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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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Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £1295 to £1101
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located on the edge of the Lyth Valley, in the pretty village of Underbarrow, Ellerbeck Bridge offers excellent accommodation, with beautiful views in an excellent location. Recently extended, the owners have created a fantastic property suitable for every occasion that is finished to a high standard throughout. The cottage offers plenty of living space with a large lounge / diner, a great family kitchen, a cosy snug / reading room and a generous conservatory. Outside, the landscaping has created not only two large patios, but also a terrace by the beck. Heading out to explore, the village pub, 'The Black Labrador' is only a five minute stroll away and there are a great selection of country pubs all within a few minutes' Drive. Recently included within Lonely Planet's list of “the most beautiful places on earth”, the Lyth Valley is a rural idyll whatever the time of year and offers a great selection of country rambles. For those wanting to explore further afield, the central Lake District, with all it has to offer is within easy reach, the market town of Kendal is just down the road and the foodie village of Cartmel is just across the valley. Why not try our virtual walkthrough of the property. Simply click here or follow the floorplan link above.

Available From£625
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Dow Crag House Coniston
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed

Situated on the edge of Coniston village, with views in every direction and within easy walking distance of Coniston Water, Dow Crag House is located in the very heart of the Lake District. This modern, detached property has been finished to a high standard by its owners and offers great quality in an excellent location.

Available From£695
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Mosslea Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Private parking for 1 car

This peaceful ground floor apartment lies only a stone's throw from the centre of Bowness village and the elegant shores of Lake Windermere. It has a pretty, colourful patio garden, and offers elegant space for couples to spread out and relax. The attractive double bedroom opens out to a raised sitting area overlooking the garden - a treat for lazy mornings.

Available From£299
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  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

A simply gorgeous and luxurious detached 17th century Period farmhouse in the sleepy hamlet of Satterthwaite. Located between Hawkshead and Lake Windermere, it is blissfully secluded and surrounded by glorious open countryside, yet only a stone's throw from the village pub.

Available From£895
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Rossett Holme Ambleside
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • On Street Parking
  • Infants welcome

Rossett Holme provides luxurious accommodation in a secluded central location in Ambleside. With a wonderful private outside seating area for Al fresco dining or a starlit bottle of wine it is the perfect place for a short break or celebration. Everything about this property has been designed with your comfort in mind.

Available From£805
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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

The Leisure facility will be closed for guest access between 19th September and 19th October 2018

Available From£890
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Copt Howe Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

What a setting! This pet-friendly self-catering property in Ambleside takes a sought-after elevated position, with unforgettable views from every window. The centre of vibrant Ambleside, along with it's restaurants and shop, is only a short stroll away along with the shore of Lake Windermere.

Available From£595
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Townfoot Farmhouse Troutbeck
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

The farmhouse is a 17th century detached property exuding character which effortlessly mixes with its 21st century indulgences; ecologically warmed throughout and sleeping up to 8. Luxuriously furnished for relaxation and completed with true flair, creating the perfect holiday home for the Lakes in this sublime setting. The interior, although oozing character, is designed and executed to the highest standard.

Available From£995
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Blue Hill Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Blue Hill is a 'state of the art' sophisticated first floor apartment forming part of this modern select development on the slopes of Wansfell yet only 10 minute's stroll from the vibrant centre of picturesque Ambleside. Completed at the end of 2011 this hideaway enjoys a wonderful setting. As there is some work being completed on the development, with this in mind the pricing has been reduced to accommodate any minor disruption.

Available From£375
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Luke’s Hoose Ambleside
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

The elevated setting of this stylish Lakeland cottage provides spectacular views to the Lake District mountains from almost every room. Nestled in a peaceful conservation area, only a minute's stroll from Ambleside village centre, Luke's Hoose achieves a perfect combination of traditional charms and contemporary indulgence.

Available From£465
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £930 to £837
  • 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
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £499 to £424
Foxdene Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This luxuriously refurbished 17th century cottage takes a sublime rural setting; nestled down a leafy lane, backing onto woodland glade and gazing out over the lush Lyth Valley. Wonderful walking and cycling begins on the doorstep, and at the end of a long day you'll choose from two excellent country pubs close by.

Available From£499
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Birch Knoll Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

A beautifully presented Lakeland bungalow with private gardens and fell views, only 5 minutes walk from the centre of Ambleside and close to Waterhead Pier. Birch Knoll has been recently refurbished and boasts a stylish, contemporary interior with bright, airy living space and elegant dining area. This is a wonderfully convenient Lake District holiday home, a stroll away from lake cruises on Windermere and with vibrant village life close by.

Available From£375
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £825 to £743
The Old Barn Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This wonderful converted barn is part of a converted coach house and stables, a couple of miles from Ambleside village and a 2 minute stroll from 'Brockhole', the National Park Visitor Centre on the shores of Lake Windermere. Within beautiful landscaped gardens, The Old Barn has a peaceful and secluded feel without any compromise on convenience, nestling amongst a group of Lakeland stone buildings once belonging to the 1st Earl of Lonsdale in the late 18th Century.

Available From£525
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Westwood Windermere
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This wonderfully spacious, 18th century Lakeland property sits in a peaceful location at the foot of Orrest Head. It's a mere half mile from Windermere village, and close to the spectacular scenery and famous country pubs of the Troutbeck Valley. Substantial and stylish, Westwood is ideal for family and friends blends the traditional feel of wooden beams with comfortable, modern furnishings.

Available From£525
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £700 to £630
Annisgarth Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • On Street Parking
  • 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£700
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Gale Lodge Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Part of an impressive 17th century gentleman's residence, this elegantly refurbished property in Ambleside has been a labour of love for its owners. Retaining its traditional character, Gale Lodge 'Cottage' provides sophisticated living space and true relaxation with far-reaching views over the village to the Lakeland Fells. Couples or families will enjoy plenty of sociable space; chatting around the real flame woodburner, dining in style or watching the sun set in the scenic conservatory.

Available From£499
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Ecclerigg Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

This pretty courtyard country cottage nestles in a peaceful backwater just off the absolute heart of picturesque and bustling Ambleside village. Warm in character yet contemporary in style, we are sure you will love Ecclerigg Cottage. Step foot inside and be instantly charmed by 21st century chic style, which blends so effortlessly with Lakeland life, people call this cottage the 'Tardis', come and see why...

Available From£375
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Idle Mill 2 Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • Car Park Available
  • Infants welcome

5 star Ambleside accommodation at its finest and most fabulous, with penthouse views from rooms and viewing balcony. Idle Mill is a traditional mill building, displaying a handsome combination of Lakeland stone and glass. It adjoins the acclaimed Fulling Mill restaurant at the beating heart of vibrant Ambleside.

Available From£485

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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.