Whinlatter Pass from Keswick via Cockermouth
Elevation 2,913 ft.
Whinlatter pass is one of the easier Lake District climbs, I find it more enjoyable from the pretty village of Lorton. Whinlatter is taking centre stage in the Tour Of Britain cycle race 2018, with a time trial and also a mountain top finish. A great 35 mile ride starting in Keswick heading along past Bassenthwaite on quiet roads to Cockermouth. From Cockermouth you head towards the village of Lorton with spectacular view towards Buttermere and Crummock water fells. Turning for Lorton and the steady but picturesque climb of Whinlatter begins. A super quick descent down into Braithwaite and head towards Portinscale. This pretty village has a few tearooms on route for a much needed coffee and cake stop. A ten mile lap of Derwentwater along quiet roads with a few uphill sections to get the heart pumping, with many stunning views to take your mind off the steeper sections.
Pass through the village of Grange and head back alongside the Lakeshore to keswick with stunning views towards Skiddaw and Derwentwater.
We have bike storage at Clarence House, pumps available in case of flat tyres and lots of advice on cycling around Keswick and most importantly where the best places to stop refuelling. With Three classic passes, which makes six stunning rides to tackle each side, why not take on a pass or two… or the full monty and all Six in a super 66 miles.