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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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  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed

Camellia Cottage is a picture perfect Lakeland Cottage, set in the quite hamlet of Crook just a few minutes' drive from the shores of Lake Windermere and within relatively easy reach of the Central Lakes. The Cottage is an ideal place to relax or engage in a wide range of activities. You may want to sail on the lakes, play golf (a 13 hole course is available in the village and two 18 hole courses are nearby), fish, cycle or simply walk from the door or on accessible Lakeland fells. The range of activities, together with access to great places to eat and drink make Camellia Cottage a prefect Lakeland retreat.

Available From£350
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Hill Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Blue Hill cottage is located on one of the quaintest parts of Ambleside perched above the town looking over the lake and surrounding fells.

Available From£425
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Juniper Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

Only 25 minutes from the M6 and within easy reach of both Bowness and Windermere (and a range of award winning restaurants and country pubs), Juniper Cottage offers contemporary standards of comfort in a 1920's Lakeland character property, in a truly enviable location, with breath-taking views across meadows and woods to the Fells, beyond. It is an ideal setting for a totally relaxing holiday,

Available From£700
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Annisgarth Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Infants welcome

Conveniently situated five minutes' walk from the centre of the popular village of Bowness, Annisgarth is a superb, well presented, terraced property that offers great accommodation in and excellent location.

Available From£625
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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Whitbarrow Village is located a short distance from Ullswater and Keswick and this self-contained holiday village offers quality accommodation, in an excellent location, with excellent facilities including swimming pool, gym, adventure play area, crazy golf, 9 hole putting green, residents bar and an a la carte restaurant.

Available From£895
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £670 to £603
Nest Barn Keswick
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 3 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Looking out across the Naddle Valley, just two miles south of the market town of Keswick and with far reaching views of the Helvellyn mountain range, Nest Barn is a beautiful barn conversion just a ten minute walk from the ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Available From£370
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £730 to £657
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 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
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £1095 to £987
Highgate Ullswater
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Highgate is an imposing farmhouse that dates back to the 19th Century and has recently undergone a major refurbishment to create a fantastic holiday cottage ideal for extended families or friends. Located in the northern edge of the Lake District with easy access to Keswick, Grasmere and Ullswater and easy to reach from the motorway at Penrith, Highgate offers high quality accommodation ideal for all the family.

Available From£895
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £730 to £657
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 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
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £480 to £432
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 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£480
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £480 to £432
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 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£480
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £630 to £567
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 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£630
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £630 to £567
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 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£630
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 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
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 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
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 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£630
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 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£630
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 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£630
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed

New Stickle Cottage is nestled in the heart of the Langdale valley one of the most picturesque areas of the Lake District. The cottage is right at the foot of the Langdale pikes with many great walks from the doorstep including up to Stickle Tarn and around onto Scafell Pike. Perfect for the adventurous and after a hard day on the fells The Valley has lots of excellent pubs to relax in.

Available From£695
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located just a short walk from the southern shores of Thirlmere, Thirlmere Cottage is a much loved retreat to which one can escape and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside and the spectacular, ever changing scenery throughout the year.

Available From£385

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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.