Biking Coast to Coast Family Adventure Capital

Whinlatter Pass, Wildplay & Keswick (C2C Day 2)

Written by Stuart Wickes

Wildplay in Whinlatter & ride to Keswick (C2C Day 2)

Day 2 of our Coast to Coast ride took us from Cockermouth to Keswick, via the Whinlatter Pass. Leaving the coastal plain behind, we headed up Lorton Vale, then up and over the Whinlatter Pass heading for the North Lakes market town of Keswick.  Here’s our photo journal from Day 2 of the tour. 

Cockermouth is quiet this Monday morning


Monday morning in Cockermouth and all was quiet, at least until we rolled back into town


The kids quickly found something of interest…

The butcher’s is open and doing its business

Cockermouth High Street

The town was looking pretty shiny after the big flood clean up and refurbishment

Cockermouth High Street

And business looked as if it may be back to normal

Cockermouth Butchers

Well, if you call that normal

We ride up Lorton Vale in the mist

Cycling to Lorton Vale

Back on the road, we headed up Lorton Vale towards the mist and mountains

And on up the Whinlatter Pass

Whinlatter Pass

We struggled a bit up the Whinlatter Pass

Spring is in the air

Snowdrops in Cumbria

But there were signs of Spring to distract

And encouragement all around

Whinlatter Pass

And words of strategically placed encouragement

We stop for wild play in Whinlatter

Whinlatter Forest

Up at the top of the pass there was time to explore the Whinlatter Forest

Wild Play Area Whinlatter Forest

The kids still had energy to explore the Wild Play Area

Wildplay Whinlatter

And the spirit to help each other out

And then head down and into Keswick

Summitting Whinlatter

Summitting Whinlatter was good preparation
for tackling the Pennines later in the week

Keswick Moot Hall

And everyone enjoyed the descent down
to reach the North Lakes Town of Keswick
beyond which lay our accommodation for the night,
at the family run Lyzzick Hall Hotel

Have you taken on a family challenge?
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See more of our Winter Coast to Coast (C2C) Photo Journals

We did this C2C ride across England, from Workington to Sunderland, as part of our Family Adventure Capital Season. We’re exploring different ways families can adventure together in and around Cumbria, sharing ideas and inspiration to encourage families to get out, get active and adventure together.
Got some ideas for things we should try? Let us know.

About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!


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