C2C - Route 71
Route Section: Start Point > Keswick
From Start: 41km (25.5m) | From Finish: 186km (117m)
Keswick: 8km (5m)
Penrith: 46km (29m)
Convergence point of all 3 starts
Nestling at the bottom of the Whinlatter Pass and Newlands Valley (with the spectacular backdrop of Grisedale Pike and Bassenthwaite Lake), the routes from Whitehaven, St Bees and Workington merge in time to take you to the picturesque village of Braithwaite.
Braithwaite is half-way between Thornthwaite and Keswick. It’s an excellent base for touring the Lake District, close to Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere.
It’s a straight and pleasant run through a quintessentially English village scene, over a Medieval humped-back bridge. This section of Braithwaite, leading out towards Little Braithwaite and Ullock, is somehow preserved in time. Only cars spoil the scene – otherwise you could be back in the 18th century.
Where To Sleep
Scotgate Holiday Park
Scotgate has chalets and lodges plus lots of space for camping, caravans and motorhomes. On the edge of Keswick in the village of Braithwaite, Scotgate is on the threshold of the Lake District's most popular scenery, lying between Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake with dramatic views towards Skiddaw and the northern fells. It makes the perfect base for exploring by bike, whether you are just spending one night or taking a little more time over it. It is open to campers and caravans all year round and there is underfloor heating in the toilet blocks.
Coffee Shop. Braithwaite village: 500m. Shower rooms, laundry. Licensed shop. Chalet rentals by arrangement. Tents inc car + 2 adults £22; motorhomes and caravans £25.50; 1-man tent £12.10.
The Coledale Inn
Run by: Garry & Carole
The Coledale is a genuine country inn, really popular with cyclists, situated above Braithwaite Village in a peaceful hillside position, well away from passing traffic. It is ideal for cycling and walking, with paths to the mountains immediately outside the hotel gardens. Ideal spot to explore the area for those not in a rush. Now runs the White Horse at Scales. All 20 rooms completely refurbished and the beer garden has also had a makeover.
Visit Britain 3-stars.
Pk lunch: £5.
Eve meal: from £10.95. Light snack/sandwiches from £4.95.
from £47pppn depending on time of year. Deals on offer.
Rooms: 2S, 10D, 6T, 2F.