Get yourself acquainted with your bike and warm the legs up on the easy-going railway cycle path's for the first 10 miles or so as you leave the shores of the Irish Sea behind you and head to towards the beauty of the Lake District. Quiet country roads follow with the stunning backdrop of the mountains in distance, if the weather is good, it's hard to beat the English countryside! Don't get too comfortable though as the hills are awaiting you just off High Lowton. here you will tackle some steep winding ascents on varied terrain that will get the thighs burning. After a fun descent from the summit at Whinlatter forest, things level off again and you're left with an enjoyable ride towards Keswick - that is handily dotted with plenty of classic English countryside pubs we might add!
If you are doing our shorter itinerary and overnighting in Penrith tonight, switch to the next cycle route on the macs app when you arrive in Keswick: http://your.macsadventure.com/s/FkGzK and follow it until you reach Penrith.
Be sure to complete all the customary initiations before beginning your Cycle. dip your back wheel in the Irish Sea and take a photo with a beaming smile beside the C2C sculpture.
Jan's Lakeland Sandwich Shop
Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for damage. Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tyres are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when cycling. If you are doubtful of the condition of your rental bike please call the office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.
Remember to obey local road signage, cycle on the left-hand side of the road, and at roundabouts give-way to traffic coming from your right-hand side. While drivers in the UK are generally respectful of cyclists, please do be mindful of other road users at all times particularly on busier roads and junctions when entering and leaving towns.
Be vigilant on descents, it is very easy to misjudge a corner (especially when riding a bike your not necessarily well acquainted with).
Be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions, we recommend checking the local weather forecast each morning before cycling. Along with sun protection make sure to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer to wear over your jersey and cycle shorts/trousers. You might also like to wear padded cycling gloves for more comfort on the handlebars, fingerless in the warmer months and not if it’s a little chillier.
If you are navigating using the Macs App on your phone, if one of your party has a secure phone handlebar mount it will help make finding your way even easier.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
There are opportunities to stop for food or drink at cafe's or pubs along the route, if you want to rely on this, be sure to check in advance they are open when you are likely to pass. There are also some honesty boxes at farm road ends where you can purchase homemade goodies for a donation.