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Pedal southwards, rising gradually to the open limestone farmland between Cumbria’s High Fells and the Eden Valley. Then freewheel down to the River Lyvennet and the charming limestone villages which mark its course. Don’t worry if the ford at Kings Meaburn looks too formidable: there’s a footbridge next to it! Brougham Hall (cycle hire and café) is an alternative start point.
Start/finish: Sandgate Car Park or Brougham Hall (cycle hire)
Grade: Long·Moderate, all on-road except short track under A66
|Time/Effort||2 out of 5|
|Toilets||Brougham Hall, Penrith|
|Refreshments||Cafés: Abbot Lodge Farm, Brougham Hall Pubs: Crosby Ravensworth, Great Strickland, Kings Meaburn|
Sandgate, Great Strickland, Crosby Ravensworth, Maulds Meaburn, Penrith
1 Turn L out of the car park, then R and SA at the mini roundabouts to follow the blue 71 signs out of town, under the A66 and past Brougham Castle all the way to Great Strickland village. From Brougham Hall bear R downhill to turn R at the X roads
2 Turn R at the T-jct in the village and immediately L at the green. Follow this road through Little Strickland and go SA at the next two X roads
3 Turn L at the T-jct and descend steeply (and carefully) into Crosby Ravensworth.
4 Turn L in the village and follow the road (and river) through Maulds Meaburn, turning first R and then L to King’s Meaburn.
5 Back on route 71, turn L down a narrow lane before the pub to cross the river (ford or footbridge) . Stay on route 71 all the way back to Penrith via Newby and Great Strickland.