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The loop begins by skirting along the edge of the fells with dramatic and atmospheric views over the valleys of the River Keekle and Dub Beck to distant villages and the rearing hills beyond. Each small summit along the way rewards the rider with new views and short but steep descents. Finally turning towards the hills, the route then heads towards scenic Loweswater with its long and satisfying descent which then turns into the challenging return climb! Heading back through Lamplugh following the C2C cycle route, the steep craggy lakeshore of Ennerdale Water can be seen to the left before dipping down into Kirkland and then joining the cycle path for a traffic-free spin back to Cleator Moor.

Grade: Medium-Hard. All on-road and cycle path

Start/finish: Mining sculptures in Cleator Moor Market Square

Parking: Car park in the Market Square (see map)

Route Information

Time/Effort 3 out of 5
Toilets Cleator Moor only
Refreshments Cafe, shops and pubs in Cleator Moor; pub in Keekle; pub in Arlecdon (off route) ; hotel at west end of Loweswater; hotel and garden centre cafe in Rowrah

Route Essentials

Cycle Route: Cleator Moor, Lamplugh, Loweswater

Miles: 20

Route Details

1 START: From the three mining sculptures (by car park) go through gap between the red sandstone Library and Civic Hall buildings and turn L along the high street. Follow the road
to Keekle

2 Turn R after Keekle and then first L

3 Tu r n R at T-jct and SA at roundabout (signed Moresby Park ) . Tu r n R after 400m (signed Frizington )

4 Tu r n L on bend before bench (signed Asby)

5 Turn next L at end of plantation (unsigned)

6 Tu r n R at T-jct (signed Ullock)

7 Tu r n R at Dean Cross X roads (signed Lamplugh) then turn L at fork on hill (signed Lamplugh)

8 At Crossgates SA WITH CARE at offset X roads (signed Lamplugh Church )

9 For Loweswater turn L at T-jct to Lamplugh then R after village (signed Loweswater and C2C 71 ). Otherwise, turn R and continue to point 11

10 Return following C2C signs to Lamplugh. After the village bear L on the C2C (signed Croasdale)

11 Tu r n R to Kirkland (signed C2C)

12 SA at X roads in Kirkland and L after the school (signed C2C)

13 Tu r n R onto cycleway all the way back to Cleator Moor (signed C2C)

14 At Cleator Moor leave cycleway at the Phoenix Bridge. Take L exit before the bridge (unsigned) . Tu r n L onto road to return to the start

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