Stage Start: 09:00 The Castle Hotel, Brough, CA17 4AX. BNG NY 794 146
Stage 2 is the real mountain stage of the tour and represents a serious challenge even as a one day ride, passing directly through the Lake District. The stage covers 107.5 miles and includes 7489' of ascent, some of which is very steep. Leaving Brough we head South-West towards Kendall and then enter the Lake District passing through Windermere before turning North to climb the highest road of the day, the well known and much feared Kirkstone Pass. After crossing the pass we continue Northwards through Patterdale and passing Ullswater then climbing Matterdale End before reaching the A66. Turning East we pass through Keswick before heading South past Derwent Water finally turning North-West to make the very difficult ascent of Honister Pass. Descending very carefully with the hard work behind us we continue and pass Buttermere and Crummock Water before we reach Cockermouth. Leaving Cockermouth we continue to complete the first C2C crossing reaching the West coast at just South of Allonby before turning inland to the stage end near Wigton.