Thornthwaite

C2C - Route 71

Route Section: Start Point > Keswick

From Start: 42km (26m) | From Finish: 186km (116m)


Distances

Keswick: 10km (6m)

Penrith: 46km (29m)


Directions

  • The delightful cross-country route through Wythop Woods is now CLOSED for until the summer of 2019 so routes out of Cockermouth (see Cockermouth ) come via Lorton.

  • Thornthwaite is a slight diversion and is accessible either via the off-road route from Whinlatter. There are Route 71 signs but don't do it on a road bike!

  • Or if you turn left when you get down to Braithwaite.


Legend of Barf and the bishop

There is a Viking burial ground here at Powter Howe as well as a lovely B&B that dates back to the 16th century (Powter Howe - see accom listing) and just behind it is a hill called Barf. You wil see two large white rocks - one halfway up Barf, one at the bottom. The higher one is the Bishop, and the lower the Clerk.

They commemorate the tale of a deadly 18th century drinking session at the Swan Inn (now transformed into holiday apartments) during which the bibulous Bishop of Londonderry (doubtless on diocesan duty) bet his clerk that he could beat him to the top of Barf.

They downed their glasses and set off. The Right Reverend keeled over half-way up, while the clerk pegged it at the bottom. The stones are said to commemorate this foolhardy wager. I do not know whether they were on their way up or down. Informed readers are welcome to write in.

Thornthwaite overlooks Bassenthwaite Lake, the only lake in the Lake District. This may seem strange, but all the other expanses of H2O in the so-called Lake District are Waters, Meres or Tarns.

Where To Sleep

Lanefoot Farm

Run by: Helen & Gareth Davies

Informal but lovely camping set-up, superb location, offering a studio flat (sleeps 2) plus a Family Camping Pod from £43 a night, plus two standard Camping Pods (from £37) and a Shepherd's Hut complete with electricity, each sleeping two adults comfortably. Bang on the route with decent facilities at good prices. There are a couple of fields, plenty of space and a proper country feel, within easy striking distance of pubs and restaurants. Now has an online booking facility.

 

Studio: from £27.50 per person per night.

Camping Pods and

The Shepherd's Hut: from £37 per unit per night.

Camping: please email or call to book, or alternatively book online via our website.

address : Lanefoot Farm Campsite, Lanefoot Farm, Thornthwaite, nr Keswick, CA12 5RZ

telephone : 01768 778097

email: helen@stayinthornthwaite.co.uk

www.stayinthornthwaite.co.uk

Powter Howe

Run by: Karen Lockwoood

Comfortable and friendly bed and breakfast accommodation within a beautiful 16thCentury period farmhouse property set in two acres of mature gardens in a beautiful rural location overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake. A warm welcome awaits with an open fire in the guest lounge. Accommodation comprises two double bedrooms (one en-suite), one twin and single rooms available upon request. A hearty home cooked breakfast using locally sourced produce is provided - evening meals and packed lunches by prior arrangement. Adjacent to the C2C route with safe overnight bike storage provided. A local frequent bus route is a short walk away. Wifi

Rooms: 2D (1 en-suite), 1T. S rooms available on request. Open all year.

B&B: £30.

Eve meal: yes - call to find out.

Open all year round and dog friendly.

Pubs: 2 miles away in Braithwaite.

Pk lunch: by arrangement. On route.

Pub: 2 miles.

address : Thornthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5SQ

telephone : 01768 778415

email: info@powter-howe.co.uk

www.powter-howe.co.uk