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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 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

This luxurious detached Lakeland house occupies a perfect and peaceful setting just off the centre of the ever popular village of Ambleside and only a 5 minute stroll from the shores of Lake Windermere at Waterhead. For a holiday with 'wow factor' - this is a special place and one to spend your precious time together soaking up Lakeland's luxuries.

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Stone Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 pet allowed

This romantic Lakeland cottage resides in a peaceful setting within the picturesque and popular village of Staveley at the mouth of the breathtaking Kentmere Valley, only a short drive from bustling Windermere. If searching for somewhere special to get away and soak up all the Lakes have to offer, we know you will fall in love with 'Stone Cottage'.

Available From£355
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  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
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  • Parking for 2 cars
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Situated just two minutes' walk from the market square at the heart of the popular town of Keswick, Lillibet Cottage is a delightful and somewhat quirky cottage that has been finished in contemporary manner to offer quality accommodation in a convenient location. If the idea of being able to park the car for a week and having everything you need on the doorstep appeals then this is the ideal cottage for you. Keswick offers a great selection of places to eat and drink all within a few minutes' walk along with a great selection of local shops and of course the popular twice weekly award winning market.

Available From£379
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Lake Lodge Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 3 pets allowed

A luxury Lake District lodge with hot tub, in a superbly romantic setting. With panoramic views through full length windows and overlooking Lake Windermere, Lake Lodge is a unique retreat for a special occasion or honeymoon in the Lake District. It's perfect for exploring the Lakeland countryside, but equally well-placed to enjoy the delights of Bowness village which is only a couple of miles away.

Available From£465
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Birch Knoll Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • 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
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Silverholme Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

With impressive views over Lake Windermere, this delightful apartment offers high class, chic decor with a restful and romantic atmosphere! Whether you are planning your honeymoon or a special occasion, longing to explore the great outdoors or simply fancy getting away from it all, Silverholme is the ideal retreat in one of the most desirable Lake District locations.

Available From£765
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  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

This outstanding Period Lakeland residence occupies a sublime setting in the picturesque historic Troutbeck hamlet close to both Windermere and Ambleside ever popular villages and with simply breathtaking views in every direction as far as the eye can see. For a holiday with 'wow factor' - this is a special place and one to spend your precious time together soaking up Lakeland's luxuries. Sleep well, and switch off in a house with very relaxing energy.

Available From£850
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The Cosy Peacock Troutbeck
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

The Cosy Peacock is a truly unique luxury cottage, superbly nestled in the heart of classic Lake District scenery, with breathtaking panoramic views. Wind along the peaceful Troutbeck Valley, which sits mid-way between the vibrant holiday towns of Windermere and Ambleside, and you take in panoramic views as you approach your holiday home.

Available From£617
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Goswick Hall Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This beautiful converted barn resides in a picturesque setting overlooking this lush green valley, only a few hundred yards from the renowned Mason's Arms at Strawberry Bank, within an original farm. Characterful Lakeland externally yet step inside to see contemporary finish throughout.

Available From£375
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Slaters Cottage Langdale
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 3 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This 300 year old cottage is one of just a few in the sleepy hamlet of Little Langdale, immersed in the walkers' paradise that is the Langdale Valley. You'll find breathtaking scenery at every turn, and exhilarating walks from your doorstep - Lingmoor Fell, Pike O'Blisco and Bow Fell to your north, and Wetherlam, Swirl How and the Coniston Fells to your south. At the end of the day, refuel at Little Langdale's excellent Three Shires Inn.

Available From£525
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Westwood Windermere
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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
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Old Coach House Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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
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Argyle Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Infants welcome

We love the elegant ambience of this sophisticated cottage in the peaceful conservation area of Ambleside; slightly elevated with far-reaching fell views and yet still only a 2 minute walk from the village centre. On arrival you'll fall in love with the 'chocolate box' exterior of Argyle Cottage, sitting pretty in this very attractive historic area of the village. Step inside and you'll be pleasantly surprised by a stylish and somewhat contemporary interior.

Available From£415
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Ladyholme Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Hill of Oaks is a luxurious Park situated on the Eastern Shore of Lake Windermere, structuring part of the Old Lakeside Stone Mill. Ladyholme is one of the apartments this Park has to offer. Ladyholme presents a modern yet cosy and romantic atmosphere so whether you are coming to explore the infinite beauty of the Lake District, to celebrate your honeymoon or just to simply escape your life for a short while, Ladyholme is perfect to do all that and more!

Available From£498
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Woodbank Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This fabulous family residence (also a treat for several couples) offers views to Lake Windermere from its slightly elevated position, amid wonderful scenery. A private drive meanders up to the house and guarantees a little bit of exclusivity for you and your gathering. Yet, being just a short stroll from the attractions of Bowness and Lake Windermere, Woodbank is right at the heart of some of the best the region has to offer.

Available From£495
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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This spacious Grade II listed Lakeland barn is a real find in the breathtaking Lyth Valley. The interior is an eclectic blend of handcrafted rustic features and contemporary furnishings, while the dramatic vaulted beams of the original building create an exceptional space for holiday living. Spread out and relax in the lounge, perhaps to watch a DVD, and dine together at the quirky woodcraft table.

Available From£335
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Gowan Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Once a thriving bobbin mill, this gorgeous character property is part of the Ings Mill Park development - a select set of cottages set in lush green countryside, alongside the River Gowan and circumscribed by 5 acres of wooded valley between Staveley and Windermere.

Available From£335
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Swallows Cottage Grasmere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

This detached Grasmere cottage is an absolute gem; within strolling distance of the village centre, surrounding by wonderful walking opportunities, and with the benefit of a delightful garden and furnished open air patio. Once parked, you could easily leave the car unused for the entire holiday.

Available From£450

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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.