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Lake District Cycling Breaks - Famous Sights of the Lake District

Lake District Cycling Breaks

Lakelovers Cottages for Cycling Breaks in the Lake District

The Lake District is home to Britain’s Best Ride as well as being the only place in England where you can ride a true mountain forest.

With off-road and mountain trails, grit and mud, as well as quiet, winding country lanes, the Lake District puts the mountain firmly into mountain biking, and Lake District bike holidays
offer something for every cycling ability.

What can you expect from biking holidays in the Lake District? There’s gentle cycling in the pastoral south Lakes, the hardcore Wrynose and 30% Hardknott Pass in the craggy central fells, and a bit of everything in the north. Not to mention the fact that bikes, boats, ferry’s, cycle hire plus an expert biking community, help make the Lakes the ideal place to test some rubber.

Mountain Bike Trails in the Lake District

Whinlatter Forest in the quiet north-western Lake District is England’s only true mountain forest. It is also less than 10 miles west of vibrant Keswick and is home to the ultimate stamina-testing mountain bike trails in the Lakes. The Lake District is famous for its mountain biking, and Whinlatter renowned for the longest purpose-built trails in Lakes.

There’s no doubt the adrenalin of the Altural Trail North Loop (a red run with optional black features), GoApe, huge WildPlay adventure area, bustling Cyclewise tuition and bike hire centre that can all be found 1000ft above sea level at Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre, make for a superb day out for all abilities. But what makes it so special is its location.

Take in spectacular views down to Bassenthwaite when riding in an around Whinlatter Forest, which is flanked by the bulk of Skiddaw and affords you views down to Keswick and Derwentwater below. The majestic Osprey has returned to the Lakes and chosen the fertile area of Bassenthwaite as its home. This is where nature and man come together in idyllic harmony.

If you’re staying in the south Lakes and have explored the gentle back roads of the Lyth Valley or Windermere’s quiet western shore side, then also don’t miss out on Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead. Not only is this the UK’s first forest for sculpture, and home to over 40 artworks by leading artists, but this 10 sqm’s of natural woodland is criss-crossed with cycling trails.

Head to Grizedale for family routes, taking in tarns and sculptures, as well as cross country and downhill mountain biking, including the infamous North Face red grade and a new black run. For a daytrip hire bikes with Grizedale Mountain Bikes and re-fuel at the relaxing café. This is what Lake District cycling holidays are all about!

Lake District Cycle Tours

You’ve enjoyed morning walks right from your cottage, strolls for breakfast from your local deli and perhaps taken in the attractions close by. By day 3 of your holiday it may be time to head further afield and what better way to explore than on a guided cycle tour. These are particularly popular if you’re new to the Lakes and for families as little legs get much further when on two wheels rather than relying on walking power alone!

Enjoy free guided tours with British Cycling and ‘Let’s Ride’ including the Lake District World Heritage Guided Tour, where a Lake District National Park Authority expert will provide the tour.

For self-guided tours, Go Lakes Cycle Guides are superb cycling routes across the Lake District.

Britain’s Best Ride

Michelin star restaurants, award-winning tourist attractions, independent high streets, England’s highest mountain and largest natural lake – the Lake District is home to lots of the very best and this includes the ‘UK’s Best Bike Ride’, as voted by the readers of Cycling Plus Magazine

From Coniston to Lowick, including the famous 30% Wrynose Pass challenge, this 40 mile loop is for the few, but with only half a mile on a main road, it epitomises what is so great about cycling in the Lakes. Preserved by the National Trust and its UNESCO World Heritage Status, the Lake District is England’s largest National Park and is a cycling playground. Home to some of the best mountain bike trails as well as criss-crossed with traffic-free, easy cycle routes, biking holidays in the Lake District win hands down.

Cycle Hire in the Lake District

Have you arrived in the Lakes and decided you’d like to explore on bike? The vibrant Lake District cycling community is, as you’d expect, well serviced. You’ll find passionate and experienced cycle hire facilities at most of the major towns of Windermere, Ambleside, Coniston, Keswick, Kendal and plenty more beside!

Both Coniston Boating Centre and Brockhole Visitor Centre, on Windermere, are superb for family cycle hire, where ‘tag along’ trailers allow even your littlest family members to join in the ‘wheely’ good fun.

Our cottages are all hand-picked for their superb locations so you’ll likely have a cycle hire centre close by, or a short bus or boat ride away, and you’ll certainly find bike friendly trails right from your doorstep.

You could plan a day-trip and head to a forest to try some man-made trails, or one of the best things about the Lakes are the many traffic-free routes that criss-cross over fells, though ancient woodland and passing pretty little villages and country pubs.

One Click with Lakelovers and Bike Treks

Hiring bikes and going self-catering gives you the ultimate in freedom to enjoy the Lakes. This is why we’ve partnered up with the Lake District’s finest, Bike Treks, so you can hire your wheels from a trusted Lakelovers partner at the same time as making your cottage booking.

In fact, there are lots of activities you can book with us, offering you preferential rates and ease of booking in one place. Some of the treats waiting for your include our Lake District Golf Breaks, where you can enjoy preferential rates with Windermere Golf Club, or perhaps you’d like to treat your guests to inclusive leisure club passes.

Car Free Cycling

Spend less time in the car looking for parking spaces and more time enjoying the scenery, by going car free and saddling up.

Take in the quiet western Windermere shore with your bike by jumping aboard the Bike Boat at Brockhole, where cyclists are given priority to enjoy the traffic-free western shore as well as the popular National Trust attraction, Wray Castle. There’s a lake shore cycle route to Ferry House, where you can return to Bowness via the 500-year-old Car Ferry. Riding from Ferry House to the car-free village of Hawkshead, Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop House and on to Coniston, is also a popular cycle option. From here you can also ride into the adventure playground that is Grizedale Forest.

In the north Lakes, bikes are permitted on Ullswater Steamers and bike racks are available for heading out on foot too, to the spectacular Aira Force perhaps. The quiet, road-free eastern flanks of Ullswater is one of our favourite parts of the Lakes and using the Steamer there’s a great route from Glenridding, around Place Fell and through Howtown to Pooley Bridge. Alternatively, another medium grade cycle route takes in Ullswater’s north western fells, including Wordsworth’s famous Daffodils at Glencoyne Bay as well as picturesque hamlets, Gowbarrow Park and views of the mighty Blencathra.

With seascape routes at Haverigg, family trails around Hodge Close Quarry, Langdale, beauty spots like Tarn Hows, sightseeing from Hawkshead and Far Sawrey to Wray Castle and the Skiddaw Loop or Windermere Tour – there’s a route for every pedal.

We look forward to introducing you to our Lake District bike holidays. Our experienced customer service team are on hand on 015494 88855 or enquiries@lakelovers.co.uk to make sure your cycling holiday in the Lakes gets off to a spinning start.

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One Long Houses Windermere
  • Sleeps 11
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Nestled between the hills of the Kentmere Valley, One Long Houses, commands some of the best views in the area. The eighteenth century farmhouse has been lovingly restored and opened into the adjoining barn to create one of the most impressive properties in the area. Finished to the highest standard with exacting attention to detail the current owners have created the prefect holiday retreat for friends and families.

Available From£1475.00
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Home Farm House Ullswater
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Home Farm House is a lovingly restored 19th century building set in the beautiful countryside of the north east Lake District just a few minutes' drive north of the shores of Ullswater. It was once a working farm but now has been converted into a charming holiday retreat. With an eye to detail and quality, the owner has created a highly desirable and luxurious holiday home that is now available for you to enjoy and to form the basis of many happy and fond holiday memories.

Available From£625.00
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High Brow Ullswater
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Set high on the hills above Matterdale, in the foothills of Helvellyn and offering beautiful views across the valley, High Brow is a superb property that benefits from a breath-taking location.

Available From£545.00
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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

This eclectic and romantic Lakeland barn is set in a pretty courtyard of cottages within over two acres of grounds, including a natural woodland and ponds in this picturesque and sleepy setting between Coniston Water and Lake Windermere, circumscribed by glorious open countryside. The upside down accommodation may be quirky, adorned in character yet is newly renovated and this old barn is simply contemporary throughout.

Available From£375.00
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Keepers Cottage Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Set on the edge of the historic Graythwaite Estate in the heart of the Lake District, Keepers Cottage, formerly home to the estate’s head game keeper, sits in a wooded location just across the lane from the estate’s own fishing lake, Green Tarn. Now converted to offer quality accommodation for extended families or groups of friends, Keepers Cottage is a great base from which to explore the Lake District or to take part in the many outdoor activities available on the estate.

Available From£1199.00
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Kingfisher Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

A truly romantic location awaits you at this incredible waterfall setting, Kingfisher Cottage has been extensively redeveloped and offers an incredible level of quality with luxurious features throughout.

Available From£425.00
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Park View Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • On Street Parking

This gorgeous cottage is literally a stone's throw from the absolute heart of Ambleside centre and aptly named as it stands alongside Rothay Park with superb views over the church towards Loughrigg Fell, having been fully refurbished in summer 2014.

Available From£375.00
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Richmond Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars

Located on the south east corner of the Lake District national park, just a ten minute drive from Windermere, five minutes from the market town of Kendal and less than half an hour from the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond is the eastern wing of the magnificent Bannel Head House, a stunning Victorian country residence built in 1900.

Available From£567.00
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Surprise View Keswick
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

Situated on the market square in the centre of Keswick, Surprise View has been carefully created by the current owners to offer high quality accommodation, in a great location and to make the most of the beautiful views across the rooftops to the mountains beyond from the large balcony that is a great feature and from which the property derives its name.

Available From£385.00
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Hazel Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • Car Park Available
  • Infants welcome

This charming cottage is located in a fantastic position on Compston Road, just a stone's throw away from the historic town centre of Ambleside which is situated at the head of Lake Windermere. Just perfect for those looking to explore the Lake District whatever the occasion or time of year.

Available From£475.00
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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£730.00
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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • Car Park Available

Once you're inside this beautifully traditional cottage, you'll be charmed by those gorgeous old beams and cute little doors, but impressed by the level of style and sheen throughout the cottage. Ingenious design makes the most of the petite but perfectly formed living space, and a romantic double bedroom is made truly special by an attractive vaulted ceiling.

Available From£245.00
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Brunt House Langdale
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This outstanding luxurious Period Lake District residence, which has been professionally interior designed and renovated, occupies a sublime setting in the dramatic entrance to the Langdale Valley, with quite simply breath-taking panoramic views. As well as traditional Victorian elegance and large rooms, you'll enjoy the best of modern convenience and luxury.

Available From£1595.00
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Roger Ground Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Roger Ground House is a spacious Grade II listed Tudor-Period property which was originally home to Roger, a local priest who ministered to the Parish of Hawkshead in the 1600s. The hamlet of Roger Ground is reputedly named after him. The house is quintessentially Lakeland, with a blend of Laura Ashley and Farrow & Ball styling.

Available From£1595.00
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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

As one of the highest properties in the village of Troutbeck, just five minutes drive from Windermere, Hilltop At Troutbeck is set in an enviable location with beautiful views across the valley to Lake Windermere beyond. Close to the popular Queens Head and Mortal Man, the cottage is a comfortable retreat where you can relax and enjoy living in this most beautiful of Lakeland village of cottages and farmsteads.

Available From£385.00
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Old Coach House Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This contemporary and sophisticated country cottage is found in a dreamy spot just off the absolute heart of picturesque and bustling Ambleside village overlooking the River Rothay. If you yearn for sumptuous relaxation, surrounded by all Ambleside has to offer with that all important "wow" factor, then we are sure you will love this Old Coach House.

Available From£555.00
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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This idyllic Lakeland cottage, created from an original barn, occupies this picture postcard setting within the sleepy hamlet of Grange in Borrowdale. Borrowdale is one of the most beautiful and spectacular areas of the Lake District. Grange Fell is surrounded by magnificent scenery and mountains including the famous Castle Crag and Grange Fell itself and only a short drive alongside the lake into ever popular Keswick town centre.

Available From£525.00
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Silver Birches Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Just a short walk from the centre of Windermere Village, Silver Birches is a beautifully presented, contemporary bungalow, with beautiful garden, summer house and hot tub making it a superb choice for those looking to holiday with friends or family.

Available From£525.00
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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Located on the close to the centre of Keswick, Keswick Bridge has become one of the most popular places to stay in Keswick. Comprising of 23 high quality, Scandinavian style lodges built of Lakeland Slate and Swedish timber, these luxury lodges, maintained to the highest standards are popular all year round with many guests returning year after year.

Available From£730.00
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Millers Loft Cartmel
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

The little village of Lindale lies to the south of the Lake District and close to the popular “foodie” village of Cartmel, a short drive from Lake Windermere, a great choice of country walks in the Lyth Valley and the popular village of Grange Over Sands.

Available From£565.00

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Lake District Cycling Breaks - Famous Sights of the Lake District

Lake District Cycling Breaks

Lakelovers Cottages for Cycling Breaks in the Lake District

The Lake District is home to Britain’s Best Ride as well as being the only place in England where you can ride a true mountain forest.

With off-road and mountain trails, grit and mud, as well as quiet, winding country lanes, the Lake District puts the mountain firmly into mountain biking, and Lake District bike holidays
offer something for every cycling ability.

What can you expect from biking holidays in the Lake District? There’s gentle cycling in the pastoral south Lakes, the hardcore Wrynose and 30% Hardknott Pass in the craggy central fells, and a bit of everything in the north. Not to mention the fact that bikes, boats, ferry’s, cycle hire plus an expert biking community, help make the Lakes the ideal place to test some rubber.

Mountain Bike Trails in the Lake District

Whinlatter Forest in the quiet north-western Lake District is England’s only true mountain forest. It is also less than 10 miles west of vibrant Keswick and is home to the ultimate stamina-testing mountain bike trails in the Lakes. The Lake District is famous for its mountain biking, and Whinlatter renowned for the longest purpose-built trails in Lakes.

There’s no doubt the adrenalin of the Altural Trail North Loop (a red run with optional black features), GoApe, huge WildPlay adventure area, bustling Cyclewise tuition and bike hire centre that can all be found 1000ft above sea level at Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre, make for a superb day out for all abilities. But what makes it so special is its location.

Take in spectacular views down to Bassenthwaite when riding in an around Whinlatter Forest, which is flanked by the bulk of Skiddaw and affords you views down to Keswick and Derwentwater below. The majestic Osprey has returned to the Lakes and chosen the fertile area of Bassenthwaite as its home. This is where nature and man come together in idyllic harmony.

If you’re staying in the south Lakes and have explored the gentle back roads of the Lyth Valley or Windermere’s quiet western shore side, then also don’t miss out on Grizedale Forest, Hawkshead. Not only is this the UK’s first forest for sculpture, and home to over 40 artworks by leading artists, but this 10 sqm’s of natural woodland is criss-crossed with cycling trails.

Head to Grizedale for family routes, taking in tarns and sculptures, as well as cross country and downhill mountain biking, including the infamous North Face red grade and a new black run. For a daytrip hire bikes with Grizedale Mountain Bikes and re-fuel at the relaxing café. This is what Lake District cycling holidays are all about!

Lake District Cycle Tours

You’ve enjoyed morning walks right from your cottage, strolls for breakfast from your local deli and perhaps taken in the attractions close by. By day 3 of your holiday it may be time to head further afield and what better way to explore than on a guided cycle tour. These are particularly popular if you’re new to the Lakes and for families as little legs get much further when on two wheels rather than relying on walking power alone!

Enjoy free guided tours with British Cycling and ‘Let’s Ride’ including the Lake District World Heritage Guided Tour, where a Lake District National Park Authority expert will provide the tour.

For self-guided tours, Go Lakes Cycle Guides are superb cycling routes across the Lake District.

Britain’s Best Ride

Michelin star restaurants, award-winning tourist attractions, independent high streets, England’s highest mountain and largest natural lake – the Lake District is home to lots of the very best and this includes the ‘UK’s Best Bike Ride’, as voted by the readers of Cycling Plus Magazine

From Coniston to Lowick, including the famous 30% Wrynose Pass challenge, this 40 mile loop is for the few, but with only half a mile on a main road, it epitomises what is so great about cycling in the Lakes. Preserved by the National Trust and its UNESCO World Heritage Status, the Lake District is England’s largest National Park and is a cycling playground. Home to some of the best mountain bike trails as well as criss-crossed with traffic-free, easy cycle routes, biking holidays in the Lake District win hands down.

Cycle Hire in the Lake District

Have you arrived in the Lakes and decided you’d like to explore on bike? The vibrant Lake District cycling community is, as you’d expect, well serviced. You’ll find passionate and experienced cycle hire facilities at most of the major towns of Windermere, Ambleside, Coniston, Keswick, Kendal and plenty more beside!

Both Coniston Boating Centre and Brockhole Visitor Centre, on Windermere, are superb for family cycle hire, where ‘tag along’ trailers allow even your littlest family members to join in the ‘wheely’ good fun.

Our cottages are all hand-picked for their superb locations so you’ll likely have a cycle hire centre close by, or a short bus or boat ride away, and you’ll certainly find bike friendly trails right from your doorstep.

You could plan a day-trip and head to a forest to try some man-made trails, or one of the best things about the Lakes are the many traffic-free routes that criss-cross over fells, though ancient woodland and passing pretty little villages and country pubs.

One Click with Lakelovers and Bike Treks

Hiring bikes and going self-catering gives you the ultimate in freedom to enjoy the Lakes. This is why we’ve partnered up with the Lake District’s finest, Bike Treks, so you can hire your wheels from a trusted Lakelovers partner at the same time as making your cottage booking.

In fact, there are lots of activities you can book with us, offering you preferential rates and ease of booking in one place. Some of the treats waiting for your include our Lake District Golf Breaks, where you can enjoy preferential rates with Windermere Golf Club, or perhaps you’d like to treat your guests to inclusive leisure club passes.

Car Free Cycling

Spend less time in the car looking for parking spaces and more time enjoying the scenery, by going car free and saddling up.

Take in the quiet western Windermere shore with your bike by jumping aboard the Bike Boat at Brockhole, where cyclists are given priority to enjoy the traffic-free western shore as well as the popular National Trust attraction, Wray Castle. There’s a lake shore cycle route to Ferry House, where you can return to Bowness via the 500-year-old Car Ferry. Riding from Ferry House to the car-free village of Hawkshead, Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop House and on to Coniston, is also a popular cycle option. From here you can also ride into the adventure playground that is Grizedale Forest.

In the north Lakes, bikes are permitted on Ullswater Steamers and bike racks are available for heading out on foot too, to the spectacular Aira Force perhaps. The quiet, road-free eastern flanks of Ullswater is one of our favourite parts of the Lakes and using the Steamer there’s a great route from Glenridding, around Place Fell and through Howtown to Pooley Bridge. Alternatively, another medium grade cycle route takes in Ullswater’s north western fells, including Wordsworth’s famous Daffodils at Glencoyne Bay as well as picturesque hamlets, Gowbarrow Park and views of the mighty Blencathra.

With seascape routes at Haverigg, family trails around Hodge Close Quarry, Langdale, beauty spots like Tarn Hows, sightseeing from Hawkshead and Far Sawrey to Wray Castle and the Skiddaw Loop or Windermere Tour – there’s a route for every pedal.

We look forward to introducing you to our Lake District bike holidays. Our experienced customer service team are on hand on 015494 88855 or enquiries@lakelovers.co.uk to make sure your cycling holiday in the Lakes gets off to a spinning start.