Why the Lake District is best for cycling.

The Lake District offers a wide range of excellent cycling routes for all levels of cyclist whether you are with the family or a pro. Here, the beauty is extensive, the routes diverse, and the weather... well, we can’t always guarantee that the weather will do its job, but it’s not a day of cycling if you don’t overcome the elements every once in a while. One of the trails, the ‘Lake District Loop’, has also been voted the best in the UK. It stretches for around forty miles, so it’s not suitable for everyone, but those who do take it on will be rewarded with picturesque mountain passes and fells (and an excuse for a well-deserved pint of ale at the end).

We have a secure cycling shed, so your bike will be well taken care of when you're not riding. But when you are? Here are some suggestions on where to go.

Easy and for the beginner

The Claife Heights trail begins in Ambleside, just a stone’s throw away from Hawksmoor Lakeland Guest House. Suitable for beginners, this 3-4 hour ride features short descents and ascents as you pass tree-lined fells.

For families

Grizedale Forest -This is the place for family biking fun, and is just a short drive your B and B in Windermere. The quintessential beauty of the park is laced with miles and miles of cycling paths that, because they’re not strenuous, can be accessed by all abilities.

Cross to the western shore on the Windermere car ferry and cycle by the lake shore track to Wray Castle (opens in new window). Suitable for young children.

Skelwith Bridge to Elterwater. Follow the track through the woods and past Elterwater to the village. Suitable for young children.

For the Pro.

Tour de Coniston - At 23 miles, this a tough ride, and that’s before we even talk about the elevation gains. Load up on Kendal Mint Cake - you’re going to need it! But it’ll be worth it, oh yes, when you see the views you get from Walna Scar.

Posted by Hawksmoor Admin