C2C - Route 71
Route Section: Keswick > Alston
From Start: 80km (50m) | From Finish: 147km (92m)
Penrith 6.4km (4m)
Alston 27km (17m)
Into Newton Reigny
Follow Route 71 signs north out of the village bearing right at the strategically located Greystoke Cycle Cafe some 300m from the village green.
You will pass Blencow Hall on your left. Its tower looks as if were sundered by a bolt of lightning and then repaired by a futurist architect.
Head right at the crossroads. You are now on Route 7 and will head through Laithes before arriving in Newton Reigny.
Out of Newton Reigny
You can take the off-road section from Newton Rigg Agricultural College passing under the M6 and then head into Penrith along Robinson St, across Scotland Rd and into Drover's Lane.
This section is accessible to most types of bikes and should pose no problems to all but those with skinny tyres, who would be better off sticking to the road past the College and into Penrith.
About Newton Reigny
Newton Reigny lies within the ancient forest of Inglewood which was once one of the largest hunting grounds in the country. The village derives its name from the family of De Reigny who had the manor during the the reign of Henry II and held on to it by 'offering' horsemen to serve against Scotland. The manor of Newton is now part of the possessions of the Earl of Lonsdale, whose ancestor Hugh de Lowther, obtained it in 1290.
Where to Eat and Drink
The Sun Inn 01768 867055 Public House which does excellent meals and accommodation. See details.
Where To Sleep
Run by: Lucy Jakeman
A bunkroom sleeping up to six opened in 2016 while there are four other rooms now available at the Sun. The bunk room is exclusively available on a first come, first served basis. The Jakeman family took over in 2015 and are breathing life back into this popular 17th century coaching inn. It is located in a picturesque village bang on the route, just before Penrith. Warm and welcoming atmosphere. Good traditional cask ales, great dining facilities, excellent home cooked food. Meals served lunch and dinner, plus afternoon tea, cakes and coffee.
Rooms : 3D (two of them kingsize) all en-suite.
B&B : £80 - £90 per room.
Bunkroom : minimum occ 3 - £80 plus £25pp for additional cyclists. 2 shower rooms.
Eve meal : yes, plenty of choice.