Why the Lakes are perfect for mountain bikingThe Lakes almost seem to have been made for two-wheeled travel

The Lakes almost seem to have been made for two-wheeled travel, with every kind of terrain available - from challenging routes to gentle country lanes. If you're a committed mountain biker rather than a road cyclist, this part of the world won't disappoint, whatever your skill level and experience. After all, it's probably the only English region to offer real mountains! Whether you want steep climbs and technical challenges or just to spend a pleasant afternoon meandering off road with the children, the Lakes have it all.

You'll also find purpose-built trails such as Whinlatter Forest, where the Altura Trail gives accomplished mountain bikers with strong off-road skills plenty to get their teeth into over the 19 km red-graded route. Stunning views 500 m above Keswick are among the rewards of this route, which also includes some challenging single track parts with rock features and jumps. This is also the site of British Cycling's first UK-accredited training centre and so has professional guides and coaches.

You could also try places like Newlands Adventure Centre, or enjoy some instructed riding at River Deep Mountain High, which caters for experienced and novice off-roaders alike.

These are just some of the options available locally and you have the freedom to complete a guided ride, or make your own way with maps and route notes. You can also hire a bike or take your own.

It's up to you how long you go biking for; it could be just for one day, a weekend, or you could get out on two wheels every day for a week or fortnight.

You'll need somewhere to stay though! At the Hawksmoor Lakeland Guest House, we offer a cycling friendly hotel in Windermere. We provide the kind of high quality Lake District B & B accommodation that is exactly what you need after a long day's riding. Plus, with secure cycle storage, you're welcome to bring your own bike if you wish.

Posted by Hawksmoor Admin