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Whether is it a garden shed, and out-house or a garage, we like a good gear cave here at Lakelovers. Tumble dryers, porch, unity room, luxury soothing bathrooms and private gardens – these are some of the must-haves on our list when booking a cycling holiday in the Lake District.
Take a look at these 4 cottages, that have may availability and many have offers on too. They’re top riders, for sure!
3 Bed | Gold Award | Secluded Location | Family Friendly | Large Garden | Secure out-house
Cherry Garth in Hartsop is an ideal location for keen cyclists. Looking to pick up some ascent speed training? Enjoy a cycling holiday in one of the most picturesque and private locations you could imagine. Cherry Garth is off the beaten track, with some of the best cycling tracks right on your doorstep. It’s accessible and offers a very high quality cottage holiday, immaculate inside and out.
Cherry Garth is located in the 17th century village of Hartsop. Ideal for holidaymakers and cyclists wanting peace and tranquillity. Surrounded by beautiful green fields, tress and steep peaks – you’ll be in very good company.
There’s a great cycling public bridleway straight from the village. It leads to Hayeswater Reservoir and up onto the 800m High Street ridge. Hartsop also has a trail running north, towards the Boredale Valley, which runs into Ullswater’s quiet eastern shore. Superb terrain for some proper cycling.
2 Bed | Gold Award | Family Friendly | WiFi | 2 dogs welcome | Keswick shops 5 minute walk | Secure out-house | BBQ | No under 16s
Heathfield perfect for an active family holiday or group gathering, where you plan to out and explore Derwentwater and the surrounding area. You’ll find a family-size bathroom and 2 en-suites, making this an ideal holiday home for 2 couples or a family with older children (not suitable for under 16s).
A short stroll and you’re in Keswick, where you’ll find a superb theatre, cinema, award-winning outdoor market and lots of shops and eating options.
If you’ve brought your bikes with you, you’ll find yourself excellently positioned for some day trips in the saddle. Keswick lies on the Coast to Coast cycle route 71 and here’s a brochure with some more cycling routes from Keswick.
If you’d like to hire bikes, Whinlatter Forest is only a 15 minute drive away and is home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lakes. You’ll find GoApe here too for a different kind of adrenalin rush. For older kids, there’s a free BMX track, and great zip-wire at Fitz Park, just off Market Square in Keswick.
Keswick is one of the most dog-friendly towns in the UK and so don’t forget to bring pooch too.
2 Bed | 4 Star | Family Friendly | WiFi | Ambleside restaurants 2 minute walk | Secure Garage
Located on the lower slopes of Wansfell, just outside Ambleside, Little Lark Cottage is a very pretty little hideaway. You’ll find some lovely little extra’s in this home-from-home, such as the tall Smeg fridge with ice compartment for fuelling hungry cyclists, handy utility room for dirty gear and a luxurious bathroom with monsoon shower and large bathtub for soothing muscles after a day hitting the trails.
Ambleside is the outdoor gear capital of the Lakes and so avid cyclist will enjoy a shop and visit to the hire store too. Ambleside to Langdale is a popular cycling route, starting from the centre of Ambleside. Grizedale Forest is popular with mountain bikers, and this 21 miles loop takes you from Ambleside to parts of Grizedale, into Hawkshead and back via Wray Castle on the shore of Lake Windermere. Nearby Tarn Hows is great for easy off-road cycling for families. Something for everyone!
4 Bed | 4 Star| Parking for 4 cars | Family Friendly | Secure Garage | Great village pub 500 yards away!
When holidaying at Little Orchard you have arrived in the land of ye olde English pastoral bliss. Visit at this time of year (from April onwards) and the valley puts on the most magical display of beautiful damson blossom. Pretty little orchards will soon be filled with the sweet fruit. Soon to end up as local special gin and jams, sold along the country lanes.
A delightful network of tiny lanes are best enjoyed on bike. You can ride through the countryside, taking in the sights, smells and sounds. Stop off at the several superb gastro pubs dotted around the Lyth Valley.
Little Orchard is a very spacious property with 2 en-suite shower rooms, garage for gear storage as well as cloakroom and great garden with beautiful views. Perfect for a ‘wheel’ good family holiday.