Lorton

Merging of the routes to Lorton

Directions

  • Whether you have come up the disused railway line from Whitehaven or joined the main cycle route from Egremont, the next stage sees you cut through 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 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 floods in November 09. The original route is about to be reinstated (I write this on March 13 2011) but for the time being, follow the blue signs.
  • If you do go the Lorton Bridge way you will be most welcome to use the loo at Winder Hall (CA13 9UP). A firm ‘no’ has been said to the offer of a portaloo as has a request to use of the village hall facilities. So rather than peeing in public, please use Winder Hall (it’s an original Thomas Crapper, to the right of the front door. And there is no obligation to buy anything).

 

On Arrival

Alfred Wainwright, Britain’s most famous walking hero and pioneer of the outdoors, regarded this area, with its deeply gouged 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. 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.