Langwathby

Last chance to take it easy before the serious stuff starts

You leave Penrith along Fell Lane before turning right onto Beacon Edge. There are fabulous views from here fol owed by a long descent to the B6412. Enjoy it while you can; the really serious bit is about to start.

Around Langwathby are the villages of Great Salkeld, Edenhall and Little Salkeld. If you are overnighting at Great Salkeld (the food at the Highland Drove is exceptional and is in the Michelin good pub food guide) then take a left along the B6412 for 3km. Great Salkeld is a pretty little village and the pub does B&B.

If you turn right onto the B6412 you are soon in the village of Edenhall, where the Eden Hal Country House offers splendid accommodation and fine cooking. Both vil ages are close to Langwathby, with its lovely village green and Shepherd pub.

Cyclists

At Little Salkeld the Atkinson family run an equine centre with accommodation. Clive and Sam are stil doing excel ent accommodation at Langstanes in the vil age and perennial y popular with C2C regulars.

There’s a railway station that services the popular Carlisle to Settle line. This area is popular for overnight stops because the surrounding vil ages are wel -placed for attacking Hartside and the other hil s that make the next section the hardest. Melmerby, on the A686 about 5km from Langwathby, is also popular. There’s a pub there, a famous bakery, and now some spectacular places to stay.

Langwathby was a Viking settlement; Edenhall once boasted a fine stately home; and Little Salkeld had its watermill. They are all close to the Long Meg and Little Meg stone circles. Long Meg comprises a megalith at the head of 60 stones. The whole monument is some 360ft (115m) in diameter.