Windermere - The Shore Line

Friday 30th August 2013 at 11.00am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Brockhole Visitor Centre Half way between Windermere and Ambleside on the A591, Windermere, LA23 1LJ
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
2 hours 0 mins  (1 hours 20 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Mountain Bike, Hybrid (off road tyres) 
Suitable for Child Trailers
Accessible Route Accessible routes have been British Cycling assessed, with guidance from disability charities - meaning they are suitable for the majority of adaptive bikes. The route will have no or low levels of traffic, there will be plenty of space and will have a good surface throughout
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders

The Lake District

What other riders think of this route

Sky Ride Local in The Lake District

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? Our Easygoing rides are great for building confidence for all abilities and ages along relaxed, mostly traffic-free routes. They’re up to six miles long, with a gentle pace of around six miles an hour.

Come and join us on this amazing bike ride incorporating a boat trip across Windermere Lake.  Starting from Brockhole Visitor Centre we head across Windermere lake to access the peaceful western shore.  From here we make our way south on perfect surfaces designed with cyclists in mind to the impressive Wray Castle.  With plenty to see at the Castle it will be the perfect time for a breather and refreshments before making our way back to Brockhole Visitor Centre.  This route is just perfect for anybody visiting the Lakes and you will be surprised just what a difference a boat ride makes to take you away from the hustle and bustle of Bowness on the opposite side of the water!

Local Bike Hire

Advance booking for bike hire is available and bikes will be delivered to the start. Call Jack Holmes on 015394 41366.

Ferry Crossing

Ferry tickets are included as part of the free guided ride.

Bike Bus

There is an hourly Bike Bus service 800 (Stagecoach) between Ambleside,Windermere and Brockhole. Times and further details can be found at

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
All ages are welcome. Those under the age of 5 must be in a BSI approved child seat, trailer or tag-a-long.

Please make sure your bike is in good working order, Ride Leaders are there to help but are not responsible for your bike.

All rides leave at the time stated, you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait. 

Car Parking
Yes, at the start point Brockhole Visitor Centre, pay on exit
Nearest Train Station
Windermere Station, 2.5 miles.  
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at One in the car park, also in the Visitor Centre open at 10 o clock, also more in the gardens  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Richard Ingham
    Richard Ingham Hi Everyone. I love all types of cycling but especially enjoy riding with my friends and family in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside. I am really looking forward to riding with you and exploring the spectacular landscape of , an area I know intimately
  • Kevin Crawley
    Kevin Crawley Why become a Sky Ride Leader we were asked on the training course. For me it's because I love cycling and want to share that with other people. With the possible exception of riding in strong wind there is almost nothing I don't like about it I've cycled all my life, well since I was 5 and my Dad took the stabilisers off! Nowadays, I commute 3 to 4 days a week on my 15 year old mountain bike, I do a bit of Time Trailing during the summer months as a member of Border City Wheelers, which encourages me to get out regularly and pedal around the roads in north Cumbria to keep fit. I'm passionate about bikes as a sustainable form of transport and Sky Rides are an opportunity to share that passion.
  • Douglas Love
    Douglas Love Hi all. I'm really excited to be involved with Sky Ride. I've always loved cycling and feel very lucky to live in such a wonderful area for it - I can't wait to share it with you. Whether it's on a muddy bridleway in the hills or just on my daily commute, I can't help but feel better for a ride. Good for the body, good for the soul! See you soon - I'm looking forward to it!

Rider Comments on the Route

  • David Williams Monday 1st September
  • Helen Porter Friday 29th August Fantastic ride, the kids especially loved the boat ride. Thanks
  • David Madley Sunday 3rd August Please ignore this rating
  • Paul Sharp Wednesday 23rd July Ride out was great, good instructors & lots of historical facts while out riding. Ride was fairly hilly and not what I would class as easy going. Hard to find the skyride start point as not in the carpark as instructed but in the feild down from car park and no signposts to direct you there.

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