Walking and Cycling in Penrith
A lovely walk from the centre of town leads up Fell Lane and then follows a wooded path to the summit of Beacon Hill. Beacon Pike or Tower was built in 1719 on the site where for centuries, fires have been lit to warn of impending danger. From the top, there are extensive views across Penrith to the Lake District fells, Solway Firth and the mountains of Scotland. There are also good views from Beacon Edge which leads to Cowraik Quarry, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) open to visitors.
Access for all Walk
The Rotary Club of Penrith have produced a leaflet with details of an "Access for all Walk" - a self guided tour of Penrith. The route has been chosen to make the walk accessible to all, including those with disabilities. To download a copy, please visit the Rotary Club website.
Find out more about Penrith's history and heritage by picking up an "Access for All" Penrith Town Trails leaflet from Penrith Tourist Information Centre. Look out for eight blue information plaques on buildings throughout the town. The Millennium Trail is marked out by brass plaques in the pavement throughout the town at points of interest.
The C2C (Sea to Sea) cycle route passes through Penrith and the town has been designated Cumbria's first Cycling Hub which means that cyclists are made extra welcome and will find excellent facilities including cycle hire, cyclist-friendly accommodation and specially designed routes starting from Penrith.
Penrith is the starting point for the new Lakes and Dales Loop Cycleway which will enable cyclists to explore areas on the edge of the Lake District National Park.
Five circular OS mapped 'do-in-day' rides ranging from 15 to 31 miles. The eastern edge of the Lake District, the Eden, Lowther and Lyvennet Valleys, and Greystoke are all explored from the historic market town in the middle of the Eden Valley.