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Where to watch the Tour of Britain: Cumbria

Riders at the Carlisle start in 2012 Photo: ITV News Border

The UK's largest bike race returns to Cumbria for Stage Two of the Tour of Britain.

It will be the first time the whole stage has been held within Cumbria.

This year, the 186.6 kilometre stage will start in Carlisle's city centre pedestrianised area at 10.45am.

It will take many of the world’s leading cyclists, and the best of British, south to Kendal, via Cockermouth, Workington and Whitehaven.

The 2012 Tour of Britain resulted in a £2.37million boost to Carlisle’s local economy and it is estimated that around 110,000 spectators cheered the cyclist through the city.

Stage Two starts in Carlisle and finishes in Kendal Credit: Tour of Britain

In Carlisle the following traffic and parking restrictions will be in place from 12 noon on Sunday to 1pm on Monday.

  • Fisher Street (north west end and very south east end from the no-entry sign); Finkle Street (for its full length), Castle Street (for its full length), Greenmarket, St. Mary's Gate (for its full length), Paternoster Row (for its full length), Abbey Street, West Walls (up to the point outside Diocesan Car Park), Annetwell Street (for its full length), Bank Street (for its full length) and English Street (outside the NatWest bank).
  • There will be no loading or unloading on Scotch Street, Bank Street, the Greenmarket and English Street (outside the NatWest bank, from its junction with Devonshire Street/ Victoria Viaduct) from 7pm on Sunday to 1pm on Monday
  • There will be no parking available on Rickergate (including the disc zone outside the Civic Centre) from midnight on Sunday to 1pm on Monday
  • There will be no access to Irish Gate Bridge on the day of the event.
Tour of Britain route for Stage Two Credit: Tour of Britain


It is recommended that spectators driving to Carlisle park within one of the pay & display car parks.

Details can be found by clicking here.

The start area is just a short walk from Carlisle's main railway station.

Spectator information for Honister Pass and Borrowdale

The climb of Honister Pass will be one the high points of the 2013 Tour of Britain. The organisers are expecting large numbers of spectators to want to see the race at the pass.

Extra measures have been put in place to ensure The Tour can pass safely while minimising the impact upon a spectacular but fragile environment and allow spectators to enjoy the race.

Given the narrow and steep nature of the road, parking and motor vehicle access to the pass will be restricted.

Road closures

The Honsiter Pass Road, B5289, will be closed in both directions to all motor vehicle traffic, with the exception of scheduled bus services, from 10:30 on Monday from Seatoller in Borrowdale to Gatesgarth near Buttermere and will reopen once the race has passed.

Honister Slate MineParking will be available on the Honister Slate Mine site prior to the road closure at 10:30 on Monday. Parking places need to be booked in advance and further information about booking can be found here.

Parking restrictionsIn order to allow emergency vehicles and the race to pass, parking is not allowed along the road side of the B5289 from Lorton Vale to Keswick.

Park and Stride or Park and PedalBorrowdaleParking will be available at a number of sites in Borrowdale. There are also a number of car parks along the B5289 on both sides of the pass that will be operated by the National Trust, normal charges will apply. In addition, road side parking will be permitted at the southern end of the minor road from Seatoller to Seathwaite.

From Seatoller it is a one-hour walk to the summit of the pass, add another 20-30 minutes if walking from Seathwaite.

From Keswick's public car parks it is a 10-mile cycle to Honister pass.

Walkers and dismounted cyclists will be permitted to use the road after the 10.30am closure, however please be alert and aware and clear the road completely well in advance of it being used by the cyclists and their teams.


Gatesgarth Farm, located on the western approach to Honister Pass on the B5289 just after Buttermere, approximately one hour walk to the summit, is offering parking.

It is advised that people wishing to park here arrive from Loweswater/Buttermere in a west to east direction and do not arrive via Honister Pass.

Gatesgarth Farm will be open from approximately 8am on the morning of the stage with room for around 300 vehicles.

Please note it will be a cash only car park costing £5, with 50% of the fee going to Cockermouth Mountain Rescue, and is not administered by The Tour of Britain.

Following the stage and roads re-opening it is advised people parking here leave by heading west towards Loweswater/Buttermere to avoid congestion on Honister Pass.

The Bridge Hotel at Buttermere (CA13 9UZ) are opening their car park to non-residents on the day of the race at a cost of £10.

The hotel is located in Buttermere on the B5289 and should be reached from a westerly direction. Buttermere is located on the stage route and is approximately a 90-minute walk along the stage to the summit of Honister Pass.

The National Trust also has a number of car parks close to Buttermere and these will operate with normal operating charges.

Walkers and dismounted cyclists will be permitted to use the road after the 10.30am closure, however please be alert and aware and clear the road completely well in advance of it being used by the cyclists and their teams.

Public transportStagecoach is running their normal Honister Rambler circular service 77/77A and the Keswick to Seatoller service 78. For the Honister Rambler timetable please click here.

Please note that bus capacity is limited and running times may be erratic after the road closures.

Honister Pass is located at the heart of the Lake District National Park and as such is a very sensitive location. Tour of Britain organisers ask that spectators please take all rubbish away with them and respect the beautiful natural environment through which the race will pass.

“Monday 16th September promises to be a fantastic day for Kendal as over 100 of the world’s best cyclists, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, race into the town centre for what is bound to be an exciting uphill finish to Greenside.

"South Lakeland District Council is thrilled to be part of an exciting event that attracts thousands of spectators. We look forward to providing a warm welcome to the Tour of Britain teams and supporters.”

– Councillor Graham Vincent, portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing, South Lakeland District Council

Stage Two finish- Kendal- Estimate time 2.59pm-3.53pm

Travel: Car Parking

All main routes into Kendal will be unaffected until approximately 2.30pm depending on the time the race comes into Kendal.

Access to all the main town centre car parks will be unaffected and the pay and display car parks will be open as usual.

Train travel

Kendal is easily accessible by train. The main line station is at Oxenholme. From there you can take the short local train journey to Kendal (5 mins).

Kendal town centre is a 10 minute walk from the train station. Trains also run from Windermere station to Kendal on the local line.

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