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Cycle your way steadily westwards, marvelling at the increasingly dramatic views of high Lakeland fells which rise up steeply behind the villages of Mosedale and Mungrisdale. This is ‘connoisseurs Cumbria’: remote, rugged and breathtakingly beautiful. You’ll be on the popular Sea to Sea (C2C) Cycle Route for much of the time.

Start/finish: Sandgate Car Park

Grade: Long·Moderate, all on-road except stony track between edge of town and Newton Rigg campus

Route Information

Time/Effort 2 out of 5
Toilets Penrith only
Refreshments Cafés: Greystoke (Friday, Saturday & 2nd Sunday each month) Pubs: Greystoke, Mungrisdale, Newton Reigny, Skelton, Shops: Greystoke, Skelton

Route Essentials

Cycle Route: Sandgate, Penrith, Greystoke, Mungrisdale, Newton Reigny, Skelton

Miles: 31

Route Details

1 Turn L out of the car park, L again at the mini-roundabout and keep following the blue C2C/7 signs all the way to Skelton village in a north westerly direction.

2 Turn L by the pub and keep L to reach Ellonby and follow signs for Lamonby.

3 SA to rise out of Lamonby and turn R at next X roads (signed Caldbeck) to go over How Hill. Careful on the bends as you gather speed on a lengthy descent to a T-jct.

4 Turn L and L again to descend steeply into Haltcliff Bridge. Turn R across the next bridge over the River Caldew.

5 Turn L and keep on this road to the base of Carrock Fell, which has hill fort remains at its summit, then through Mosedale to Mungrisdale. Turning R in Mosedale takes you up a valley and alongside the River Caldew with its rocky pools – perfect for a summer picnic.

6 Just as you reach Mungrisdale turn L and follow the alternative C2C route all the way to Greystoke and then back to Penrith.

7 Turn L after descending from Berrier.

8 Slow down for the L turn at the cross in Greystoke. Pass the entrance to Greystoke Castle and then the cycle café, a few hundred yards further on.

9 Deviate slightly off the C2C by turning R over the bridge in Little Blencow then L after Great Blencow (just past the big house set back on the R). Turn R after the long straight
and you’re on the blue C2C/7 route back into Penrith.

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