C2C - Route 7
Route Section: Keswick > Alston
From start: 93km (58m) | To finish: 133km (83m)
Alston 27km (17m)
Stanhope 67km (42m)
Before you get to Langwathby the lane you have been scooting down the long and enjoyable descent from Beacon Edge merges with the B6412 shortly before you arrive at a T-junction. If you turn left (instead of right) you are soon in the village of Great Salkeld, which then leads on to Lazonby and Kirkoswald . This is an alternative loop following the west side of the River Eden.
At Great Salkeld is one of the C2C's gems, the Highland Drove Inn, where you can dine well and sleep comfortably should you wish to pass a night in deepest rural Cumbria. The pub was in the Michelin pub food guide.
About the place
But if you turn right at the aforementioned T-junction (following the official signage) you will soon reach a cross-roads. Left takes you to Langwathby. Straight on takes you to the hamlet of Edenhall, where one of the hotels most favoured by seasoned C2Cers often stay: The Eden Hall Hotel. It is less than 2km from Langwathby.
Langwathby is a pretty village splayed out around a green with war memorial and children's play area and picnic benches, plus the Shepherd's Inn. There's an ostrich farm and accommodation in nearby Little Salkeld and the above mentioned Eden Hall Hotel.
There's also a railway station that services the popular Carlisle to Settle line. This area is popular for overnight stops because it is well places for the attack on Hartside and the other hills that make the next section the hardest.
Langwathby was a viking settlement; Edenhall once boasted a fine stately home and Little Salkeld has its watermill and cafe and still grinds it own flour. You are also close to the remarkable Long Meg and Her Daughters and Little Meg stone circles. The former comprises a 3.7m high megalith at the head of 60 stones. The whole monument is some 115m (360ft) in diameter and is well worth a stop.
The climb out of Langwathby is not to be underestimated and gives you a serious taster of what you are in for shortly!
Leaving Langwathby for Hartside
Turn left by the war memorial following Route 7 signs and ride up through Little Salkeld, following the railway.
A sharp climb starts from the watermill. It is just up here where the road goes off to the left if you wish to visit Long Meg and Her Daughters (they reputedly date from 1500BC).
This is a leafy and pretty section of quiet lanes which sweep past Glassonby and up to Renwick.
At Four Lane End you will have a choice of on or off-road for Alston. The off-road is impossible without a mountain bike!
If you're on a touring or road bike simply carry straight on here and head down through Renwick. The off-road section will necessitate walking even if you are on a MTB as it is heavy duty.
Here you turn right on Route 7 crossing Raven Beck at Raven Bridge. The road climbs steadily until it meets the daunting A686 which spirals ever upwards to Hartside Pass.
Little & Long Meg Stone Circle - outside Langwathby
Where To Sleep
The Highland Drove Inn & Kyloes Restaurant
Run by: Donald & Christine Newton
Ideal for groups of 12-14, singles or couples, this Real Country Pub has all you need, along with open log fires and secluded beer garden. Winner of Cumbria Dining Pub of the Year and CAMRA’s Real Ale Pub of the Year. Serving a mix of both quality traditional bar food and award winning restaurant cuisine, complimented by a selection of house and guest real ales and a well chosen wine list, not to mention a breakfast that will set you up for “them there hills” ahead. On alternative route via Kirkoswald. Distance from route 3km – but worth every inch!
Rooms : 5D/T with capacity for 3F.
B&B : £90 - Single occ £60.
eal : Bar: 2 courses from £12.50. Restaurant 2-courses £20 - £28.
Pk lunch : £7.50
Wi-fi : yes.
Bank House Farm
Run by: Nancy & Ray Atkinson
Bank House Farm is situated in the delightful village of Little Salkeld on the main route at the bottom of the big climbs, just before Hartside pass. Static caravan accommodation that can be used for B&B or self catering. The caravans are spacious and perfect for individuals, families and large groups up to 32. Camping is available in the orchard with the shower block close by containing free showers, toilet and pot washing facilities, all under one roof. Secure cycle storage. Food can be bought from the nearby pub at Langwathby and the village also has a shop and off-licence. Bank House can provide transport for you and your bikes so could be an ideal base for the whole trip. Cold drinks and snack machines on site, and lift to the pub 1.5 miles away offered.
B'fast for campers:
£10 or £5 for bacon butty and cup of tea.
£10 per person.
Secure cycle storage
and wash down facilities.
B&B: from £35.
B'fast for campers: £10 or £5 for bacon butty and cup of tea.
Self-catering: from £25.
Camping: £10 per person.
Pk lunch: £5.
Eve meal: local pubs.
Secure cycle storage and wash down facilities.
Eden Hall Country Hotel
Run by: Paula & Wayne Williams
Includes an apartment for 6, Eden Hall was stylishly refurbished throughout. It is 2.5 miles outside Penrith and a mile short of Langwathby and is a smart country house hotel in beautiful surroundings. Bar meals and restaurant meals available. Can be eaten in dining room or bar. Prices range from £5.95 for a bar meal to £15.95. Free view flat screen digital TV, wifi throughout, telephone, tea/coffee in all rooms. Secure cycle storage and drying facilities. Email or call for a brochure. Apartment has kitchen with washer/dryer. Sky HD TV.
Rooms: 3S, 11D, 5T (en-suite).
B&B: £52.50-£69 (single occ).
Squirrels Nest apartment: sleeps 6/7 in 3T rooms - £195 (no b'fast). Self-catering.
The Loft apartment sleeps 4 in 2T rooms - £155 (no b'fast). Self-catering.
Eve meal: from £6.50 to £15.95.
Pk lunch: £6.95 (extensive and filling).
Run by: Stephen Wilcock
One of the route's great watering holes, now back in good hands. This is a traditional haunt for locals and C2Cers alike, in fact anyone who enjoys good traditional food with fine local real ales. There's also a huge selection of wines. A relaxed and friendly atmosphere with great service all year round. If you're looking for nearby accommodation you could try sister pub, the Black Swan, at Culgaith.