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Cycling in The Lake District

The Lake District is a great place to cycle, and now there are even more opportunities to get out and about on your bike in the area.

Find out more about rides coming up in the Lakes here, and see the tabs above for other cycling opportunities.

There are lots of great rides taking place at National Trust places in the Lakes too – as this video shows, they’re fun for everyone!

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The Lake District Ride Partners

Try a local ride in The Lakes

Why not try a Sky Ride Local ride – guided by a British Cycling trained Ride Leader?

Staveley Loop

Sunday 3rd August 2014 at 2.00pm (The Lake District) Book Now
Steady If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
Anyone
60 mins

Arthur Ransome's Rusland Valley Secrets

Sunday 10th August 2014 at 11.00am (The Lake District) Book Now
Steady If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
Anyone
90 mins

Grizedale Grand Loop

Sunday 17th August 2014 at 11.00am (The Lake District) Book Now
Steady If you’re fairly confident on your bike and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, rides take place on mainly quiet roads with plenty of sights along the way.
Anyone
70 mins

Grizedale Top Loop

Sunday 17th August 2014 at 2.00pm (The Lake District) Book Now
Easygoing Not cycled for a while and looking for an easy way to get back in the saddle? Fancy a fun way to get your friends or kids riding?  Easygoing rides are great for all abilities and ages, taking place along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes.
Anyone
45 mins

Clubs

Cycling clubs

British Cycling can help you to find a club that’s right for you. Use the club finder link to find a club near you. There are some great cycling clubs in and around the Lake District who will be happy for you to come along and ride with them, including:

Furness Future Flyers

Contact: Donna Loftus

Phone: 01229 716130 or 07800984412

Email: donna@estuaryelectrical.com      

Kent Valley RC

Contact: Richard Belk

Email: rbelk59105@aol.com

Honister92

Phone: 07980 740 876

Email: grant@honister92.com

Support

Cycling support

Road cyclists and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice in the Lake District National Park. There are country lanes, permitted cycle ways and bridleways with some fantastic views. For mountain bikers, Whinlatter Forest and Grizedale Forest are criss-crossed with routes ranging from those suitable for beginners to more challenging levels.

Time 2 Bike offer bicycle training and leisure activities for groups and individuals in Cumbria. They are qualified to instruct and train on all aspects of cycling safety and their extensive knowledge of the Lake District and other key cycling areas in the UK and Europe means they can offer you a great cycling experience.

Go Lakes Cycling Pages - the Lake District was made for cycling, with challenging off-road mountain biking routes to gentle country lanes, there is something for everyone.

Road cycling  

Mountain biking

Family cycling

Long distance cycling

Where to ride

Where to cycle

Do you fancy riding a bike over rolling terrain on quiet rural roads and bridleway tracks or exploring an area of outstanding natural beauty?  Then visit Eden, a beautiful corner of Cumbria in the North of England which takes in the lakes and mountains of Ullswater, part of the Lake District National Park and the moorlands of the North Pennines.

Lake District National Park

Go Lakes cycling guides  

Cycling routes around Keswick


Take your bike on the Bike Bus and Bike Boat

Many buses around the Lake District are kitted out to carry bikes. The 800 Bike Bus service has been especially converted to carry up to 12 bikes on on-board cycle racks. So hopping on the bus is now an easy way to get to the start of your ride. You can also use it as a back up if you are feeling a little out of puff!

Also this summer Windermere Lake Cruises is operating a daily Bike Boat shuttle service across the lake. It can carry up to 12 bikes and passengers accross the Lake and back, offering a great way to access cycling and walking on the western shore of the Lake. The newly re-surfaced west shore bridleway offers less challenging, family friendly cycling and walking, and takes in the impressive, mock-gothic Wray Castle.

Find out more about the Bike Bus and Bike Boat service, including timetables.