C2C - Route 71
Route Section: Start Point > Keswick
From Start: 34km (21m) Whitehaven | 24km (15m) Workington
From Finish: 195km (122m)
Keswick: 14km (9m)
Penrith: 51km (32m)
Merging of the routes to Lorton
- Whether you have come up the disused railway line from Whitehaven or joined the main cycle route from Egremont, you will now cut across Cleator Moor and rejoin the old railway, heading towards Rowrah and Kirkland.
- Beyond Rowrah turn left onto the lane and right at the school. You will soon pass Felldyke where you follow the signs for Lamplugh and Loweswater.
- Please be careful on this section. Groups of cyclists have been blocking the roads, often riding on the wrong side. Remember, the continued success of the route depends a lot upon the goodwill of those whose backyards you are travelling through.
- In about 3 miles (5km) you will be skirting the Loweswater lake, your first glimpse of the Lakes and a wonderful spot to take pictures.
- Lorton Bridge is now open again, having been completely rebuilt following the devastating
The late Alfred Wainwright, Britain’s most famous fellwalker and self-published pioneer of the outdoors, regarded this area, with its deep valleys reached from the passes of Whinlatter, Honister and Newlands, as his favourite spot. Lorton is only about 5km south of Cockermouth, so it is also an optional diversion for those who have decided to start their journey from Workington, especially with the Wythop Woods option being out of bounds until 2019.
To reach New House on the B5289: Carry on straight through Loweswater for 3km on the road parallel with the route. Turn right onto the B5289 at the cross-roads just beyond the Lorton bridge. It’s only 2km from the route.
Where to Eat and Drink
Where To Sleep
New House Farm
Run by: Hazel Thompson
Recession busting deals possible. Consult the website or, better still, call Hazel to see what's on offer. Easy route: ignore left turn for Thackthwaite and continue over Scalehill Bridge and take the alternative (and more attractive) route to Lorton. "Winning 17th century grade II listed farmhouse set in stunning surroundings, with a handy tearoom offering delicious home-made produce. Beautiful antiques throughout compliment the original oak beams, flag floors and stone fireplaces where log fires crackle on colder days. Four posters, hot tub in the garden. Delicious food."
Rooms: 5D, 1T (E-S).
B&B: £80 (see above).
Pk Lunch: £7.50.
Eve meal: £30 for 3 courses.
Distance from C2C: on alternative parallel route.
VisitBritain 5 stars: Which? Hotel of the year award winner.
Pub 2km. Tearoom available.
Run by: Rachel Williamson
French windows lead to a slate patio with breathtaking views of Melbreak, Low Fell and the high fells beyond. With your own private entrance you can come and go as you wish. There is an ensuite wet room and a well stocked fridge plus a delicious home cooked breakfast, delivered to your door at a time of your choice. There is one room with a kingsize bed, with the option of a second room if you are a small group of, say, two couples. Buttermere, Crummock water and Loweswater nearby. There is a pub in the village, as well as a shop, church and tennis courts. Rachel will cook dinner if you arrange this in advance.
B&B : £80 (£60 for single occ).
Rooms : 1D (optional 2nd for small group).
Pk lunch : yes.
Dinner : yes - please arrange in advance. Secure cycle storage and off-street parking.