to see a map of the start location.)
Camerton Village, West Cumbria.
GR 038 309 OS Sheet 89.
There is sufficient on street parking and the cycle track is two minutes uphill walk away.
18km each way, but most of the return jurney can be done by train.
The route begins at Camerton just west of Cockermouth and follows disused railway lines to the port of Workington and then a final section below coastal cliffs to Whitehaven Harbour.
Well surfaced cycle track most of the way. It's a bit narrow for a strong skate at the start in the woods, but widens up as open farmland is reached. Probably more suited to classic for the beginner.
There are some minor roads, one or two downhills which may require walking and a short section on a busy road through Workington town centre.
Refreshments are available in Workington and Whitehaven but not in Camerton.
The village has a distressing tendency to lose bits of its name as time passes. In 2004 it appeared to be called CAMERTO. In 2005 this had reduced to CAME TO. We expect it to morph to ME TO by 2008.
Views can be great. Scotland, Isle of Man, North Lakeland Fells and a general sea vista make it a delightful tour.
It is an annual tour organised by the Lakeland Cross Country Ski Club.
Michael and Helen Smith,
Lakeland XC Ski Club