This Easter I have just finished the Coast to Coast cycle ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland.  Essentially we went through or near to some Brougham strongholds of the north.  The second highest point on the trip was Hartside at 1900 feet which was cold and bleak.  Once at the top though you travel down hill for 5 miles - superb,  and you enter the small market town of Alston, which at 1000 feet, is the highest market town in England. We stayed overnight at the Cumberland Inn which had a very ...
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