Troutbeck & Matterdale
C2C - Route 71
Route Section: Keswick > Alston
From Start: 61km (38m) | From Finish: 166km (104m)
Penrith 26km (16m)
Alston 59km (37m)
Just to the east of the A66 is Troutbeck. For overnights, Troutbeck has Lane Head Farm as well as the Troutbeck Inn. It is a little further down the A66, towards Keswick, but is a charming stop off.
Those tackling the off-road section along the Old Coach Road from Keswick will come into Dockray and will either go
a) left down the A5091 to rejoin the main route at Troutbeck,
or b) continue to Matterdale End then proceed to Sparket Mill and Hutton John.
Or you will approach it from the A66 - it is just a little way down the A5091. The Troutbeck Inn is a gem.
From Wordsworth's 'Airey-Force Valley' of 1842
"Not a breath of air Ruffles the bosom of this leafy glen. From the brook's margin, wide around, the trees Are stedfast as the rocks; the brook itself, Old as the hills that feed it from afar, . . . A soft eye-music of slow-waving boughs, Powerful almost as vocal harmony To stay the wanderer's steps and soothe his thoughts.”
Where To Sleep
The Sportsman's Inn
Run by: Ian Loftus
No overnight accommodation but ideal for groups wanting lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or ice creams (and now also offering takeaways). Morning coffee and sandwiches also available. There are five real ales and a range of lagers, 60 covers in the restaurant and 40 in the bar, plus 20 outside tables on the lawn (which is also ideal for quick bike repairs). The car park is enormous and, with prior booking, you can leave your vehicle there for the duration.There are several vegetarian options, home-made cakes and hand cut chips, with a fulsome two course lunch costing around £15. Specialist coffees also available. A fine pit stop.
Run by: Rowan Mahon
A handy point mid-way between Keswick and Penrith, this is a cosy, comfortable and relaxed inn with a four star rating from the English tourist board. In addition to seven rooms there are three cottages. Dogs welcome. The owner is a chef who has cooked in the Channel Isles and the culinary influence is French, with much use of local produce. And it's jolly good...
Rooms: 2T, 1F, 5D.
B&B: from £40-£45. Single occ £55.
Lunch: £7.50 (soup & sandwich) to around £15.50 (sirloin steak).
Eve meal: Main course £14.75-£18.50. 3-courses about £26.
Pk lunch: £7.50.
Run by: Tine Boving Foster
'Finally, it's been totally renovated to make a lovely home for our family and an attractive B&B where our guests feel at home and relaxed,' says Tine. She and Jim opened last May. Lowthwaite is in Matterdale valley, 3 miles from Ullswater, with views of Helvellyn and Blencathra. They used to live in Tanzania, organising climbs up Kilimanjaro, and much of the furniture is hand-crafted African. Two of the big rooms are well suited for families, either for three or four people in one room, or used together for a bigger family or a group of friends.
Rooms: 4 D/T, two of which are ideal family rooms.
B&B: £32 - £40 (from £40 - £50 single occ). Rates seasonal.
Meal: pre-booked only from £12 to £25 for a special 'celebratory' supper (the £16 option of hearty main course & pudding is proving most popular).
Pk lunch: £6. Drying facilities.
Secure lock up.
Lane Head Farm Country Guest House
Run by: Mandy Aldom & Pawel Stolarczyk
A warm welcome to C2C from the new couple running Lane Head. Bang on the route, much money has been spent restoring this lovely old farmhouse. There is now a bar and evening meals are provided so long as you give a couple of days notice. There is a drying room and 7 en-suite rooms (two with baths and showers over), each sleeping 2 people. Great place to relax after a hard days cycling. Hosepipe to wash down bikes.
Rooms: 1T, 4D, 2 4-posters.
B&B: from £35-£40.
Eve meal: £15 for 2 courses; £20 for 3. Please book in advance.
Pk lunch: please pre-order.
Secure storage: 4-star Guest Accommodation.
Free wifi : drying facilities