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Route 71

Route Details

  • From - to: Whitehaven and Workington to Kirby Knowle
  • Distance: 136 miles
  • Terrain: Mainly on-road with some traffic-free routes. Traffic-free sections: Moor Row to Rowrah (Cumbria); Workington to Seaton; Thornthwaite Forest (Lake District); Wythop Woods (Lake District); Keswick to Threlkeld.
  • Please note: One of the bridges on this route at Keswick has been washed away in Storm Desmond on 6th December 2015. We are working to put in place a diversion but we advise not using this section of the route at the moment.

Route Description

National Route 71 of the National Cycle Network runs from Whitehaven and Workington on the Cumbrian coast to Kirby Knowle in Yorkshire to join National Route 65. The route is fully open and signed in both directions. The route here is described in three sections:

1. Whitehaven or Workington to Penrith
The northern strand of National Route 71 begins by the coast at Workington and heading east via Cockermouth meets the southern strand of National Route 71 at Thornthwaite. The southern strand leaves from Moor Row - after following National Route 72 south from Whitehaven for a short stretch on a disused railway line - heading past 
Loweswater to Thornthwaite via a long traffic-free section that takes you to the edge of the Lake District. Both strands also utilise traffic-free forest tracks in the immediate area of Thornthwaite but from here east the route follows mainly on-road routes to Little Blencow, where it joins National Route 7 into Penrith. However, Keswick to Threlkeld of National Route 71 is traffic-free on a disused railway line.

2. Penrith to Appleby-in-Westmorland
National Route 71 leaves National Route 7 at Penrith and continues to Appleby on-road via Great Strickland and Morland.

3. Appleby-in-Westmorland to Kirby Knowle
National Route 71 meets National Route 68 at the western outskirts of Appleby and joins it heading south, then joining 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.

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Official Sea to Sea (C2C) Cycle Route Map, from Whitehaven/Workington to Newcastle/Sunderland.

National Route 71 of the National Cycle Network makes up the western third of the C2C route between Whitehaven or Workington and Blencow (Penrith). It continues south east from Penrith via Appleby-in-Westmorland and Northallerton to meet National Route 65 - the White Rose Cycle Route - at Kirby Knowle in Yorkshire.