National Route 71 of the National Cycle Network starts in Penrith in Cumbria. It then passes Appleby-in-Westmorland and Northallerton to meet National Route 65 - the White Rose Cycle Route - at Kirby Knowle in Yorkshire. The route is fully open and signed in both directions.
The route here is described in two sections:
1. Penrith to Appleby-in-Westmorland
National Route 71 starts in the centre of Penrith, following national route 7 for a short way before continuing to Appleby on-road via Great Strickland and Morland.
2. Appleby-in-Westmorland to Kirby Knowle
National Route 71 meets National Route 68 at the western outskirts of Appleby and joins it heading south.
It then joins National Route 70 through Kirkby Stephen to the northern edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
Here is where National Route 71 begins again and continues on-road via Northallerton to Kirby Knowle where it meets National Route 65.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.
However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.
Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.
Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.