Leg 2: Keswick to Troutbeck on the National Cycle Network
This is the shortest leg of the tour; covering just nine miles in a leisurely hour’s cycle. There are plenty of cycle paths on this one too, so you will be able to avoid too much road cycling.
The shorter cycling time also means you will have more time to stop and visit places during the day. Keswick houses many attractions so you may want to spend some time visiting one before beginning the tour.
You could start your day with a 50-minute tour of Lake Derwentwater on the Keswick Launch, before heading off cycling. Shortly into the journey you will pass Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, which houses local exhibits as well as original manuscripts and memorabilia from Robert Southey, William Wordsworth and Hugh Walpole.
Threlkald marks the half-way point of the ride, and is a great place to stop for some lunch. There are two great pubs in Threlkeld – The Salutation and The Horse and Farrier.
The area of Troutbeck is also pretty and offers some nice walks, with most of the houses in the area more than 100 years old, giving it a lovely old-fashioned feel.
Full step-by-step instructions of the route can be downloaded below, and the map below illustrates the route you will be taking on the first day of your holiday.
Sustrans National Cycle Network
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