Whinlatter and Derwent Water Cycle Route

Cycle Route Details
Route NameWhinlatter and Derwent Water
Cycle Route Location
Town/CityMain Street Cockermouth
Start LocationMain Street Cockermouth
End LocationMain Street Cockermouth
Cycle Steps
1. From main street go up Lorton road, follow this road and take unmarked road on left hand bend prior to Lorton (Ignore any signs you see for Whinlater as they are for the main road, this route goes via minor road). you reach crossroads - turn left and as you come into the village of High Lorton, take first right (singposted for fishing, not the no through road). This is uphill until it reaches the main whinlater road - turn right, go over the pass and descend to Braithwaite. You turn right at the hotel/pub, over a small bridge and follow the road signed for Newlands. Take the first left (oblique) and follow up to the pub at stair. Turn left then shortly after turn r - follow signs to Grange. Road is above Derwent water. come into Grange, and road joins the B road - turn left into Keswick. You need to take the Keswick to Carlise route A591. About a mile past the Dodd wood care park/sawmill tea room, there is a left turn to Scarness. Follow this, and at the top of a rise, there is a right turn, signed for Bassenthwaite. When you reach the crossroads at the main road, go ahead, follow through the village, and once you are by the beck, you will need to turn r over the small bridge, and r again. Follow to main road at Castle Inn, turn left at the hotel on the corner. Follow through Armathwaite, over the Ouse bridge. Take the second left, signed Higham Hall. Up the hill, and keep going until you get to T jnct. Turn left and follow this and you will get back to Main st.
Landmarks/Sites to see?
Bike shops - 4play Cycles Cockermouth Keswick Bikes, Whinlatter bikes in Keswick Cyclewise, at Whinlater visitor center Tea shops - Cockermouth lots (but very few on Sundays), Whinlater has cafe, Braithwaite - cheap mugs of tea in the village shop, various cold and hot sandwiches and usual shop supplies. Grange two tea shops. Borrowdale has a good cheap climbers cafe (on the right a mile or so after Grange - old farmhouse below Shepherds Crag) Keswick has lots, but 'Lunch' -sandwiches and some hot food, sells mugs of tea for £1 - a bargain for the lakes which is usually closer to £2- Although more of a take away sandwich shop, they do have a few seats or you can stand, inside and don't appear to mind soggy bikers. A591 - skip the Little Dodd garden centre - dire tea! Dodd Wood car park with sawmill best spot to stop. Also in Bassenthwaite pub does food teas coffees. Great views of Derwent water, Skiddaw and Blencathra, and Bassenthwaite lake and Grisedale Pike area.