Coniston Water Shoreline Hugger

Wednesday 10th July 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
Coniston Boating Centre, Bluebird Cafe Lake Road, Coniston LA21 8AN
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.
1 hours 25 mins  (45 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), Hybrid (road tyres), Road 
Suitable for Child Trailers
Yes 
Sky Ride Local
Guided Rides Great routes and support from trained leaders

The Lake District

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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.

This is a beautiful ride that is perfect for anybody who is wanting to enjoy a relaxing bike ride in the peaceful environment of Lake Coniston. This much quieter lake provides some great traffic free riding along its western shoreline. Starting and finishing at the Coniston Boating Centre we head south taking in amazing views of the Lake and the surrounding fells. There will be some time to enjoy a breather and we encourage participants to bring a picnic or some snacks to enjoy by the shore before we make our way back to Coniston.

Local Bike Hire

Coniston Boating Centre, tel 015394 41366 prior to the ride to book your bike. Contact: Jack Holmes

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 Coniston Boating Centre, LA21 8EW. Charges apply. Pay on exit.
Nearest Train Station
Windermere Station, 9.4 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at Coniston Boating Centre  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Rebecca Sharp
    Rebecca Sharp Hi I'm Bex. I work at the The Lake District Visitor Centre and have lived in Cumbria most of my life. I rediscovered cycling after foot and mouth restricted me hiking in the mountains. I enjoy mountain biking as well as road cycling and cycle touring. In 2009 I did a 3 month cycle tour in New Zealand and look forward to many more adventures.
  • Lance Greenhalgh
    Lance Greenhalgh Retired and very fortunately, fit and healthy enough to enjoy cycling in the national parks surrounding my home near Penrith e.g. Eden Valley, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines AONB, Scottish Borders, Galloway Forest, 7 Stanes, etc.
  • 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.

Rider Comments on the Route

  • Helen Porter Friday 29th August The children enjoyed the ride, however it was a little short.
  • Steve Noble Tuesday 26th August Great ride leaders. Lovely scenery and fairly level gravel path. There was a small section along a road, however, it was a very quiet minor road. There was also quite a few gates to go through, although the ride leaders were very helpful holding them open.
  • klare Calvert Monday 25th August The three sky leaders on this ride were on money for nothing. The group were not kept together, Lance had to open gates and lead the group at the same time. He was unsupported when playing a game with the children. The safety of the ride was questionable due to the lack of guidance. Cars were approaching down the track and no warnings were given. Children were frequently leisurely roaming into the path of on coming traffic on the campsite paths due lack of warning of oncoming traffic coming from the front of the group. At one stage a member of the groups chain snapped and his children were left to carry on with the group unsupervised and un accompanied by an adult. As a result one of the small children had to be removed from the path of a land rover and boat on a trailer. Pure negligence on behalf of two of the ride leaders who were far less proactive than some of the unpaid/unsponsored adults in the group. Shame of them.
  • Hilary Wright Saturday 12th July

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