The village of Mungrisdale comprises a traditional inn, a church and a cluster of houses huddled around the river Glenderamackin. The inn is changing hands in July 2009 and we await reports. A truly restful spot, you reach it along the gated road from which there are spectacular views of the fel s. Souther and Blencathra lie to the West and the Ullswater fells to the South whilst to the east the daunting prospect of the Pennines loom imposingly.


The Sustrans route suggests you cross the river just short of the vil age, but that would be a shame. There is an alternative exit path over minor lanes, through Berrier and onto the Greystoke road, or follow the lane back down the other side of the Glenderamackin to the A66, where the cycle path takes over.

At the top of the hill you can follow the route to the left or carry straight on for Greystoke. Either will do.

Troutbeck is about two miles further along the A66 once you have returned to it from Mungrisdale.

Be very careful crossing, though. Many a motorist attempts the land speed record on this stretch.