Come and be the 'King of the Mountains'Britain's answer to the Alps and the Pyrenees

It's near-impossible to keep off your bike at this time of year. Not only are the long summer evenings calling out, but, on your television, you've got the inspiring sight of the Tour de France peloton weaving its way through glorious countryside.

Without even realising it, you've donned your Lycra, strapped on your helmet, and are out on the roads pretending to be Chris Froome or Alberto Contador. With the bit between your teeth and the wind in your sails, there's really no stopping you.

Of course, we can't all head to Alpe d'Huez or the Col du Tourmalet each July, to race up the big mountain passes with the world's top climbers. Not when they're a thousand miles away and every hotel room within 50 or more miles is booked up.

But what you can do is head to Britain's answer to the Alps and the Pyrenees - the glorious Lake District. The national park is not only home to some of our most stunning scenery, but it's a playground for cyclists. A maze of quiet country lanes, permitted cycleways and bridleways, with a glorious view round every corner.

Here at the Hawksmoor Lakeland Guest House, just a mile from Lake Windermere, we're ideally set up for cyclists. You can head north up to Keswick or Ullswater, south towards Morecambe Bay, east to explore the Howgills or west to the delightful Coniston. And when you return in the evening to your B and B in Windermere, you can take full advantage of our secure cycling shed and dedicated boot room.

The cycling is great on the TV, but let's face it, it's even better out on the roads. We'd love to see you soon.

Posted by Hawksmoor Admin