Greystoke Cycle Cafe and Tea Garden

Contact Details: Tel: +44 [0] 17684 83984

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Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden


*NEW UPDATE* Cycle Cafe Tea Garden closed until Fri 2nd June 2017

We regret that due to various delays in building works, the Cycle Cafe Tea Garden will be unable to open until Fri 2nd June. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

The limited workshops taking place over this period will be unaffected.



The Cycle Cafe is actually a pretty walled Tea Garden

with gazebos and an unheated rustic barn for shelter


We have 2 sets of opening times

(depending on how you arrive)

Please read the below carefully - thank you




We welcome those arriving ON bikes every day in season 10-6pm and hopefully will be free from duties to serve you. If not you may use our dedicated cyclists barn. ALl those arriving by car please see below LIMITED opening to avoid disappointment



Season opening times and duration for 2017 tbc

due to delayed building works


We're open to Cyclists travelling by bike everyday

10-6pm in season

and any C2C /E2E cycle support vehicles you have

are welcome to park in our driveway.

Once the Tea garden is open, the self serve Cyclists Barn will be up and running and will always be available to you in season 10-6pm for hot and cold drinks & cakes,

if you arrive by bicycle.

We are an official C2C stamping station


We are an official

Sustrans C2C stamp station .

( kept in the Cyclists Barn)


Once the Tea Garden is open, we 'should' be able to serve you with everything we have from 10-6pm every day.

We will definitely be able to serve you with everything we have Friday afternoons Saturdays

& the second Sunday each Month

Why? Midweek passing cyclists trade is sporadic and we're away the crowds in rural Cumbria so it can be very quiet - in order to make business sustainable we run 'Quirky Workshops to keep us busy. If we have a Workshop running and only a few staff there might be a short wait before we can serve you - especially if we're in the middle of serving lunch to a large group. On the plus side if you arrive at 1.45pm there may be some delicious puddings available. We don't mind you calling to let us know you re coming 017684 83984


    Greystoke lies at the crossroads of the Lands End to John O Groats west coast cycle route and the C2C cross country route..We are directly on the C2C cycle route, close to Ullswater and the Northern Fells of the beautiful Lake District and just four miles west of Penrith. Pass through Greystoke village centre and we are about 300 metres northwards at the crossroads of the LeJog End to End west coast cycle route and the C2C.    


it helps if large groups ie (20+) give us sensible notice if plannning a lunch stop, we're unique in that this is our family home 

and so are often busy with other jobs - thank you for trying to understand how we work.

  017684 83984 or email

You should find the barn useful, with towels, blankets, oil, bike pump, (we also have a bike stand you could borrow ) maps,

free juice for your bottles etc and you can sit inside or out in either garden

under umbrellas or gazebos and enjoy the tranquility of the garden.

There are amazing views of Greystoke Castle and parkland, (not available from anywhere else in the village)

watch the racehorses riding by and the lambs playing.

 We've spare inner tubes and puncture repair kits for sale, an assortment of tyres and also

C2C guide book (Richard Peace's Excellent and impartial C2C guide) and Sudocream for sale .


A selection of message left about the Cycle Cafe during 2011 -2012 season         A lovely letter recived earlier this year




'Open to ALL OTHERS - ie 'Walkers' ( from opening time' til end of August )  

Cyclists welcome ...for cyclists arriving on bikes there will always be a hot drink here for you when you stop (between Easter and the end of October) in The Cyclists’ Barn. This is exclusively open for cyclists on their bikes and their support from 9.30am to 6pm every day. Inside, you will find hot and cold drinks and flapjack plus plenty of current bike reading material. You should find the barn useful, with towels, blankets, oil, bike pump, maps, free juice for your bottles etc and you can sit inside or out in the back garden. We have spare inner tubes, puncture repair kits and Sudocream for sale and, if we’re about, we’ll serve you with whatever else we have. We are an official Sustrans C2C stamping station and the stamp is always out and available in the Barn, with juice, oil and other essentials     

on Friday pms, Saturdays & 2nd Sunday of month as above

These core opening times are chosen as the C2C cyclists pass through Greystoke on these days -

so we will be here with fresh food ‘at the ready’

As a Cycle Cafe we've no car parking facility and are not permitted to have cars parking randomly around the cafe on the unmarked lanes. Our planning consent limits us to those on bicycles or on foot for this reason. These roads are deceptively dangerous - please use the village car park 300 yds away and help us to preserve the character of the village as well as good neighbourly relations - thank you.

There are other Tea rooms in the area, namely Upfront Gallery nr Unthank, Skelton or

Stainton Farm Shop are both with ample car parking just a few miles away if you feel unable to walk.


The flat road walk from Greystoke village C/Park (300 yds - see map below)

is interesting. It takes you around the Castle walls, perhaps alongside

strings of racehorses from Greystoke Stables (see below). By all means drop off those not able to walk -

sometimes disabled parking may be available

In warm sunny weather we may be able to open everyday during

Whit week and School Summer holidays, other duties allowing.


Thank you for your understanding



Open since 2005 we are a small family run establishment and over the years we have evolved primarily to meet

the needs of C2C /other cyclists in conjunction with our Quirky Workshop guests. 

We have gazebos and a rustic unheated barn for shelter!




Our location Greystoke Cycle Cafe, Greystoke, Penrith CA11 0UT


We are 5 miles West of Penrith & the M6 J40 & 5 miles North of Ullswater  just above the A66 -

We 're directly on C2C route 300 yds beyond villlage green

Google Location here 


PARKING INSTRUCTIONS For those attending a Quirky Workshop

As a Cycle Café we have only limited parking in our driveway and ask all who can to park as below to help us preserve the character of the village.


New Parking Info – please don’t park outside the new bungalows!  

There are approx 4 or 5  roadside parking places some 150 yards before the Café at the end of a high Castle Estate boundary wall;  here there is a pavement ‘leading to nowhere’ and the road widens on the left, marked below in pink.  If these places are taken then we may be able to use the first three bays within the Castle Gardens parking on the same side as the Café.  This is because the residents of the new bungalows understandably prefer to park their cars directly on the road in front of their houses (instead of using their allocated spaces within their driveways to the end of the new houses) ) so we are asked to keep these free. Also, please don’t park too close to the corner splays as residents need to be able to negotiate out of the driveway. Thank you.

Greystoke has a large village car park (with recycling facilities in paper and metal)  approx 8 minutes away,  as shown on the map. It is close to both the shop, the pub, playing field and summer open air swimming pool and you may well meet some racehorses on the roads past the Castle entrance as you walk to the Café - this is approximately 350 yds of flat walking.

If you feel unable to walk please arrange to be dropped off or let us know so that we can reserve you one of the 2 parking spaces here.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE always walk towards the Café on the wrong ie LEFT HAND side of the road for greater visibility. Cyclists may ride around the road bend towards you both fast and silently . .  you won’t hear them so it is potentially very dangerous to walk facing the traffic.




Train ~ Penrith station 5.5 mi. (£10-£15 in a taxi-cheaper if you prebook - Moorside Taxis 01768 899066 )

By Bus -Sadly there is now no bus connection to Greystoke except on a Thursday - pls check







Also in Greystoke


St. Andrews Church


.A beautiful church There has been a Church as Greystoke since 1255. The Church at that time was richly endowed. The nobility took a personal interest in their Parish Church, and the 14th Baron Greystoke, who built the first Greystoke Castle has a grave in the chancel. For further details please see  Church Service Times ..Greystoke

Apparently hiding up in the roof of the church are a number of ‘green men ‘ …. (These are not gargoyles but often smiling happy faces and heads surrounded by foliage, branches or fruit, acknowledging the ancient fusion between man and the natural world and representing a pagan fertility figure. These green men were secretly incorporated into many of the newly built Christian Churches when they were constructed on what were originally pagan sites – by the woodcarvers and stonemasons of the time, who perhaps wished to include them for posterity. )

St. Andrews ….A beautiful church

A pub serving fine food for evening meals  - The Boot and Shoe

A Racing Stables …


A Racing Stables …owned by Nicky Richards


owned by Nicky Richards - (son of Gordon Richards) and boasting over 120 horses in training. Greystoke wouldn’t be the same without the constant stream of beautiful thoroughbreds filing around the quiet lanes in a variety of circuitous routes up the gallops at the Castle. Many famous racehorses hail from these stables and can be seen on the roads from the early morning through to early afternoon. The front lawn at the Cycle Café is a great place to watch them pass by.


Penrith Market Town 4-5 miles away (with bus links to there and Keswick)


The Lake District, Ullswater, Keswick and beyond ….all on the doorstep …

.some busier and less peaceful than others, though Greystoke has a tranquillity of the quintessential English village. 

…Fabulous quiet roads - both hilly and fairly flat (depending on your needs) for quiet, scenic and challenging road rides and

some great mountain biking around Ullswater, Skiddaw , Blencathra and towards Caldbeck Fells




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