Explore the other Cum­bria

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Riding -

While most head to­wards the heart of the Lake District, this route takes a dif­fer­ent path and in­stead joins up with the A686 as it climbs to Al­ston. This road is pop­u­lar with lo­cal bik­ers and many know it like the back of their hands – so don’t get baited into fol­low­ing them.

Al­though it looks fairly in­no­cent on the map, the A686 is a tricky road that has its fair share of blind corners as well as haz­ards. For ex­am­ple, if it has rained re­cently rivers of wa­ter are known to run across the road, bring­ing with them loose gravel.

When you reach Al­ston, which is 300m above sea level, take the A689 to­wards Carlisle. This is an­other ex­cit­ing road to ride with some great views, and while it’s less treach­er­ous than the A686 it still de­serves re­spect. Hav­ing made your way around Carlisle, it’s back onto the A6 for a straight run back to Pen­rith, throw­ing a smug glance to­wards the mo­torists stuck sta­tion­ary on the M6 that runs along­side.

If you have time, it is worth tak­ing the A66 from Pen­rith to Keswick and loop­ing around Whin­lat­ter For­est Twisty traf­fic free roads await you in this part of Cum­bria Park on the B5292 and B5289 be­fore re­turn­ing to Pen­rith. It’s a small road but worth vis­it­ing for the views and glorious coun­try­side.

Ev­ery­one loves the lakes but there’s more to Cum­bria

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