Forming part of the long-distance C2C (Sea to Sea) route, this ride runs from Whitehaven to edge of the Lake District National Park at Cleator Moor before finishing at Sheriff's Gate. The route follows the course of a now-disused railway line, built in the 1850s to carry coal and iron ore from the mines and quarries that were once very active in this area. There are many sculptures and artworks dotted along the route which reflect the heritage of the area.
The route is almost entirely traffic-free, with just one short section on-road at the start in Whitehaven. There is a gentle incline along the railway line.
From Sheriff's Gate, you could continue to Kirkland and then Ennerdale Water along a mixture of quiet lanes and stone tracks and take in the stunning scenery of the Lake District National Park.
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.