C2C - Route 71
Route Section: Start Point > Keswick
From Start: 16km (10m) | From Finish: 211km (132m)
Welcome to one of the most unspoilt areas in the Lakes. Ennerdale Lake is a couple of miles from Kirkland and is scenic and dramatic, surrounded by conifers and steep mountains. There is a public footpath around the lake if you have the energy or inclination to explore. Loweswater lies alongside the C2C route a little further along and is more pastoral but equally scenic.
The nearest one is back in Cleator Moor.
Ainfield Cycle Centre - Jacktrees Road, Cleator Moor tel:01946 812427.
- The route reaches Kirkland 1 mile after leaving the Whitehaven to Sheriffs Gate traffic free cycle path, and is the start of the scenic section passing the outskirts of the Northern Lakes.
This section has stunning views of Ennerdale Lake and then Loweswater, before skirting Crummock Water. All in all a wonderful part of the C2C route, either on traffic-free paths or the delightful minor country roads.
Where to Eat and Drink
The Shepherds Arms Hotel Ennerdale, 01946 861249
The Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater is maybe half a mile off the route and in the words of one C2C'er is worth the extra half mile. Not only were their lunches promptly served and unusually good, with tasty and non-conventional salad garnishes, but the beer was brewed on the premises!'
Birkett Fencing & Garden Centre Cafe, Chapel Row, Rowrah, tel: 01946 863028. Less than 3 minutes off the track at milemarker 9. Open 7 days a week from 9.30-5pm weekdays/ Saturdays as well as 10.00-3.30pm Sundays. Serves a range of home-made cakes & scones, hot and cold sandwiches, jacket potatoes, full breakfasts as well as packed lunches.