Penrith & Cumbria's Eden

Penrith & Cumbria's Eden

15th June 2021 - 19th June 2021 (5 days)

This holiday is based in Penrith, an attractive historic market town on the edge of the Eden Valley, a beautiful corner of Cumbria, taking in the lakes and mountains around Ullswater, part of the Lake District National Park, and the moorlands of the North Pennines around Alston. It offers an opportunity to explore the country lanes and quiet roads in Cumbria’s Eden in different directions from Penrith. The terrain is undulating, and there are some hilly areas. There are many signed cycle routes.
We stay at the George Hotel, a fine old coaching inn in the Market Square. Famous landmarks are Penrith Castle and Penrith Beacon.
Cyclilng westwards gives increasingly dramatic views of high Lakeland fells rising up steeply behind the villages of Mosedale and Mungrisdale. Bearing round Beacon we traverse the broad undulating valley of the River Eden to the edge of the Northern Pennines where the peaceful landscape is dotted with small sandstone villages and crystal clear becks that flow through woodlands, meadows and moorland.
Cycling southwards the land rises gradually to the open limestone farmland between Cumbria's High Fells and the Eden Valley and down to the River Lyvennet. Further south is Shap Summit and Great Asby Scar National Nature Reserve with some of Britain's best limestone pavement.

  • Holiday Type Guided
  • Tour Manager Pat & Ron Harrow
  • Grade Moderate
  • Booking Status Places Available
  • Accommodation Hotel
  • Board Basis Half Board
  • Travel Arrangements Land Only
  • Road / Off Road Road
  • Holiday Style Centre-based
  • Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
  • Holiday Ref 03659


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Penrith & Cumbria's Eden

Tuesday 15th June

Meet at the George Hotel in time for dinner. The time of the briefing will be confirmed once arrival times of participants are known.  Meals: D

Wednesday 16th June

A circular route through Mosedale, Mungrisdale at the foot of the Carrick Fells to Matterdale and Ullswater. Cycling along the west side of the lake to cross the new bridge at Pooley Bridge and returning in the Lowther valley through Lowther Park to Penrith. Meals: B D

Thursday 17th June

A circular ride in the Eden valley northwards to Renwick on the edge of the North Pennines and southwards to Melmerby and Dufton, returning via Brougham Castle to Penrith. Meals: B D

Friday 18th June

A loop ride cycling south out of the Eden valley to the Orton Fells area, Crosby Ravensworth and Scorton, climbing over Orton Scar and viewing the limestone pavement. Return via Great Asby, another historic village and ford at Kings Meaburn following the Lynett river to Penrith. Meals: B D

Saturday 19th June

Tour finishes after breakfast. Meals: B

Meals: B = Breakfast  D = Dinner

The above itinerary should be treated as an indication of what is to be accomplished during the tour and not as a contractual obligation.

Accommodation & Meals

Four nights will be spent at the George Hotel, Penrith in ensuite double or twin rooms. Single occupancy may be available for a supplement of £40. Breakfast and dinner are included. Special dietary requirements must be indicated on the Booking Form.

Vehicle Support

As this is a centre-based holiday, no vehicle support is provided. 

Travel Insurance

Obtaining travel insurance is optional for UK residents as your Cycling UK membership provides third party cover. However, this does not cover any other risks such as cancellation charges, personal injury or lost property. We therefore strongly recommend that suitable insurance is taken out to safeguard against such risks. Members who do not reside in the UK are not covered for third party and are advised to obtain suitable cover before leaving their normal residence. If you already have an annual policy, you may need to confirm that it will cover a UK holiday or make provision for it to do so.


The price of £390 is based on a minimum number of 15 people taking part in the holiday; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3. If there are insufficient bookings by 6th April 2021, we will contact you and return all monies paid.

Price Includes

  • 4 nights hotel, sharing room
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to the start and finish of the tour
  • Drinks with dinner
  • Lunches or other refreshments during the day
  • Entry fees at any attractions visited
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Single occupancy supplement (£40, subject to availability)

Payment Schedule

A deposit of £40 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £350 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 6th April 2021.


Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:

Written notice received:

Before 6th April 2021

From 6th April 2021 through to departure


Cancellation charge:

Deposit (£40)

100% (£390)

The Area Covered By The Holiday

Penrith is well situated on the edge of the Eden Valley and bounded by the Lake District National Park and North Pennines. There are many cycle routes in the area including the popular Sea to Sea (C2C). Much of the area is remote, rugged and breathtakingly beautiful. The broad undulating valley of the River Eden with red sandstone villages is to the east and the sheltered Lowther Valley to the south. Charming limestone villages mark the course of the River Lyvennet Valley to the south. Daily cycling distances will be around 40 - 50 miles in undulating terrain. There may be some steeper climbs.

Rides & Rest Days

There will be a led group ride each day at a relaxed pace. Participants are free to choose their own routes. Daily cycling distances will be around 40 - 50 miles in undulating terrain. There may be some steeper climbs. Details of daily rides are provisional until full details of which refreshments stops are open are known. As most of the area is remote, refreshment stops are also limited.


There is a railway station in Penrith on the west coast main line and at Langwathby, 5 miles from Penrith on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line.

Group Information

The maximum number of participants will be 18 excluding the Tour Managers.

Weather & Clothing

Although the tour takes place in June, there is a possibility of both warm sunny days and cold wet weather. Layers of lightweight clothing, suitable for a range of temperatures, is needed, and waterproofs are a must, as is warmer clothing for the evenings.

Cycles & Equipment

A touring cycle, hybrid or lightweight ATB is suitable for this tour. You should ensure your cycle is well maintained, paying particular attention to wheels, tyres and brakes. A low bottom gear (e.g. small chainring the same size or smaller than the largest cog on your rear wheel) is recommended. If you are unsure about gears, please discuss with the Tour Managers. Mudguards are optional but show courtesy to those who are following you in wet weather. New tyres are recommended of at least 28mm diameter. Participants will be expected to carry each day sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs.
You will not need to carry luggage, but a rack top pack or bar bag will be useful for carrying wet weather gear, spare clothing needed for the day, camera, snacks and your map. or Each participant is expected to bring, and carry, all of their own clothing, personal items and spares. You are advised to do some riding before the tour with a similar load to that which you will be carrying during the tour to get a feel for how your bike will handle.
Helmets are your personal choice.

Maps & Guides

You are advised to carry a map of the area in case you leave the main group. A page from a 4 miles to 1 inch Road Atlas should suffice, or for more detail OS Landranger Maps nos 86, 90 and 91 cover most of the area.