Leaving Cockermouth and on to Thornthwaite

Cross over Gote Street from the Papcastle road and continue past the James Walker factory, then right onto Bridge Street, crossing the river just after the doctor’s surgery.

You then head left onto Main Street. Go past Station Street before turning right into Challoner Street, left into Cocker Lane and then almost immediately right to follow the river. Go under Lorton Street towards the Youth Hostel, turn right to swivel over the River Cocker and follow the path past the cemetery before the hairpin right turn onto Strawberry Home Road, where you take a left. It is now a straightforward run.

You may wish to stop near the shores of Bassenthwaite’s northern tip, in which case go through the village of Wythop Mill and turn right by the phone box.

Turn left at the Pheasant Inn and go over the A66 onto the B5291,taking the scenic Ouse Bridge to the Castle Hotel. After that, it’s a short hop along the road and up to the vil age and the Sun Inn, where they serve good food and ale. Assuming you do not opt for this diversion, you wil encounter a short, hil y section before the descent to Bassenthwaite Lake, from whence it is an easy ride into Keswick. At Thornthwaite you meet up with the Whitehaven route.