C2C - Route 71
Route Section: Start Point > Keswick
From Finish: 214km (134m) Tynemouth | 210m (131m) Sunderland.
To Keswick: 40km (25m)
To Penrith: 77km (48m)
Workington heading for Cockermouth
To get to the start.
The route starts from the lighthouse at the river port, easy enough to find from the railway station, following Town Quay, keeping the river Derwent and the estuary on your right.
From the lighthouse turn left onto the railway bridge just by the sailing club, then (briefly) follow the path by the side of the river Derwent, keeping the estuary on your left.
Follow Route 71 signs, along Town Quay up to the viaduct at the railway station.
Follow Church St and onto to traffic fee Griffin St up to the T-junction where you head left and cross the river Derwent.
You are riding on a traffic free cycle path through Dunmail Park and up to Seaton where the path runs alongside Camerton Rd.
Turn right onto the road that goes steeply downhill just before it crosses the railway path at Uplands.
Follow the route through Camerton, taking care at the bottom, where the route takes a sharp left into Meadow Croft.
You briefly joining the river again, skirting Broughton Moor and on through Great Broughton and Papcastle, once the site of a Roman fort. You are now on the edge of Cockermouth.
Bike Bank, 18-20 Market Place. 01900 603 337
Halfords, Derwent Howe Retail Park. 01900 601 635
About the town
Workington is an ancient market town and as well as an industrial boom town. After a few decades in the doldrums European funding in 2007 helped bring its centre back to life.
At the mouth of the River Derwent, parts of Workington date back to Roman times. But it was not until the 18th century, with the exploitation of local iron ore and coal, that Workington expanded to become a major industrial port. Having once provided the steel for nearly every country in the world’s railway lines, Workington fell into decline.
Iron and steel manufacturing have always been at the heart of life, and it was in this town that Henry Bessemer first introduced his revolutionary steel making process.
The advantage of starting here is that the opening leg of the journey is seven miles shorter, has gentler gradients and passes through the Georgian market town of Cockermouth. It is also close to, and goes through, Camerton, where the church sits prettily on the banks of the Derwent and the splendidly named Black Tom Inn beckons alluringly to passers-by.
It has some nice churches. The parish church of St Michael’s has been on its present site since the 7th century, although the 12th century Norman church was replaced in 1770 by a larger building. Sadly this was severely damaged by fire in 1994, but has since undergone a major rebuilding programme. St John’s Church was built in 1823 to commemorate the battle of Waterloo, to a design by Thomas Hardwick. It is built of local sandstone, and bears some resemblance to Inigo Jones’s St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, London.
Workington Tourist Information Centre: 01900 606699
Where to eat and drink
Super Fish, 20 Pow St. Sit-in or takeaway. 01900 604 916
Blue Dolphin, 1 Lismore Place. Sit-in or takeaway. 01900 604114
Treats , 26 Finkle Street Good cafe. 01900 871752
Bengal Spice, 39 Jane St. 01900 64106
Lucifers , 24 Finkle St. Cool cafe lounge/diner. 01900 605 948
Where To Sleep
Run by: Sue & Fred Dahl
Just a few hundred yards from the track and five minutes from the start/finish, Armidale is set in half an acre of land with a small orchard. The cottage has wood burning stoves in the lounge and dining room and is centrally heated throughout. There are slate floors in the lounge and hall with wood floors in the dining room and bedroom. Great breakfast and top end accommodation. Credit cards now accepted. Also handy for Hadrian's Cycleway. You can leave up to 2 cars here while doing the route.
Local inspection: Commended.
Pk Lunch: on request.
B&B: £40pp or £47. single occ.
Run by: Lynn & Del Pears
The owners have been running the Waverley this bike-friendly town centre hotel for 28 years. Recently refurbished and comfortable it is ideal for groups, as there are 27 rooms. Secure cycle storage and you can opt for a packed lunch instead of breakfast. Ideal stop-off in a town well worth exploring.
Eve meal: full bar menu from snacks to steaks. 3-course dinner for £11.50.
Pk lunch: £6 (or you can have it instead of b'fast).
B&B: from £50.
Rooms: 12T, 9D, 6S.
Workington House B&B
Run by: Naomi & Matt
There is 1 king, 1 twin and 2 singles – 6 bed spaces in total plus a secure backyard with CCTV and bike covers. "We offer a full cooked breakfast with locally sourced produce and will cater to any dietary requirements (with advance notice), as well as providing self-service cereal, cereal bars, yoghurt and fruit," says Matt. The rooms are spacious, with comfy beds with en-suite facilities (including all toiletries), tv, wardrobe and desk. Packed lunch by advance request.
King/Twin: £65 Single: £42.50.