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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
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

Old Ambleside House is a luxurious property that dates back to the late 16th/17th Century that has been lovingly refurbished by the current owners to create an amazing property right in the heart of old Ambleside to create the most fantastic, high quality retreat for friends and family.

Available From£677
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £925 to £833
Ellerthwaite House Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Ellerthwaite House is a beautiful Victorian semi-detached property in a perfect location just a short stroll of under 5 minutes from Windermere village where you will find a great mixture of bars, restaurants and cafes, along with a variety of unique little shops, galleries and boutiques. Perfect for family gatherings or friends to enjoy, and only five minutes' drive from Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere itself.

Available From£525
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Fell Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi

Located on a quite side street in the centre of Ambleside village, just a few minutes walk from a great selection of shops, bars and eateries, Fell Cottage is a beautiful cottage that has been finished in contemporary manner to offer quality accommodation in a convenient location.

Available From£425
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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars

Finished to the highest possible standard, No 1 and No 2 Rose Cottages are two adjacent country cottages that are presented to the very highest standard and offer and amazing option for two couples wishing to travel together but wanting their own space and privacy. Both cottages are finished to the same very same standard and so arriving at the cottages you will be spoilt for choice between the two. The cottages are set in the unspoilt village of Bouth just a few minutes drive from Lake Windermere in the heart of the pretty Rusland Valley. These superb romantic retreats offers something special and provide you with the opportunity to enjoy time together and for your holiday to be as active or relaxing as you wish.

Available From£870
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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

La'al Field House is a much loved family home that is now being offered as a great holiday home within walking distance of the bustling market square and just across the road from the former Cumberland Pencil Mill and its famous Pencil Museum! This larger than average family home offers plenty of space for everyone to relax, a large garden, views to the surrounding fells and just a few minutes from all the town's amenities.

Available From£495
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1 Rose Cottages Cartmel
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Finished to the highest possible standard, No 1 Rose Cottage is set in the unspoilt village of Bouth just a few minutes drive from Lake Windermere in the heart of the pretty Rusland Valley. This superb romantic retreats offers is something special and offers you're the opportunity to enjoy time together and for your holiday to be as active or relaxing as you wish.

Available From£425
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2 Rose Cottages Cartmel
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Enjoying a beautiful location overlooking the surrounding countryside in the pretty Lakeland village of Bouth, No 2 Rose Cottage is a real delight. This beautifully presented cottage offers a welcoming retreat with many period feature complemented with a contemporary finish. For those seeking peace and quite, quality and privacy, No2 Rose Cottages is an excellent choice at any time of the year.

Available From£445
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Highbank Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Highbank is a well presented, larger than average, Victorian terrace house just five minutes' walk from the popular restaurants, cafes, bars and shops in the village of Bowness and less than ten minutes' walk from the shores of Lake Windermere. This excellent family friendly property is just the ideal base for an excellent family holiday or a getaway with friends.

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

Hedgehog Hideaway is a beautifully presented cottage of incredible character and quality. Lindale village is perfectly located for exploring the Lake District and taking advantage of the wonderful nearby village of Cartmel and the incredible foodie destinations.

Available From£345
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The Lodge Cartmel
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Set in a secluded location looking out across the Rusland Valley, The Lodge is a contemporary romantic retreat to relax and unwind and enjoy each other's company. Presented to a very high standard this cosy hideaway offers quality accommodation and not only benefits from lovely views, it is complemented by a hot tub and elevated patio where you can sit, with a glass of wine and enjoy the beautiful views across this pretty and tranquil area of the Lake District

Available From£299
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  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Originally built for the local gamekeeper, Low Dog Kennel Cottage offers a wonderful blend of charm and character alongside stylish and contemporary living. Enjoy the walk through the open countryside to the neighbouring village of Cartmel with its historic 12th Century priory and a great range of village pubs and popular eateries including the acclaimed Michelin Star restaurant, L'Enclume; artesian local shops including the famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding Shop and

Available From£365
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Boxtree Ullswater
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

A few minutes' drive or a delightful walk from the shores of Ullswater, in the pretty village of Dacre, Boxtree is a beautifully restored, two bedroom, 18th century farmer's cottage. This delightful cottage is packed full of quality, charm and character.

Available From£445
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £595 to £537
Bellflower Cottage Windermere
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Bellflower Cottage appears, from the outside, to be a typical, Victorian end of terrace house but step inside and you will be instantly taken aback by the cool and contemporary makeover the owners have created. Here old and new blend effortlessly to create a fantastic cottage offering the ideal place to relax with family and friends, situated within easy walking distance of Windermere village.

Available From£365
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One Long Houses Windermere
  • Sleeps 11
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £495 to £396
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Dorothy's Place is the most charming apartment set high above Bowness on Windermere with uninterrupted views of Lake Windermere from its extensive landscaped Gardens. Built in the early 1800's Dorothy's Place is nestled amongst this historic building which exudes rich features and one of the areas most iconic private houses.

Available From£345
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Barn Cottage Keswick
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars

The northern tip of Bassenthwaite, just ten minutes' drive from Keswick is a haven of peace and quiet and this lovely location is shared by Barn Cottage, the Bassenthwaite Ospreys and the Lakes Distillery.

Available From£375
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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

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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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.