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C2C - Route 71

Route Section: Start Point > Keswick

From Start: 42km (26m) | From Finish: 186km (116m)


Keswick: 10km (6m)

Penrith: 46km (29m)


  • The delightful cross-country route through Wythop Woods is now CLOSED for until the summer of 2019 so routes out of Cockermouth (see Cockermouth ) come via Lorton.

  • Thornthwaite is a slight diversion and is accessible either via the off-road route from Whinlatter. There are Route 71 signs but don't do it on a road bike!

  • Or if you turn left when you get down to Braithwaite.

Legend of Scarf and the bishop

There is a Viking burial ground here at Powter Howe as well as a lovely B&B that dates back to the 16th century (Powter Howe - see accom listing) and just behind it is a hill called Barf. You wil see two large white rocks - one halfway up Barf, one at the bottom. The higher one is the Bishop, and the lower the Clerk.

They commemorate the tale of a deadly 18th century drinking session at the Swan Inn (now transformed into holiday apartments) during which the bibulous Bishop of Londonderry (doubtless on diocesan duty) bet his clerk that he could beat him to the top of Barf.

They downed their glasses and set off. The Right Reverend keeled over half-way up, while the clerk pegged it at the bottom. The stones are said to commemorate this foolhardy wager. I do not know whether they were on their way up or down. Informed readers are welcome to write in.

Thornthwaite overlooks Bassenthwaite Lake, the only lake in the Lake District. This may seem strange, but all the other expanses of H2O in the so-called Lake District are Waters, Meres or Tarns.

Where To Sleep

Powter Howe

Run by: Karen Lockwoood

Comfortable and friendly B&B in a beautiful 16th century period farmhouse set in two acres of mature gardens in a beautiful rural location overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake. A warm welcome awaits with an open fire in the guest lounge. There are two double bedrooms (one en-suite), one twin and single rooms available upon request. A hearty home cooked breakfast using locally sourced produce is provided - evening meals and packed lunches by prior arrangement. Adjacent to the C2C route with safe overnight bike storage provided. A local frequent bus route is a short walk away. Wifi is available.

Pub: 2 miles.

Pk lunch: by arrangement. On route.

Pubs: 2 miles away in Braithwaite.

Open all year round and dog friendly.

Eve meal: yes - call to find out.

B&B:  £30.

Rooms: 2D (1 en-suite), 1T. S rooms available on request. Open all year.

address : Thornthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5SQ

telephone : 01768 778415

mobile : 07876 472669


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