Cycling in the Lake District is the perfect way to enjoy the timelessly beautiful landscapes which remain one of the country's most popular holiday destinations, but it's also possible to combine your visit with a nostalgic trip on an authentic steam railway close to the shores of Lake Windermere.
Situated at the southern end of Windermere, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is a 3.2 mile long heritage railway which first opened in 1869. Now preserved and operated by a willing team of volunteers, the railway is the perfect way to step back in time and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era, while absorbing the picturesque views across the Leven Valley. With bikes allowed on-board, you can combine a leisurely cycle ride with a heritage steam train journey as you explore the local countryside and attractions.
After collecting your bike from the secure cycling shed at the Hawksmoor Lakeland Guest House, a gentle 10 mile journey along the eastern shore of Lake Windermere will take you to Haverthwaite, where the station restaurant is the perfect place to break for a refreshing drink, light meal or even Railwayman's Breakfast if you've worked up an appetite! You can also explore the steam and diesel locomotives parked in the engine shed or pick up some souvenirs for friends or family in the gift shop.
The 20 minute train journey will return you to Lakeside Pier at the southernmost tip of Lake Windermere, from where you can explore the local attractions, such as the Lakes Aquarium situated adjacent to the terminus, or resume your cycle ride back to your B and B in Windermere for some downtime at the end of an energetic day!
Posted by Hawksmoor Admin