14.75-£18.50. 3-courses about £26.

Pk lunch: £7.50.

Route: 300m.

address : Troutbeck, Penrith, CA11 0SJ

telephone : 017684 83635


Lane Head Farm Country Guest House

A warm welcome to C2C from the new couple running Lane Head. Bang on the route, much money has been spent restoring this lovely old farmhouse. There is now a bar and evening meals are provided so long as you give a couple of days notice. There is a drying room and 7 en-suite rooms (two with baths and showers over), each sleeping 2 people.  Great place to relax after a hard days cycling. Hosepipe to wash down bikes.

Rooms: 1T, 4D, 2 4-posters.

B&B: from £35-£40.

Eve meal: £15 for 2 courses; £20 for 3. Please book in advance.

Pk lunch: please pre-order.

Secure storage: 4-star Guest Accommodation.

Free wifi : drying facilities

address : Troutbeck, Nr. Keswick, Cumbria, CA11 0SY

telephone : 017687 79220