C2C - Route: Wiggo's Way
Route Section: Keswick > Alston & Wigg's Way
From Start: 91km (57m) | From Finish: 144km (90m)
Penrith 11km (7m)
Appleby-in-Westmorland 16km (10m)
Middleton-in-Teesdale 56km (35m)
Stanhope 77km (48m)
Continue east down the main street towards the Pennines, leaving the village past the church. Keep on the road, ignoring a left turn.
There is now a climb, with woods on your right and if riding this stretch at dusk or in the early morning then be aware that deer may suddenly jump out into the road.
Past a crossroads the route then begins its descent into Morland.
In addition to the Strickland Arms, where Sir Bradley Wiggins’ 2012 Tour de France yellow jersey may be seen, the village also offers such diverse businesses as web design and picture framing. The church, dedicated to St Barnabas, was built in 1872.
The village still retains its medieval linear design and many of the ancient boundaries can still be seen. It was – and still is – an agricultural village. On the village side of the church is a small walled area with a maple tree. This was the village ‘pinfold’ where stray cattle or sheep were tethered until their owner retrieved them.
The 17th century Quaker preacher and botanist Thomas Lawson is probably Gt Strickland’s most famous son. He ran a local school with an improbably high number of pupils going on to study at Oxford and Cambridge. The old Quaker meeting house is now a bungalow next to the Strickland Arms and there is an abundance of rare flora and fauna growing in the hedgerows on the Morland road, identified by Cumbria County Council as of ‘special’ interest.
The Strickland Arms is a quirky gem of a pub and if stopping off do go and look at its little museum/shrine to Sir Bradley and Team Sky's memorable visit. Anton, the landlord, will happily regale you with the event, and his wife Penny is a good cook. The beer is excellent and you might wish to stay overnight in one of their cycling yurts.
Where To Sleep
Run by: Anton & Penny Flaherty
WILL ORGANISE YOUR TRIP FOR YOU. Now has two new bunkhouses and each accommodating up to six people. Can take up to 24 in total. Famously playing host to Wiggo and Team Sky during the 2012 Tour of Britain last September, the Arms is going from strength to strength. The new fleece-lined log-built yurt sleeps 10 and there’s room for 6 more in the pub. The Arms is on the new C2C route via Ullswater, details of which can be found on the C2C website’s Home Page map browser. It's a warm and friendly pub with lots of character, in the heart of Eden Valley, five miles from Penrith. The pub now has Wiggo’s yellow jersey from last year’s Tour de France, plus other Team Sky mementos. Real fires, cask ales, a decent selection of wines to go with homemade food cooked by Penny. For more details of the local Yellow Shirt Loop click HERE.
Yurt: 10s from £25.
Eve meal: £6 - £15.
Pk lunch: Yes - depends what you want.
Secure lock up. Bike washing facility.