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Great cycling activities for all the family in the Lake District and Cumbria. With mountains and valleys, miles of mature forest, endless lake and coastal shores, the landscape of Cumbria makes an amazing place to go cycling. Complete novice or seasoned cyclist, family and friends, individuals and groups, there are great routes across the county for everyone to discover
Inspired by the London games, Passport 2 Pedalling aims to make it easy to get involved in cycling in the Lake District and Cumbria and for everyone to have great fun on two wheels!
Start Location: Whitehaven Harbour
With your back to the C2C sign head towards the Zest Harbourside Restaurant. At the restaurant turn left and take note of the small blue C2C cycle route arrow on the opposite side of the road. This is route 71 cycle network and makes up 75% of the ride. Be aware that this first section is on roads that can be busy, so be ready to walk if you are not confident in traffic. Follow Quay Street up to the main road. Once at Swingpump Lane, turn right (follow the C2C signs) and go straight over at the 1st roundabout and again straight over at the 2nd. Shortly after, route 71 turns left off the main road and on to a cycle path (a DIY super store is on your left). Follow the C2C route 71 signs for 13km on cycle paths and a few very quiet roads, taking you past Cleator Moor, Frizington and through the edge of Rowrah on your way to Kirkland. In Kirkland you leave the C2C route and take a right turn at the crossroads in the centre of the village. Follow the road for 2km into the centre of Ennerdale Bridge, where you turn right and cross the river, before following it along towards Cleator Moor. Just before the town you cross the river again, then cross the A5086 at a staggered junction. Cycle into the town centre, past the post office and then 1km further brings you to a road bridge with green railings over the cycle path. Just before this bridge, opposite the job centre, are some silver barriers down the side of a blue and white house. You will see the C2C 71 sign also tucked away down the side of the house; follow this cycle path down to join the main route 71 back to Whitehaven.