Please note this is a road route, but does wheel past Whinlatter Forest Park, so there is fun for you mountain bikers!


  1. Head downhill from the Moot Hall in the centre of Keswick on the B5289 for one mile, turning left on 'no through road' to take the footbridge over the River Derwent to Portinscale. Bear left at the main road and continue through to Stair and up through Gillbrow, following the Newlands Valley for 5 miles. At the summit of this climb is Moss Force, a lovely spot for a rest by the waterfall or a short walk up Knott Rigg and you're on the top of the world.
  2. The decent into Buttermere is smooth, with a steep section at the end. There are two good hotel with bars here for refreshments, The Fish and The Bridge, the latter being open all day. Buttermere is a heavenly place and given time, a walk down to the head of the Lake is well worth while. The path begins at The Fish Hotel and now goes all around the Lake at shore level - thanks to George Benson, who, in the 19th Century had a tunnel blasted through a rock outcrop just to make this possible!
  3. Take care as you head out along Crummock Water - the B5289 can get narrow and better to stop and let any cars pass or walk on the narrow parts. After 2 miles, turn right to Hopebeck and right again in the village. The peak to your right is Grisedale Pike.
  4. At the junction with the B5292 turn right. After a short distance, turn right again to enter the forest, then left, following good tracks. You are now on the C2C. This track brings you back eventually to the road, turn left and climb for a short distance to the Visitor Centre on your right.
  5. There is plenty to do at the Whinlatter Forest Park Visitor Centre (map), a good "cuppa" and home baking. Spoil yourself with some chocolate cake - you've earned it! Go through the Centre with the car parks to your right and just keep going. The descent through the forest is sheer cycling pleasure for all abilities. You could spend the day here.
  6. The track emerges back onto a road at the bottom - look out for The Bishop, a white painted rock half way up the fellside. Turn right and follow the road through Braithwaite village, Ullock and Portinscale, turning right at the Derwent Water Hotel to cross the footbridge again and return to Keswick.

Small Print: No author nor the editor shall bear any responsibility for any mishap, injury, death or other incident or inconvenience suffered whilst riding any of the routes described. Anybody following any such route does so entirely at their own risk. Anybody wishing to ride on footpaths or other non-permitted routes does so entirely by their own risk.