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Bearing around Beacon Hill in low gears initially, you’ll enter and traverse the broad undulating valley of the River Eden to the edge of the North Pennines. This peaceful landscape is dotted with small red sandstone villages and crystal clear becks which flow through woodlands, meadows and moorland. And there are plenty of places to keep you fed and watered.
Start/finish: Sandgate Car Park
Grade: Long·Hard, all on road
|Time/Effort||3 out of 5|
|Toilets||In Penrith only|
|Refreshments||Refreshments: Cafés: Langwathby, Little Salkeld Melmerby. Pubs: Great Salkeld, Kirkoswald, Langwathby, Lazonby, Ousby Shops: Kirkoswald, Langwathby, Lazonby|
Sandgate, Langwathby, Little Salkeld, Winskill, Ousby, Gamblesby, Lazonby, Great Salkeld
1 Turn L out of the car park and R then L at the double mini-roundabout to head up Fell Lane. Keep following the blue C2C/7 signs to Langwathby.
2 Turn L off the main road and across the village green towards Little Salkeld.
3 Go under the bridge carrying the Settle- Carlisle railway and turn R to Winskill. SA at the X roads after the village.
4 In Ousby, turn L before the pub and follow blue 68 signs (the Pennine Cycleway) to Melmerby.
5 Take care as you briefly join the main road and bear L following blue 68 signs through Gamblesby and Unthank.
6 Turn L at X roads (Five Lane Ends) signed Kirkoswald.
7 Turn R then L towards the river and cross the lovely bridge over the River Eden into Lazonby.
8 Pass under the railway bridge and turn L up the hill to Great Salkeld.
9 Through the village (and after cricket ground), turn R and then first L.
10 At T-jct, turn R then first L. Take care descending after initial climb.
11 Take the first exit from the roundabout (signed Fair Hill) . Near the top, turn L by a white fronted cottage, then R.
12 Turn R downhill to the T-jct and L onto Beacon Edge. Take the fourth R turn into Fell Lane for a nice downhill finish.