Lorton

C2C - Route 71

Route Section: Start Point > Keswick

From Start: 34km (21m) Whitehaven | 24km (15m) Workington

From Finish: 195km (122m)


Distances

Keswick: 14km (9m)

Penrith: 51km (32m)


Directions

Merging of the routes to Lorton

  • Whether you have come up the disused railway line from Whitehaven or joined the main cycle route from Egremont, you will now cut across 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 3 miles (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



On Arrival

The late Alfred Wainwright, Britain’s most famous fellwalker and self-published pioneer of the outdoors, regarded this area, with its deep 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, especially with the Wythop Woods option being out of bounds until 2019.

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.

Whitehaven Cyclists

Where to Eat and Drink

Where To Sleep

Winder Hall Country House

Run by: Ann and Nick Lawler

Beautiful hideaway in a historic manor house, ideal for a stopover the night before setting off. Now doing great deals specially for cyclists: £79 for a double/twin room or £89 four poster/family room, based on two sharing,  with a £15 supp. per extra person (normal price would be £135 to £185 per room). Winder is an increasingly popular stopping off point for sandwiches and coffee mid-morning before the tough climb up Whinlatter. Also proving popular for afternoon teas. Ideally positioned for anyone overnighting on the Reivers (about 3 miles south of the route down the B5292) or for those taking their time on the C2C. The rooms are stylish and comfortable and the food is organic and excellent. There's also a hot tub and sauna.

Riders are invited to use the Winder lavatory without obligation. It is an original Thomas Crapper, so is worth the trip.

 

 

Rooms: 5D, 2T, 2F, 2 Four-posters.

Eve meal: à la carte menu where fine home cooking meets the New World! 4 courses à la carte: £25. Includes complimentary canapés before dinner.

B&B: from £39.50 (£54.50 single occ).

Distance from C2C : 100m. AA Fine Dining & Breakfast Award. Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2011 & 2012. Drying room & secure lock-up.    

address : Low Lorton, Cockermouth CA13 9UP

telephone : 01900 85107

email: stay@winderhall.co.uk

www.winderhall.co.uk

New House Farm

Run by: Hazel Thompson

Recession busting deals possible. Consult the website or, better still, call Hazel to see what's on offer. Easy route: ignore left turn for Thackthwaite and continue over Scalehill Bridge and take the alternative (and more attractive) route to Lorton. "Winning 17th century grade II listed farmhouse set in stunning surroundings, with a handy tearoom offering delicious home-made produce. Beautiful antiques throughout compliment the original oak beams, flag floors and stone fireplaces where log fires crackle on colder days. Four posters, hot tub in the garden. Delicious food."

Rooms: 5D, 1T (E-S).

B&B: £60 (see above).

Pk Lunch: £7.50.

Eve meal: £30 for 3 courses.

Distance from C2C: on alternative parallel route.

VisitBritain 5 stars: Which? Hotel of the year award winner.

Pub 2km. Tearoom available.

address : Lorton, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA139UU

telephone : 01900 85404

mobile : 07841 159818

email: enquiries@newhouse-farm.co.uk

www.newhouse-farm.com

Meadow Bank

Run by: Christine Edmunds

The reception here is as warm as the rooms and the location could hardly be bettered. Secure bike storage, drying facilities - pub close by and a great breakfast to see you on your way. You can get your evening meal at the Wheatsheaf, which is 1km away.

Rooms: 1D, 1T (en-suite)

B&B: £35 - £40 

Pk Lunch: £4

. Distance from C2C: 300m. Pub : 1 km.

address : High Lorton, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9UG

telephone : 01900 85315

mobile : 07746 959003

email: CEdm85315@aol.com

www.buttermerecumbria.com

Whitbeck

Run by: Rachel Williamson

Whit Beck

Run by: Rachel Williamson

French windows lead to a slate patio with breathtaking views of Melbreak, Low Fell and the high fells beyond. With your own private entrance you can come and go as you wish. There is an ensuite wet room and a well stocked fridge plus a delicious home cooked breakfast, delivered to your door at a time of your choice. There is one room with a kingsize bed, with the option of a second room if you are a small group of, say, two couples. Buttermere, Crummock water and Loweswater nearby. There is a pub in the village, as well as a shop, church and tennis courts. Rachel will cook dinner if you arrange this in advance.

B&B : £80 (£60 for single occ).

Rooms : 1D (optional 2nd for small group).

Pk lunch : yes.

Dinner : yes - please arrange in advance. Secure cycle storage and off-street parking.

address : High Lorton, Cockermouth, CA13 9UL

telephone : 01900 85845

email: enquiries@whitbeckbandb.co.uk

www.whitbeckbandb.co.uk