C2C - Westmorland Loop & Routes 71, 68
Route Section: Westmorland Loop
From Start: 107km (67m) | From Finish: 126km (79m)
Brough 18km (11m)
Middleton-in-Teesdale 40km (25m)
Stanhope 61km (38m)
Out of Appleby
If you have been into the town centre, well worth visiting, retrace your steps over the bridge and turn left down Boroughgate and Scattergate before heading right up Parkin Hill (B6260).
The road splits after about 1km - bear left following Route 68 and 71 signs.
After 2km these routes will head off to the right. KEEP LEFT following Helm Road for 3km.
Take the next left and then left again shortly afterwards and you are on the road into Warcop.
Turn right at Warcop and take the next left through the tiny hamlet of Great Musgrave.
After 3km this road will take you over the A66 and into Brough.
Appleby retains its medieval street pattern, occupying a strategic loop in the River Eden. Boroughgate is the wide main street, leading down past first the High Cross to the Low Cross and the Church of St Lawrence. The only medieval building is the castle, now in private ownership, which stands guard at the top of the hill, Other medieval street names are in evidence, such as Doomgate and Bongate on the other side of the bridge at the bottom of the hill.
The castle passed in the 17th century to the redoubtable Lady Anne Clifford, who took the running of her estates very seriously and restored not only Appleby castle but also that at Brougham near Penrith as well as at Skipton and Brough. Notable MPs for Appleby include William Pitt the Younger (very briefly), John Robinson (whose ingenuity and speed at political fixing give us the phrase “Before you can say Jack Robinson”) and Viscount Howick, who as Earl Grey, led the government that passed the great Reform Act of 1832. Several members of George Washington’s family attended the Grammar School
Appleby boasts pubs, cafés, and a proper old-fashioned ironmongers. Every June the entire town is taken over by the annual horse fair and if you are proposing to stay here round that time be warned that accommodation is likely to be very scarce and that a form of organised chaos reigns for about a week. In calmer times it is a lovely timeless spot to linger.
Tourist Information Office, the Moot Hall, Boroughgate. 017683 51177. Admirably helpful and informative as well a cycle-savvy. www.visitappleby.com
Where To Sleep
Tufton Arms Hotel
Run by: Nigel Milsom
Upmarket coaching inn combining Victorian elegance with some stylish modern twists. Relaxed and informal, there is a first rate fish restaurant (plus a grill menu for meat eaters) and a lively bar. The Tufton Arms is bang in the town centre, just over the River Eden and close to wonderful Boroughgate, which doesn't look like it's changed for centuries. For the past 26 years, the Milson family has run this friendly place and recently the bedrooms and main dining room have been completely refurbished.
Rooms: 24 - a mixture of T and D.
B&B: from £45 (for best deals go to the website).
Eve meal: mains £7.75 to £14.50 (except for steaks).
Pk lunch: pse pre-order.
Cycle storage and drying facilities.
Run by: John & Mary Geary
Family run Georgian guest house with huge gardens. Charming and peaceful spot to rest up and just a short stroll into town or to the Royal Oak pub. Hearty breakfast and comfortable rooms, there's free wifi throughout. Hose pipe, tool kits and padlocks for bikes.
Rooms: 8 T/D, 1S. 6 are en-suite.
B&B: from £35.
Eve meal: local pub.
Pk lunch: £5.
Secure lock up and drying facilities.